British Amateur Television Club

Amateur television

Whether it’s watching live video from the International Space Station, developing high-speed data links to carry digital TV signals, helping produce programs for live streaming, building pre-amps and high power amplifiers for the microwave bands or restoring vintage cameras and outside broadcast vans, the world of Amateur Television (ATV) has something to interest everyone!

Amateur television is a fascinating area of amateur radio covering all aspects of video production, editing, transmission and reception of television and has always been at the forefront of the technology revolution. Many stations are now transmitting Digital pictures (DATV) using the DVB broadcast standards and using video streaming technologies to exchange pictures with ATV operators around the world.

All amateur bands above 432 MHz are suitable for amateur TV, along with the experimental-NoV bands at 71 MHz and 146 MHz which support the innovative use of DATV at VHF.


Further information:

  • The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) publishes a quarterly magazine with all the latest ATV news and construction projects
  • It also maintains a Wiki with lots of useful information, and runs a forum about amateur television.
  • Membership of the BATC can be purchased online and is free to students in full-time education