Ham Radio is Amateur Radio, FCC Part 97. It is a licensed service. The class is targeted to prepare the student to pass the Technician Class License test which is restricted to frequencies above 28 Mhz. There are many hand-held and mobile transceivers available for use in these bands for as low as $35 for Handheld and $100 for Mobiles. There are many repeaters in the area that extend the range of these radios. A ham license is a good tool for a family in times of disaster when land lines and cell phones often are not useable.