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  • 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 of BIPT for the attention of the consumers relating to the compulsory identification of prepaid card users

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    FAQ of BIPT for the attention of the consumers relating to the compulsory identification of prepaid card users
  • FAQ

    The discounts are laid down in Article 38 of the Annex the Act of 13 June 2005 on electronic communications.

    Several hypotheses are summarised in the table below:

    Categories of beneficiaries Single discount for the installation Monthly discounts
      Fixed telephone connection Subscription fee Communications (fixed, bundle of the subscription fee operator) Total amount of discounts (max. per month)
    + 65 years, disabled, hearing-impaired persons, laryngectomee, military war blinded 50% of the standard price Fixed, Internet or bundle 40% (max. € 8.4) € 3.1* € 11.5
    Ssocial integration income receivers  / Internet : 40 %
    (max. € 8.4)
    € 3.1

    € 11.5 (if Internet)

    or € 3.1

    * NB: if you pay the subscription fee and the communications to two different operators, only the operator providing the communications grants a maximum discount of € 11.5 on the calls.

    If you think you meet the conditions to get the social tariff, you can submit your request to the operator of your choice (without attachments), via one of the contacts points.

    If it cannot be automatically established that you effectively meet the conditions, you will receive, after your request to the operator of your choice, a letter from BIPT asking you to send certain documents necessary for the administrative handling to the operator.

  • FAQ

    On 1 January 2021 current relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom will come to an end, whether a partnership agreement is concluded or not.

    Deliveries may take longer as additional customs formalities will have to be fulfilled.

    However, most operators apply an electronic procedure for these customs formalities, so that the potential impact on the delivery time should be limited.

    For more information, we advise you to contact the Brexit Call Centre of the General Administration of Customs & Excise Duties. This contact centre is available from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the phone number 02 575 55 55.

  • 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 (€51,24) as well as a yearly fee (€51,24).
    • 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.

    All tests are provisionally suspended until 1 March 2021.

  • FAQ

    Yes, and it must be registered on 406registration.com.

    BIPT advises you to buy an EPIRB that is MEOSAR compatible.

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