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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finding one wireless communication method to be on the rise – to historic levels of popularity.
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Americans are hamming it up more than ever before…using ham radios, that is. The FCC says licenses for the amateur radios are at an all-time high: more than 700,000 licenses are currently active, and the number is growing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year. Luke Rohn at Amateur Electronics Supply in Las Vegas likes them because they’re cheap and can reach incredible distances, including into space.
(Rohn) “I think there’s something magical about being able to communicate with people around the world using nothing other than a radio, wireless communications. You don’t have to rely on cell phones.”
Which is why emergency groups are increasingly picking up on the trend. When TVs, cellphones and the internet don’t work, ham is still here.
At a more local level, there’s the good old “foxhunt,” a ham version of “Capture the Flag.”
(Mavis) “The foxhunt is really fun, it’s a lot of fun. The thrill of the chase.”
Rob Mavis runs the competitions in Clovis, California, where teams try to find their opponent’s hidden transmitter using homemade antennas.
Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.