Amateur Radio Overview

Amateur radio is a technical hobby that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio is governed by international treaty. Regulated in the UK by OFCOM, and managed by the Radio Society of Great Britain

To quote the RSGB:

As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

– Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships

– Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator

– Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs

– Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)

– Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.

The OARC provide a number of training offering – to find out more click here