Ham Radio

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Do You know What The Word HAM Means?
The word HAM is often used by many as a shortcut for amateur radio “HAM RADIO”. As a radio operators we call ourselves “HAM” or “HAMS”.

The actual meaning of HAM is taken from the three pioneers that helped to make it possible for us all to become “HAMS”.

The letter H stands for Hertz (Heinrich Hertz) who helped to develop the theory of electromagnetic waves.

The letter A stands for Armstrong (Edwin Howard Armstrong) who was successful in inventing FM (Frequency Modulation).

The letter M as you may have guessed already stands for Marconi (Gugliemo Marconi) who was the first to transmit signals across the Atlantic.

A = Armstrong
M = Marconi
posted by Simon Davison @ 11:48 am  
  • At 6:31 am, Blogger Nash said…

    Hello Simon, this is JN4VWH nash.

    I have thought for long time HAM meaned what? HI. But the "HAM" is used very often and used all over the world. Off course, in Japanese, too.

    Thank you for your very interesting comment about "HAM"! HI.

    de Nash from Japan

  • At 8:41 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Ko nich I wa, Nash

    Glad you liked it but not sure if it is 100% correct. hi

    I liked it anyway!

    Good DX

    73 de Simon

  • At 4:07 pm, Blogger OK4BX said…

    Hello Simon & Nash,

    I read few weeks ago about same topic article on Czech wikipeadia

    English, more detailed text is available here

    73! Tomas

  • At 9:19 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Hi Tomas, Thanks for the correct information about the definition of 'HAM' I enjoyed reading the topic.

    Hope to hear you on the bands some day.

    Many thanks for taking the time to post your comment on Ham Radio Blogspot.com it is apreaciated :-)

    73 de 2e0hts Simon

    Anyone reading this comment should follow the link posted by OK4BX to find more information about what the word 'Ham' stands for.

  • At 9:24 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…


    it looks like there is more to the meaning of the word 'Ham' after all! h.i Thanks to OK4BX Tomas we have some more reliable information to check out.

    73 de 2e0hts

  • At 7:58 pm, Blogger Nash said…

    OK4BX Tomas-san and 2E0HTS Simon-san from Japan.

    I,too. I have wondered about a word "HAM" for longtime. The history of these OM, I am very interesting in. I like it very much, too. Thank you, Tomas-san and Simon-san!!!

    73 de JN4VWH from JAPAN

  • At 1:59 pm, Blogger Tomas said…

    Hello Simon and Nash!

    I found another explenation why we call yorself HAMs on arrl.org website. Sounds quite realistic to me as many abbrevetions were adapted from era of cable telegraph .. 73 de Tomas


  • At 1:20 am, Blogger AE6OR said…

    H= Hilariously
    A= Amateur
    M= Manifestation

  • At 1:23 am, Blogger AE6OR said…

    H= Hilarious
    A= Amateur
    M= Manifestation

    In fact is the Barking of a Dog, HAM HAM HAM , boy who know why they like to talk anything just to heat up the finals....

  • At 7:07 pm, Blogger Noji Ratzlaff said…

    Hertz, Armstrong, Marconi??? Complete bullshit, but fun anyway.

  • At 7:13 pm, Blogger Simon Davison said…

    I like the barking dog best of all! 73 guys keep em coming HAM harmless amusing madness.

  • At 4:00 am, Blogger Leigh said…

    Well, I'm a skeptic. The term "ham", of course, had it's genesis well before Hiram Percy Maxim was in the public eye.

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