A Few Definitions About Amateur Radio

CW (Continuous Wave)
The FCC emission type that describes international Morse code telegraphy communication without audio modulation of the carrier. Amateurs usually produce Morse code signals by interrupting the continuous-wave signal from a transmitter to form the dots and dashes. This is ON/OFF keying of a radio-frequency signal. Another name for International Morse Code.
ARRL (American Radio Relay League)
The ARRL is the membership organization of Amateur Radio operators in the United States. Formed by Hiram Percy Maxim, along with several hundred amateurs from across the country. The ARRL represents the interests of Amateur Radio in Washington. The ARRL makes sure the FCC and other government agencies know where U.S. amateurs stand on current events.
Amateur Radio Service
A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique soley with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest. (Pecuniary means payment of a type, whether money or goods.)
Ham lingo for “best regards.” Used on both phone and CW toward the end of a contact.
Amateur Operator
A person holding a written authorization to be the control operator of an amateur station.
Amateur Station
A station licensed in the amateur service, including necessary equipment, used for amateur communication.

FCC (Federal Communications Commission)A govenment body that regulates the amateur radio hobby with rules and regulations. It controls the standards of operating procedures for an amateur radio station. It also issues the license for the operation of a amateur radio station as well as for the operators license. Mainly the part of the government which oversees the operation of most communications in the United States.

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