Amateur radio as practiced today began in the early 20th century. As with radio in general, amateur radio was associated with various amateur experimenters and hobbyists. Enthusiasts have significantly contributed to science, research, engineering, industry, and social services. Amateur Radio has contributed to founding new industries, building economies, empowering nations, and saving lives. Radio is also a tool for the classroom that can assist with the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and STEAM (The addition of Art) skills.
Amateur licensing is a routine civil administrative matter. Amateurs must pass an examination to demonstrate technical knowledge, operating competence, and awareness of legal and regulatory requirements. Many amateurs begin with a fascination of radio communication and then combine other personal interests such as 4WD and camping. Some of the focal areas amateurs pursue include radio contesting, radio propagation study, public service communication, technical experimentation, and computer networking to name a few. An amateur radio license grants permission to the license holder to own, modify, and operate equipment that is not certified by a governmental regulatory agency. This encourages amateur radio operators to experiment with home-constructed or modified equipment.
The two most common modes for voice transmissions are frequency modulation (FM) and single sideband (SSB). FM offers high quality audio signals, while SSB is better at long distance communication when bandwidth is restricted. Computer-based (digital) modes and methods have now supplemented CW or Morse Code.
A Foundation Licence provides an easy first step into the world of Amateur Radio. There are currently three grades of Amateur Licences namely the Advanced, Standard and Foundation licences. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the Australian regulator responsible for, amongst other things, radio communications and administration of the Radio Communications Act.
Expert assistance is also available from club volunteers. For more information on classes and self-study options, please call in and have a chat on a Saturday morning.
If you feel you are ready to take the exam then please contact the Club to arrange your assessment.