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. Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
Once licensed, you can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field, at a club station, or at home.
Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, but all have to demonstrate a level of competence in both the theory and practice of radio station technology and operation. In the UK licenses are issued by OFCOM and the examinations are managed by the Radio Society of Great Britain on behalf of OFCOM. The examinations are incremental in their testing of a candidate's skill set, ranging from Foundation through Intermediate to Advanced. A licence permits operation at defined maximum power ratings on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies allocated by International agreement for use by ham radio operators.
Band range from medium to microwave frequencies.
Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways: Contacting people all over the world, competing in international competitions, technical experimentation, communication through amateur space satellites, and providing communications at times of emergencies.