Amateur radio links you are sure to find useful
This is a list of some of my most useful amateur radio links found on the internet. I had previously saved these as web browser bookmarks. However, over the years I have changed browsers and even laptops and kept losing saved browser bookmarks. Transferring bookmarks from one browser to the next was not very practical. Therefore, I now keep my most useful links here. Why don’t you have a click through and see if there is anything here of interest to you? So please take a look at some of these amateur radio links you are sure to find useful.
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.