How to become a Radio Amateur in the UK

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How do I become a radio amateur?
The best way to start is by listening to other amateurs on any of the amateur bands—frequencies reserved for use by radio amateurs. Try 3.5MHz upwards, or 7MHz upwards for starters. There are ways of doing this even if you have no receiving equipment—see below. Listen to what’s being said, listen to how it’s done and imagine yourself in that place.
For a full list of amateur frequencies in the UK see Band Plans and Information.
If you like what you hear, and would like to become a member of of that community, then you can join the RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) as a listener, and receive the monthly magazine RadCom, which keeps you abreast of what’s happening in the world of amateur radio and is full of ideas, tips and useful information. You can then start thinking about getting a licence yourself. It’s easy, and you will find lots of other amateurs only too willing to help you on your way—that’s part of the ethos of being a radio amateur. You can find out more about getting a transmitting licence in the FAQs to follow or by visiting Training.

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

RSGB Amateur Radio Survey

The Radio Society of Great Britain is inviting all UK radio amateurs to complete an online questionnaire

The survey will be available until the end of 2015, and an anonymous analysis of the data will be published on the RSGB website with a summary in RadCom sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

Take the RSGB Amateur Radio Survey – http://www.rsgb.org/ar-survey

The RSGB President John Gould @G3WKL talks about the survey in this Essex Ham interview –
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/rsgb-survey-2015.html


RSGB Amateur Radio Survey

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300