GW7ERI AMATEUR RADIO

TUTSHILL - CHEPSTOW - MONMOUTHSHIRE

UNITED KINGDOM

IO81QP  -  51.38.22N  -  02.39.48W

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ham Radio Home Page

'Jake - The Station Manager'

 

Welcome to my Amateur (Ham) Radio main page. This web site is an on going project, and new sections will be added over time. 

Follow the 'Live APRS' link to generate a map showing local APRS beacon activity in the region, and check out the 'News' page for up to date information relevant to Ham Radio. 

You can also take a look at my 'Online Log Book' and see which radio stations I have made contact with. Visit the 'DXCC List,' to find out which countries I have contacted by radio.  

There are many different operating 'awards' open to Radio Hams, and these can come in the form of a nice certificate, a wooden wall plaque, or indeed cups and trophies for outstanding achievements. To illustrate this, some of my award certificates are shown in the 'Awards' section.

Once a radio conversation (QSO) has taken place, the contact may be confirmed by the exchange of a 'QSL' card. My QSL card is shown in the top right of this page. Cards can either be sent via the 'bureau' (an Amateur Radio clearing house for dispatching and receiving cards, run by national radio societies,) or direct through the normal postal system. Electronic cards can be sent and received via the internet. Collecting cards is fun in its own right, and a fresh batch dropping through the letterbox always generates some excitement! Amateurs put a lot of work into the design of their cards with photographs of their localities or radio station, and some older cards can be quite collectable. 

The HF and VHF Station Info links show pictures and details of the radio equipment I use.  

Amongst other space related pages, the 'Space' link tells the story of how I contacted the MIR Space Station by radio. The ISS pages demonstrate how you can contact the International Space Station, and perhaps speak to an astronaut, or use ISS on board radio equipment to contact other Hams! 

From making a voice or data contact via satellite, through to chatting to another local station on a VHF repeater, there are many activities and challenges to enjoy within the Amateur Radio hobby. 'Special Event' stations are set up to celebrate both national and local occasions, and introduce Amateur Radio to the  public. Contests are organized where you can attempt to contact as many stations, or perhaps as many countries, as possible within a given period of time.

From Microwaves to Very Low Frequencies - Amateurs have radio band allocations through the entire electromagnetic radio frequency spectrum. You can operate from home, mobile in your car (be safe and sensible though!) or even haul your radio gear up a mountain and participate in the 'Summits on The Air' program. Build and operate your own equipment, or simply purchase a radio transmitter,  the choice is yours.

 Part of the Amateur Radio Licensing terms require a Radio Ham's station equipment be made available for use by the authorities in times of emergency. Many operators give up their free time to train for these situations, and provide backup and auxiliary communications facilities for 'User Services,' which include national and local government officials. Hams have been actively involved all over the world at times of natural disaster, and have provided vital links when telephone networks and the like are inoperable. 

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To find out more about Amateur Radio, and how you can obtain a license, follow this link to the Radio Society of Great Britain:

http://www.rsgb.org/

United Kingdom Amateur emergency communications fall under the remit of RAYNET. To obtain further information about the organization and its activities visit:

http://www.raynet-uk.net/

Details of our local Gwent RAYNET Group can be found at:

http://www.mw1azr.org.uk/