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Syllabus sections:-

2. Licensing Conditions

Note: that a complete copy of the Licence document and schedules will be provided in the exam

Licence clause numbers given below are for ease of reference and do not necessarily indicate that clauses not quoted are outside the scope of the syllabus.

Licence document   Understand the licence clauses set out below: This includes the Notes licence and schedules

2a Types of licence, format of call signs including Regional Secondary Locators

2a.1 Identify the types of UK licence and the format of all call signs in use including regional secondary locators, but NOT including club, special event and contest call signs.

Much of this topic has been in the Foundation and Intermediate licence syllabuses but due to the importance to be able to recognise UK licence holders it is also in the syllabus for this Advanced Licence Course.

There are three levels of licence the introductory level being Foundation then the next level up is Intermediate with the Advanced being the highest level.

In addition to the format for call signs for individuals there are also different formats for club, special event and contest call signs, however knowing call signs other than for individuals is NOT part of the syllabus and thus is excluded from the course work.

Licence level

Licence title

Callsign example in England if main address

Callsign example for the Isle of Man if main address

Third tier


NOTE:- All call signs beginning with a "G" and "M1, M0, and M5" and three letters are Advanced Licence holders



Second tier


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


First tier


Note:- It is the "3" and the "6" that indicates the Foundation licence holder


You must also be able to recall all the secondary identifiers and how they are used with Foundation and Advanced licences and recall that with the Intermediate licence the Secondary Identifier replaces the letter E when the station is not located in England.

As shown in the examples the secondary identifier follows the initial letter in Foundation and Advanced level call signs and in the Intermediate follows the number "2" and identifies by a single letter the location of the station in UK:-

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

With all licences there is also:-

/P ( when not at your main station address) and

/M ( for when you are mobile walking cycling etc).

Map of secondary identifiers

Please note that whilst the Advanced 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 12th Jan 2004 thus holders of a UK Intermediate Licence 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.

So you need to be able to recognise All UK calls on issue and to which licence level they relate understanding that all 'G' calls, 'M0', 'M1' and 'M5' are Full licences, '2E0' and '2E1' are Intermediate licences in England and that 'M3 and M6' indicate Foundation licensees. Call signs may also contain a regional secondary identifier.

You need to know that only M6, 2E0 ( for England) and M0 are currently being issued to new licence applicants.

Licence documents

17(1)(l) "Full Licence" means a Licence issued to an Amateur who is the holder of a Radio Amateurs' Examination Pass Certificate which confirms that the holder has achieved the appropriate level of competence required by Ofcom to be issued with a Full Licence;

17(2) The Licence consists of Section 1 and Section 2 (which includes Schedule 1 and Schedule 2) together with the notes thereto, as any of them may be varied from time to time.


2(1)(a),(b),(c) and (d) The Licensee may only operate the Radio Equipment: (a) at the Main Station Address; (b) at an Alternative Address; (c) at a Temporary Location; (d) when Mobile;

17(1)(b), "Alternative Address" means a fixed postal address in the United Kingdom other than the Main Station Address;

(x) "Mobile" means the Radio Equipment is located in the United Kingdom: I. in or on any vehicle or conveyance; II. on the person of the Licensee where the Licensee is a pedestrian; or III. on any Vessel on Inland Waters;

and (tt)   "Vessel on Inland Waters" means a Vessel operating on the landward side of the low-water line along the coastline as marked on large scale charts officially recognised by the relevant coastal state;

Identity of Location

13(1), The Licensee, or, if this Licence is a Full Licence, then any other authorised person who uses the Radio Equipment, shall transmit the Callsign specified in Section 1 of this Licence and any Modifier applicable under the provisions of this Licence:

  • (a) during initial calls ("CQ" calls) or calls to establish contact with another Amateur;

  • (b) at least once every 15 minutes when the period of communication is longer than 15 minutes;

  • (c) whenever the frequency of transmission is changed, at the beginning of transmission on the new frequency;

  • (d) by the same type of transmission that is being used for the communication;

  • (e) on the same frequency that is being used for the communication.

2(2),  The Licensee shall use the following appropriate Regional Secondary Locator after the United Kingdom Callsign prefix "G", "M" or "2" as specified in Section 1, when identifying the Radio Equipment in accordance with Clause 13(1):

  • (a) England - No Regional Secondary Locator;

  • (b) Guernsey - "U";

  • (c) Isle of Man - "D";

  • (d) Jersey - "J";

  • (e) Northern Ireland - "I";

  • (f) Scotland - "M";

  • (g) Wales - "W".

2(3)  If the Callsign specified in Section 1 begins with the number "2", the provisions of Clause 2(2) shall apply with the addition that when used in England, the Secondary Locator "E" shall be used.

Notes (d)   When operating at locations other than the Main Station Address, it is recommended that the following suffixes be used:

  • I. If the Licensee operates the Radio Equipment at an Alternative Address, the Licensee may use the suffix "/A" with the Callsign;

  • II. If the Licensee operates the Radio Equipment at a Temporary Location, the Licensee may use the suffix "/P" with the Callsign;

  • III. If the Licensee operates the Radio Equipment from a Mobile location, the Licensee may use the suffix "/M" with the Callsign;

  • IV. If the Licensee operates the Radio Equipment from a Maritime Mobile location, the Licensee may use the suffix "/MM" with the Callsign.

(e) When the location of the Radio Equipment is given, it is recommended that one of the following location identifiers be used:

  • I. the full postcode;

  • II. latitude and longitude in degrees and minutes;

  • III. National Grid Reference correct to six figures;

  • IV. International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) locator to six characters; or

  • V. the address or other geographical description correct to 5 km.

Non-use in aircraft, air borne vehicles including clause 17(1)(d)

9(3) Without prejudice to Clause 1 of this Licence, the Licensee shall not establish or use the Radio Equipment in any Aircraft or other Airborne Vehicle.

17(1)(c) "Aircraft" and "Airborne Vehicles" includes full size and models and also includes balloons whether tethered or free;

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