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Amateur Radio sometimes known as ham radio.
is both a hobby and a service that uses various types of radio equipment allowing communication with other radio amateurs for the purpose of self-training, recreation and public service.

Amateurs known as hams, ham radio operators or the legal term Radio Amateur.
The source of the name ham is not known but it has been around almost from the beginning of amateur radio radio in the early 1900s.
The name amateur has nothing to do with skill or knowledge but rather implies that ham radio cannot be used for commercial or revenue generating purposes.

Do you need a license?
Yes to operate legaly as a amateur radio operator on designated Amateur bands.

While license application requirements vary by country, Amateur Radio is controlled by international law and agreements because radio waves do not stop for international borders

PMR, CB, radios and LPD are generally licence free subject to very stringent constraints, country of operation, power output, mode of transmission
antenna size and band/frequencies that you can use legally.

The UK Amateur radio Foundation Licence.

The best approach to attaining your foundation licence would be to attend a course at your local radio club.
Find a local club

However this may be not podiblel in some cases due to logistics, disability and other comitments.
Self study may be the only option and attend a short practical course/test
or a local examiner do the practical at your home in cases of disability etc. do contact your regional examiner for
your location for more help

The foundation course is realy easy and straightforward and focuses on safety, how to avoid interference and good operating practice. It lasts about 10 hours altogether, and is followed by an assessment consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions.

The course covers the following:

  1. The nature of amateur radio
  2. Licence conditions
  3. Technical basics
  4. Transmitters and receivers
  5. Feeders and antennas
  6. Propagation
  7. EMC
  8. Operating practices and procedures
  9. Safety
  10. Morse "assessment" don’t be put of by Morse its easier than you think you can use a crib sheet.

Intermediate Radio Amateur Examination (IRAE).

The IRAE is a 75-minute examination, consisting of 45 multiple-choice questions on the subjects covered in the Training Course.

The examination is based on subjects covered in the practical Training Course. The Amateur Radio (Intermediate) Licence Schedule is available for reference throughout the examination. The subjects covered in the examination are as follows:

  1. Receivers and receiving techniques
  2. Components, applications and units
  3. Measurements
  4. Propagation and antennas
  5. Transmitters and transmitting techniques
  6. Operating techniques
  7. Station layout
  8. Construction
  9. Safety
  10. Licensing conditions

Full Radio Amateur Licence

To be updated but some very good links below






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