The hobby of amateur radio is based around an FCC regulated, point to point, non-commercial communication system. The first step in becoming an amateur radio operator is to acquire a license from the FCC by passing a short multiple choice examination, which demonstrates your knowledge of the rules, regulations, operating procedures, and technology prevalent in amateur radio. A unique callsign (such as W7BSA) will be assigned once the license is granted. Although other modes of radio communication such as CB and FRS are open to the public without a license, the possibilities of amateur radio are far superior. The allowed output power is higher and there are a far larger number of frequencies that can be used compared to other non-licensed alternatives. With greater power comes a greater responsibility to avoid interfering with other stations, polluting the airways for commercial interests, or creating an environment which isn't suitable for all parties, hence the somewhat stricter nature of amateur radio licensing. After obtaining a license, you can get on the radio and talk with people all around the world using a variety of modes.

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What is the Explorer Post 599?

     The Explorer Post 599 is an amateur radio club for youth. With the average age of radio operators slowly rising, the post encourages the younger generation to get interested in the hobby. Lead by many experienced adult amateur radio operators (known as post advisers), the explorer post has weekly informal meetings with occasional presenters, projects, and educational activities. The official age bracket for Explorer Post 599 members is 14 to 21, but younger members are allowed to become associate members, and adults can become advisers.