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.
In the past the only way amateur radio operators used to send data was using conventional analogue methods.
In the UK it is an offence to use mobile telephones etc while driving.
The question often arises as to whether using amateur radio while driving is legal or not.
What are logbooks?
Logbooks are something most radio hams use to keep a record of their activities. In almost all countries it is a condition of their licence to maintain an accurate record of transmissions.
A good number of amateurs enjoy going out into the countryside to use their radios.
When a contact is made using amateur radio, both stations usually want to know how well their signal is heard by the receiving station. The system they use is called RST.
Why is it called RST?
Special event stations apply for, and use, callsigns that differ in some way from the usual callsign format of the issuing country.