Australia introduces amateur callsigns for life

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  1. VK3YE

    VK3YE Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you upgraded your amateur licence in Australia you had to get a new callsign.

    Same with moving interstate.

    Now the rules have changed. You can upgrade your licence and keep your callsign if you like it. Details from ACMA here:

    https://www.acma.gov.au/changes-amateur-radio-call-sign-policy

    What people hear from VK will also change. For example our four letter suffix Foundation callsigns allow 10w output on a few bands. But under the new rules Foundation holders can upgrade to our Standard or Advanced licence and keep their callsign. So you might hear some four letter suffixes on 20 metres in the future. Like with the US system you can look up their licence category online.

    A video on this topic is here:

     
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  2. KA8VNG

    KA8VNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have kept my novice call sign since it was issued. KA8VNG sounds to good on CW to change it.
     
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  3. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd imagine the 4 letter Foundation folks would be super eager to get rid of those calls! Can't do FT8 with a long suffix.
     
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  4. PA0MHS

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    Why is that?
     
  5. W2CSI

    W2CSI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great idea, we have been doing this option in the usa for years!
     
  6. VK4BOB

    VK4BOB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I was one of the lucky ones on the "old" system. Got VK2BOB when I lived in Sydney, then managed to grab VK4BOB when I moved to Cairns in the tropics. Three guesses what my name is. Now I can use both as I kept the VK2BOB callsign for old times sake.
     
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  7. JF1IRQ

    JF1IRQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are you happy about this?
    I don't understand to Japan.

    73
    JF1IRQ
     
  8. K1KOB

    K1KOB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great for all of you down there. I got KN1KOB back in 1959 as a NOVICE and have been an EXTRA as K1KOB
    61 years a HAM
    73 Ralph K1KOB
     
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  9. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    What happens in Australia stays in Australia.
     
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  10. AD8BU

    AD8BU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually, you can use a longer call in FT8. The simple explanation as to why you wouldn't want to is that it gets compressed and isn't as easy for the software to decode it.

    See Section 10 Special Call Signs (page 32) of the following PDF for the technical details:
    https://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/FT8_Operating_Tips.pdf
     
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