What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio (sometimes referred to as Ham radio) is arguably the most popular scientific hobby! The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) defines The Hobby   this way…

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

Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

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 can contact other amateurs all over the world by radio often developing into international friendships. Many amateurs take part in competitions to test the effectiveness of their equipment and their operating ability. Experimentation by amateurs has frequently lead to major radio technology improvements.

There is so much more to amateur radio. Have a look at these YouTube videos by the RSGB for a more interesting view of the possibilities Ham Radio presents.

A Twenty-first Century Hobby
an RSGB video

Have you tried?
an RSGB video

Schools Speaking to Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station
an RSGB video