(Thank’s Bernie K5BP for posting this link on the Dallas Amateur Radio Club Facebook Page)
Apparently there is a website devoted to the art of manliness — this thing covers all things manly, from how to shave with a straight razor and how to break in a baseball cap to how to wear a pocket square (who knew it wasn’t really a hanky? If I ever have an opportunity to wear a suit again, perhaps my own funeral, maybe I’ll try it).
Well, these good folks decided to make a list of hobbies for men… Manly hobbies. The second item on the list: Ham radio. In the immortal words of Tim Allen (now actually a ham-KK6OTD!): Grunt, grunt!
Looking to be a part of a tight knit community with a focus on radio and communication? Look no further than ham radio. While the internet has taken radio’s place as the dominant form of communication, a vibrant community of amateur radio enthusiasts still exists. Radio hobbyists enjoy communicating directly with people from all over the world while expanding their knowledge of radio theory. In addition, most ham radio operators provide a public service to their communities by acting as relays in the event of emergencies or natural disasters. Radio operation is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, so you’ll have to be licensed to use a radio. Licensing isn’t difficult at all. You just have to take a multiple choice test that covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory. And of course you’ll need the equipment. Buying new will set you back a pretty penny, but you can find good deals on used radio equipment on eBay. For more info about getting started with ham radio check out the National Association of Amateur Radio (defunct link-use www.arrl.org — AD8BC) and stop by the AoM Community Group-The Manly Art of Amateur (Ham) Radio.
(Of course there are lady hams, like my wife KC8TSX, so let’s not take away from that as well…)
Stay manly my friends, and 73.
(Published from DFW, Texas)