Many people within the brigade and general populace are
completely unaware of the world that exists in Amateur Radio, and the unlimited
potential it has. People would likely be amazed at how HAM Radio can affect
their activities in a positive manner. How can this be? Here are some examples:
Flying: Backup for communications equipment.
Mountaineering: Communications with ground crew or partners across distances, and emergency communications.
Travel: Local information of the area traveled, talk to others while on the road, and emergency communications.
Space: Communicate with the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, moon bounce (EME), radio telescope, and research.
Hiking: Position reporting and Tracking, and Emergency communications
Sailing/boating: Ship to shore communications, Maritime E-mail, and emergency communications.
Military in general: You will deal with some form of communications equipment in almost every field in the military. Having even a basic Technicians license will set you far ahead and make you a valued asset the minute you walk aboard any command.
Aviation: Sometimes communications can be difficult for new pilots.
With amateur radio you are already proficient and confident on the radio and can
move on to the job at hand, flying.
SWO: Established familiarity with the operations and procedures associated with secure and unsecured communications that occur daily aboard Naval vessels.
SUB: Provides a technical background in electronic systems beyond the boring equations in EE class that is fully applicable to the highly technical life of the submariner.
Marines: The ability to communicate and disseminate information throughout the battlefield is arguably one of the most critical elements of success on the battlefield. Knowledge in communications, Jamming and direction finding enemy transmitters provides a huge advantage to any leader engaged in today's conflicts.
SPECWAR: SEALs, EOD, Special Boats, and Divers use communications nearly everyday. They use cutting edge equipment, and are constantly pushing the envelope to develop better methods to communicate and pass information to include video and images. Everyone on the team has to be familiar with the equipment, procedures and protocols, so why not get a leg up on the competition?
Most importantly, the oldest component of Amateur Radio: Community service. In natural disasters, HAM operators are often the only ones with the ability to reach the outside world for help. Emergency response managers are always in touch with the local HAM's in order to get help when needed. As an Amateur Radio Operator you could be the critical link to mission accomplishment.
Benefits of club membership:
MO's: several a semester
Challenging projects and contest, working with other Academies and the Special Warfare community.
FREE lessons, texts, exams
Access to current and vintage military radio equipment