What does HAM mean in Amateur Radio?

This page is about the meanings of the acronym/abbreviation/shorthand HAM in the Academic & Science field in general and in the Amateur Radio terminology in particular.

'synonym' Federal Communications Communication licensed Amateur Radio Operator

'HAM' apparently emerged out of the 'kilocycles' of early radio experimenters and 'spark-gap' Morse-code addicts. Another name created and widely accepted; 'Radio-Shack' was the closet-sized room aboard ships known for the noisy, acrid accented atmosphere generated by 'spark-gap' transmitters and sensitive 'coherers': Radio -ops were referred as 'Sparkies' or 'SPARKS': YE ED, FMF WB8AXI, 09/16/2013

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ham, jambon, gammon(noun)
meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)

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