Mid Lanark ARS was established in 1949
What is amateur radio ?
- Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.
- Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.
- As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.
- Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:
- Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
- Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator
- Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
- Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
- Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.