I've been playing around with Ham Radio for the last 2 years, mostly listening. The times that I COULD make contacts, I'm usually tied up at work. Too often, I settle in, expecting to have time to chat, but Den has other plans. So, mostly, I've not been that active.
Today, I decided to try Echolink. It uses the Internet to link up to other hams, which gives me the opportunity to connect throughout the world. I was able to talk to another ham in the Raleigh, NC area today.
The process is VERY easy. If you have a General license, the world is your oyster (so to speak). Honestly, if I'd realized that it was so simple, I've have done it much earlier.
This should make communications much easier. I'm going to try to find English-speaking hams in other countries over the next few months.