Amateur radio is responsible for putting hundreds of thousands of people all over the world into direct contact with each other every day. I have contacted Radio Amateurs in over 300 different countries from my home in Whixall, Shropshire, UK. Click on the station details button to see some photographs of my "Radio Shack". The image on my homepage is my QSL card, this is a postal confirmation of a contact, many "hams" like to exchange and collect them. Operators how I have contacted can search my logbook on this site and print an E-QSL card.
World-wide there are two million licensed radio enthusiasts (my officail callsign is G4UJS) spread across virtually every country, who are free to operate from the comfort of their own homes.
Age, profession, nationality, political and ethnic barriers are non-existent, thus promoting international friendship and understanding. Amateur radio can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female and even the most severely disabled can make friends around the world from their own home.
Contacts may be made using speech or Morse code, between computers and even by television. Radio amateurs have built satellites for their own use.
Because radio amateurs are permitted to use a wide range of frequencies and types of transmission, they must be qualified operators. Training is available from radio clubs or technical colleges, depending on the qualification needed. A Novice Licence scheme available in many countries provides an easy way to become a radio amateur.
What Can I Do?
Amateur radio can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some of the ways in which you can enjoy this interest are:
To view a video about Amateur Radio click here.
To see how effective Morse Code is click here to view the CW v SMS Contest (from the Jay Leno show 13th May 2005)
For more information on amateur radio, check out the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) or the American Amateur Radio League (ARRL)