If you are intrigued by electronic gadgets and are keen on more than just using them, then you will probably be enthusiastic about radio-controlled hobby. If its designing and assembling of electronic devices that draws you, then you should perhaps choose RC models, whereas if it’s the wireless transmission that fascinates you and you want to make communication contacts with people all over the world, then ham would be a better bet for you.
Very often these overlap and almost all ham operators know how to work radio-controlled gadgets and vice versa. This is because they are drawn to anything concerning radio waves. The Internet is the best source of information for all radio-controlled hobbies. All the material and knowledge you may need on this hobby is available on the net. But unlike amateur radio that is a topic widely searched for on the net, information on RC models and more importantly their enthusiast groups is just a little more tricky than you would think. Usually if you try searching for remote controlled toys on a search engine, you’re most likely to get results on hobby grade or toy grade models.
But this doesn’t mean there is absolutely no information on the subject on the internet. More often than not, it is just a matter of the correct keyword. Another way is to hook up to online forums and communities, which is a great way of connecting to people who have similar interests. You can find a number of groups on yahoo, AOL, google and MSN for this purpose. Apart from these, there are also online communities as well as friend network sites and blogs. The best thing to do would be to find people who are close to where you live and also who share activities related to your hobby. But it is advisable that you do not reveal personal information and details unless you are certain that it is safe.
The advantage of searching online is that space and distance are not restrictions. You might even meet experienced hobbyists who can offer you help and assistance when it comes to making a decision about your hobby. The added advantage is that they can even teach you a thing or two. Information online is abundant and you must be able to systematically track down what it is that you want to find out. You could start by searching on the history of your hobby and move on to more current and relevant issues of contemporary nature concerned with it.
You must be clear on how much time you want to spend on your interest. Time is a necessity when it comes to pursuing radio-controlled hobbies in a serious manner. You will need enough time at hand if you want to pursue the amateur radio hobby. The same holds good for RC hobbies dealing with toys and other gadgets.
It goes without mention that financial investment is of vital importance. Infact it is the crossing where you go from an aspiring radio hobbyist to a real radio hobbyist. Amateur radio sets usually come in ready to use form. The more expensive a model, the better its quality and range is. Similarly, the latest and most updated RC models will need a substantial investment.