- ham or amateur radio is a fascinating hobby for all
Amateur radio or ham radio is a fascinating hobby that has captivated the interest of countless thousands of people since its inception around 1898. Radio amateurs have lead the field in many aspects of radio development and today they are still trailblazing many areas of technology. Yet the hobby can also be a relaxation. Many radio amateurs or hams enjoy talking to friends around the globe. Others enjoy contacting people in far and distant lands, while others enjoy constructing their own equipment. What ever one's interest, ham radio is a hobby that has something for everyone.
The basics of the fascinating hobby of ham radio, what it entails and how you can enjoy it
- What is ham radio
- How amateur radio can be used for emergency communications
- Ham radio shacks and how to set them up
- Ham radio call signs
- UK amateur radio call signs
Radio propagation and band characteristics for radio hams
When using the amateur radio bands, it is essential to have a knowledge of the characteristics of the various bands and how signals propagate on them. The pages below give the essentials that any radio amateur needs to know.
- 136 kHz LF ham band overview
- HF ham bands overview
- VHF ham bands overview
- UHF ham bands overview
- Meteor scatter communications
- Auroral propagation
- Sporadic E or Es propagation
- Moonbounce propagation or EME
Ham radio equipment
The equipment within an amateur radio station is important. Everything from the microphone, morse key, or keyboard through to the antenna, each plays its part in the ham radio station.
- Hints and tips on installing an antenna
- Hints and tips on buying used ham radio equipment
Ham radio operating
The pages below give the essential information required for operating on the various modes and how to conduct contacts.
- HF band contact or QSO format
- Morse / CW contact or QSO format
- Amateur radio repeaters what they are and how to use them
- Ham radio contests and contesting
- Ham radio contesting hints and tips
- QRP operation
Modes of transmission for amateur radio operation
When transmitting and receiving amateur radio transmissions, it is found that there is a wide variety of different modes that can be used. From the simplest forms of Morse transmissions through a variety of analogue voice transmissions to sophisticated digimodes, there is a very good vareity to choose from.
- What is the Morse code
- Chart or table of Morse code characters
- Tutorial on how to learn and practice the Morse code
- A look at Morse code keys and keyers showing what is available now and some historical keys
- Summary of digimodes used in amateur radio
- RTTY - Radio Teletype
- AMTOR - Amateur Telex Over Radio
- Amateur Packet Radio
- Summary of SSTV - Slow scan television
Abbreviations and codes
Pages identifying some of the major codes and abbreviations used by radio amateurs today.
- RST Code
- Q Code
QSL cards are widely used within amateur radio to confirm contacts. Collecting them can be an interesting sideline in its own right
- QSL cards