Explore ham radio

According to Connel Paul, a member of the club. 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 cellphones,” said Paul.

“It’s fun, social, educational and can be a lifeline during times of need.”

Currently made up of 50 members, the president of the club is Willem van der Merwe, a radio ham with many years’ experience.

According to Paul, to become a radio ham you need to pass the Radio Amateur’s Examination.

This examination is held every year, in May and November.

The club holds lectures at the clubhouse on a Tuesday evening, from 6pm to 9pm, for 15 weeks per semester.

“On passing this examination you will be awarded a call sign,” he said.

“This will be used to identify you when you speak on air.”

Paul lists antennae building and ‘fox hunts’ as some of the projects the club enjoys. He explains that transmitter hunting, also known as fox hunting, is an activity wherein participants use radio direction finding techniques to locate one or more radio transmitters hidden within a designated search area.

“We also have visits to places of interest for a ham radio enthusiast and help with any electronic projects you may care to bring along,” he said.

The club is situated in Arrowe Park, Lakefield Extension 21.

Meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month from 2pm to 5pm.

Membership is open to all.

For more information, contact Paul on 083 627 3576.

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