• FAQ

    Radio amateur clubs registered with BIPT (in order of payment) can apply for a special call sign to mark an event under the following terms and restrictions:

    • The event is associated with the club’s life (special anniversary…);
    • The club participates in an event (e.g. open house in a school or a radio amateur club has a stand);
    • The event has to do with radio (e.g. Marconi’s birthday);
    • A club is not allowed to ask more than two special call signs per calendar year;
    • The special call sign cannot be used during contests;
    • For the anniversary of the club or association, the call sign can be granted for a maximum period of one year;
    • The call signs can have all the prefixes (ON, OP, OQ, OR, OS, OT);
    • They are made of a prefix, a figure, and a series of characters ending with a letter;
    • Call signs using the ON prefix (or the special prefix assigned to all the radio amateurs - see below) can not have a single digit if they have a suffix of 1, 2 or 3 letters;
    • The special call signs cannot be used in the club members’ homes.

    Recognised associations (UBA, VRA, UFRC) can ask a special prefix on the occasion of a particular event and for all the radio amateurs. In that case any radio amateur who wishes to do so can replace the ON in his/her call sign by the special prefix. This authorisation does not apply to short call signs.

    The tariffs for these special call signs are mentioned in the Annex 1 of the Royal Decree of 18 December 2009 on private radio communications and user rights for fixed networks and trunk networks. 

  • FAQ

    Whoever unexpectedly acquires a station, without being personally authorised to possess or use it, has, from the moment he/she comes into possession of the station, a maximum period of sixty days to apply for a holder’s and operator’s authorisation for that radio station, or only one possession authorisation.

  • FAQ

    For a 5th category station, the operator uses the call sign related to his/her operator’s certificate or the authorisation of the operated station.

    The call sign is transmitted following a method which is adapted to the type of emission. If this is not possible, the call sign is transmitted vocally or in telegraphy. In telephony mode, the call sign is pronounced clearly and, if necessary, spelled using the international alphabet. In telegraphy mode, the call sign is communicated in Morse code at the transmission speed used during the contact.

    The call sign is transmitted at least once at the beginning and the end of each emission. When the emission is made of several short messages, the series of emissions is considered as one emission. In the context of an emission or a series of emissions, the call sign is repeated at least every five minutes.

  • FAQ

    No, the radio station can only be used to convey information on technical research and related subjects in plain language. It is thus forbidden to tell your life story or to use encrypted or coded messages. However, after authorisation of the Institute, the holder of an authorisation for an automated station or for a remote-controlled station can use encrypted messages for the management of his/her station.

    In case of exercises organised by a Belgian emergency service, the holder of an operator’s certificate of the 5th category can, with prior approval of the Institute, communicate on subjects related to these exercises.

    Upon request from the relevant authorities responsible for crisis management, the holder of a 5th category certificate can help Belgian emergency services by deploying his/her 5th category stations in order to compensate for the failure of electronic communications. In this context only, the radio amateur can: transmit encrypted or coded messages, use any station of the 5th category, with the approval of the holder of the authorisation of the station concerned; and communicate regarding subjects related to the activities of the emergency services.

  • FAQ

    Yes, provided that the applicant holds a class A certificate and that the station is operated from the Belgian territory.

  • FAQ

    The following associations have been recognised by BIPT:

    • the UBA (Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union),
    • the VRA (Vlaamse Radio Amateurs),
    • and the UFRC (Union Francophone des Radios Clubs).

    For more information about the dates and locations of the next training sessions, please contact the association of your choice.

  • FAQ

    Congratulations! You were given a form at the end of your exam. Your first operator’s certificate is included in the price of the exam.

    Now, you will have to choose a call sign.

    If you have your own equipment, you will also need a station authorisation for it.

    Attention: you must first have your operator’s certificate and/or authorisation before being allowed to emit and/or possess radio equipment.

  • FAQ

    The following operators offer social tariffs:

    Name of the operator Contact points for the requests
    BASE  Tel.: 0486 19 19 99
             1999 via GSM
             Base.support@basecompany.be
             BASE Shop
    Orange Tel.: 02 745 95 00
             5000 via GSM
             Fax: 0800 97 606
             in writing: Orange Back Office
                              Avenue du Bourget 3
                              1140 Brussels
    Proximus Tel.: 0800 33 800 (Fr)
            0800 22 800 (Nl)
            0800 44 800 (De)
    Scarlet Tel.: 02 275 27 27
    Telenet Tel.: 0800 66 051
    Voo Tel.: 078 50 50 50

    Since 4 August 2012 only the operators (providing fixed telephony or fixed Internet) with a turnover of more than 50 million euro, are obliged to offer the social tariff for all their tariff plans.

    Operators with a turnover smaller than that amount may, after having made a declaration to BIPT, also offer the social tariff if they wish to do so.

  • FAQ

    Depending on the situation of the applicant, one or several of the following documents are necessary:

    • a copy of the most recent assesstment notice (Avertissement-extrait de rôle Impôt des personnes physiques et taxes additionnelles/Aanslagbiljet personenbelasting en aanvullende belastingen) sent on a yearly basis by the FPS Finance, for all persons over 18, domiciled at the applicant’s address;
    • a certificate of the payment of family allowances, obtained from the family allowances fund;
    • a certificate indicating that the applicant has a handicap of at least 66%; this certificate is available at the mutual insurance fund (mutualité/ziekenfonds) or at the FPS Social Security - DG Disabled persons;
    • a certificate of the household composition obtained at the municipal administration (service Population/dienst Bevolking) of the applicant;
    • a copy of the ruling (of the justice of peace or of the youth court) indicating that the grandchildren have been entrusted to the applicant by a legal decision;
    • a copy of a CPAS/OCMW certificate proving that the applicant receives the social integration income in accordance with the Act of May 26, 2002;
    • a certificate and an audiogram of from the otorhinolaryngologist ear, nose and throat specialist proving a minimal hearing loss of 70 dB for the best ear;
    • a certificate of from the ear, nose and throat specialist otorhinolaryngologist proving that the applicant has undergone a laryngectomy;
    • a certificate of from the DG Victims of war of the FPS Social Security proving that the applicant is a military war blinded.

  • FAQ

    We will contact you via ordinary mail before the expiration date.

    Make sure to always report any change in your contact details to us (according to regulation your data must always be up to date).

    However, if BIPT has not contacted you two weeks before the expiration date, please contact us as soon as possible

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