Huberman Israel radio amateurs

  • Issue: June 1987
  • Designer: M. Pereg
  • Stamp size: 51.4 x 20 mm
  • Plate no.: 32
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Photolithography

Like most amateur radio operators all over the world, those in Israel, too, belong to an international association whose members have a common interest - beginning with connections of a social nature and going on to a lively exchange of technical information.

Last year's earthquake in Mexico was a very clear example of how the Radio Amateur Operators work together; they offered help to fellow-men and women, wherever they were in need. Israel Radio Hams worked day and night and succeeded, with the assistance of colleagues in other countries, in contacting relatives and friends who happened to be in the disaster area at that time.

Amateur Radio Operators build communications equipment and make many technical improvements in broadcasting techniques (including the use of communications satellites) as a result of the practice and experience they have gathered.

Amateur Radio Operators were already organised during the period of the British Mandate, when they founded the "Palestine Radio Club". This eventually became the "Radio Amateur Association of Israel". When the State of Israel came into being, these hams played an important role in laying the foundations of the Army Signals Corps, as well as the civilian communications network.

Today, the Association has about 900 members, of whom 700 hold official licences for the operation of amateur transmitters. Israel radio operators have achieved quite a few successes at international competitions and keep close contact with colleagues - Jewish and non-Jewish - all over the world, thereby spreading the message of Israel and enhancing its good name.

The Israel Ministry of Communications encourages Radio Amateurs, examines them and classifies them into three grades, according to their experience and the kind of equipment they are authorised to operate; it fixes the terms of their licences and deals with international arrangements for frequency-licensing.

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