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The Andover Radio Amateur Club is for those who wish to explore the globe by radio and experiment with electronics. We have members of all ages and collectively a wide range of knowledge and experience. We meet at the Village Hall at Wildhern (just north of Andover) on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm. During the autumn, winter and spring, daytime coffee mornings at a local cafe for a social get together are arranged regularly. All are welcome to our monthly meetings.
Visitors are asked for a donation of £1 to attend a monthly meeting, should you wish to continue to attend it would be expected that you become a member. There are free training classes run for DTI exams along with morse lessons/practice as and when required. There is a Car park, Wheelchair access (ramp at the front and side of building), Toilets, Refreshments and a Club Radio Station available to use. Membership information can be found on the Members page.
What is Amateur Radio?
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), describe Amateur Radio as follows: -
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.
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.