Anyone can listen in to amateur radio transmissions. If you’re new to amateur radio, then listening-in for a while is a good way to get a feel for what is going on.
To become a radio amateur, licensed to transmit, you will need a brief period of study, and to pass a simple practical and theory examination.
In conjunction with radio clubs around the UK, the RSGB provides the examinations to enable you to become a radio amateur and then to progress through the various levels of licence — three in all. Study for the first level is straightforward and can often be accomplished in a weekend.
The RSGB also publishes a range of books and provides on-line advice and guidance. The monthly publication RadCom is a “must have” for all aspiring radio amateurs.
Once you have obtained your first licence, the RSGB is there to hold your hand through the early days as a licensed radio amateur, and to provide advice and guidance as you progress.