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The Ministry of Communications has instituted some changes in the amateur radio licencing procedures, making things easier and simpler.

The Novice Class benefits first by getting expanded frequency range. Ten metres has been added, becoming the novices' third HF band, 28.000 through 28.225 MHz the permitted transmitting spectrum. Fifteen metres has been expanded to 21.000 through 21.200 MHz, another 150 KHz on the bottom end of the band added. Forty metres remains 7.000 through 7.050 MHz. As well as Morse transmission on these frequencied, digital modes are now permitted. The exam structure has been changed to be in two parts: Morse and an integrated theory and regulations portion. The examinee can take one or both of the parts of the exams, and only the incompleted or failed part need be taken at a future examination date. (In the past, if one part was failed, the entire examination had to be re- taken.)

With regards to the Grade B licence ("General", all bands and modes, medium power) and Grade D ticket ("Technical", VHF-UHF code-free licence), the theory and regulations examinations have been integrated to be the same for both licence classes. Thus if one now passes the "Technical" class exams and at a later date takes the 12 word-per-minute code test, he will receive the Grade B license. Old Grade D's wishing to become Grade B's, in addition to the code test, will be required to answer 3 questions in theory and 3 in regulations to complete the new requirements.

Incidentally, you can identify licence classes by their callsigns:

4X1** and 4Z1** are Grade A's - full priveleges including high power.
4X4**, 4X6**, 4Z4** and 4Z5** - Grade B.
4Z9*** - Grade C "Novice" class.
4Z7*** - Grade D "Technical" class.
4Z8** - Foreign HAM's.
(** designates a 2-letter suffix and *** a 3-letter suffix to the call.)


CEPT UNIVERSAL AMATEUR LICENCE DETAILS

Israel has since 1993 been a member country of the CEPT T/R 61-02 covenant where member countries? radio amateurs may operate on the air in accordance to their licence conditions and those of the host country for up to three months without requesting special permission. One needs only bring his valid licence along with him/her.

The countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco (where visiting amateurs are requested to inform the authorities of their transmitting location), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

In the past year we have also joined the CEPT T/R 61-02 signatory countries, which allows amateurs with a valid licence to receive a licence in the host country in which they are staying for more than three months, again in accordance with the regulations of the host country.