QSO Shack amateur radio home page

A website for people interested in amateur radio

Welcome to this amateur radio reference site. This website has been developed to record and share basic information about amateur radio projects and other relevant information. I originally compiled this material for my own use, at some point I felt that it could be a good idea to share these pages.  So that's what I have done.

The aim is to present relevant information as simply and clearly as possible, hopefully this website will be useful to some users.

I don't know if we are getting it right, so please provide feedback to help us improve. 

Learn, communicate and explore

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

The hobby has lots of different subgroups within it, most people are catered for regardless of technical knowledge, chattiness or physical ability.

'Data mode' transmissions (HF) allow for global communication using text only, local repeaters (VHF) allow for a full two-way conversation with someone closer to home.

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

Ham radio reference site
QSO Shack amateur radio reference site


It's easy to get started in amateur radio

For many, a good way to get started in radio is simply to listen. An SDR (software defined radio) is a 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.

There are many internet based resources available, many people enjoy getting involved with a local radio club.

The HF bands are often interesting to listen to, so consider this when buying your first radio receiver. 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

Simple click on the link you are interested in from the top or left hand side bar.