Be a Radio Amateur

How to be a radio amateur at BVARS

To be a Radio Amateur at BVARS, contact the club as getting involved in the hobby isn’t difficult and there are no age limits. Many have passed the exams before they had started secondary school whilst many amateurs only became interested in radio after retirement.

Licensed Radio Amateur operators are known as Radio Hams and getting involved in the hobby isn’t difficult.

If all you want to do is listen to shortwave radio broadcast stations, Amateur Radio stations, or other utility stations that you are legally allowed to listen to, simply obtain the equipment you need and off you go. Okay, you’d benefit from joining your local Amateur Radio club to learn the ropes, but other than that you’re free to go about your hobby.

However, if you want to communicate with other Radio Hams then you’ll need a licence; but don’t let that put you off. To obtain a Foundation licence you simply need to pass a test that contains less than thirty questions to test your basic (and we mean basic) understanding of radio communications and the implications if things don’t go quite as you planned.

The Blackmore Vale Amateur Radio Society runs Foundation and Intermediate Courses to prepare you to take the required tests.