Next Education Day at CCARC club rooms Dandaloo Street Kariong:
Saturday 24th February
– please check this page or the club calendar for the latest new on a regular basis and if you are interested, please send Chris VK2YY a note at the address further down the page. Education days are run on an “on-demand” basis related to the number of people who request them.
For more information you can email education at ccarc.org.au if you do not receive a reply within a few days you can contact Chris direct, his information is further below on this page.
To operate an amateur radio you must obtain a Licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). This involves some study, and examinations to earn your Amateur Operator’s certificate of proficiency.
There are now three levels of Licences; Advanced, Standard and the entry level Foundation Licence.
The CCARC conducts courses and assessments regularly for the foundation Licence and assessments for all grades.
To obtain your Foundation Licence we recommend that you purchase Your Entry into Amateur Radio Foundation manual from the CCARC or you can purchase this book from the WIA. Have a read of the manual. You should also download and print a copy of the ACMA LCD (Licence conditions determination), which are the regulations, and familiarise yourself with the document. Then come to one of our one day courses and after a PowerPoint presentation and some general study, you can sit a combined Theory/Regulations/Practical assessment at one sitting.
To obtain your Standard or Advanced Licence there are three separate assessments.
- Radio theory (either Standard or Advanced level)
- Practical Assessment
For the Standard and Advanced licences, the exam components may be attempted at a single sitting or, if you prefer, each one may be attempted at different times. In either case, you need to pass all three components to qualify for the licence grade.
If you are upgrading to a higher level licence, you do not need to complete another practical assessment.
You will be given the results of your assessments on the day, so if you pass, you can apply for your licence right away.
How much does it cost?
- There is a $10.00 club room usage fee (which is refunded for those who become CCARC club members).
- Foundation: $70 (under-18: $35)
- Regulations (Standard or Advanced licence grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Theory (Standard or Advanced licence grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Practical assessment taken alone: $65 (under-18: $35)
- Licence Fee one year $72.00
- Next Call sign Available $5.00
- Choosing a Call sign $20.00
Contact Chris VK2YY by email at vk2yychris at gmail.com, or phone on 0428 239 413.
What should I bring?
You will need to bring a suitable form of photo identification, e.g. Driver’s License or Passport. You will also need to bring a genuine passport-sized photograph of yourself for you licence application.
You should also bring pens, ruler, and a non-programmable calculator if you wish. The club can accept Cheque or cash for payment.