We are the Stamford Amateur Radio Association (SARA) of Stamford, Connecticut.
Founded in 1974 and active ever since, we sponsor and maintain two repeaters, provide communication services at public events, contribute to emergency communications for the city of Stamford, hold licensing exam sessions four times a year, and hold a competitive Field Day event every June.
Services that we perform for our members include antenna raising, radio setup, training, and advising.
Everyone is welcome, whether or not you hold an amateur radio license.
Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a public service in which participants, called radio amateurs or hams, use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other hams locally, around the country, or around the world for public service, recreation, and self-training.
There are hams in just about every country, and even in outer space -- the International Space Station has a ham radio station on board and regularly makes contact with hams around the world. Hams also have several dozen ham radio satellites in orbit, which are used by hams to relay signals from one part of the globe to another.
Some hams enjoy experimenting with radio technology, some like competing with other hams (called contesting), some like talking to hams in foreign countries, and some just like chatting with other hams, either nearby or across the country.
All radio amateurs around the world are licensed by their own governments. All hams in the United States are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which administers the Amateur Radio Service. Getting a license requires passing a multiple choice test on radio theory and radio regulations.
Many hams work closely with both governmental and volunteer organizations, drilling and preparing for disasters, providing communication when all other forms of communication have failed.
More information about amateur radio can be found on the web page of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is the national association for Amateur Radio operators in the United States. More details about ham radio can be had on their What is Ham Radio? page.