Does it work by pedaling some sort of generator like the one I had in the army ?
Only QRP stations work off the mains nowadays (the hobby there is to get a transmission all around the world with hardly enough power for a flash light). Some people like me build their own transceiver and antennas, most order it out of a catalog nowadays. The only prerequisite is to pass the operators test (comes in two types: technical for up to 100 Watts power or unlimited, test for technical is very easy). I don't know if France has a reciprocity agreement with the US and if they allow testing in English.
Edited by questionmark, 12 April 2012 - 10:01 PM.