#36 Heimir Sverrisson: The world of Amateur Radio

“I remember the first time I got electrocuted”

Welcome everyone and thanks for tuning in to episode 36 of the It Matters To Me Podcast, a show that celebrates the random through 1-on-1 conversations with people and the passions they pursue.

With me today is Heimir Thor Sverrisson, yes you heard me correctly, his middle name is in fact Thor.

Born in Iceland, Heimir grew up as a self-described nerd and tinkerer who was fascinated with what made the everyday objects around him work.

That curiosity led him to study electrical engineering at the University of Denmark which helped pave the way to long and successful career in technology.

Today, Heimir lives up in Boulder, Colorado and keeps that spark of wonderment alive as a licensed amateur radio operator or as some of you might know it as, HAM radio.

Dating back over 100-years, HAM radio is one of the most basic ways we humans started communicating around the globe with incredible speeds.

Using high-frequency radio waves to bounce signals between the ionosphere, the upper part of our atmosphere, and the earth itself, these broadcasting systems completely revolutionized societies when they first came out.

Even in today’s world of Elon Musk seemingly sending a rocket into outer space every week, HAM radio operators can provide a vital resource in emergency situations after a natural disaster has struck.

As of today, there are just under 800,000 HAM radio operators in the U.S. and while that number may seem pretty large, that’s just 0.2% of the country’s population.

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