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Battleship North Carolina makes worldwide radio calls

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The Battleship North Carolina had all hands on deck. Trying to radio other memorial ships across the world using the very same equipment used when the Battleship was active in the United States Naval Fleet. Amateur Radio Club member Allan Pallnat says, "When we talk to the other ships, we try and get a little information about whether they are using modern equipment or actually using the ships original equipment." Deep in its cabin, Allan Pellnat is talking to a memorial ship in Spain. Pellnat is a member of the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club. In honor of museum's ships weekend, he's reenacting the job of a navy radio commander back in the World Wars. "I enjoy having conversations with other people doing other things in other parts of the world." It's a conversation across continents, and Pellnat uses HAM radios to see what kind of equipment other memorial ships are using. "Most of them are very short and sweet. It' usually an exchange of a numerical signal report that says how strong are you, and how well we can hear you." The saying out with the old and in with the new doesn't apply here. Pellnat says the old navy veteran equipment still works just fine.

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How does one go about getting an amateur radio license?

URL to explain the process

Check out the ARRL's page on getting started in Ham Radio at

You need to study the rules

You need to study the rules and take a test to get started in amateur radio. It's quite simple to do. I'd suggest contacting the American Radio Relay League ( and find a club in your area that can point you to the resources and provide the testing. Ham radio is a lot of different things to a lot of different people, so you're bound to find an exciting niche in this hobby. I've personally operated the radio gear on the USS Iowa in Pearl Harbor, HI, talked with my buddies back home while operating in my over-the-water bungalow in Tahiti, and helped the local office of the National Weather Service spot severe weather. If you get tired of any of that you can communicate through satellites, bounce signals off the moon, use your computer to do weak signal work...the sky's the limit! Good luck.