"Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectrum for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.)." - Wikipedia
"Ham radio is the only hobby in which you can be an inventor, a collector, an emergency worker, an athlete, an engineer, a radio show host,
a scaler of heights, a teacher and mentor, an astronomer, and a geophysicist. All at the same time. It remains the most powerful and flexible
means of communication available to the private citizen in the world." - Unknown
**Illinois Public Act 98-0506 takes effect in 1 January 2014.
The Act states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle on a roadway while using an electronic communication device (as defined in the Act). Amateur Radio has a newly passed and specific exemption for using our
equipment only. We are still required to use hands-free means to make
cellular calls, just like everyone else.
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