How often have you seen a child running to a window and peering out at the falling snow with a big smile and a pumpkin like face. Most children love snow, and the more the better. I know when I was a child I certainly loved the snow, and for two reasons, if often kept me home from School that day, and it made for a very fun day playing in it. As we grow from children into adults we often stop playing in the snow and having such fun, especially if were males, since we have to act the tough and rugged way instead of showing emotions like a child's joy. Those that are lucky enough to have a playful spouse or children, know that this is a bunch of crap. Joy and having fun, is something we all need to experience, a world without laughter and fun would not be a very nice place for anyone.
On them cold winter days if your an adult and you find yourself alone, or with empty time on your hands, why not head to your den, or office where you have your own gateway to the world, no, I am not talking about the internet, I am talking about Amateur Radio or HAM Radio as it's often called. Amateur Radio has been around for years, it is not amateur or simple as the name suggests, but instead it gets it name amateur do to the aspect that its members or operators work outside of a governmental or commercial field.
Amateur Radio is very fun, and it opens up a whole new world to anyone that does it. You can communicate to folks literally around the world with it, and it has been used in times of natural disasters and even war, to communicate with survivors. Communication is mostly done with voice transmission, like talking on a telephone or to someone in person, but a lot of the more seasoned operators will also chat using a series of codes, and some even use Morse Code to talk back and forth. You often can tell if someone is an Amateur Radio operator because of the large antenna outside their home.
Most newcomers to the Amateur Radio hobby, start by joining a local club or group, if there are none locally you can search the internet, where you will find numerous groups and chat rooms on the subject. You may also wish to purchase and study some books on Amateur Radio for beginners. There are quite a few things that one must become aware of when starting the hobby in their home, such as the type of equipment to use and purchase, antenna, license, getting your stations call sign, fees and other things.
Again, the best way to get started is by joining some local on online groups, and reading books for beginners. It may seem more complicated and overwhelming at first, then it needs to be, as there are an estimated two million Amateur Radio owners and operators around the world. So, why not get started today in the exciting hobby of Amateur Radio, it just may be what you need during them long, cold months, to help shake the winter blues.
There is a website that describes numerous activities and other methods to help eliminate the Winter Blues, this website is called: Winter Activities - and it may be found at this url: http://www.winter-activities.com
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