prt1607j-Amateur radio (also known as "Ham" radio) allows you to communicate with other licensed amateurs via two-way radio. Obviously, the most often used form of communication is with voice transmissions, but you can also use Morse Code (cw), amateur television, satellites and computers (connected to a transmitter) in many designated parts of the frequency spectrum. In the US, amateurs are licensed by the FCC and are assigned designated frequencies to operate on.
There are many aspects of amateur radio, more than space allows here.
It's easier than ever to obtain your amateur license. A study guide will cost you $ 10-15, the exam is administered by a team of three Volunteer Examiners (VE's) and depending on where you take your exam, some clubs will administer the test for free.
Check out the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) website at:
and you'll find a section on "Learn about amateur radio". Additionally, you can find a listing of clubs. Hopefully you'll find one in your area. Most clubs welcome new members into their ranks and you may meet someone who will be willing to work with you and make the test easier. They might even invite you into their home to show off their "shack" (radio shack) and let you experience the many modes of operation.
I've taught two classes for the Charles County (MD) Amateur Radio Club in the last two years and have seen 11 people, ranging in age from 14 to 57 obtain their licenses. Good luck, and if we can be of any further help, don't hesitate to ask.