I am amateur radio operator KA3YAI, a member of
Why be an amateur radio operator? Because, even with today's modern telecommunications, it's useful to have a backup system with millions of dollars of equipment and operators trained to communicate in bad conditions (Arkansas 1996, Oklahoma 2003, Kentucky 2006). Because it's a hands-on way to learn about electronics and communications. Plus, it's fun!
If you're in the wilderness and out of repeater range, please follow the Wilderness Protocol.
If you or someone you know needs to study for a license upgrade, you can download a free trial version of Ham University.
The next time you see an FCC ID on a piece of electronic equipment, you can go to http://www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid/ and type it in.
To read up on many interesting amateur radio topics, you can visit VoiceNation's "All About Ham Radios!" page.