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'[OT]: What does the HAM in Ham Radio stand for ?'
2006\03\22@103048 by Gus Salavatore Calabrese

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I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
Maybe Russell can find a website on it......

POD

2006\03\22@111259 by alan smith

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Gus Salavatore Calabrese <spam_OUTgscTakeThisOuTspamomegadogs.com> wrote:  I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
Maybe Russell can find a website on it......

POD

2006\03\22@113849 by Alan B. Pearce

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>I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
>Maybe Russell can find a website on it......

I think you will find it is used as a general term for "amateur" as in "Ham
Actor" and similar terms.

2006\03\22@115054 by Danny Sauer

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Alan wrote regarding 'Re: [OT]:  What does the HAM in Ham Radio stand for ?' on Wed, Mar 22 at 10:41:
> >I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
> >Maybe Russell can find a website on it......
>
> I think you will find it is used as a general term for "amateur" as in "Ham
> Actor" and similar terms.

Ask Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology_of_ham_radio

"Possibly the most popular theory, and one endorsed by the ARRL, is
that "ham" began as a pejorative term meaning a poor telegraphic
operator."

References 8, 9, and 10 on the Amateur radio page agree.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio#_note-ham_orig1

--Danny

2006\03\22@120250 by Rolf Levenbach

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For many years I thought it was somehow derived from 'amateur', but I
recently found out that it is derived from the names of the founders of
the hobby. I can't locate the source of the information now, so I can't
tell you their names, and a recent ARRL Handbook doesn't seem to have
the information. Perhaps the Web, in the person of RM, will provide.
</lurk>

Rolf Levenbach (the other Rolf)

On Mar 22, 2006, at 3:30 PM, Gus Salavatore Calabrese wrote:

> I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
> Maybe Russell can find a website on it......
>
> POD
> --

2006\03\23@113511 by Tim N9PUZ

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Gus Salavatore Calabrese wrote:
> I just got to wondering what HAM stands for.....
> Maybe Russell can find a website on it......
>
> POD

<http://www.hello-radio.org/> contains a lot of introductory detail.
As far as the origin of the term "Ham" they say...

Why Do They Call Themselves "Hams"?
"Ham: a poor operator. A 'plug.'"

That's the definition of the word given in G. M. Dodge's "The
Telegraph Instructor" even before there was radio. The definition has
never changed in wire telegraphy. The first wireless operators were
landline telegraphers who left their offices to go to sea or to man
the coastal stations. They brought with them their language and much
of the tradition of their older profession. In those early days, every
station occupied the same wavelength-or, more accurately perhaps,
every station occupied the whole spectrum with its broad spark signal.
Government stations, ships, coastal stations and the increasingly
numerous amateur operators all competed for time and signal supremacy
in each other's receivers. Many of the amateur stations were very
powerful. Two amateurs, working each other across town, could
effectively jam all the other operations in the area. Frustrated
commercial operators would refer to the ham radio interference by
calling them "hams." Amateurs, possibly unfamiliar with the real
meaning of the term, picked it up and applied it to themselves in true
"Yankee Doodle" fashion and wore it with pride. As the years advanced,
the original meaning has completely disappeared.



Tim, N9PUZ

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