Amateur Callsigns Explained

Licences bearing unique callsigns are issued to every amateur radio operator. Regulated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the amateur licence callsigns always follow a specific format.
It is this unique callsign that identifies the radio operator while on the air.
Under normal circumstances once issued, amateur callsigns will not be re-issued without good reason, or until a suitable period of time has passed. Read Complete Article...

Antennas for 2017

May 2017 – New QTH, all change of antennas

At my new QTH I have much more room in which to play with different antennas.
The garden I have at my disposal now would be the envy of a lot of radio amateurs. I am able to erect a full size 80m dipole – that’s 40m in length! Read Complete Article...

Data Modes (digimodes) with examples

Digital Modes

In the world of radio communications there are many varied methods of using digital signals, known as digimodes. Often argued as the earliest form of digital mode is Morse Code or CW as it is also known. In morse code an audible tone is either on or off. This equates to the digital (binary) states of 1 or 0 transmitted over the air. Modern digital communication is simply sending data bits consisting of 1’s or 0’s, in other words, on or off as in CW at extremely high speed. Read Complete Article...