Amateur Radio

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My interest in amateur radio goes back some 25 years. I was en route to South Georgia in the south atlantic, to take up a job as a radio operator mechanic with the British Antarctic Survey. A colleague mentioned that it was possible to get an amateur radio licence. On the way through Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and curious, I made the necessary arrangements and was issued with my licence some two weeks after arriving at South Georgia. Very soon I was hooked.


The hobby is a very diverse one, the aim being for the individual to develop knowledge, by theory and practice, in radio communications. There are many ways of achieving that aim. My main interest is high frequency (HF) radio using voice and morse (an antiquated mode by modern data rate standards, but still very effective). Others use very high frequency (VHF), ultra high frequency (UHF), super high frequency (SHF) with some experimenting at low frequency (LF). I've already mentioned voice and morse, but there are many other methods that can be used, such as short scan television (SSTV), teleprinters (RTTY) and facsimile (FAX) but ultimately, all methods use radio as a medium to get the information from one place to another, be it line of sight, via the ionosphere, a satellite or maybe bouncing signals off the moon.

I don't intend to give an in depth knowledge of the hobby but share a little of my interest in radio with you......