Amateur radio blogs – continue to be updated.
Amateur radio blogs continue to be updated during the current pandemic difficulties. Hopefully, you and your families and friends are safe and well. Here are some amateur radio blog sites that I hope you will find of interest.
AB1OC and AB1QB – This blog shares Fred (AB1OC) and Anita’s (AB1QB) experiences in building and operating a state of the art Amateur Radio station. Fred and Anita are relatively new HAMs having been licensed in 2010/2011: https://stationproject.blog/ .
G1KQH’s Amateur Radio Blog “The Font of all Knowledge”: http://g1kqh.blogspot.com/ .
G4AKC HF Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobile: https://www.g4akc.co.uk/ . This blog documents his continuing pedestrian and bicycle HF developments and refinements.
G6NHU: http://qso365.co.uk/ . This is a regularly updated blog going back to 2010.
M0UKD: https://m0ukd.com/ . I particularly like this blog for the inverted vee calculator https://m0ukd.com/calculators/inverted-vee-antenna/ and the end fed half wave antenna design https://m0ukd.com/homebrew/baluns-and-ununs/end-fed-half-wave-antenna-tuned-coupler-efhw/.
M0TAZ: http://m0taz.co.uk/ . Lots of good stuff from Dave M0TAZ who turns out to be a good friend of John M0UKD.
M3HHY Lewis’s Youtube channel, reviewing handheld transceivers and radio gadgets: https://www.youtube.com/user/RINGWAYMANCHESTER/videos .
I hope you find at least one of these blogs stimulating and that they refresh your interest in amateur radio. Please bookmark any that you find interesting, and click on them again later for further updates. And don’t forget to drop by my blog https://m0nvq.me again for more news!
What is amateur radio?
Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service. As a licensed amateur radio operator, you are permitted to transmit and receive radio signals on frequency bands allocated for use by amateur radio amateurs. Amateur radio operators use these designated bands of radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications. A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Amateur radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
Amateur radio operators use the amateur radio bands for a variety of purposes:
- Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships,
- Competing in international competitions to test the effectiveness of their equipment and their skill as a radio operator,
- Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
- Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station),
- Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to maintain that capability.
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.