Assuming you’ve passed your Foundation Exam, you’ll need to get an amateur radio licence and your callsign from Ofcom before you can start transmitting. Here’s a summary of how to get your licence:
You’ll need your Candidate Number from your Exam “Candidate Result Sheet”:
Getting an Ofcom Account
Once you’ve passed, create yourself an Ofcom account online, as follows:
1. Go to https://services.ofcom.org.uk/
2. Select “Register as an Individual User”
3. On the next page, enter your name, email address and password to create an account with Ofcom
Once you have completed registration, you will get a username and password, which you’ll need to keep safe.
Applying for the licence
You now need to wait for Ofcom to be notified of your exam pass. Once you’ve passed your Foundation exam, your details get posted by the exam team to the RSGB, who in turn notify Ofcom. This process takes a few days. We’d suggest waiting a couple of working days before trying to get your licence and callsign.
To check if Ofcom has your details, and to get your licence, go back to https://services.ofcom.org.uk/, and select “Apply for licence”.
When prompted, enter your candidate number from your exam form:
If Ofcom has been notified of your pass, then you will be able to pick your callsign. Obviously a lot of callsigns in the M6 group have been taken, so it may take a few goes before you find a callsign you want.
Once you have your callsign, you can then download and print your Amateur Radio Licence… and you’re ready to get on air with your new callsign!
Any questions about the process? Please ask in the box below, and we’ll try to help.