Amateur Radio

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Amateur radio

An amateur radio station “in the field” (Image credit: Trevor MW0TDZ)

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby that uses designated radio frequencies for the non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

It is the only hobby governed by international treaty, and participants can transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to them.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in many ways; these are a few examples:

  • Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships 
  • Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an 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 ensure you keep the capability to do so

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)

The RSGB is the national membership society for UK amateur radio enthusiasts.

The Society exists to protect, promote and enhance the use, understanding and enjoyment of wireless communication. It encourages experimentation and the use of new technology. It encourages active participation in a wide range of amateur radio activities and supports a community of diverse but like-minded people. The Society works to increase awareness and understanding of amateur radio and to make amateur radio accessible to everyone.

The RSGB represents the interests of the UK’s 75,000 licensed radio amateurs to the UK government through Ofcom, the UK radio spectrum regulator, and to the international organisations that govern the hobby. It also conducts the examinations that are required for enthusiasts to become licensed as radio amateurs.

The Society has 22,000 members including thousands across the world.

From 1952 until his death in 2021, the Society’s Patron was HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT 


Want to find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more about amateur radio, the RSGB or the GB70 special event stations, here are a few resources for you: