Ofcom issues statement on amateur licence progression

| December 13, 2013

During the wide debate about the forthcoming amateur radio licence review to be carried out by Ofcom, several amateurs have been in touch with the RSGB to express concern that they will either be required to progress to become Full licensees or to surrender their Foundation or Intermediate licence and give up the hobby. In response Ofcom have provided the following statement. “It is not Ofcom’s intention to discourage people from the hobby but we want to set up a framework that encourages those interested in pursuing the technical hobby to stretch their knowledge and operating skill. In our analysis we will be consulting on any changes to the licensing arrangements but we will be taking into account the accessibility and diverse interests provided by the hobby and we won’t be designing a regime that leaves or pushes people out.”

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