Amateur Radio Operator Certificate – 2

Hello Vistors

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Welcome to our 2nd blog on Amateur Radio Operator Certificate, click here to start from beginning. At this point, we followed the “Getting Started” guide from Amateur Radio of Canada, we also downloaded and read RIC-3.

RIC-3 Notes

Certifications

CertificationCodePrivileges
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic QualificationB1. Access to all amateur bands above 30MHz
2. 250W DC transmitter power
3. Build and operate all station equipment, except for "home-made" transmitters
Morse CodeB5Access all amateur bands below 30 MHz
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Advanced QualificationBA1. Access all amateur bands below 30 MHz
2. Use maximum transmitter power of 1000 watts DC input
3. Build and operate transmitting equipment
4. Establish repeaters and club stations
5. Remotely control fixed stations, including the use of radio links
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification (Honour Score)B+Access all amateur bands below 30 MHz

Certificate Equivalency

CertificateEquivalency 
1. Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate
2. Amateur Radio Operator's Advanced
Certificate
3. Radiocommunication Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
4. Radio Operator's First Class Certificate
5. Radio Operator's Second Class Certificate
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic, Morse code and Advanced QualificationsB, B5, BA
Amateur Digital Radio Operator's CertificateAmateur Radio
Operator Certificate with Basic and Advanced Qualifications
B, BA
1. Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Aeronautical)
2. Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
3. Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Land)
4. First-class Radioelectronic Certificate
Amateur Radio
Operator Certificate with Basic Qualifications
B
1. Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification issued prior to
April 1, 2002

2. On or After April 1, 2002 needs retest

Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification
Amateur Radio
Operator Certificate with Basic Qualifications (Honour Scores)
B+

Overall, the document is easy to follow but assumes newbies already know what HF band is. Well we don’t. Some more Googling and look up, here are our findings.

HF Band is

  • High Frequency Band
  • There are different standard bodies (i.e. IEEE, ITU, EU, NATO) defining HF band but they all refer it as
  • A frequency range between 3 to 30 MHz
  • Other standards referring to the same thing (ITU band number 7 or EU, NATO band A)

Now refer to the diagram above (Source Wikipedia), the Radio spectrum (From 3Hz to 300GHz) is splited into ranges of fequency

  • Extremely Low Frequency (3Hz to 30Hz)
  • Super Low Frequency (30Hz to 300Hz)
  • Ultra Low Frequency (300Hz to 3kHz)
  • Very Low Frequency (3kHz to 30kHz)
  • Low Frequency (30kHz to 300kHz)
    • 135.7 to 137.8 kHz
  • Medium Frequency (300kHz to 3MHz)
    • 1.8 to 2.0 MHz
  • High Frequency (3MHz to 30MHz)
    • 3.5 to 4.0 MHz
    • 7.0 to 7.3 MHz
    • 10.1 to 10.15 MHz
    • 14.0 to 14.350 MHz
    • 18.068 to 18.168 MHz
    • 21.0 to 21.450 MHz
    • 24.890 to 24.990 MHz
    • 28.0 to 29.7 MHz
  • Very High Frequency (30MHz to 300MHz)
    • 50.0 to 54.0 MHz
    • 144 to 148 MHz
    • 220 to 225 MHz
  • Ultra High Frequency (300MHz to 3GHz)
    • 430 to 450 MHz
    • 902 to 928 MHz
    • 1240 to 1300 MHz
    • 2300 to 2450 MHz
  • Super High Frequency (3GHz to 30GHz)
    • 3300 to 3500 MHz
    • 5650 to 5925 MHz
    • 10000 to 10500 MHz
    • 24000 to 24050 MHz
    • 24050 to 24250 MHz
  • Extremely High Frequency (30GHz to 300GHz)
    • 47000 to 47200 MHz
    • 75500 to 76000 MHz
    • 76000 to 81000 MHz
    • 142000 to 144000 MHz
    • 144000 to 149000 MHz
    • 241000 to 248000 MHz
    • 248000 to 250000 MHz

Mapping the Canadian Amateur Radio Bands (RBR-4, schedule 1) to the Radio Spectrum, we will notice Amateur bands spread out from LF to EHF range.

Next we are off to digging deep into RBR-4, until next time…. Study Hard!

Continue reading (Part 3)

Team BTF

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