How to become a Hammie

In order to become a Hammie, you must be aged between ten and fifteen years old, and have a keen interest in electronics and radio communication. Firstly, you will be required to sit the Amateur Radio B-Class examination before you will be allowed to operate on the air-waves independently. This is an ICASA regulation. The Hammies Amateur Radio Club offers lectures pertaining to this examination at the National Amateur Radio Centre at Sentech, Octave Street, Radiokop, Roodepoort, on Saturday mornings. These lectures are free of charge, but there are fees payable to ICASA and The South African Radio League. The theory lectures will often have a practical component, and practical workshops will also be added, like building a simple motor to operating a radio station using the correct radio protocol.

Once you have registered to write the examination, you will become a “Hammy in Training”. There will be adults and Hammies in your peer group who will always be on hand to mentor and guide you. When you pass the Radio Amateur Examination, you may become a fully-fledged member of The Hammies Amateur Radio Club. This will entitle you to take part in “Friendship Networks”, both locally and overseas, local competitions, outings and fun days. There will also be projects, like the building of antennas; electronic power supply units, Arduino and computer related programs.

So, why not join in the fun, meet the challenge and broaden your knowledge of radio communication, electronics and computer technology.