On The Air: Amateur Radio Links
On The Air activations and events – amateur radio links to help you in the hobby.
On The Air – activations
- Parks On The Air: https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?
- Summits On The Air (SOTA): https://www.sota.org.uk/
- Worked All Britain (WAB): http://wab.intermip.net/default.php
On The Air – events
- British Inland Waterways On The Air: https://nharg.org.uk/biwota – Saturday 29th August to Monday 31st August 2020
- Churches And Chapels On The Air (CHOTA): http://www.wacral.org/ – Saturday 12th September 2020
- International Lighthouse Lightship: https://illw.net/ – 00.01 UTC 22nd August to 2400 UTC 23rd August 2020 (48 hours)
- International Museums Weekends: http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/ – Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st June 2020 and Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th June 2020
- Jamboree On The Air / Jamboree On The Internet: https://jotajoti.scouts.org.uk/ – Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th October 2020
- Mills On the Air: held on the same weekend as National Mills Weekend – 9th to 10th May 2020
- Pubs And Clubs On The Air (PACOTA): https://www.g6tw.org.uk/pacota/pacota-report/ – Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th May 2020
- Railways On The Air: https://rota.barac.org.uk/ – 26th to 27th September 2020
- SOS Radio Week: http://www.sosradioweek.org.uk/ – 1st to 31st May 2020
- Thinking Day On The Air: https://www.guides-on-the-air.co.uk/ – 22nd to 23rd February 2020
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.