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Become a Licenced Radio Amateur

 

There are three grades of Amateur Radio licences, the easiest and most popular for people getting into to the hobby is the foundation licence. The second level is the standard licence and the third is the advanced licence. All Amateur Licences are issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and you must have a current amateur license in order to be able to transmit and talk to others on the air on the Amateur Radio bands.

The club offers training for all three grades of Amateur Radio licences.

Contact our Training Officer Graham Cotterell VK4GRA
Details on Contact Us Page.

The Wireless Institute of Australia has produced an easy to read training manual titled "Your Entry Into Amateur Radio", ideal for the people wishing to obtain their foundation radio licence. Everything you need to know to obtain your first license is contained within this one easy to read book. Your Entry Into Amateur Radio is available from the club.
All required information is provided in the training manual including a basic knowledge of electrical safety, a basic knowledge or radio communications and importantly the operating procedures of an amateur radio station.

        

The Foundation Amateur Licence is considered to be the entry level for Amateur radio in Australia. The syllabus and related examination for the AOCP(F) correspondingly reflects the minimum level of knowledge, skills and experience required to safely assemble a Foundation Amateur station and to operate it safely without interference to other users and services.
For those starting with little or no prior knowledge of radio communications, the study required to obtain the foundation license will likely take you between eight and twelve hours. Once you feel you are ready, you can sit an assessment with a Wireless Institute of Australia registered assessor. The assessment has two parts, firstly a 25 question multiple choice exam paper and secondly a practical assessment.

The Standard Licence provides a great opportunity for young people to expand an interest in communications technology and can be a solid launching base to a rewarding career in science, electronics, and communications.
But most importantly standard licence will expand your horizons if you are upgrading from a foundation licence. It provides an opportunity to communicate with people all over the world as it allows for the use of more bands and higher power than the foundation licence. You will also be able to make and or modify your own equipment, as a foundation licensee must only use standard, unmodified commercial amateur radio equipment. The standard grade licensee can use the 20-meter band and can therefore join one of the several very popular maritime nets.
The standard Licence makes an amateur radio Licence upgrade from the foundation licence very achievable with around 20 hours study

The advanced licence provides a great opportunity for young people to expand an interest in communications technology and can be a solid launching base to a rewarding career in science, electronics, and communications. The advanced qualification is recognized by some institutions as prior learning and may exempt a holder of this qualification from needing to complete some training modules at TAFE.
But most importantly an advanced licence will expand your horizons if you are upgrading from a foundation or standard licence. It provides an opportunity to communicate with people all over the world as it allows for the use of more bands and higher power than the other two licenses. You will be able to carry out experiments by bouncing signals off the moon and talk by bouncing your signal off aircraft. You will also be able to make and or modify your own equipment. The advanced grade licensee can use the 20-meter band and can therefore join one of the several very popular maritime nets.

 
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