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  • FAQ

    The use of radios from the ground as an instructor or in AFIS (Aerodrome Flight Information Service) is possible but is subject to an authorisation of another category.

  • FAQ

    A station authorisation is required for a radio (TX/RX), a DMA, an ELT (fixed or portable), a radar, a transponder, an ATC transponder, a TCAS, a VDR, a weather radio, a radio altimeter, a satellite communication system (SATCOM)... This list is not exhaustive but an authorisation is required for all devices emitting electromagnetic waves. In case of doubt, please contact our department.

  • FAQ

    Yes, this system is subject to an authorisation issued by BIPT and must therefore be added to your application for a station authorisation.

  • FAQ

    The recognised training centres are the following:

  • FAQ

    This information is described in the radio amateur frequency plan table which is based on a decision of the BIPT.

  • 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

    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

    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

    Radio amateurs can choose their call signs according to the following rules:

    • The call sign has to be available.
    • Regarding the class A operator’s certificate, you can choose a prefix starting with ON1, ON4, ON5, ON6, ON7, ON8 and ON9.
      For the class B operator’s certificate, the prefix will be ON2.
      For the class C operator’s certificate, the prefix will be ON3.
    • The choice of the call sign is limited to the last 2 or 3 letters.
    • A radio amateur can apply for as many call signs as he/she desires, within his/her class. Each additional call sign entails an application fee (€50.87) as well as a yearly fee (€50.87).
    • Call signs can not be reserved and are granted in order of request.
    • If a radio amateur stops his/her activities, his/her call sign (primary only) can not be granted to a third party for 5 years.

  • FAQ

    Access to the examination room is only granted upon presentation of your ID card.

    • The VHF examination consists of 20 multiple choice questions about the subject matter covered by the preparation manual for the examination to obtain the radiotelephone operator’s restricted certificate. To pass the exam one has to score 60%. No exemptions are granted on the subject matter.
      If you wish a printed version of the VHF manual, please transfer €5 on the account IBAN BE68 6791 7078 16 34 (BIC: PCHQBEBB) with the communication “VHF Manual” and send a copy of the proof of payment per e-mail to maritime@ibpt.be.
    • The SRC examination consists of 33 multiple choice questions (23 SRC and 10 VHF) about the subject matters covered by the examination programme. To pass the exam one has to score 60% for each subject matter. No exemptions are granted on subject matters.

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