New UK Entry Level Licence proposed

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by M0DPX, Oct 10, 2019.

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  1. M0DPX

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  2. G3ZHI

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    So how about this: A Proposal for a Beginner Amateur Licence

    A low-power VHF/UHF (144/430 MHz) entry class 'Beginner Amateur’ licence

    • Targeted at newcomers and offering opportunity for involvement by youth organisations.
    • Amateur Callsigns
    • A relatively simple online examination with a pass certificate issued by the RSGB.
    • A clear path for further progression with the online ‘Beginner’ exam being accepted as exemption/credits for part of the Foundation exam
    • Equipment to be used will be limited to low power, 5W output, <25W ERP, CE approved VHF/UHF FM/Digital Voice transceivers. (To protect other users of the VHF spectrum in the UK and nearby nations)
    • Equipment to be unmodified
    • Abuse identified by AROS will result in licence revocation
    • Callsigns issued to use an additional letter to clearly identify ‘Beginner ‘licensees.
    • ‘Beginner’ licensees to be permitted to operate amateur club stations under supervision of a full licensee.
    • Process administered by RSGB with weekly updates provided to Ofcom
    • Launch initiated by RSGB including outreach by local radio clubs to forge links with youth organisations.
    • RSGB to investigate whether ‘Beginner’ amateur licence could be accepted as part of personal development and training by established youth organisations (Scouts, Air Cadets etc)
    • Minimal cost of administration for Ofcom
    • The training and development of communications skills by young people taking up a ‘Beginner’ amateur license will ensue additional benefit to ‘UK plc’.

    John G4SWX

    i think this would be a good idea

    john g3swx is the rsgb vhf manager

    the rsgb have just made the 3 licence exams harder in the uk

    in australia the wia national radio society have just lost
    providing the radio amateur exams there

    the acma the australian radio authority have given the task to a private company

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