Getting your licence


Operating an Amateur Radio transmitter requires the appropriate license before any callsign can be selected and allocated by the authorities.

BDARS next training courses are held throughout the year. The course is open to anyone interested in obtaining their Foundation amateur radio licence.  No prior knowledge is required.

The course concludes with the exams needed to get your license. Please contact us if you would like more details.

In Australia, amateur radio is administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

















ACMA amateur radio information page

ACMA information on amateur operating procedures

Exams and the issue of new callsigns are managed by the Australian Maritime College

Amateur Radio licences allocated can be found by searching the ACMA’s Register of Radiocommunications Licences.


The Radio Amateur Society of Australia have produced a Welcome to Amateur Radio guidebook for newly licenced amateurs.  It may be downloaded here.

Licence Classes :


There are three classes of Amateur licence: Foundation, Standard and Advanced with examinations of increasing difficulty.  The syllabus for all these licences is readily available and members of the Society are available to assist students achieve their goals.


The time taken for a training course at entry level, i.e. a Foundation Licence is typically around 12 hours and the requirements are not onerous. It is not necessary to learn or have knowledge of Morse Code (CW) to obtain any grade of Amateur Radio licence. This requirement was abolished many years ago but CW as it is called is still used by a vast number of operators around the world. There is also recognition for prior learning so more qualified persons need not be deterred.


Modes of operation :
There are many modes of operation including Voice, Image, Text and Data. Activities using these modes include Earth Moon Earth (EME), Internet Radio linking Project (IRLP) , Low Transmitter Power (QRP) and Satellites titled Oscar –Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio . Fast and Slow Scan TV and the many digital modes are also popular. The fact is that any one individual would be hard pressed to accommodate all the modes and activities at any one time. Specialisation is the name of the game if you wish to be at the top of the performance ladder and help is always readily available.

Amateur Radio Examinations

The Society conducts classes and mentoring programs for new members to gain their radio licence and to upgrade their current licence. An in-house examiner conducts necessary Amateur Radio Examinations. 

Exam Dates (Updated 7/2/2022):

Foundation:        Feb    3rd Full Weekend


                             May    3rd Full Weekend


                            Aug      4th Full Weekend


                            Nov    3rd Full Weekend



Standard:            Apr    4th Full Weekend


                            Sep    4th Full Weekend



Advanced:         Jun     3rd Full Weekend


                            Dec    3rd Full Weekend



The suggestion is that the Candidates book their place for the Exam by

paying a fully refundable $50 and once they sit the exam we authorise

the refund. Also a preferred maximum of 6 Candidates should be allowed

for at each exam event. Click Here to pay and book a place


The Exams are currently held at the Alexandra Hills State High School as

we can use two adjoining demountable rooms with projector and whiteboard

in Room C5. The Club has been using this facility for over thirty years.


There will be tea and coffee provided but candidates are responsible for

providing a light lunch for themselves.


The Exams event will start at 0900 with room access from 0830 and

general form is for a review of the subjects in the morning and the

exams will start after lunch.


The suggested study base is the Radio Electronics School website ( and follow the prompts for each level of exam.

Particular notice should be taken with the Practical exam videos as the

pass rate for this exam is 100% and all theory or Regulations is 70%.


The specific dates for each exam will be posted closer to the date but

this calander is a guide for the next few years subject to any national

health issues. Also as exam papers must be orderd about fifteen days

prior the nominations need to advised and paid for by then.


Please send your exam booking confirmation, Once paid for, to with full contact details including phone number

prior to the cutoff date, as above, to avoid missing out.


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