Proposed changes to Amateur Reciprocal Qualifications | ACMA

Proposed changes to Amateur Reciprocal Qualifications

Consultation closes: 30 June 2016

IFC: 11/2016 Amateur Radio and hand

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Outcome
Read the discussion and outcome of this consultation. 

Submissions
Twenty-three respondents provided comments to the ACMA on this issue. Fifteen respondents agreed that the foundation licence is the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes, seven disagreed and one commented on the subject but neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposal. Read the summary of submissions received to this consultation.

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Issue for comment

It is proposed to update the tables relating to reciprocal licences and qualifications to show the changes that have occurred in the status of the US Technician Amateur qualification.

At present, Table A and Table C show that the US Technician Class licence is equivalent to Australia’s Advanced amateur licence.

However, following the ACMA’s own investigation, and a report prepared by the WIA clearly showing that the US Technician Class licence is no longer equivalent to the Advanced licence, it is proposed to lower the level of reciprocity to the Foundation licence. This licence is considered the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes.

Existing licensees who have relied on the US Technician Class licence to obtain reciprocal licensing in Australia may not be able to obtain a re-issued licence at the advanced level once their existing licences are up for renewal. Licensees that have received their amateur license based on the US Technician Class licence are invited to respond to this consultation.

Please note the comments included in Table A and Table C in the reciprocal licensing information.

Question one

Do you support the ACMA and the WIA’s stance that the US Technician licence is no longer equivalent to the Advanced licence and that the Foundation licence is the most appropriate for reciprocal licensing purposes?