Radiocommunication Study Group 8

Minimum qualifications of radio amateurs

(Question ITU-R 48/8)

The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly,


a) that No. S1.56 of the Radio Regulations (RR) defines the amateur service as: A radiocommunication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest;

b) that No. S1.57 (RR) defines the amateur-satellite service as: A radiocommunication service using space stations on earth satellites for the same purposes as those of the amateur service;

c) that certain minimum operator operational and technical qualifications are necessary for proper operation of an amateur or amateur-satellite station,


1 that administrations take such measures as they judge necessary to verify the operational and technical qualifications of any person wishing to operate an amateur station;

2 that any person seeking a licence to operate an amateur station should demonstrate theoretical knowledge of:

– Radio Regulations

• international

• domestic

– Methods of radiocommunication

• radiotelephony

• radiotelegraphy

• data and image

– Radio system theory

• transmitters

• receivers

• antennas and propagation

• measurements

– Radio emission safety

– Electromagnetic compatibility

August 2001