Southport and District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC)
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.
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 friendships
- 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.
There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.
A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.
The above text is copied from the RSGB website.
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is the overall body representing Amature Radio interests in the UK since 1913.
Some links to Amateur Radio Sites:
The Southport and District Amateur Radio Club has:
All our face to face meetings and special events are currently cancelled. We hope to be back as soon as it is safe. In the meantime join us every Sunday on our 2m net at 19.30, initially on the calling frequency (145.500) and the QSY to a free channel.
CORVID RESTRICTS FACE TO FACE MEETING AT THIS TIME BUT WE HAVE MONTHLY ZOOM MEETINGS THAT VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN BY FIRST CONTACTING THE SECRETARY.
HF AND VHF/UHF CONTESTS:
Contesting can be great fun; several club members take part in various contests during the year to earn points for the club in various RSGB contests. Why not join in!
SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS:
Special event stations promote Amateur Radio to the public and celebrate various local and national events; they’re also a great opportunity to get to know fellow members better.
TRAINING COURSES & SUPPORT PROGRAMMES:
We offer, jointly with another club, training for the radio exams. If you are interested in getting licensed please contact us.