The Advanced Licence
The Last Formal Step Into Amateur Radio
The Advanced Licence is the highest level of the three grades available. With it comes all bands, modes and maximum power. Like the Standard Licence it has the ability to build or modify transmitting equipment. It is in line with the world standard.
With its enhanced operating privileges comes a much greater depth of theory knowledge when compared to the Standard Licence, but with the same regulatory knowledge. If you were already competent in the Regulations Assessment for the Standard Licence, this will carry on. Otherwise you need to sit a Regulations Assessment paper. Likewise, all radio amateurs need to be found competent in a Practical Assessment. If you have not done so previously, you will need to do a Practical Assessment.
Study for an Advanced Licence can take between 50 and 100 hours. At the end, competency is shown through a 50 question multiple choice theory paper. Do remember to revise the Foundation Licence and Standard Licence knowledge as some questions include basic knowledge too.
The Advanced Licence further opens up involvement in Amateur Radio enabling ready worldwide communication. It can expand an interest in communications technology and be a solid launching base to a rewarding career in science, electronics, and communications.
The Advanced Licence qualification is recognised by some institutions as prior learning and may exempt a holder of this qualification from needing to complete some training modules at TAFE (Technical And Further Education).
Things You Will Need To Know
You will need to be able to correctly answer 35 of 50 multiple choice questions based on the theory syllabus, a copy of it can be downloaded from the link on the right hand menu bar of this page. If you were found competent in the Regulations Assessment for the Standard Licence, this will carry on. The Regulations Assessment is based on the LCD (Licence Conditions Determination), a copy can be downloaded from the link on the left hand menu bar of this page.
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Fees And Charges
Training provided by the radio clubs is generally inexpensive. The total of the WIA charges depends on how many assessments are needed.
The Advanced theory assessment is $70. The Regulations assessment is $70 but is not needed if you already have a Standard licence.
The Practical assessment is $65, but again is not needed if you already have been found competent. There is also a charge for a Callsign Recommendation. A full list of WIA rates and charges are in the left hand index.
You also need to pay for the ACMA licence, currently $75 for an initial licence. You may also pay a fee to the ACMA to vary your existing licence (Foundation or Standard) – the current information can be provided by the WIA Assessor.
It can normally take about 6 weeks after the assessments before the ACMA issues a licence. You may begin transmitting when notified, which means your name and callsign is on the ACMA licence register http://web.acma.gov.au/pls/radcom/register_search.main_page
Radio Bands You Can Use
The Advanced Licence can operate in all of 25 bands listed below. This is the only licence grade eligible to be trained as a WIA assessor and has fully recognised by those countries with reciprocal licensing. A full list of countries can be found on the ACMA website by clicking here
|Permitted Emission Modes
||135.7 - 137.8 kHz
||Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth no greater than 2.1 kHz
||472 - 479 kHz
||1.800 - 1.875 MHz
|| Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz
||3.500 - 3.700 MHz
3.776 - 3.800 MHz
||7.000 - 7.300 MHz
||10.100 - 10.150 MHz
||14.000 - 14.350 MHz
||18.068 -18.168 MHz
||21.000 - 21.450 MHz
||24.890 - 24.990 MHz
||28.000 - 29.700 MHz
|| Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 16 kHz
||50.000 - 54.000 MHz
|| Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 100 kHz
||144 - 148 MHz
||420 - 450 MHz
|| Any emission mode
||1240 - 1300 MHz
2300 - 2302 MHz
2400 - 2450 MHz
||3300.0 - 3425.0 MHz
||5650 - 5850 MHz
||10.0 - 10.5 GHz
||24.000 - 24.250 GHz
||47.000 - 47.200 GHz
||76 - 81 GHz
||122.250 - 123.000 GHz
||134 - 141 GHz
||241 - 250 GHz
Note : These are general band ranges provided as a guide only, please ensure you consult the ACMA LCD for specific frequency ranges, power limits and any special conditions.
Training For Your Licence
There are several radio clubs that offer Advanced Licence training, and a CD based course that can be done at home. You will also need some support technical reference information. The ARRL handbook (preferably an early edition) or the Radio Theory handbook. Besides providing training radio clubs are ideal to learn all about Amateur Radio. You can meet other hams, attend interesting lectures, and find out lots of information about its different facets. There are some good topics and activities too appearing on YouTube video. The WIA webpages list most of the clubs that are offering training and assessment, and all WIA Assessors. If you have trouble finding a training club or an Assessment, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also study at your own pace via a Multi-Media Course with the Radio and Electronics School. The Advanced Licence On-line Correspondence Course has 20 assignments plus revision and assessment preparation and usually takes about 6 months at 1 assignment a week to complete with about 3 hours a week study for the average student. This course is designed for those who hold their Standard Licence and wish to upgrade, is done via email with an experienced facilitator who can offer support should any questions or problems arise. The Advanced Licence course DOES NOT include the Regulations component, assumed already to be held under the Standard Licence. Regulations however is a separate course should it be needed. You need also complete the Practical Assessment if not already done. Please visit http://www.res.net.au for further information about the Standard Licence Multi-Media Course.