The National Traffic System is a great way to get involved with the hobby of Amateur Radio. It teaches you some message handling techniques and provides you with contacts. If you ever wanted to start using that skill more and would like someone to talk with you can get an Amateur Radio PenPal.
NTS PenPal is a system started by a Texas Traffic Manager to connect Amateur Radio Operators with others around the country and around the world. This gives you the opportunity to send traffic of all kinds and get responses back. Teaching message handling skills and also emergency preparedness. So, if you are interested click on the link, sign up and wait to see who and where you will get connected.