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...

Digital Radio

Digital Communication

In the past the only way amateur radio operators used to send data was using conventional analogue methods. This is often achieved by inserting the data stream as an audio signal in place of voice. It should be noted that this method of data transmission is far from dead, and is still thriving. Further information on data modes (digimodes) can be found on this page. Read Complete Article...

Logbooks And Record Keeping

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. This is no longer a requirement in the UK, however it is good station practice to do so.
Some circumstances are excluded. When using a radio mobile it would be impractical to make a logbook entry while driving, for example. Read Complete Article...

Special Callsigns

Special event stations apply for, and use, callsigns that differ in some way from the usual callsign format of the issuing country.
These special stations are usually to celebrate a historic national event such as the 60th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day in 2005 (VE Day – 8 May 1945) for which a UK station was allowed to use the special callsign of GB60VED.
The event need not be national, it could be something happening in a town or village that is noteworthy.
Examples include temporary radio stations being set up in places such as Windmills, RNLI stations or schools.