Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA), Inc.

Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA), Inc.

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Ham Orientation Seminars, a requirement for entrance to the Amateur Exam, are conducted by local clubs often with the assistance of PARA, and details are shown on the PARA Home page a month or so before the seminar dates. Please check the Home page for details of upcoming seminars, or contact the PARA Secretariat at para1932@gmail.com.

Local Licensing Requirements

An Amateur Radio License shall be issued to a person who has passed the appropriate NTC examination. Licenses are effective for up to 3 years. At the age of 60 years, a licensed amateur may avail of the Lifetime License. This is conditional on having had at least 15 years as a licensed Class A amateur prior to the application.

Classes of Amateur License;

Authorized Station Power Output

A Class ‘A’ licensee shall be authorized to operate an HF fixed, portable or mobile radio station with an output power not to exceed 1 kilowatt on CW or 2 kilowatts PEP on SSB, and “state of the art” on VHF/UHF fixed, mobile or portable station

A Class ‘B’ licensee shall be authorized to operate an HF fixed radio station with an output power not to exceed 500 watts on CW or 1 kilowatts PEP on SSB, and “state of the art” on VHF/UHF fixed, mobile or portable station.

A Class ‘C’ licensee shall be authorized to operate an HF fixed radio station with an output power not to exceed 100 watts on CW or 200 watts PEP on SSB, and 100 watts on VHF fixed, mobile or portable station.

Frequency Bands Available

The following frequency bands are allocated by the National Telecommunications Commission to the Amateur Radio Service in the Philippines:

1.800 – 2.000 MHz Primary (note : Non Interference Basis to any Loran system
3.500 – 3.900 MHz Primary
7.000 – 7.300 MHz Primary
10.100 – 10.150 MHz Secondary
14.000 – 14.350 MHz Primary
18.068 – 18.168 MHz Primary
21.000 – 21.450 MHz Primary
24.890 – 24.990 MHz Primary
28.000 – 29.700 MHz Primary
50.000 – 54.000 MHz Primary
144.000 – 146.000 MHz Primary
430.000 – 440.000 MHz Secondary (See footnote 652, WARC ’79)
1240.000 – 1300.000 MHz Secondary
2300.000 – 2450.000 MHz Secondary
3300.000 – 3500.000 MHz Secondary
5650.000 – 5850.000 MHz Secondary
10.000 – 10.500 GHz Secondary
24.000 – 24.050 GHz Primary
24.050 – 24.250 GHz Secondary
47.000 – 47.200 GHz Primary
75.500 – 76.000 GHz Primary
76.000 – 81.000 GHz Secondary
142.000 – 144.000 GHz Primary
144.000 – 149.000 GHz Secondary
241.000 – 248.000 GHz Secondary
248.000 – 250.000 GHz Primary

Amateur Radio Operator Examination

Every amateur radio operator must thoroughly understand his responsibility to develop the skills that are needed to operate his station properly. The examination to be taken by an amateur radio operator shall determine whether he is qualified for the privileges conveyed by an amateur radio license.

Submission of Application for Radio Amateur Examination is required. This application form must be submitted to the NTC allowing sufficient time for processing before the scheduled examination date. Dates of examinations are available from NTC Regional offices, and in NCR examinations are held every Friday.

An applicant for an amateur license must possess the following general qualifications :-

The examinations cover the rules, procedures and technical materials that an operator will need in order to operate his station properly. The examination for amateur operators shall cover the following subjects :-

Element I International Morse Code, currently set at 5wpm receiving and sending (Class A only)
Element II Rules and Regulations
Element III Fundamentals of Electronics and Electricity
Element IV Amateur Radio Practice
Element V Signals, Frequencies and Emission
Element VI Circuit Components
Element VII Operating Procedures
Element VIII Practical Circuits
Element IX Antennas and Transmission Lines
Element X Radio Wave Propagation

The information above is condensed and for guidance only. For further information on amateur frequency allocations and band plans, examinations and seminars, application forms, study aids and reference materials etc, please email the PARA Secretariat, para1932@gmail.com

The information above is condensed and for guidance only. For further information on amateur frequency allocations and band plans, examinations and seminars, application forms, study aids and reference materials etc, please email the PARA Secretariat, para1932@gmail.com

Temporary Permit for Foreign Amateurs

PARA assists members in their licensing paper work. We do encourage you to be a Lifetime Member, which is available at P5,000 or you may opt for a January to December membership of the current year for P500.

Do plan ahead. A lead time of two months is prudent.

You may email the requirements to the PARA Secretariat at the email address below.

Requirements for Temporary Permit:
NOTES:

Class A foreign license holders are usually given a 100W power limit on the temporary permit. If you are going to settle down in the Philippines, we encourage you to take the appropriate NTC exam. Plan ahead. A lead time of two months is prudent.

The following are the fees that will be collected (please coordinate with the PARA Secretariat for suggestions on how to send the fees):

  1. Filing Fees
    Class A – P 180.00
    Class B – P192.00
    Class C - P204.00
  2. Permit to Possess – P60, plus P50 per unit (The Permit to Operate also serves as a Permit to Possess)
  3. Notarial Fee (Information Sheet) – P120.00 (Must be notarized in the Philippines)
  4. Documentary Stamp – P30.00
  5. Folder – 10.00
  6. PARA Service Charge – P300.00
  7. PARA Endorsement - P 200.00
  8. PARA Membership Fee for January to December of the current year – P500.00 or, should you wish, and we do appreciate it, Lifetime Membership Fee of P 5,000.00
  9. The temporary permit may be claimed at the PARA office or can be sent via courier, shipping charge shall be for the account of the applicant.
Please ensure that you always obtain a receipt for any transactions with PARA. We highly encourage you to join an affiliated local radio club of PARA so that you will be exposed to the local customs and traditions of Philippine amateur radio. For further information, updates on the latest charges, and for sending your requirements, please contact the PARA Secretariat at the Tel: 6689125 / 9862740-41 or email: para1932@gmail.com.