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A steel amateur radio antenna mast
Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a
and a service in which participants, called "hams," use various types of
equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for
, recreation and self-training.
Amateur radio operators
enjoy personal (and often worldwide)
with each other and are able to support their communities with
emergency and disaster communications
if necessary, while increasing their personal knowledge of
theory. An estimated six million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.
The term "
" is not a reflection on the skills of the participants, which are often quite advanced; rather, "amateur" indicates that amateur radio communications are not allowed to be made for commercial or money-making purposes.