Amateur Radio Licence Conditions are for LIFE not just an Exam :)

Amateur Radio Licence Conditions are for LIFE not just an Exam :)

WARNING – COMPUTER GENERATED SUBTITLES DUM DE DUM… Oh welcome! my name’s Callum from DX Commander! ..and we’re doing the foundation
license now the RSGB and this is the book we’re on to license conditions er
which is actually my favorite topic and I’ll tell you why
because if you’re taking an exam to be amateur radio operator and the license
conditions .. is just a bunch of facts which I find quite interesting and and
why not it means that you could pass all of these so I’m gonna do so I’m just
gonna run through all the little bits that you got to remember with a little
bit ditty in between how I remembered the ball so actually about well mm I
think it says here 2006 the foundation intermediate and full license was
incorporated into one document and I’ll put a link in the description to that
document to be honest I’ve I’ve read the whole about my
license document and I think all and which already operate this throughout
the world should periodically read their license and it takes exactly you know
what you can what you can’t do and that sort of thing
but part of that license means that we need to understand what we are what we
do mommy why we do this so amateur radio is not for business so if you’ve got a
delivery truck and you say oh hello John it’s some can you now go to 13 crunching
Tinley n– to deliver two tonnes of concrete to missus isles please yeah
Roger that will do okay fine and then check back
when you’ve done that that is a different sort of license okay
amateur license is all about self training it’s the physics the science
the fun of RF it’s the fun of radio itself experimenting it’s about self
development and it’s about a leisure activity to be honest okay
that’s what it is and you need to remember that because there’ll be a
question you got oh yes it’s for self-training
fundamentally it’s with self-training and they say that here recall the
amateur license is for self training in radio communications so um and we need
to remember that a foundation has you know lesser rights that are intermediate
or full and that that’s violent and we also need to remember that most
countries don’t recognize a foundation license holder and give them automatic
rights for some sort of reciprocal license so foundational ices old a
cognate of France and start being this is Fox Stroke m6 ABC you know angular
work by the way I do a man a no man Terry actually from the Midlands who
physically wrote to each licensing authority around Europe requesting
permission to use his intermediate license which is not C EPT recognized in
other words it’s not kind of transferable around the world and got
specific authorization fact you went to Malta and they just gave my license well
done Terry good man so we know there’s are three types of licenses and we know
we can only use it in the UK and we know the format and if you remember how to
remember to amateur how to remember amateur radio call signs not put a link
here on a card okay to the film of the Isle of Man Northern Ireland Jersey
Scotland Guernsey and Wales and when we do and when we don’t use the regional
identifiers okay and it’s a I’ve got a really easy formula so that’s well too
late it’s passed now but it was up there it’s good stuff
bit of history in here about the world radio conference and also sort of things
which you know younger you’re not gonna get asked about little bit history about
it recall the requirements for station
identification now in I don’t know about the found
but the full license I know Clause 17 something said that using stroke a and
stroke P for portable was optional so if I’m in a car and I’m Mike three Mike
Charlie x-ray which has expired actually I can’t get it back but it was my
original foundation license and I’m driving I would be Mike three Mike
Charlie x-ray stroke mobile now when I passed the exam it was mandatory we did
this and if I was portable so I was parked up somewhere and I would be Mike
free Mike Charlie x-ray stroke portable then they if you were at an alternative
address and they all they the definition of alternative his but we’re not going
to cover that now you would be stroke a now a few years ago they dumped that
they said he’s optional so it’s not mandatory but it’s optional but you just
need to remember M is mobile and P is portable so if you’re walking down the
street you know some people go I’m pedestrian mobile mmm-hmm whatever you
own down the street with your walkie talkie maybe he just portable outside
boots or Woolworths or everies okay fine now then I just coughed in and I’m gonna
cut that out as well you as part of this the world the world governments in this
modern civilization the history of the universe as we know it and physics you
know over a hundred years old radios invented world governments got to go and
go we can’t just let anybody get on here because we all need to feel with each
other so what we’ll do is well if these people want to play radio we’ll call
them amateur radio operators that give them you know spectrum bits of the
spectrum but there’s one thing it’s important we need to know who they are
absolutely want to know here the odds so if I listen to this guy certainly within
15 minutes chances are he’s gonna say it cool sign so part of this whole deal is
as practical as possible say your call sign and that’s practical as possible is
if you’re chatting away to someone just try and remember every few overs to say
your call okay that’s as practical if in doubt say
it all the time and on HF you’ll hear me say my callsign
all the time oh great that’s a funny story Mac M 0 MC x so I did a data and I
throw it in as I would scratch my nose hiccup or cough okay
now then so you you’re stationed in other words and it says it here must be
clearly identifiable at all times therefore if you change frequency you
better say yeah call again because you’re now on a different frequency
so the certainly at the beginning and every contact you have on that frequency
you need to say you call sign and as frequently as practical certainly when
you call CQ you want to get it you’re gonna need to give you call sign CQ CQ
is there anybody there and we did it I did am in fact I’ll put the card up to
that why do we call CQ and Weds what’s the history of CQ and which is a bit of
fun but you have to give you call sign otherwise nobody’s gonna know you look
cool you cool and similarly if you hear someone calling CQ you can’t just say oh
hello it’s Cal I’m here from Birmingham over
it you got C coolsonian beginning and end of every contact give you that you
give you a room call sign you won’t go wrong right so it’s got all this down
here we got all the licensed regional identifiers reasons for saying it
callsign then q sy changing frequency if you’re on a net
just to remember – and because there’ll be a question about this as practical as
possible if you’re on a repeater in the old days it used to be give it every
time and in fact I just do I find it a lot easier there you will find if you’re
new in this game some of the big low low band frequencies you’ll find the
old-timers will sometimes it almost intentionally not give their callsign
just to because you know I’ve been doing a long time you should know that I am
sort of thing they annoy me a bit to be honest because it doesn’t take a lot to
go you know g4 ABC and what you’ll find
some of them and they’ll get into them but they get into the habit of saying
their course are in such a ways you can’t you don’t know what it is m0 and
sex so what was that Emma zero and six I don’t know somehow some people have just
got a way of saying their call sign and you can never work it out G 0 it’s on
them g3 was one of them sometimes not even G you can’t even hear if it’s a G
or M I don’t get it but anyway don’t follow them okay be
strong support your license conditions that’s the important thing right the
other thing you need to be aware of is that we can’t broadcast I can’t just hit
the send button get the microphone on and start going well with the time
approaching half-past seven this Wednesday night this is M 0 M CX live on
the forty meters and tonight what we’re going to talk about is this and the
other and transmit for forty minutes and then say and that is the end of the m0
mcx show so a very good day that is broadcasting okay now if I’ve got in
other words don’t brawl easy says here don’t broke us you can only address other amateur radio
operators if you’ve got a hint that it’s a pirate or it’s someone who’s not
licensed and everything else just stopped transmitting you are only
allowed to talk to other licensed operators now if they’re hoodwinking us
and if it matter if you don’t know if you know you being good winked and you
go i actually know who that is and they’re not licensed you can’t talk to
them I mean I wouldn’t even say I’m sorry I can’t told you I’ve had it in
the past that people have butted in on conversations and been rude and I say
I’m sorry I can’t talk to you haven’t given me a call sign great way out at
problem right is your station allowed to help our in emergencies well of course
help our emergencies hello these emergency I’m helping someone else not a
problem can someone phone the fire brigade and the fire department or
whatever and get a firetruck 2:13 crunching – name please by the way I
don’t live a crunchy tune language the other thing is user services if two big
burly policeman come to your door and say have you got an amateur radio
station you go yes we need to use that straightaway now your license conditions
say under extreme circumstances user services may want to you know your
assistance in using you your radio you know frankly if too big government
officials turned up at my house Damali to use my radio station I say get on
with it right but anyway you just need to know the rules are and a user service
they sometimes use this word in the UK a user service a user service is basically
some sort of government emergency official alright whatever
so broadcasting is not permitted right then there’s a really I used to find
this really complicated if I’m m6 MCX and this is my station you will know
that in the main most of the frequencies I can operate on are on at 10 watts if a
full licensee comes along and says oh can I use your station and I say yeah he
can use m6 mcx my call at 10 watts under my supervision weirdly enough no one
else yeah not Joe soap round the corner who you met at the cycling club and
wants to know what we’re having two radios about he can operate you but
another right licensed operator can use your call under your sort of supervision
at 10 watts I don’t know why you’d want to do that because the other way out the
problem is you say well I don’t want to use your callsign
I want to use my own so let’s all knobs to the right and I’m gonna operate at
400 watts under M 0 M CX and hey you can operate my station as long as I’m here
at 400 watts as well at the full power ok so
there’s a lot of words regarding that but fundamentally that’s what he says if
you change your address you need to inform someone and you need to inform
someone not next week not the week after and not within two days not within two
months that it actually says if you move the licensee must give immediate notice
to off come all right the office of communications either in writing or by
means of comms or on licensing system so if you can log in would you get your
license you can do things like that so if you move house whatever it is
immediate as soon as you take the keys you tell them you’ve moved alright
because government’s wanna know where people like ours live who has authority
to come and inspect modify close down or restrict your operations is it the chief
of police is it the head of the fire department is it the Coast Guard is it
any placement no there’s only one person and that is a person authorized by Ofcom
they’ll have a badge it won’t say Kenward it will say Ofcom
are you mr. mckormick yes m0 mcx yes can I inspect your equipment
please so we have an emergency on I need to discuss with you whatever else
shut your station down or whatever no one else can do that they have to say
Ofcom they need a badge off come and you’ll permit them right it says it here
to inspect the licensee the license itself have access to your equipment
there we are no one else I’ve come if the policeman says apparently you’ve
been causing interference down here on when I look at this gear it said I’m
afraid you let’s go to Ofcom mate okay and the something called the
schedule which we’re gonna do next time the schedule is is this
huge table have you seen out there I’ll hold it here look there is this big
table here with all these some frequencies and everything on it will
cover it on the next one but you basically you don’t have to learn it you
just need to understand what it is because it says here a copy that showed
yours explanation tour are the questions you’ll be asked the exam will be
expected to look up the answer in the schedule you don’t remember it you just
need then know how to look it up I’ll guide you through that in a nutshell not
sure that is your nicest conditions what you really need to know the objective is
you don’t cause interference back to the old foundations again no interference
and if you do they know who you are and they can come and see you about easy see
that’s what it is and it’s all that Ofcom it’s not about the police the fire
department or the Harbormaster it’s about Ofcom and it’s about letting them
know immediately if you’ve moved because in times of war they have restricted or
removed access to the bands from licensed amateurs so that’s why they
know it they need to know where you are and say your callsign as and when
necessary ideally rounds practical okay and if
you’re qsy if you start and if you end my name is Callan from Derek’s commander
if you’ve enjoyed this film give me a thumbs up chaps if you haven’t enjoyed
it give it a thumbs down I don’t care cuz either way it bumps hild ratings up
I have a good day enjoy your radio and good luck if you’re about to take the
exam buh-bye now you


31 thoughts on “Amateur Radio Licence Conditions are for LIFE not just an Exam :)”

  • I have said this many times a amateur radio licence opens a door to a hobby that last a lifetime. With a never ending learning curve ; )

  • That's all well and good….. but what does Mrs Isles want with two ton of concrete ?
    Is it to pour a base for a DX Commander?
    She'll be gob-smacked when you turn up with a blender instead of an antenna !

    Hugs !


  • Hi I passed my Amature licence about twenty years ago with an m1 callsign. I took the morse assessment to give me a full licence. Foolishly I have let my licence laps how do I reactivate it and get back on the air.

  • Even when you complain to anyone about other ham`s conduct nothing is said or done. the RSGB does not have any authority it`s a business,

  • Travis Bruehl says:

    Does the UK limit transmission during times of war? I started a thread on QRZ about communication during emergency situations. Back during WWI and WWII apparently in the states they shut down amateur radio operations for fear of spies. I believe based what I read that no longer applies in the States. Just curious to know about the UK.

  • SYSTEM_EDITOR.1995 says:

    Here’s something I’ve wondered, can an unlicensed person use the bands if it’s an emergency and they have no other way to communicate?

    Like say if I have a friend or family member with me and they’re unlicensed and I’m for what ever good reason incapacitated and our cell phones are dead or have no reception could they use my radio to call mayday?

    I live in the US but I’d think the answer would still be similar with other countries…

    73 de KE0PBI

    EDIT: I think you may have answered the question after I wrote this and continued the video, but I’m still asking just to clarify…

  • Passed my test last Saturday, waiting for my letter from RSGB. I had the 'what kind of activities aren't allowed' question

  • Similar down here but if we are interstate in Australia its your call plus portable VK ? in the state your operating so if your a 2 operating in WA then you have to add the 6

  • Mike McDonald says:

    dun dun dun LOL 🙂 love your studio and audio always sounds AMAZING 🙂 keep up the great work love your vids.

  • Jeff Buffington says:

    I'm curious about the CEPT Agreement requirements for carrying your original hardcopy FCC issued license ( In fact, that requirement is also stated for taking upgrade exams here in the US. Seeing as the FCC doesn't routinely print and mail them anymore, how does one comply? Does the PDF printout qualify? Silly question, I know, but one I've wondered about since they stopped printing/mailing them.

  • If there was a emergency and some one needed my radio to get help I would gladly let them use it. But, I would first offer my cell phone first.

  • Loving these videos covering the basics for the foundation. Slowly making the leap from SWL to my licence. And these help just sink it in a little better. Thanks 👍

  • I'd have to double check but I think here in the States if there's an control operator in the room with a higher license than what you have, you can use the full capabilities of that persons license using your own call. Key work being control operator. The person can't just be in the room, must have full control over the radio at all times.

  • In the US you can let someone talk to another ham by 3rd party operation. You have to initiate the contact the announce 3rd party operation. The only thing the 3rd party does is talk. The license operator operates the station. AE4GG 73

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