Interested in electronics or gadgets?
Into shortwave radio listening?
Want to understand how radio works?
Used a CB radio or PMR, and looking to explore other areas of the radio spectrum?
Played with a walkie-talkie as a kid, and want to know more?
Looking for a diverse technical hobby?
Keen to further your knowledge and technical understanding?
Chat to local hams using the 2 metre and 70cm bands
Talk to other operators in the UK, Europe and around the world
Link your computer to your radio and the Internet using technologies such as EchoLink (think Skype for Amateurs)
Digital modes including SSTV, JT65 and FT8
Talk to the International Space Station – Most astronauts are licensed amateurs and are occasionally available for a contact as they fly over
Experiment with radio – Investigate different aerial types, radios and transmission modes. Some amateurs are even bouncing signals off the moon
Take part in contests – See how far you can get, and how many contacts you can make
Events in the community and helping out in emergencies
Learn and operate Morse code (known as CW), and communicate around the world
Special events – Amateurs are often out-and-about spreading the word (see our Events page and Calendar for more info)
Amateur radio is about making friends. It’s a community, and amateur radio operators are keen to share their knowledge and help others