Why Amateur Radio?
Have you had some experience using CB radio and wish it could do more? Are you frustrated with the poor rapport prevalent on CB radio and have to turn it off after a while due to bad language or poor radio etiquette or simply not being able to get through to someone? You will probably have to turn it off if you have kids in the car listening to CB radio these days. Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and use of radio communication technologies and having some fun?
Well, there is a much better radio-based communications network called Amateur Radio. Unlike CB, Radio Amateurs must be licensed to operate a very wide range of radio frequencies and modes specifically dedicated to Radio Amateurs across the world. Amateur Radio is much more formal using long-established radio etiquette protocols used worldwide.
Amateur Radio Repeaters are located on the NSW Far South Coast, on the Monaro, and near the NSW/Victorian border. You can easily talk from Merimbula to Cooma, Eden to Jindabyne, Perisher Valley to Tura Beach, Bega to Berridale, and so much more all on a simple handheld radio. CB radio can never do that!
In order to gain this access operators must sit an exam to qualify for one of three levels of licence. The entry-level licence, called the Foundation Licence is quite easy to attain requiring a bit of study over a weekend or two and will get you started. Standard and Advanced licences allow greater privileges such as higher power and access to even more radio frequencies. Any of these 3 license types allows the use of dedicated HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies to contact and chat with other licensed operators across our region, NSW, Australia, and even the World.
Take a look at some of the interesting articles about Amateur Radio on our links page: https://smarc.org.au/links/
You can find out more about getting your licence including some publications to get you underway by clicking on this link: https://smarc.org.au/getting-your-license/
Our club would be happy to assist anyone who is interested in attaining their Amateur Radio Licence.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about Amateur Radio and the wide range of exciting possibilities it offers take a good look over this website and feel free to contact the Snowy Mountains Amateur Radio Club: https://smarc.org.au/contact-us/
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