Overseas amateurs visiting Australia for short periods may operate an amateur station under a class licence or an apparatus licence. Class licences are open, standing authorities that allow anyone to operate particular radiocommunications equipment provided that the operation and the device comply with the conditions of the class licence. Class licences do not have to be applied for and no licence fees are payable. The Class Licence authorises operation for up to 90 days after each entry to Australia. If the operation of the amateur station starts or finishes more than 90 days after the overseas amateur enters Australia, that operation must be authorised by an apparatus licence. Alternatively, that person may apply for an apparatus licence to cover the entire 91 days.
Subscribe to RSS
FCC License Data Search
Three types of licenses for ham radio operators are being granted today: Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. By taking progressively more challenging exams, you gain access to more frequencies and operating privileges. After you pass a specific test level, called an element, you have permanent credit for it as long as you keep your license renewed. This system allows you to progress at your own pace.
Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes.