Welcome to WSRC - ZL1AC NZART 03 Auckland NZ
Guests Welcome to all meetings. Uniting people to people through radio
We are a group of Radio Amateurs Based in West Auckland and we all got involved in Amateur Radio for many reasons, but we all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology, regulations and operating principles. We have All have passed an examination leading to an authorisation to operate on the "Amateur Bands." These frequency bands are reserved for use by Radio Amateurs at intervals from just above the AM broadcast band, all the way up through the microwave frequencies. Amateur radio encompasses a wide variety of activities all of which are centered around an interest in radio and communications. We come from all walks of life and all corners of society. We encourage you to explore this interesting activity and encourage you to learn more about it. We hope that you will find helpful and useful information by exploring this section of our Web Site.
The appeal of Amateur Radio is the ability to communicate across the country, around the globe, and even with astronauts on space missions. Some Radio Amateurs build and experiment with radio. Computer hobbyists find digital modes to be a low-cost way to expand their ability to communicate. Those with a competitive streak enjoy "DX contests" where the object is to see how many distant Radio Amateurs they can contact. Some like the convenience of a technology giving them portable communication. Others use it to open the door to new friendships over the air, or through participation in an Amateur Radio club. Many combine Amateur Radio with the internet in various ways.
"The very particular world of amateur radio"
A short Film made by BBC news about Amateur Radio
In the face of the internet, mobiles and instant messaging you might expect the hobby of amateur radio - or ham radio as it's also known - to be on the decline.
But in the last three years, the number of amateur radio licences has risen by over 8,000 - with 80,000 currently issued in the UK.
Using designated frequencies, amateur radio enthusiasts communicate with people over the world. Many prefer the relaxed approach of 'rag chewing' or chatting at length with people, who often become friends - while at the opposite end of the spectrum 'contesters' compete to make as many contacts as possible in a given period.
The hobby is also a public service, with Raynet (in the UK) stepping in during emergencies when regular communication networks fail. Amateur radio enthusiasts are currently contributing to relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
BBC News joined the Chorley and District Amateur Radio Society as they put on a special "Castles and Stately Homes On The Air (CASHOTA)" event at Astley Hall, a Grade I listed house in Lancashire. The club is keen to break down traditional stereotypes of amateur radio enthusiasts and offers free training courses to its members who range from 8 to 80.
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