Welcome to the Home Page for KØVAB
Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is a hobby enjoyed by an estimated two million people throughout the world. The origins of amateur radio can be traced to the late 19th century, but amateur radio as practiced today began in the early 20th century.
It seems everyone involved with amateur radio has a different aspect of this hobby they enjoy most. For some, it’s tinkering with old vacuum tube radios and electronics, some like building their own radios, others like experimenting with antennas and radio wave propagation, and some like the contesting aspect of the hobby.
For me, it’s the emergency communication part that gets most of my attention.
This website will explore some of my interests in amateur radio and share with you some of what I’m learning and applying in my emergency preparedness.
Recent disasters in the US and around the world have resulted in lost communications. Whether hurricanes, tsunamis, winter storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or terror attacks response to a disaster is made more difficult without effective communications.
I’ve got to admit, it has also been rather fun reaching out and communicating (working) ham radio operators all over the world. And, meeting other Hams in my area has convinced me these folks are some pretty high caliber people. Most are eager to help others put their radio stations together or raising an antenna. If you’re new to the hobby, or even been around awhile, I recommend you find and join a local Ham Radio club and get active in your community.