QSO Shack amateur radio home page

A collection of personal build notes

Welcome to my amateur radio website, packed with information and notes collected as I explore this hobby. I originally compiled this material for my own use, at some point I felt that it may be a good idea to share these pages on-line.  So that's what I have done.

The aim of this web-site is to share my amateur radio information as simply and clearly as possible. Hopefully, some of these notes could be interesting to other radio hobbyists.

Please provide feedback if you can see a correction or updates. 

Armature radio is a great hobby with something for most people

Amateur radio (also known as Ham radio) is a social hobby that allows amateur radio users to communicate with people they would not usually come in contact with, both locally and around the globe.

Most people can get something from this hobby regardless of technical knowledge, chattiness or physical ability:

  • Talking with people from around the world
  • Sending typed messages with people from around the world
  • Building electronic projects
  • Transmitting from a remote island just because you can
  • Supporting historical events
  • Coding software and micro controllers
  • Talking with astronauts on the ISS
  • Win awards and complete challenges
  • Lots, lots more...

Whatever direction you choose, you will find yourself rewarded over and over again with this popular hobby.

Ham radio reference site
QSO Shack amateur radio reference site


It's easy to get started in amateur radio

For many, an excellent way to get started in radio is to start listening, scanning the airwaves for either aircraft, global broadcasts and anything else can be fascinating. An SDR (software defined radio) is an inexpensive way to get access to the entire radio spectrum easily. Connected to a PC you will soon be able to tune into all sorts of radio communications both locally or from around the world. Or the use of a handheld radio scanner may also be an option.

Alternatively, you can start listening for free here: https://sdr.hu/?top=kiwi

There are many internet based resources available, it is also a great idea to get involved with a local radio club.

HF bands are often interesting to listen to, so consider this when buying your first radio receiver as some SDR radio's don't cover HF out of the box. For receiving HF bands you will also need a balun and some wire. The longer the better, so stringing something up across your garden or loft should yield good results. 

How to navigate this amateur radio reference site

Simply click on the link you are interested in from the top or left-hand sidebar.