Yaesu FT991A - one of the new breed of Amateur Radio Transceivers
With some basic training for a licence, anyone can use radio to communicate with others across the world
Amateur Radio is all about developing practical skills and knowledge for Radio Communication. Using home-built or commercially available radio transmitters and receivers, Radio Amateurs, or 'Hams', continue to develop the use of a wide range of frequencies and modes that are often at the cutting edge of radio technology. Many also find time to meet, learn, and chat on air about their fascinating hobby.
Radio Amateurs also use their knowledge and equipment to provide Emergency Communication in times of crisis. In 2011, Japanese Radio Amateurs provided a vital service in establishing local and international radio communication when the Tsunami destroyed all communication infrastructure. In the UK, all Licenced Radio Amateurs can provide this vital service.
It's a fantastic feeling to have designed, built, and tuned your own radio antenna, and to make contact with other Radio Amateurs both locally and across the world. Amateur Radio is great fun.
But it's also a great way to learn. Radio Communication is a vital part of everyday life - from mobile phones to internet communication, from satellite communication to low power local networks. And Amateur Radio is engaged with developing all of them.
Link up with a local hub
Click on the markers in the map below to make contact with one of the participating Amateur Radio hubs in the area. An email to the contact will link you to a community of licenced Amateur Radio operators who will gladly help get you started in the hobby.