Amateur Radio Licensing
Amateur radio stations are licensed by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). To get a licence, the station owners must pass an exam.
But why is an exam needed?
- We share the Radio Spectrum with other users
- Within allocated frequencies and modes, we can transmit “anytime” to “anywhere” … on Earth or in Space
- We can design and construct our own transmitters and antennas
- So … we must demonstrate that we know what we are doing!
The exam covers …
- National and international regulations
- Operational procedures
- Basic understanding of radio theory
- Safety & Electromagnetic Compatibility
From ComReg’s Licence Guidelines …
“An Amateur Station Licence allows the licensee to participate in what is deemed to be a non-commercial hobby. Radio Amateurs are also permitted to provide a means of communications during emergencies or natural disasters, as may be needed … A licensed Radio Amateur can use licensed radio equipment to communicate with other licensed Radio Amateurs, located in the State or abroad.”