I have been interested in amateur radio for a long time and received my first licence in 1989. Amateur radio allows anyone to fiddle to their heart’s content with radio and computer technology, make friends worldwide and even take part in research if that is what they want to do.
Amateurs offer radio communications in an emergency, and put their own satellites into space. An amateur payload mission to Mars is being built.
You can make your own equipment, purchase commercial gear, or buy some and make some – the freedom is yours!
A licence is required before you can be let loose on the air waves, and in the UK there are 3 levels of competence – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. You can register for a training course here.
I am active on HF plus VHF, from fixed locations or portable from the countryside, using voice and computerised digital modes. I’m also involved with the UK 5MHz Experiment, assisting with data validation and collection.
I have included some articles on this site which I hope you might find interesting.