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Amateur radio licencing


I'm in the middle of a course for the foundation licence. Personally I do not find it very difficult, at least not at this stage. And apparently the exam is not difficult.

But supposing you were not particularly articulate, or could'nt read and write, basically not of an intellegent sort. Are you then excluded from a radio hobby? Can only those who are clever enough to pass certain exams allowed to operate a rig? It does not need any working knowledge of electronics, or even how to solder a plug on, to know how to use a radio.

Of course there are the rules (Another subject), which need to be adhered to and you would need to know how to use your equipment properly. But what else is actually needed?

It would appear that to be able to fully use the amateur radio frequencies you have to be an intelectual to some degree. This excludes a very large number of people who, without freebanding, would not be able to operate a radio.

I'm all for having a licence but the criteria for obtaining that licence is wrong.

I also understand that full amateur licence holders can build equipment for their own use, fine, have a different licence for building equipment so that if all you want to do is operate a transceiver you dont need one of these.

The first licence should be issued without any exam or course or anything, straight from the Post Office, fill in a form, send your fee and you're away. This should take you onto ALL amateur frequencies, but at 100w output.

The full licence (Which would not included transmitting equipment manufacture) should be availible after a test, a sort of driving test. Not an electronics exam.

What is the reasoning behind all the palaver there is to get yourself involved in radio transmission?

Just as well freebanding is so wide spread, probably too wide spread for anyone to do anything about it now.

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Yes I looked in to getting the foundation licence but nobody in the arrear is running the course
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I have found a club running a course it starts on Tuesday and I have put my name down emoticon
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Good luck, I'm part way through mine. emoticon

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Went on Tuesday did the mores past that. Fought it was just a practising but after we hade finished told us that was the test so I did ok well I did past
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How did you get on?

Got a call sign yet?

What bands you using?

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Test now all booked for the 11 so will have licence and call sine a week after that
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Good luck on the 11th, you think you will have call sign, takes a bit longer as OFCOM are rubbish at processing the application.

I would try and register now, and then when you have you cert number, it will speed things up.

Just a little note of aution, I'm sure you'll do well and its not that difficult, but beware there are one or two stinkers in the exam. Particularly regarding the "boxes"

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Hi Yamanx


The exam has its useful purpose , if you pass the short exam which is only 25 questions long, it demonstrates you can transmit safely and effectively and have an idea what to say and do. Bear in mind, the exam and course allows for people to obtain a licence with no knowledge of amateur radio at all


 To allow people just to set up a shack with no knowledge of operating frequencies, maximum power outputs, the laws regarding amateur radio, how to operate on the frequencies per band plan and so on would be contrary to what amateur radiop is all about

You will have noticed CB is a bit chaotic sometimes with all the different ideas and myths going about and the lack of uniformity on the channels. The exam tries to get everyone on par with everyone else to escape this problem and in general it works.

It just a very basic demonstration that you know the basics to operate without causing problems to yourself or others or at least have an idea of how to sort them,

Remember to apply for your callsign online via Ofcom if you do decide to take the exam, its free to apply online.

http://wwww.radioauthority.org.uk/licensing/olc/accessibility/select/onlineamateur/of346_apply


I think it is £20 if you apply by post.


Michael

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Yes, I have changed my opinions a little since I have done the Foundation course.

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