One of many hams that operate from space as astronauts.
"See" the World...
As with radio in general, amateur radio was associated with various amateur experimenters and hobbyists. Amateur radio enthusiasts have significantly contributed to science, engineering, industry, and social services. Research by amateur operators has founded new industries, built economies, empowered nations, and saved lives in times of emergency. Ham radio can also be used in the classroom to teach English, map skills, geography, math, science, and computer skills.
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. The First Annual Official Wireless Blue Book of the Wireless Association of America, produced in 1909, contains a list of amateur radio stations. This radio callbook lists wireless telegraph stations in Canada and the United States, including 89 amateur radio stations.
W7REJ was first licensed in 1966. At that time a few of us decided to take novice classes and get licensed. I was licensed as WN8NRT. Not having the means needed to stay active and upgrade, my license lapsed. Sometime in 1978, while in the Navy, with the help of a licensed ham shipmate, I was licensed once again and gradually worked my my to Advanced Class in 1979. I remained an advanced class op till the fall of 2016 when, on a whim, I took the Extra class test without prior study. Missed passing by 2 questions so I boned up and took the test again a month later and passed.
I am affiliated with a couple clubs and with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as a volunteer radio operator.
See my QRZ.COM listing.