Here's your invitation to a high-tech hobby that's got fun for everyone. Radio amateurs are people from all walks of life - no matter what age, gender or physical ability. Getting started in Amateur Radio has never been easier!
New Zealanders as young as 8 become radio amateurs and senior citizens study and succeed too! About one person in 800 of the New Zealand population is a Radio Amateur. You can successfully study on your own as many others have done, or attend local amateur radio classes sponsored by friendly volunteers who will help you. In New Zealand the qualification is managed by the Ministry of Economic Development Radio Spectrum Management. It opens the world to you!
How do I qualify?
To obtain a General Amateur Radio Operators Certificate of Competency, you must pass a radio theory and regulations examination, make an application and pay a fee, that’s all!
North Shore Civil Defence Centre,
400 East Coast Rd,
The privileges are immense.
On the popular 2-metre band you can enjoy using small hand-held radios to stay in touch with other amateurs in your area. You may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), amateur TV, single sideband voice and other interesting modes too. You can even make international radio contacts by amateur radio satellites, using relatively simple equipment. You may use the popular shortwave frequencies to communicate worldwide using voice, Morse code and many other modes too. The examination is a multiple-choice test, written with beginners in mind. You'll study topics such as radio operating practices, the amateur radio rules and regulations, and basic radio theory. Sample test papers are available.
Where Do I Start?
You are invited to attend one of our club meetings. We offer amateur radio beginners’ classes and have many experienced operators who are keen to answer your questions. There are many popular amateur radio books to help you to learn the things you'll need to know to pass your test.
Amateur Radio examinations are administered by local amateur radio volunteers at a mutually-arranged place and time. Our club examiners, and other useful people, are listed on our contact page. Please feel free to get in touch and when you're ready to take your exam, we'll be happy to arrange it for you.
We look forward to meeting you - and we look forward to contacting you on the air by Amateur Radio!