Welcome to the University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
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Amateur Radio, sometimes called "ham radio," is an exciting hobby that you can join! It doesn't matter whether you're technically inclined or not. Technology is just one part of Amateur Radio; it's also about having fun, helping people, serving your country, socializing, and making connections that span cultures and continents. And, we're here to help you get started.
Are you interested in computers? How would you like to build a wireless WAN that you can reliably use 50 miles away, from your car? Maybe you're studying foreign languages. Well, you can get lots of practice conversing with native speakers, day or night, for free. And the camaraderie among the millions of Amateur Radio operators around the world is legendary. If you travel, you'll automatically have new friends every place you go.
Amateur Radio can broaden your horizons in ways you never dreamed possible. Where else can you get to know a Senator, a farmer, a trucker, a CEO, a diplomat, a scientist, an astronaut, a famous entertainer, a king, a shopkeeper, or a fellow student, without even having to be introduced first?
There are lots of activities competing for your attention. Remember, though, that Amateur Radio can be integrated into any other activity you find yourself involved in. Take your radio along when you're on an outing. It will work even in places cell phones can't reach. The hobby doesn't tie you down; it frees you up!
Amateur Radio is unique among hobbies, because it is whatever you want it to be. We have one foot firmly anchored in the past, and the other moving confidently into the future. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated, retro form of relaxation, or you want to experiment with bleeding-edge satellite data networks and information systems integration, that is Amateur Radio. And it's easier than ever to get your license.
We're the members of UTARC, and we'd like to share our fascinating, ever-changing hobby with you. Take this chance to learn more about us and the hobby. Then, come to our next meeting, or drop in at 401 East Stadium Hall. We'd love to meet you!