As I have just pass the RAE, I was informed to start the licence application. However, I find some difficulties to fill up the online application and no reference can be found.
Fro the page of station, I found some questions as mandatory fields as below:
Callsign: As I am totally new with no callsign, what should I write? Do I write some callsign I wish? Station name: Do I write any name I like? Location: As I planned to have a portable set for UV transmission only, should I fill as "home" or something else?
For the page of equipment info, there are a lot of field I do not know how to fill.
Equipment category: only 5 letters are allowed, as I am going to have the model BAOFENG UV-5R (9th generation) handheld, what should I write? Equipment type: I don't know what to fill Frequency range: As this handheld device is UV dual band, but only one range is given, how should I write? I write as 2 separate devices due to UV dual band, or I write one overall range from lowest to highest?
I hope someone can help me to explain what should write for the above information. Thank you.
Post by Roland Turner 9V1RT on Aug 27, 2017 18:49:52 GMT 8
Congratulations on having this problem! It's worth understanding that station/equipment information pages are designed for broadcasters and telcos as well as amateurs and as a result their use isn't necessarily obvious for amateurs. Further, it's only used by amateurs on initial application so it's been a while since most of us have used it.
On your callsign, my recollection is that there was an additional charge for selecting your own so your options were to:
leave it blank and have one allocated to you at random; or
put your preferred callsign there, pay the extra fee and, if it's available for allocation, receive your preferred callsign.
The current application guidelines seem to be silent on this. If you wish to request your own call sign then it might be sensible to check with IMDA whether there's still a charge for this.
I suspect that station name is irrelevant for amateurs (if you were a telco with hundreds of cell towers then this would be a rather important field). I wrote "General amateur mobile/portable use", but I suspect that you could reasonably just write your name, or e.g. "Home".
The location question is tricky for equipment that's entirely intended for mobile/portable use. I'd suggest wherever you intend to keep your equipment, typically your home address.
The equipment category I used is PMREQ (Private Mobile Radio) because that seemed the least-bad option. The equipment type is AMAT (Radio Amateur Equipment). See the dropdowns in the TLS Equipment Search page for the list of categories and types.
For frequency range I suspect that I wrote the outside limits of what my proposed radio was capable of (144-440MHz in my case) and either provided an explanatory note somewhere or provided a manufacturer's specification separately. I don't recall exactly.
Thanks for you suggestion. However, the callsign is a mandatory field that I must fill.
In addition, the qualification need to be selected and is also compulsory. However, as I passed the RAE only, what should be the qualification I choose? I looked around and there is no RAE item. Should I select "Singapore General Class" instead?
Post by Roland Turner 9V1RT on Aug 30, 2017 9:15:54 GMT 8
I'd suggest that you're over-thinking it:
If you don't wish to request a specific call sign and the field is mandatory then enter "auto" or similar.
Select the least-bad option for qualification and provide an explanatory note; in the form if there's room or in a supporting email to IMDA if not. (If you sat the RAE in Singapore then, yes, Singapore General Class is correct because Restricted is no longer relevant. If you sat it elsewhere, then you'll need to provide your certificate in an email anyway, so the answer given in the form isn't hugely important in this case.)
Bear in mind that IMDA is not processing thousands of amateur license applications; they're probably averaging 1-2/month. The benefit in fixing the application form to handle all possible cases for amateurs is far less than it would cost, so it's normal for there to be unresolved issues of this type. (Per my earlier comments, the situation is different for broadcasters and telcos who have dozens or hundreds of stations; the application process is optimised for them.) Focus on documenting and communicating to the IMDA officer what they'll need to know instead of worrying about making everything tidy.
Congratulations! Welcome to the world of Ham Radio (in SG). I went through the same hair-pulling experience in the application not too long ago in 2016. My suggestion is you give Amy (IMDA) a call. She is almost impossible to reach on the phone, but once you get hold of her on the phone, she is very helpful. Be mindful that she is not technical, and she follows the book, but she is helpful.
A note of caution, if you put BAOFENG UV-5R as the equipment you intend to purchase, it is almost certainly never get approved....because of the strict restriction of approved band for amateur radio. UV dual band radio is hard to get approval. The number of ham who did get it approved, I think you can count them on one hand.
Don't worry, don't let this frustrate you. You will get you 9V1 callsign. Let us know the outcome. You can PM me.
I would like to show my appreciation to all of you who have given me advice. The application was sent and I am just waiting for the results. I put the equipments as 1) YAESU FT-817ND and 2) KENWOOD TH-F7E and see which will be approved.
Post by Roland Turner 9V1RT on Oct 15, 2017 23:01:18 GMT 8
I have both of those radios on my license. An additional "no use on 6m without separate consent" condition was listed against the FT-817ND, which was hardly surprising given that 6m is not generally available for amateur use in Singapore.
Thanks to all and I just received the licence with both 2 models approved But today I went out to by devices but all the shops are closed due to Deepavali I think I should go again most likely this Saturday. Now I just tried V band using friends device but seems no one answering. However, the Malaysia national relay is really busy without stopping of chatting.
Last Edit: Oct 18, 2017 22:30:08 GMT 8 by 9V1YW: wrong spelling
Congrats! fyi I am using both radios as well (TH-F6A version instead) as approved on my license application last year.
A couple of pointers- working HF with 5W QRP at this point in the solar cycle is challenging, but can be done. You will probably get best results from digital modes. A quick way to see how far you're reaching out would be WSPR mode, you can get quite a ways out with only 2.5W (it is however, a beacon mode only). You can work SSB Voice, but adding an amp (~40W and up) is needed unless you have antenna gain.
As for the HT, not sure how much VHF/UHF activity you would encounter, one possible use for UHF would be to monitor AmSats (IO-86, SO-50, etc). Unfortunately the F6/F7 HT isn't all that suited for split-band AmSat operations, but coupled with the 817 (for receive, you switch channels to compensate for Doppler shift on the UHF downlink) it works well. I'm not too sure how well it'll go (with public/authorities) if you decide to stand in the middle of a park with a handheld Yagi I'll leave that to someone else to chime in.
Thanks for your suggestion. As I just get TH-F7E today, I cannot wait to try the device at 11th floor with my ready YAGI and successfully get my very first QSO with 9V1KB The FT-817ND are not in stock by the Blazer yet Most likely I will get it this weekend.