Foundation License holders may get 6 Character callsign!

The results of the WIA Survey on callsigns have come in, and its looking like foundation calls are in for a treat!
The majority vote was for the class to be dropped from the callsign, allowing any amateur to apply for any 3 letter suffix!

This would be great news in particular for foundation calls, who could finally use select digital modes such as AX.25 and therefore APRS which have hardcoded limits of 6 characters for the callsign!

This will also allow an operator to obtain a callsign at a young age, and maintain the same callsign as they upgrade their license in the future should they choose to do that, keeping in line with the WIA’s One Callsign for Life dream.

Lets hope that the ACMA goes ahead with this recommendation and that we can all chirp APRS soon!


2 thoughts on “Foundation License holders may get 6 Character callsign!

  • May 23, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Sure sure. They have promised lots of things and given nothing. Like in 2015 WIA and ACMA said Australia is way behind the world standards in communications and were going to add more Power, Modes and Frequencies. Not even one thing has happened and they expect us to pay for licences. 😛

    • May 23, 2020 at 8:40 am

      🙁 I’m still hoping!

      I’ve always struggled to make contacts on 10w SSB, two days ago with VK2LGS and his new IC-718, turn on his radio, set to 40w, a contact instantly hundreds of kilometres further than I’ve ever had!


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