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 and licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple examination.

In conjunction with radio clubs around the UK, the RSGB provides examinations to enable you to become a radio amateur and then to progress through the three levels of licence. Study for the first level is straightforward and may 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 online advice and guidance. The monthly RSGB membership publication RadCom is a “must have” for all aspiring radio amateurs.

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

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