Advance! The Full Licence Manual

| February 2, 2013

Adva_4thThis book is the third course-book in the RSGB series for those interested in obtaining an amateur radio licence.

In line with the progressive three-tier UK licence structure Advance! the Full Licence Manual completes the natural progression from Intermediate Licence: Building on the Foundation and Foundation Licence Now!

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Corrections, updates and additional information

The current Edition is the Third Edition which was first published in 2007 and updates to that are provided below.  These are being picked up as the book is reprinted but there are a number of print runs in use so it is worth checking your copy against the updates below.  We no longer support the previous editions.

We are currently shipping the 2018 printing of the 3rd edition which except where noted incorporates all the changes listed below.

Page 10 col 1,
3rd line up from the bottom.

Replace the ‘m’ in mV in 125dBmV/m with a mu ‘µ’ to read 125 dB microvolts per meter.

Page 39 Fig 6.27,
This has been printed incorrectly.

Replace with the figure below

Neither of the above are incorporated into the 2018 printing

Page 9, Col 3,
replace para 1 with:

The licence requires you to make sure your transmissions can be identified to you personally, or your station if you are supervising someone else using your callsign. It is left to your common sense to decide how often this is. For many years this was stated to be at least every 15 minutes but amateur practice has always been to give the callsign rather more frequently but not on every short ‘over’.

Identifying during a CQ call allows a reply to be directed to you by using your callsign and you will know who replied because they will have given their callsign. It may also be your first transmission on the frequency or mode so you need to make yourself ‘identifiable’ to comply with the Licence.

The relevant points of the licence are:

(a) the station is clearly identifiable at all times;

(b) the Callsign is transmitted as frequently as is practicable during transmissions, unless the specific requirements of Note (g) to the Notes to Schedule 1 of this Licence apply; and

(c) the Callsign is given in voice or other appropriate format consistent with the mode of operation.

Note (g) to Schedule 1 refers to operation on 5MHz which is shared with the military and where contact with military and military cadent stations is permitted.

Page 9, Col 3,
insert before para 2: User services

Page 10, Col 2,
The picture of Terms, Conditions and Limitations document is illustrative only but it is now out of date – strike through

Other Edition 3 updates

Correction to 2015 edition

Page 67, Col3,
In editions since the 2012 version some extra text has appeared at the bottom of column 3.  To correct, strike out the last three lines of column 3 ‘upper sideband is a carbon…lower sideband is similar’.  You can note that the following text on page 68 is correct.

Page 95, Col3,
In editions since the 2013 version some text has disappeared at the bottom of column 3.  The complete paragraph should read as follows:

Protective multiple earthing
PME is dealt with in detail in the chapter on safety. In brief, this method of electricity supply involves bonding all of the house metalwork together, and this will include any radio earth you have provided.

The cross-bonding, at first glance, will negate all the RF good housekeeping; it will bypass the filters carefully installed in the supply leads. To avoid that, the cross-bonding wire should pass through several ferrite rings to provide RF isolation. Some 20 to 30 passes or turns are recommended, which, due to the thickness of the earth wire, will require several rings.


Changes made in the 2015 reprint:

Health England has replaced the Health Protection Agency and the document ‘Reference Levels for UK Amateur Radio Bands’ has been withdrawn in favour of the levels set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). As of January 2015 the ICNIRP are revising their guidelines.

Page 16, col 3,
The first full paragraph (In the UK…) should be deleted along with the mortar board symbol and the first sentence of the second paragraph (The lowest investigation…)

These should be replaced with:

‘Converting this figure, a Power Flux Density (PFD) to Field Strength (FS) is very difficult when in the near-field of an antenna where capacitive and inductive coupling effects occur alongside the ‘normal’ RF field. The human body reacts to all three modes of coupling energy into the body.

Health England has replaced the Health Protection Agency and provides RF advice for all the UK. Its advice is to follow the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines. The ICNIRP are currently re-evaluating their recommendations on safe exposure levels (as at December 2014). The latest advice is on their website

The second sentence of the second paragraph should have a full stop after ‘20V/m’ with the rest of that sentence and the rest of that paragraph deleted.

The text below should then be inserted.

‘Similarly a field-day or demonstration station might have 400W to a 6dB gain antenna which would give a field strength of 28 V/m at 10m. Although no longer a formal limit, 28V/m is often used as a guide above which you need to conduct a more careful analysis and take steps to reduce it.

Conveniently that distance, which should be cordoned off to prevent public access, will also provide a safe ‘drop-zone’, should a mast collapse. A taller mast will obviously need a larger zone.’

Page 86
The text below should be added to the caption to Fig 12.4

‘It will be noticed that as the distance from the source doubles the illuminated area increases by a factor of four so the Power Flux Density will be a quarter of the previous value.  That effect is termed an Inverse Square Law; the PFD reduces as the square of the distance.’


Previous Changes

Since 2010 the RSGB has been shipping a revised version of the 3rd Edition of the Advance! The Full Licence Manual.  No corrections to editions or printings prior to this are now listed.

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