My name is Rick Blythe, and I am the owner and principal author of Radio-Hobbyist.com, where you find my articles about ham radio and shortwave listening.
The Radio Hobbyist follows me (Rick Blythe), a ham radio operator (VE3CNU) as I test various gear out in different situations, comparing one radio against another, or making recommendations for radio equipment and methods. Videos range from Ham Radio to shortwave and action-band scanning, with a little Utility DXing thrown in too. Lots of exclusive stuff, and the occasional cat.
I received my amateur radio license in 1992 in Canada, and have the highest level of license one can attain (advanced with Morse code).
Since August 2000 I have enjoyed building websites as a side hustle to my daytime job in IT.
The Radio Hobbyist blog began as a Blogspot blog as the platform was free and popular at the time. I have recently moved it to its new home here at Radio-Hobbyist.com This location has been in operation since November 2020 and I continue to this day to add content to the site. Be sure to also check out my complimentary YouTube channel to this site at: https://www.youtube.com/c/radiohobbyist
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Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a hobby that allows individuals to communicate with each other using radio frequencies. Some of the benefits of ham radio include the ability to communicate with others locally and around the world, the opportunity to learn about electronics and radio technology, and the ability to provide a valuable public service during emergencies when other forms of communication may be unavailable. Ham radio can also be a fun and social hobby, allowing individuals to meet and connect with others who share their interests.
The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through the Radio Regulations. National governments regulate the technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual station licenses with a unique identifying call sign, which must be used in all transmissions.
Amateur operators must hold an amateur radio license which is obtained by passing a government test demonstrating adequate technical radio knowledge and legal knowledge of the host government’s radio regulations.
Radio amateurs are limited to the use of small frequency bands, the amateur radio bands, allocated throughout the radio spectrum, but within these bands are allowed to transmit on any frequency using a variety of voice, text, image, and data communications modes. This enables communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space.
In many countries, amateur radio operators may also send, receive, or relay radio communications between computers or transceivers connected to secure virtual private networks on the Internet.