About Amateur Radio

About Amateur Radio

Amateur radio service is defined in the Communications and Multimedia (Spectrum) Regulations 2000 as “a radio communications service (covering both terrestrial and satellite) in which a station is used for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by authorized persons who are interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without any pecuniary interest”.

Millions of amateurs’ radios communicate daily with each other directly or through relay systems and amateur satellites. Amateur service may provide alternative for emergency communication in time of natural disasters. Radio amateur communication able to provide support communication during a disaster where commercial communications system is unavailable, due to the uncomplicated deployment of an amateur radio station.

Radio amateur has been recognized as an important part of the radio community. ITU has allocated common frequency bands for amateur radio service internationally on a sharing basis to all amateur radio stations around the globe.

Become Amateur Radio Operator

Introduction 

Amateur Radio Service exists in nearly every country and utilizes the same frequencies as in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the amateur radio is regulated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). To operate an amateur radio station in Malaysia, the operator must have an Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate and an Amateur Station Apparatus Assignment

(ASAA) or a foreign amateur radio licensed from countries that have a reciprocal arrangement with Malaysia.

Getting Started 
You can start you hobby in amateur radio by joining a local amateur radio club. Clubs can provide information about licensing in their respective area, local operating practices and technical advice.

In Malaysia, amateurs are required to pass an examination to demonstrate technical knowledge, operating competence and awareness of legal and regulatory requirements in order to avoid interference with other amateurs and other radio services.

There are two types of exams available.

1) RAE – Radio Amateur Examination (Class B – 9W prefix)
2) CW Test – Morse Code Test (Class A – 9M prefix)

RAE & CW Test will be scheduled twice per year. However MCMC also conducting a computerized test with limited 20 pax per-seat on monthly basis.

Examination Info can be obtained from the following URL >>>  https://sems.skmm.gov.my/

Passing in the examination entitled you to apply for the Amateur Station Apparatus Assignment (ASAA) or in general you can call it as Amateur Radio License (license).

If your ASAA application is approved, MCMC will issue a call sign with “9W” or “9M” prefix depending on your eligible operating class. This call sign is unique to amateur radio operator. You must use it on the air to legally identify your amateur station during any and all radio communication. The entry level to obtain the ASAA (or in general it’s call as the Amateur License) is ASAA Class B (“9W” prefix). You must operate on Class B for at least one year before eligible to upgrade your license to Class A (“9M” prefix).

Click here to download Guidelines For Amateur Radio Services In Malaysia