What is Amateur Radio, also called Ham Radio?

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

You can set up a ham radio station anywhere! In a field, at a club station or at home.

Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, to obtain a radio amateur license you must pass an exam to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” If you are curious about more, take a look here (Dutch) or even Google learns you a lot over here.

The best ways to learn about Amateur Radio is to talk to hams face-to-face. Hams take pride in their ability to “Elmer” (teach) newcomers the ropes to get them started in the hobby. Please contact your local government agency or even a local Ham Radio club in your area for specific regulations in your country.

For Belgium you can contact:

The videos below also give you a pretty clear insight into our beautiful and fascinating electronics and communication hobby.