Club Objectives

The Estec Radio Club's main purpose is to support the radio amateur activities of ESTEC staff members and contractors interested in this hobby. For this aim, the club has a modern radio station (with the Dutch call sign PI9ESA) located in the ESCAPE building.

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams," use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training.

Amateur radio operators enjoy personal (and often worldwide) wireless communications with each other and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications if necessary, while increasing their personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. An estimated six million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio. The term "amateur" reflects the principle that amateur radio and its skilled operators are committed to helping communities without financial compensation; whereas commercial radio operates for profit.

Can I operate a radio?
Amateur radio is regulated by international convention. This means that you can’t simply construct or buy a piece of amateur radio equipment and use it. You need a licence from your national telecommunications regulator.
Contact the ESTEC Radio Club.
We can help you getting your license!

Some extra information:


ERC Committee:

Chairman  Alberto Busso 
                        IW1FNW, (x54995)
Treasurer  Dr. Knut Eckstein

ERC Account information:

ERC, Noordwijk,
yearly Club fee : 30 EUR (or donate more)

QSL card info:


Tweets & News

  • ARISS-I meeting hosted at ESA-ESTEC The meeting of the international ARISS group is hosted at ESA-ESTEC, 3-5 April 2014. The first two days are dedicated to adminstrative aspects, on Saturday a full-day ...
    Posted 3 Apr 2014, 02:40 by Jörg Hahn
  • ERC active from Kourou Launch site in FY Special GALILEO Activity FY/PA3FHDGiuliano from Kourou operated mid of October 2012 from the club rooms of FY5KE (tnx!!!) using callsign FY/PA3FHD. Operation during the launch campaign of ...
    Posted 15 Oct 2012, 13:33 by Jörg Hahn
  • II Field Day postponed Unfortunately, due to severe weather conditions expected for this weekend in this part of the Netherlands we were forced to cancel the event. Stay tuned for the re-schedule. Probably ...
    Posted 27 Apr 2012, 02:14 by Luis Rolo
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012 Did you know that:in the US there are about 700.000 Hams as of now. This is an all time record over (morse) is becoming more and ...
    Posted 29 Dec 2011, 09:45 by Jörg Hahn
  • International HAM-Radio Kids Day results This year the ARRL HAM-Radio Kids Day, 18 June 2011 enjoyed for our club station a participants increase of 100%: 2 kids participated. We started around 11:30 and ...
    Posted 23 Jun 2011, 04:34 by Jörg Hahn
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