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Amateur Radio

An Amateur Radio Licence will let you operate a radio station capable of communicating all over the world.  Amateurs experiment with radio, send TV pictures, use satellites and even bounce their signals off the moon.  Amateurs can use high power transmitters, and frequencies from long wave to microwaves. To get started in this exciting hobby, you need to obtain an Amateur Radio Licence. Click on this hyperlink for the Phonetic Alphabet.


Sudbury & District Radio Amateurs (SAnDRA) - G7SRA - SAnDRA

Local Amateur Radio Group includes licensed radio amateurs and short wave listeners. Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month at Wells Hall Old School, Wells Hall Road, Gt. Cornard. CO10 0NH. Occasionally the meeting is held at another location when the group makes a club visit or on a different day if the meeting room is unavailable.


Who is SAnDRA?

Contrary to public opinion she is not a mysterious lady with whom several members of the community have an assignation on the first Wednesday of the month. She is in fact a Radio Club. SAnDRA stands for Sudbury And District Radio Amateurs and the clue is there in the title. SAnDRA was set up in 1988 and was formed to promote and encourage the use of Amateur Radio or Radio Hams as followers of the late Tony Hancock would call them. Section 1b of the original constitution states that “The aim of the group shall be to further the well being of Amateur Radio and associated activities” and this is where our connections with other clubs have their roots.


Although as a club we like to have talks about new technology, past achievements, contests, club visits and other radio topics it is in contact with other clubs which really allows us to show off our skills. Members of the club who have achieved at least foundation status or above are able to assist in manning special event stations and in helping to marshal sporting or other occasions when our hard pressed security services need support. I have to say at this point we can never replace the police our role is that of extra eyes, ears and voices. Our membership ranges from 10years to those nearly old enough to remember Marconi (the man not just the company!)


I hope this gives you just a glimpse of our activities and if you wish to know more please telephone Tony (G8LTY) on (01787) 313212 or visit the Website using this SAnDRA hyperlink.


For further information check out the other SAnDRA related website run by Kim


Other Amateur Radio Related Links

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) - RSGB

National organisation representing amateur radio and radio amateurs in the UK.

Ofcom (was Radiocommunications Agency) - Ofcom

Government agency

Equipment Modifications - German Mods Website