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1a Nature of amateur radio

1a.1 Recall the various types of amateur licence (Foundation, Intermediate, Full), and identify their Callsigns, including Regional Secondary Locators and optional suffixes /A, /P, /M and /MM. The optional club secondary locators are not examined.

Levels of Licence

In the Foundation Licence course you were introduced to amateur radio and it was explained that there are three main levels of licence.

The types of licence now existing (6/10/2003) are :-

Licence level

Callsign examples in England

Callsign examples if main station is on the Isle of Man


Advanced is the Exam level to obtain a FULL licence


NOTE:- All callsigns beginning with a "G" and "M" and figures "1, 0, & 5" are Advanced Licence holders





Note :- It is the "2" that indicates the Intermediate Licence holder




Note:- It is the "3" that indicates the Foundation licence holder


Secondary identifiers

With the intermediate Licence level :-

understand that with Intermediate level licence the Secondary Identifier is the only letter to be used after the 2 and prior to the 0 or 1 and is used to identify the location. see the block above to see how an Isle of Man station would give their callsign.

With the Foundation and Full level licence :-

Thus the secondary identifier follows the initial letter in the callsign in Foundation and Full licence call signs ONLY:-

M, D, W, I, J & U ,

Map of secondary identifiers

Please note that whilst the Full Amateur Radio Licence is recognised for reciprocal operation in other countries, recognition of all UK licences is up to the host administration.

As not all countries have "Intermediate" Licences there is no mutual recognition arrangements have been made as at 5th July 2003 thus Intermediate Licence holders MAY NOT operate a station located OUTSIDE UK.

HOWEVER in the July 2003 RADCOM (the Bulletin of the RSGB) it is announced that as Gibraltar has introduced its own Foundation Licence scheme that this is a changing situation.

Do also remember that:-

Main Station Address means the main station address stated in the Licence;

Alternative Address /A means a fixed postal address in the United Kingdom other than the Main Station Address;

Temporary Location /P means a fixed location in the United Kingdom which is not the Main Station Address or an Alternative Address;

Mobile /M means the Radio Equipment is located in the United Kingdom:

  1. in or on any vehicle or conveyance;

  2. on the person of the Licensee where the Licensee is a pedestrian; or

  3. on any Vessel on Inland Waters;

/A /P /M can be used with any of the above call sign combination at Foundation Intermediate and Full.

There is no /T but some students thinks this means TEMPORARY but it does not !!!

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