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.
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.
Yes, provided that the applicant holds a class A certificate and that the station is operated from the Belgian territory.
The following associations have been recognised by BIPT:
For more information about the dates and locations of the next training sessions, please contact the association of your choice.
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.
Depending on the situation of the applicant, one or several of the following documents are necessary:
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
Yes, and it must be registered on 406registration.com.
BIPT advises you to buy an EPIRB that is MEOSAR compatible.
Yes, this system is subject to an authorisation issued by BIPT and must therefore be added to your application for a station authorisation.
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.