Recognise Your Talent and Experience: The Full Licence

You have worked hard to get your amateur radio licence, and have progressed through to being an Intermediate licence holder. Maybe you are ready now to take on the UK’s ultimate amateur radio qualification: the Full licence.

A lot of privileges and responsibilities come with a Full licence, not least from the fact that you will be able to transmit at up to 400 watts of power. You will also receive with your Full licence the ability to legally transmit from almost every country in the world.

The Full Licence Course

We are not going to pretend that getting a Full licence will be easy. A complex technical exam has to be passed that requires considerable study for success. So you must be prepared to invest a good amount of time and effort in your studies. The examination is entirely theory based, with no practical training elements.

The Full Licence Radio Communications Exam

Assessment is by a written examination paper of multiple choice questions each with four possible responses. Unlike the earlier Foundation and Intermediate exams if you sit a traditional paper based exam then there is no on the spot marking of your paper, you will have to wait for an official notification of your results. If you sit an on-line exam at an exam centre the software should provide you with a result shortly after you finally submit your completed paper.

What Happens After the Full Licence Exam?

The next step is to register your exam pass with the UK communications regulator Ofcom, who are responsible for issuing amateur radio licences. If you apply for your Full licence on the Ofcom website, it is free of charge. Visit the Ofcom website to find out more. Ofcom will then issue you with your new, upgraded radio licence and you can get started immediately on the Full licence frequency allocations at up to 400 watts power.

For almost all radio amateurs receiving a Full licence is a very proud moment, indicating as it does that their skills and knowledge of amateur radio have been tested to the highest level possible in the UK. A whole new world awaits of global operating, contesting and expeditions.

The table below contains links to printable versions of our course notes, for an embedded scrollable version of these documents use the menu at the top of the page "Training" – "Full" – "Topic"

Topic Number Subject
  Official Syllabus
1 Licensing Conditions and Station Identification
2 Technical Aspects
3 Transmitters and Receivers
4 Feeders and Antennas
5 Propagation
6 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
7 Operating Practices and Procedures
8 Safety
9 Measurements and Construction
10 There is no Topic 10 at Full Level