Darenth Valley Radio Society

What Is Amateur Radio

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio

frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and

emergency communications.

You do not need a licence to listen to amateur radio operators, only to transmit.

Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated

specifically to the radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

• Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international


• Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you

are as an  operator

• Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by

radio amateurs

• Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which

carries an amateur radio station)

• Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep

the capability to do so.

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