Actually, I am a licensed ham here in the U.S. I'm in the no-code tech category, which keeps me on the 2m and 6 m bands.
I've been wondering whether the frequencies that are available for ham use are the same in the UK. My wife and I have a couple of ICOM IC-8A HT's that I was going to bring over the last time we were in the UK since our cellphones don't work over there but I didnt' want to violate any laws.
*boring bit * It used to be to become a radio amateur in the UK, you had to take two City & Guilds examinations, if you wanted access to HF ( 0 - 30Mhz ) amateur bands you had to take a morse code test, it's just changed in the UK with different levels of licence and you need to take an exam for each licence.
Re using the hand-helds from the USA in the UK shouldn't be a problem as long as you stick to the UK vhf bandplan ( 144-146Mhz ) the USA goes up a bit higher, 146-148 in the UK are the police frequencies, so don't go transmitting up there when you are in the UK.
Quite like the idea of doing a bit of diving abroad, and passing the surface interval playing radio.....
If anyone fancies a chat on HF anytime drop me a PM.....
I'm looking to pick up a ham radio that will transmit on the 2-meter band. It should have the ability to do phone calls from repeaters and scan channels. I have around 500 to spend on this. What do people think is the best ham radio in this price range?
There are a number of folks here who own them and I know a few locally that do too, they are fairly good radios for a reasonable price. I have also bought one from amazon after reading some reviews from Wholly Outdoor - Ham Radio, Outdoor and Survival Tips. You can also check and choose according to your needs.