[FROM THE MARTS PRESIDENT DESK]
We are pleased to share the latest decision of SKMM regarding the proposal of Working Group on the amateur radio certification review.
In the new structure, there will be three classes of radio amateur category, namely Class A, Class B and the new Class C. The Morse Code will be removed as the proficiency skill needed for Class A. Minimum age to obtain certification for Class A, Class B and Class C will be 15, 14 and 12 respectively.
The privileges for each class has been upgraded for class A, expanded for class B. Class C will be the entry level whereby they will allow to use frequency in 2 meter & 6 meter (VHF) and 70 cm (UHF) only. Operator of Class B will be allowed to use the band in VHF and UHF, and almost all amateur radio HF band with maximum power of 50W PEP. Operator of Class A is allowed to use up to 1 KW in all of the HF band except if otherwise indicated.
The Working Group is tasked to continue of the pending job before end of second quarter 2016. The said work comprises of:
(a)NEW “Guideline of Amateur Radio Services in Malaysia”
(b)Operation manual for all three class categories;
Detail and consequential changes will be shared when it is available later.