What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio is a public service and a technical hobby regulated internationally by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and in the UK by Ofcom. It allows radio experimenters and enthusiasts to communicate with like-minded people throughout the UK and to experiment with all aspects of radio.

If you have an interest in anything to do with radio, communication or electronics, then Amateur Radio could be the hobby for you.

Since the early days of radio or ‘wireless’, enthusiastic amateur experimenters and hobbyists have used radios to communicate with each other.

Originally using a key to tap out Morse Code on the Short Wave bands, but technologies improved as Radio Amateurs invented and adopted other means of communication so today ‘Ham Radio’ operators have access to the LF, HF Short Wave bands, VHF, UHF and Microwave frequencies.

Communication involves voice, Morse code and a host of specialised data modes and digitial formats linking computers to the radio and offering hybrid communication using VOIP and internet linking.

Something for everyone

People of all ages from all backgrounds take up the hobby and unlike the ‘Tony Hancock’ stereotype many more young people are joining in every year.

Amateur Radio has many facets: electronics, engineering, physics and computing are at the core, plus the more social skills that help us to make friends around the world.

Many radio hams join clubs where they find a wealth of practical advice, training, organised on-the-air activities as well as an opportunity to make friends on the air and off.

South Kesteven ARS (SKARS) are a young progressive club keen to embrace new technologies.

To become an licensed Amateur Radio operator, please read the “Getting Licensed” page and then find out how you can train with SKARS.

Here is a two minute taster of Amateur Radio from the EssexHam group