So what can you do with an Amateur Radio license?

Ok, so now you've got your license, or are thinking of getting one.  

The first thing you need to remember is that having a ham license is just getting the U.S. Goverment's approval to tranmit on certain frequencies set aside for Amateur Radio use.  It's not very different than getting a state driver's license or pilot's license.  It's simply permission to go forth and do all sorts of things, as long as they don't break the rules, in this case the Federal Communications Commision's Part 97 rules.  

Or as my flight instructor once told me, "Congratulations.  You got your license.  Now you can start learning how to fly."

So, what can you do?
  1. First, if you don't have one already, get yourself a copy of the FCC's Part 97 rules for Amateur Radio (make sure to get the latest version, 'cause things change), and find out what you CAN and CANNOT do.   Get them here (free on-line).  Or purchase it here (from W5YI-VEC) or here (from ARRL).
  2. Then (from W5YI):
There are so many things, it's a difficult question to answer, but here's some ideas: ...and this is only the beginning! You are limited only by your imagination and ingenuity.