Entry Into Amateur Radio
The Foundation Licence
Your Entry Into Amateur Radio
The hobby of Amateur Radio has a long and proud tradition. The very first radio amateurs were true pioneers of radio technology. Amateurs 'invented' and refined much of the early radio technology and were the first to transmit music, radio plays, and information to the handful of people who had the new fangled radio receivers.
After World War II the hobby of amateur radio flourished. Radio clubs sprang up in schools all over the world and kids went home each night to build some new contraption, or have a chat with someone over the wireless. These young people became the mainstay of the technical professions and developed much of the modern technology we use today.
Things You Will Need To Know
The emphasis is on candidates having the knowledge of skills to demonstrate a practical ability to put together an amateur radio station from commercial equipment and operate it without causing interference to other users and have the knowledge to be a competent radio operator.
You will also need to be aware of how amateur radio relates to other users of the radio spectrum, your licence conditions, technical basics of electricity and electronics, transmitters, receivers, feedlines and antennas, propagation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
Radio Bands You Can Use
The foundation licence operator can operate in the bands listed below using the modes listed in the right hand column. The foundation licence operator can only use commercially manufactured equipment.
|Radio band|| |
|Permitted Emission Modes|
|80 Metres||3.500 MHz - 3.700 MHz|| |
Amplitude Modulation (AM) voice
|40 Metres||7.0 00 MHz - 7.300 MHz|
|15 Metres||21.000 MHz - 21.450 MHz|
|10 Metres||28.000 MHz - 29.700 MHz||Amplitude Modulation (AM) voice |
Single Side Band (SSB) voice
Hand Keyed Morse Code
Frequency Modulation (FM) voice
|2 Metres||144 MHz - 148 MHz|
|70 Centimetres||430 MHz - 450 MHz|
Distances You Can Work
|Radio band|| |
Distance & Coverage
|3.5MHz (80 metres)||Typically up to 150KM during the day and up to 3000KM at night.|
|7MHz (40 metres)||Typically up to 1000KM during the day and during good conditions world wide at night.|
|21 MHz (15 metres)||World wide mostly during the day.|
|28 MHz (10 metres)||World wide during periods of high sunspot activity and up to 3000km in summer.|
|144MHz (2 metres)||Local coverage and world wide via "IRLP" and EchoLink.|
|432MHz (70cm)||Local coverage and world wide via "IRLP" and EchoLink.|
- Created: 02 June 2013