Ham Radio Helped TV CareerAs part of his role as presenter of the Gadget Show, Jason's often required to construct gadgets or assemble bits of technology, and the knowledge gained as a radio amateur has helped Jason's TV career:
"I use my radio amateur knowledge all the time. Building all that stuff over the years as a radio amateur is what really got the job here."A hectic work schedule and a busy family life means that Jason's too busy to spend much time with the hobby, but he will return to it, to get his family involved:
"It's really important for my two sons to understand radio - it's the basis of everything. Any modern gadget really involves all of the components that you learn about when you do your radio licence"Like many of us in the hobby, it's easy to dive into amateur radio and let it take up lots of free time. Jason admits to being something of a fan of the hobby:
"I was obsessed with it - I had loads of different aerials on my roof... I had a G5RV and all kinds of other things for the different bands. I loved it ... it was brilliant."It's great to know that amateur radio has helped Jason's TV career, and that he's still a positive supporter of the hobby - Thanks very much to Jason 2E0JAB for taking the time to chat about his experiences as a radio ham: You can find other features recorded by Pete M0PSX and Kelly M6KFA at www.frequencycast.co.uk - and amateur radio is often featured in their shows - have a listen.