Standard callsign

A key message to anyone wanting to upgrade to Standard is to find out what is involved so that they can make an informed decision.

It is important to have a commitment in terms of time and effort over a number of weeks. Standard requires knowledge of a wider range of topics, many of which will be in more depth than in Foundation. This is necessary to reflect the greater operating privileges given to this level.

Text references

There is no textbook that is specifically aimed at the Standard level but the following texts are recommended. Radio Theory Handbook - Ronald Bertrand and Radio Theory Handbook for Amateurs - Fred Swainston, available from the Wireless Institute of Australia

If you are a Foundation licence holder the following assessments are required
  1. A theory examination consisting of 50 multi-choice questions to be completed within one hour. The pass grade is a minimum of 35 correct answers.
  2. A Regulations examination consisting of 30 multi-choice questions to be completed within 30 minutes

The pass grade is a minimum of 21 correct answers

If you have no Amateur Radio licence the following assessments will be required
  1. The theory and regulations examinations above
  2. A practical assessment of operating principles and safety

ACMA recognition certificate (Standard) Syllabus and examination information

  1. Identify transmission lines types, co-axial and balanced, unbalanced and balanced
  2. Identify common coaxial connectors, PL259, BNC and N Type
  3. Conduct or describe a continuity test on co-axial transmission line
  4. Identification of common antennas: beam/yagi, vertical, folded dipole, centre fed dipole and end fed long wire
  5. Identification of electronic symbols
  6. Connect (or describe how to connect) a transmitter/receiver to a power supply, microphone, transmission line and antenna
  7. Referring to the current LCD, state the band limits of any four requested by the assessor
  8. Demonstrate what actions you should take before transmitting on any frequency
  9. Demonstrate making an on air call on HF, VHF or UHF
    Demonstrate knowledge and use of signal reporting R-S-T
  10. Demonstrate operating through a repeater including a possible requirement for CTSS or DTMF tones
  11. State the purpose of Q Codes and the phonetic alphabet
  12. Demonstrate transmission line VSWR measurement and two methods of correction of high VSWR
  13. Demonstrate the understanding of dangerous voltages and currents

  • 3.500MHz – 3.700MHz 80m
  • 7.000MHz – 7.300MHz 40m
  • 14.000MHz – 14.350MHz 20m
  • 21.000MHz – 21.450MHz 15m
  • 28.000MHz – 29.700MHz 10m
  • 52.000MHz – 54.000MHz 6m
  • 144.000MHz – 148.000MHz 2m
  • 430.000MHz – 450.000MHz 70cm
  • 1240.000MHz – 1300.000MHz 23cm
  • 2400.000MHz – 2450.000MHz 13cm
  • 5.650GHz – 5.850GHz 6cm

Radiocommunications (Amateur Stations) Class Licence 2023

Australian band plans

Online tutorial

Amateur Radio Victoria offers an on-line tutorial when there is sufficient demand.

Online assessments

Amateur Radio Victoria offers on line assessments for all levels of amateur radio qualifications, contact Peter Cossins VK3BFG

Amateur Radio Victoria

Remote Examination Process

ACMA Recognition Certificate

Australian Communicatons and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for managing all the radio spectrum in Australia and also the administration of Amateur Radio assessments.

Your first action is to send an email to your selected Assessor with the following information.

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Clearly indicate which assessments are required.

If you are already have a Foundation level then you will not need to repeat the practical.

  • Foundation or
  • Standard Theory or
  • Standard Theory and Regulations or
  • Standard Theory, Regulations and Practical or
  • Advanced Theory or
  • Advanced Theory and Regulations or
  • Advanced Theory, Regulations and Practical

The remote examination process necessitates two video sources with Internet access. For instance, you can utilise a single PC equipped with its camera alongside a laptop or mobile phone, the latter providing a clear view of the work area.

Remote assessment set up

Remote assessment

The communication is conducted using Zoom. You'll receive a link via email, and all you need to do is click on it at the scheduled time. There's no requirement for Zoom to be installed on your PC.

A second link will be sent to connect you to view the examination paper on the PC facing you. It's essential to ensure your workspace is visible at all times.

At the end of the allocated time, close the examination paper link. Then, scan or take a photo of the answer sheet and promptly send it to me via email.

We will then undertake the practical by Q and A and simulations if that component has not been undertaken previously.

Your Driver's License or Passport will also need to be viewed for formal identification purposes. If you have already achieved a Recognition Level and you are upgrading, then you will not need apply for a callsign unless you wish a change.

After the assessment the assessor will mark your paper, advise you of the result and upload it to the ACMA.

Before being able to operate, the candidate has to apply to the ACMA and receive:

  1. an ACMA recognition certificate
  2. a valid callsign

Visit Qualifications to operate amateur radio

ACMA Fees and Charges: to 30 June 2024

  • ACMA recognition certificate application: $45.20
  • Call sign applications:
    • Next-available call sign: $30.15
    • Preferential call signs:
      • 2-letter call sign with the prefix VK1, VK5, VK6, VK7 or VK8 $41.45
      • 2-letter call sign with the prefix VK2, VK3, VK4 $52.75
      • 3-letter call sign with the prefix VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4, VK5, VK6, VK7 or VK8 $41.45
    • Special event, contest or VK0 or VK9 call sign $52.75
    • Replacement call sign: no charge
    • Recognition of prior learning assessment application $188.35

Peter Cossins VK3BFG

ACMA Specialist Assessor

Amateur Radio Victoria

Face to face assessments

Assessments can also be undertaken in the Amateur Radio Victoria rooms in Ashburton.

These options will be dependent on government regulations for a safe environment.

Callsign allocation

After successfully acheiving a pass grade you can apply to the ACMA for a callsign.

View the publically available callsigns before making a decision.

All callsigns allocated in Victoria have a VK3 prefix. Eg VK3XYZ.

Any operator with a callsign may keep it when upgrading. The letter R is reserved for Repeaters. eg VK3RML.

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