Our Hobby

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.

Whilst Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and need to pass an examination to get a GURL license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” These bands are radio frequencies allocated by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) for use by ham radio operators in and around New Zealand.

Amateur Radio Introduction