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Beginners Guide to Amateur Radio
Are there any other aspects of Amateur Radio I might find
We'll take a quick look at some at some more specialised
elements of the hobby:
Contesting this is for
those who have a competitive inclination. Here the aim is to achieve as many contacts in a
given period of time as possible. There are numerous contests on different bands
throughout the year.
there are groups around the world dedicated to providing emergency communications during
times of disaster. Particular examples have been during earthquakes, hurricanes etc. A bit
like a St. Johns Ambulance organisation for radio!
Moonbounce this is a
very specialised form of communication which involves literally bouncing signals off the
moon to speak to other amateurs around the world.
Some of the orbiting satellites around the earth are capable of receiving and
retransmitting amateur radio signals. So you can communicate to other stations through
these satellites. Often astronauts visiting the MIR space station and others aboard the
shuttle are Radio Amateurs and on occasions (when time permits) have had conversations or
sent pictures to amateur radio stations located on the earth.
All this sounds very geeky to me I don't want a hobby
where I'm stuck indoors all the time!
Well you don't have to be! Amateur Radio gear can be
taken outdoors you know!, either portable or in a car or a boat or even a bicycle! The
possibilities are endless! Do remember that for those who are housebound because of their
health, Amateur radio can provide a vital link with the outside world.
You've talked about various frequencies Amateurs can use;
what are they?
Frequency allocations or bands as they are known, vary
from country to country but follow a similar pattern. First of all there are short wave
allocations at 1.8Mhz, 3.5Mhz, 7Mhz, 10.1Mhz, 14.0Mhz, 18Mhz, 21Mhz, 24Mhz, 28Mhz. These
start just above medium wave (1.8Mhz) and end just below where VHF (very high frequency)
officially starts (30Mhz). There are also VHF allocations at 50Mhz, 70Mhz, and 144Mhz.
Next there is an allocation in the UHF (ultra high frequency) band just below where most
TV signals are broadcast at 430Mhz. Finally there are allocations in the microwave bands
the most popular being 1.3Ghz and 10Ghz (mobile phones often operate just below and above
Why are there so many frequencies?
Basically the various frequencies behave in different
ways and have differing ranges. Generally speaking the short wave bands can be used for
world-wide communications, whilst the higher bands are used for more local communication.
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