Amateur radio blogs

Amateur radio blogs updated in 2020

Amateur radio blogs that have not been updated for ages are a real pain. It can be frustrating to search a topic on Google, only to be led to a web page from over ten years ago.

Therefore, I decided to find and review some amateur radio blog sites that have fresh posts for 2020. So here goes – amateur radio blog sites to bookmark for 2020.

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: . On 16th January 2020, their new post provided an update on the Winter Field Day 2020.

G1KQH’s Amateur Radio Blog “The Font of all Knowledge”: . On 15th February 2020, their latest post talked about G3LEK, who had encouraged G1KQH to be become interested in amateur radio many years ago.

Amateur radio blog by Dave G4AKC shows his real passion for portable HF operation
Dave G4AKC has a real passion for portable HF operation

G4AKC HF Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobile: . His latest post, published earlier in February 2020 documents his further developments in pedestrian HF operation.

G6NHU: . The latest post dated 20th February 2020 ( at the time of me writing this post is actually today) details how to set up a Yaesu System Fusion reflector.

M0TAZ: . The blog post of 22nd January 2020 describes his visit to Thurrock Acorns Radio Club where he gave a talk on SDR radios.

M3HHY Lewis’s Youtube channel, reviewing handheld transceivers and radio gadgets: . Lewis talks about 5 Strange and Unusual Radio Transmissions in this YouTube video blog of 17th February 2020.

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 again for more news!

Successful RADARS Winter Rally 2019

Successful RADARS Winter Rally 2019

Successful RADARS Winter Rally
Successful RADARS Winter Rally

Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society (RADARS) recently held a very successful Winter Rally. A record 227 guests attended, which exceeds greatly exceeds the attendance of the Summer Rally held earlier this year and the Winter Rally held last year.

Furthermore, many people commented about how they enjoyed the rally and a number of traders reported good takings.

Successful RADARS Winter Rally
Some of the 227 guests

Instead of the usual burst of people coming in and then disappearing after a short visit that was seen at previous rallies, this time people seemed to stay for quite a time and the crowd did not really thin until about 1:00pm.

Guest speaker Keiran Wilkinson
Guest speaker Keiran Wilkinson

A major contributor to the success of the rally was guest speaker Keiran Wilkinson, IT Director at Hack:Oldham. He spoke about how you can use Computer Aided Design, 3D printing and laser cutting to create project enclosures and casings involvement.

So popular was his talk that it was delivered three times: the first at 10:30am and then twice more. And I am sure Keiran also generated interest for Hack:Oldham.

Successful RADArS Winter Rally

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.