uk still has code test to get a ham licence

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by G3ZHI, May 12, 2019.

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  1. G3ZHI

    G3ZHI Ham Member QRZ Page

    uk has three classes of ham licence


    the foundation licence still includes questions on code

    Demonstrate ability to send correctly by hand, and to
    receive correctly by ear, text in Morse Code.

    more information and the syllabus for each licence can be found here

    Until 2003 the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) required assessment of Morse code proficiency as part of the global amateur radio licensing procedure. However, since the World Radiocommunication Conference of 2003 (WRC-03), Morse code has become an optional element in amateur radio practice, and many countries have now removed the compulsory Morse component from their amateur radio licence requirements.

    itu regulations

    '25.5 Administrations shall determine whether or not a person seeking a
    license to operate an amateur station shall demonstrate the ability to
    send and receive texts in Morse code signals.'

    73 ian g3zhi

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  2. WE4B

    WE4B Ham Member QRZ Page

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  3. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm guessing that in the UK, with a code requirement in place, there won't be any problems with lids, drunks, jammers, CBers and the like.

    :rolleyes: :p :D
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  4. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    The DEBLE is in the detail as part of their practical examination:

    Candidates have a choice of a simple introduction to Morse code or demonstrating a data mode contact.

    Guess who is going to demonstrate an FT8 contact and not Morse LOL

    And this:

    Receiving test: The candidate may, if desired, write down the dots and dashes for subsequent transcription and proceed one letter at a time. The tutor may re-send characters if required. Sending test: The candidate is permitted to make any necessary preparations prior to sending, including writing the Morse code for each character to be sent.

    Sending test: The candidate is permitted to make any necessary preparations prior to sending, including writing the Morse code for each character to be sent.

    I could pass that morse test.
  5. G0JUR

    G0JUR Ham Member QRZ Page

    we practically give away licences.
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  6. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    And that is how it should be. Times have changed, having a ham radio license does not make anyone special. Technology has made radio operators irrelevant.
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  7. G0JUR

    G0JUR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Was going to respond but meh.
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  8. AF2Z

    AF2Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    If someone is seeking satisfaction and pride of accomplishment in amateur radio the license test is no longer the occasion for it.
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  9. HB9FUH

    HB9FUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is that any different from the driving test? It is the start of the process, not the end of it.
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  10. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    It used to be that way. Now, as someone pointed out, it’s a ‘breathing’ test analogous to a driver’s license test - show up, breath and you are a licensed driver as long as you don’t destroy anything during the exam and can memorize.

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