Foundations of Amateur Radio

The building blocks for Amateur Radio, one concept at a time

Starting in the wonderful hobby of Amateur or HAM Radio can be daunting and challenging but can be very rewarding. Every week I look at a different aspect of the hobby, how you might fit in and get the very best from the 1000 hobbies that Amateur Radio represents.

The average duration of each episode is just under three and a half minutes.

Note that this podcast started in 2011 as "What use is an F-call?".

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Learn Morse

The traditional ways of learning Morse Code didn't work for me. In an attempt at finding a new way to learn, you can try using YouTube. The episodes are presented as videos displaying one word at a time with synchronised Morse code audio.

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If you'd like to listen to the podcast as Morse code, you can. The text files have been converted to 25 WPM 600 Hz code for practising head copy.

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