Why is a ham radio license required? If you want to play the "game", you must be . . . ready, willing and able to:
. . . before a team (your country) will accept to let you "play"! ;-)
There is a more "official" reason than what I stated above, of course!
Member countries of the ITU also consider amateur radio as a public service.
Governments created this "Service" partly to fill the need for a pool of experts who could provide communications in times of emergency.
Countless lives have been saved by amateur radio operators over the years.
The entry level ham radio license requirements and privileges vary slightly from one country to another.
There can be differences, because the privileges granted to entry level amateur radio license holders are restricted to commercially made and approved equipment, operating modes and power levels that...
Fundamentally, the differences are not major because the entry level is the mandatory requirement prior to obtaining the more advanced license levels.
For example, in Canada, the Basic Amateur Radio License allows...
The more advanced levels must meet the internationally agreed upon levels of proficiency because they allow many, many more privileges, such as...
Understandably, these extra privileges come with additional responsibilities. Thus, the requirement for higher level of technical knowledge ... and more advanced exams.
To find out where to get a description of amateur radio license requirements and privileges in your country, click here to view. (Web page)
Most IARU member societies offer some form of ham radio training. The link above will tell you where you can get in touch with them.
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