There are a number of different subsets to the hobby of amateur or ham radio. Many ham radio operators or “hams” are interested in one subset in particular while others are interested in and participate in them all.
Hams may like to talk to operators in other countries. They like to contest where they have to talk to as many other hams as they can in a certain amount of time following a certain criteria. Some ham radio operators like to go on DXpeditions to strange or rare places where they set up their radio station and talk to as many other hams as possible while they are there. Still others like to collect the QSL cards that operators send each other to confirm they talked on a specific band at a specific time on the air. Many hams prefer providing emergency communications in times of disasters.
There is one other subset of Ham Radio–the YL, or Young Lady. In amateur radio a female is a “Young Lady” no matter what her age. Any man is an “Old Man”, or OM, again despite his age.
Julia (R2AJY) now OE1ZYL operated by SSB and CW from Vienna, Austria. She was very active operator from VIC – 4U1VIC.