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Amateur Radio

​Description

Amateur Radio Service is a radiocommunication service used as a hobby that brings people and communication together. Individual use radio to reach out across cities, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. 

When all means of communication fails, particularly during national disasters, Amateur Radio can be an alternative form of communication that can serve as emergency service dispatchers and message relayers.

AITI is the authorised statutory body to issue Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence in Brunei Darussalam. The licence issued is only valid within the territory and territorial water of Brunei Darussalam.

There are two (2) types of Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence:-

  1. Standard Class Licence
    • Type of Licensee: Generally new amateur radio operators

    • Operation of Amateur Radio: Licensees are only allowed to operate in the VHF frequencies (range of 144 MHz to 148 MHz)

    • Validity: One (1) year and renewable

  1. Advance Class Licence
    • Type of Licensee: Amateur radio operators who applied and gained approval to upgrade from the Standard Class Licence

    • Operation of Amateur Radio: Licensees are allowed to operate in all amateur radio bands as stated in the Apparatus Licence

    • Validity: One (1) year and renewable


Rules and Regulation

All licensee shall observe and comply with the relevent provisions of the Telecoms and Radio-communications regulations and any amendments made thereof. The transmitting frequency bands allowed from an amateur radio staion shall be at the discretion of AITI but within the limits prescribed by the radio regulations, annexed to International Telecommunication Convention of the International Telecommunication Union. 


Eligibility

Interested individuals must fulfill the following eligibility requirements to own an Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence: 

Locals

  1. Aged above seventeen (17) years old;
  2. Citizens or Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam; and
  3. Must pass the Amateur Radio Examination.

Minors

  1. Aged between fourteen (14) to seventeen (17) years old;
  2. Citizens or Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam; and
  3. Must pass the Amateur Radio Examination.

Foreign nationals

  1. Has a valid Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence issued by his or her home country authority; and
  2. Requires a guarantor who holds a valid Brunei Amateur Radio Apparatus License.


License Application Process

Interested individuals who wishes to apply for an Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence application must apply through the AITI Online Services and upload the following documents with the online application:

Local applicants

(Aged above 17 years old)

Minor applicants

(Aged 14 to 17 years old)

Foreign Class Licence applicants

a.    Signed copy of identity card (I.C.)

b.    Amateur Radio Examination result slip

c.    Proof of puchase of amateur radio equipment

a.    Signed copy of identity card (I.C.)

b.    Amateur Radio Examination result slip

c.    Letter of consent from parents or guardians to allow them to apply for Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence

d.    Letter of consent and copy of identity card from a guarantor who holds a valid Brunei Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence

e.    Proof of puchase of amateur radio equipment

a.    Signed copy of identity card (I.C.) or passport

b.    Copy of valid Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence issued by his/her home country authority

c.    Letter of consent and copy of identity card from a guarantor who holds a valid Brunei Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence

d.    Proof of puchase of amateur radio equipment (if any)


Fees

The Amateur Radio Apparatus License fees are charged based on the types and the number of equipment owned as per table below:-

No.
Types of equipments
Annual fee per equipment (BND)
1
Fixed Home Base Station 25.00
2
Mobile Station 25.00
3
Handheld 25.00
4
Repeater Station 100.00

Amateur Radio Examination

One of the requirements to own an Amateur Radio Apparatus Licence, individuals must pass the examination conducted by AITI to ensure that the License holder:-

  1. have the necessary qualifications and skills to operate amateur radio equipment without causing any interference to other users or radio services; and
  2. complies with and is aware of the rules, regulations and code of conduct which applies to amateur radio users and activities.


There are two (2) types of examinations for Amateur Radio:-

Written Examination
Practical Examination
This examination is for any new applicants and licensees who wants to renew their license that has expired for more than three (3) years This examination is only for applicants who have failed their overall written examination three (3) times but have passed their Section A of their written examination at least once.
Examination registration fee: BND 10 (non-refundable) Examination registration fee: BND 10 (non-refundable)
Duration: 2 hours Duration: 1 hour
Examination Language: English Examination Language: English
Examination will be conducted with all applicants on a date selected by AITI. This examination is usually conducted twice a year. Examination will be conducted individually on a date selected by AITI.

Examination Content:

Consists of two (2) sections:-

Section A: Licensing conditions, operating procedures with practices and transmitter interference; and

Section B: Elementary theory of electricity, communication and transmitting techniques

Examination Content:

Consists of three (3) sections:-

  1. Assembling and identifying amateur radio equipment;
  2. Amateur radio etiquette and communication; and
  3. Summarising the procedure of and sketches of assembled equipment

To register for an Amateur Radio examination, applicants must apply through AITI Online Services and upload a signed copy of their identity card (both sides)


Licence Upgrade

For any Amateur Radio Standard Class Licensee who wishes to upgrade their license to an Advanced Class Licence, the following requirement must be fulfilled:

For Existing Standard Class Licence holders awarded before June 2007


For New Standard Class Licence holders awarded after June 2007

1.    Must pass the Amateur Radio examination

2.    Submit a copy of Amateur Radio examination slip

3.    Submit a copy of valid Standard Class Licence

4.    Submit an Amateur Radio logbook to show the previous six (6) months of activity

5.    Held a valid Standard Class Licence for a minimum of six (6) months period

1.    Applicant must hold Standard Class Licence for a minimum of six (6) months period

2.    Submit a copy of Amateur Radio examination slip

3.    Submit a copy of valid Standard Class Licence

4.    Submit an Amateur Radio logbook to show the previous six (6) months of activity 

 

Single Prefix Call Sign

AITI opens an auction activity every first quarter (Q1) of every year for any interested individuals to bid for the Amateur Radio Single Prefix Call Sign. This auction activity will only end until there is no single prefix call sign available for auction. 

The auction activity date will be announced by AITI through local newspaper and AITI's social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram).

The minimum bidding fee for every single prefix call sign is BND 300 (Brunei Dollars Three Hundred only) and every submission of bidding incurs a non-refundable administration fee of BND 50 (Brunei Dollars Fifty only).


As of 10th April 2018, the current available Single Prefix call sign for bidding are as follows:

V8(5/9)B

Bravo

V8(5/9)C

Charlie

V8(5/9)D

Delta

V8(5/9)E

Echo

V8(5/9)F

Foxtrot

V8(5/9)G

Golf

V8(5/9)H

Hotel

V8(5/9)I

India

V8(5/9)J

Juliet

V8(5/9)K

Kilo

V8(5/9)L

Lima

V8(5/9)M

Mike

V8(5/9)N

November

V8(5/9)O

Oscar

V8(5/9)P

Papa

V8(5/9)Q

Quebec

V8(5/9)R

Romeo

V8(5/9)S

Sierra

V8(5/9)U

Uniform

V8(5/9)V

Victor

V8(5/9)W

Whisky

V8(5/9)X

X-Ray

V8(5/9)Y

Yankee

V8(5/9)Z

Zulu