Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service
Amateur radio is all about the skill and fascination of communicating using radio.
Radio amateurs have their own communications satellites, can talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and are often involved with cutting-edge experimental wireless technology. It is an incredibly diverse and very popular interest with over six million people involved worldwide.
Radio amateurs use a wide variety of radio communications equipment to communicate with each other and provide emergency communications for their communities.
Read the RSGB Newcomers page http://www.rsgb.org/newcomers/
Short amateur radio training courses can be found here http://www.rsgb.org/clubsandtraining/
Watch The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio