There are some great websites and resources out there to help you get started, and also a few “must visit” places on the Internet. Here are a few that we’d encourage all newcomers to take a look at…
www.rsgb.org – The Radio Society of Great Britain. Information on all aspects of amateur radio, plus free help and advice. Go here for the latest amateur radio band plans, and details of local clubs.
- RSGB Club Finder – Locate your nearest local club
- RSGB Band Plans – The latest list of frequencies and how to use them
www.qrz.com – The online directory of amateur radio callsigns. Add your details when you get your callsign
www.eQSL.cc – This service allows you to create an online log of contacts, and exchange electronic QSL cards (postcards) when you make a contact
www.essexham.co.uk – Sign up as a free member for updates about the hobby (over 2,500 members worldwide)
- Se also – Essex Ham’s Getting Started Guides
www.southgatearc.org – For the latest amateur radio news
www.ukrepeater.net – A list of all the active repeaters in the UK
www.websdr.org – Radios around the world that you can control remotely (More on WebSDRs)
PSK Reporter LiveMap – A map showing live data contacts taking place in real-time.
DX Summit “Cluster” – A live list of who’s on-air in real-time
Any top websites we’ve missed? Add them in the comments below.