Originally Posted by Noclrnce
What is ham? Never heard of it.
Oh my. Ham is a nickname for amateur radio operators. To be one requires taking a test(3 levels of licenses) and using different types of radios. They have the ability to talk around the world without aid of silly cell phones, etc, talk to the space station, transmit data, pictures, video, and so on. If you are out in literally the middle of nowhere like you find in places out here, there is no cell phone reception and you aren't likely to find someone on a cb close enough to hear you, or respond. With the right radios and some knowledge, you are never out of touch with anyone, anywhere on the planet literally. Others may chime in to add to what has been said. Also you may do some searching on here, and go to the arrl.org website.