Amateur radio is intended to facilitate hobby radiocommunications

Types of licences

  • Amateur radio activities are authorised under an amateur licence. Other forms of licences authorise types of radiocommunications such as Citizens Band (CB), Land mobile, Point to Point Links and Broadcasting.
  • The Amateur Service operates on frequency bands allocated for Amateur use. The Amateur Service shares some frequency bands with other services.


  • All radio amateurs must have a licence to transmit.
  • Amateurs must not operate outside the allocated bands.
  • Amateur operators must not operate on bands allocated for other purposes.
  • The Licence Conditions Determination (LCD) indicate the bands allocated for amateur operation – use the LCD to look up a Foundation Licence frequency allocation

Amateur Band Plans

  • Amateur band plans help amateurs make best use of the frequency spectrum and provide for better on air operating.
  • The band plans are an agreed position between amateurs and the WIA.
  • Band plans can be found in the Foundation Licence manual and on the WIA web site.

Note 1: Digital Data Modes

This category includes all data modes using FSK, MFSK, PSK or other digital modulation systems.

Note 2: Other Modes in the SSB Segments

The SSB segments are also used for digital voice modes and image transmission modes such as SSTV or Fax, using bandwidths up to 4 kHz, or for AM voice. AM is not a recommended mode on the HF bands because of its bandwidth, but it is fully legal and is used on several bands.