Amateur Radio: an introduction

Malcolm G3PDH operating HF at special event station GB0CMS

Malcolm G3PDH operating HF at special event station GB0CMS on International Marconi Day.

Anyone can listen in to amateur radio transmissions. If you’re new to amateur radio, then listening-in for a while is a good way to get a feel for what is going on.

To become a radio amateur, licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple practical and theory examination.

In conjunction with radio clubs around the UK, the RSGB provides the examinations to enable you to become a radio amateur and then to progress through the various levels of licence — three in all. Study for the first level is straightforward and can often be accomplished in a weekend.  More details about the exams can be found in our information for students.

The RSGB also publishes a range of books and provides on-line advice and guidance. The monthly publication RadCom is a “must have” for all aspiring radio amateurs.

Once you have obtained your first licence, the RSGB is there to hold your hand through the early days as a licensed radio amateur, and to provide advice and guidance as you progress.

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