Class CallsignBands Power FoundationMx6ABCHF-70CMS 10 Watts Intermediate 2x0ABCAll50 Watts FullMx0ABCAll400 Watts X=regional identifier D=Isle of Man E=England(Intermediate only) I=N. Ireland J=Jersey M=Scotland U=Guernsey W=Wales
You must give your callsign when:- 1.Calling CQ 2.Changing frequency 3.At least every 15 minutes-it is good practice to do this more frequently. It is also recommended that the following suffixes be used: If operating at an Alternative Address M6ABC /A If operating at a Temporary LocationM6ABC /P If operating from a Mobile locationM6ABC /M
Foundation licence is the entry level but worldwide communication is possible when conditions allow. Allows 10 watts on most bands but note the exceptions in the licence schedule! Only certified transmitting equipment may be used and no modifications permitted. Does not allow operation outside of the UK or on vessels at sea (defined as International or UK tidal waters).
A single amateur licence for all three levels- It is important to identify those clauses relevant to the “Foundation” and ensure that they are clearly understood. It can be viewed at www.ofcom.org.uk A current validation document must be held. These are renewable every 5 years although it is good practice to do this more frequently- perhaps annually. If it has not been renewed, then you are unlicensed!
Contacts may only be made with other licensed amateurs. If you suspect another station is unlicensed, do not respond to them. Ofcom is the statutory regulator. A person authorised by Ofcom has the right to inspect, require modification, close down or restrict operation. The items that you talk about must be personal to you or be of a technical nature. Public broadcasting, speeches, secret codes or offensive language are not permitted.
The station may only be operated by the Licensee personally or another supervised licensed Radio Amateur, provided that they use the licencee’s callsign and licence conditions eg:- 10 Watts max.. In special cases, the licensee may also allow the equipment to be used by, or may pass messages on behalf of, a member of a ‘User Service’. Immediate notice must be given to Ofcom either in writing or by means of Ofcom’s on-line licensing system of any change to the Licensee’s name, Main Station Address (or mailing address if different) from that recorded in the Licence.
Logbooks used to be compulsory,however, they still represent good practice and also form a useful record of stations worked. These need not be paper based, there are many logging programmes in use, some of which are free to use. A well kept logbook may aid contest and award claims or the sending and receiving of QSL cards. Ofcom may require a log to be kept for a period of time to aid interference investigations or to support licence compliance.
It is essential to understand and apply the schedule to operating practice. Column 1- ‘Frequency Bands (in MHz)’. This sets out which frequencies you may operate on and the band edges. You are not permitted to use any frequency outside of those printed. Column 2 -The status in the UK of the amateur service. Identifies whether amateurs are the primary (or preferred) user of that band or secondary (meaning that the band is shared) and access is subject to non-interference with the primary user. (Note the restriction on 431-432Mhz usage within 100km of Charing Cross).
Column 3- ‘Status of the Amateur Satellite service’- whether ‘Primary’, ‘Secondary’ or ‘Not allocated’. Column 4 - states the amount of power that can be radiated- note that 10 watts is permitted on most but not all bands. Remember the recommended power to establish communications should be ‘the lowest possible’. In the exam you will be provided with a copy of the schedule-make sure that you use it!
Are agreed operating practice as opposed to Licence schedules which are required by law. Should be read and understood before operating on any band. Specific sections of the band may be allocated to certain modes or groups of modes only. Note that the bandwidth is also specified. ‘Centres of activity’ are recommended frequencies around which activities (such as Dxpeditions, QRP etc.) should be centred. Please give priority to these. Do not transmit in segments of the band reserved for Beacons.
You are talking to M3ABC by amateur radio and friends enter his room. You may also talk to them A) if they are a family members. B) if they are also amateurs. C) if M3ABC gives permission. D) but only on the calling channel.