AMATEUR RADIO!

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Try Amateur Radio

Try Amateur Radio - Visit www.amateur.radio.org.nz


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How do I get my Licence?


Isnt Amateur Radio for old dudes???

NO WAY!!! There are HEAPS of young people getting into amateur radio! There are so many different aspects to modern radio communication especially with the common use of computers. In fact, amateur radio can still get through when your cellphones and facebook have all gone down due to weather and cellphone towers having run out of battery power! Have a look at this awesome website for YOUNG TRANSMITTERS!

 
Is there some kind of Study Guide?

YES! The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters is able to offer prospective radio amateurs an online study guide and sample test papers. These are a valuable resource for learning the necessary information, and well worth the download. You can take as long as you need to learn the material, and when you think you are ready to take the test, make arrangements with your nearest Radio Examiner. Contact information can also be found on the NZART website.

The NZ Amateur Radio Study Guide can be found on the NZART Web Site by clicking this link - 
TAKE ME THERE!

You can download the NZART Study Book - RIGHT HERE!

Are there courses I can attend?

Many radio clubs within New Zealand are able to provide mentors or as it is known an Elmer. The first step is for you to become a club member. Once you have expressed an interest, you will find friendly helpful radio amateurs willing to give freely of their time and resources. It takes time and commitment to pass the exam. Some fail first time around. As with all hobbies there is a setup cost. By joining your local radio club members are able to assist, encourage and support you. Often club members have spare equipment to either loan or sell.

Some radio clubs also run classes through out the year, and yet others will conduct a weekend intensive, with the goal to having you pass the exam by the end of the weekend.

Every club in New Zealand, and around the world, has members that are more than willing to help out new "Hams" become licensed and "On The Air". As such, making contact with your local club should be one of the first things you do after deciding to take on the challenge!

But don't I have to learn Morse Code?

No! It is no longer a requirement in New Zealand, or many parts of the world. However, you can still take on the challenge of learning "The Code" and pass the Code Test at various levels. If you want to travel abroad, some countries still require a pass in Morse Code to access certain HF bands, so it is well worthwhile to learn, and actually a lot of fun!

You may think that Morse Code is dead, no one uses it any more... Not True! Hams do!!! It is a very popular form of communication, and in fact some times it is the only way to make a contact if the band conditions are poor at the time.

For those with an interest in aviation, perhaps you are a pilot, you can really impress your instructor by decoding the Morse Code identifier that the radio navigation stations transmit. Mine didn't believe me, but knew we were on the right frequency, so decided to "test me" by making me write out the whole alphabet in Morse Code once we got back to the airfield! He was suitably impressed! 

So, even though it may be one of the oldest forms of communication, it is still a valid form of comms, and another exciting part of amateur radio!


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How the exam process works...

 

How to get your amateur radio licence