[AMRadio] Petition to FCC for Lifetime licenses (Homebrew Transmitters)

Donald Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Sun Feb 28 15:16:39 EST 2016

To further clarify, no petition or proposal is known to be on the horizon
that  would prohibit the use of homebrew transmitters by US amateurs;
follow this thread from the beginning to see how the subject evolved.
However, such  rules indeed exist for entry-level licensees in other major
English-speaking countries, and it is not beyond the realm of possibility
that the idea could one day gain foothold here.  The following excerpts are
taken from Canadian, Australian and UK amateur radio rules. 

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1.4 Privileges and Restrictions

Privileges and restrictions can be found in the Radiocommunication
Regulations and Radiocommunication Information Circular 2, Standards for the
Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (RIC-2) -
Reclassified as RBR-4. A brief summary follows:

Basic Qualification: 

    access all amateur bands above 30 MHz
    use a maximum of 250 watts DC transmitter input power
    build Footnote 1 and operate all station equipment, except for
"home-made" transmitters


CANADA (cont'd):

Q - I'm a Basic Qualification holder and have a radio that was a business
radio but has been reprogrammed to ham frequencies. It is such a good radio
that I know it works fine so it must be legal for me to use.

A - FALSE. By RIC-3 Basic Qualification holders must use commercially made
transmitting equipment for the amateur service



"Foundation Licence

Essentially, the Foundation Licence is an operator licence that requires a
minimum of technical knowledge that will allow safe operation of a
Foundation amateur station.

A radio amateur with a foundation licence can only operate commercially
manufactured equipment. And is restricted to defined frequency bands,
emission modes and limited to 10 watts transmitter output power. These
requirements are contained in Part 6 of the LCD."



"Foundation licensees are permitted to use commercially manufactured
transmitters and kits constructed in accordance with the supplied
instructions. Higher licences such as the Intermediate and Full give the
privilege of building equipment to your own designs, from magazine articles,
or modifying second hand commercial equipment."

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