Amateur radio is not the same as
The frequencies allocated for amateur radio are different to
those allocated for marine radio.
Marine radio as a safety and distress
element where amateur radio should be considered as a hobby.
having amateur radio onboard along side marine radio does allow for more
Having an amateur radio licence allows you to
operate two-way radio from your home, car or yacht.
You can communicate by
voice or computers (email) with other amateur radio stations all over the
world. You can send emails via HF and VHF amateur radio, through the global
amateur radio network, visit www.winlink.org
for details. You can also
send your position and have it displayed on the Internet so that anyone with
access to the Internet can see where you are,
click here to
see position reports
Using amateur radio you are not permitted to
transmit any business type information. In the UK amateurs are allowed to
transmit third party greeting messages.
It has never been easier to
obtain an amateur radio licence, here in the U.K. there are 3 classes of
licence, foundation licence, Intermediate licence and full licence.
foundation licence allows you to operate on most amateur frequencies, but with
restrictions. Unfortunately with a foundation licence you are not permitted to
operate from a vessel at sea. To obtain a foundation licence you need to pass a
short foundation licence paper. Many amateur radio clubs run the foundation
licence course and exam over a weekend.
Intermediate licence allows you
to operate of all amateur bands.
The full licence offer all privileges,
you can operate on all ham bands, even from your yacht. To obtain a full
licence you need to pass the City and Guilds Amateur Exam which is held twice a
year . Click here
for more information on obtaining a UK amateur
Since 26 July 2003 radio amateurs in the UK no longer have
to do a Morse test.
For more information on amateur radio visit the
Radio Society of Great Britain web site at httm://www.rsgb.org
or the American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) at http://www.arrl.org