Please check this page or the club calendar for the latest news on a regular basis and if you are interested, please send Karen VK2AKB 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 or if you do not receive a reply within a few days you can contact Karen directly, his information is further below on this page.
To operate an amateur radio you must obtain a license from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). This requires some learning and assessment to earn your Amateur Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency.
There are now three levels of license: Advanced, standard and the entry level foundation license.
The CCARC (Central Coast Amateur Radio Club) conducts courses and assessments regularly for the foundation license and assessments for all grades.
To obtain your Foundation License we recommend that you purchase Your Entry into Amateur Radio Foundation manual from the CCARC or you can purchase this book from the WIA (Wireless Institute of Australia). You should also download and print a copy of the ACMA LCD (license conditions determination), which explains the regulations. Familiarise yourself with these documents. Afterwards come to one of our one day courses and watch a PowerPoint presentation. To acquaint yourself with the regulations and practice, some further study may be necessary. Once you are confident with these aspects, you can sit a combined Theory/Regulations/Practical assessment at one sitting.
To obtain your Standard or Advanced License there are three separate assessments.
- Radio theory (either Standard or Advanced Radio Operator’s level)
- Practical Assessment
For the standard and advanced licenses, the exam components may be attempted at a single sitting or, if you prefer, each one may be attempted at different times. Either way, you need to pass all three components to qualify for the license grade.
If you are upgrading to a higher level license, 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 license immediately.
How much do these assessments 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 license grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Theory (Standard or Advanced license grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Practical assessment taken alone: $65 (under-18: $35)
- License Fee one year $72.00
- Next Call sign Available $5.00
- Choosing a Call sign $20.00
Contact Karen VK2AKB by email at education at ccarc, or phone on 0429 985 039.
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 license application.
You should also bring pens, ruler, and a non-programmable calculator if you wish. The club will can accept cash or cheque as payment at time of assessment.