Last fall, Pierce got hooked on Morse code. He'd memorized it and was going around 'speaking' in Morse code. I mentioned (casually - I had no idea where this was going to lead at the time) that HAM radio operators used Morse code sometimes. Next thing I knew I was having to tell Pierce every bit my (very limited) knowledge of HAM radio.
Pierce started studying for his license exam (issued by the FCC) in December. He used a computer program that the local amateur radio club put on my laptop for him. For Christmas, he got a small, handheld portable HAM radio. He was able to listen in but wouldn't be able to talk on it until he passed his exam.
In January he sat for the test, which was offered at the Red Cross in Roanoke. He was so excited when he passed at the technician level. He is hoping to take the general level test at some point in the future. But for now, he can finally talk on his radio. He went to a local field day in January, where he got to try to make contact with people all over the nation. He talked to people in places like Kansas and Tennessee.