You cannot enjoy all the benefits of ham radio without having a Ham Radio License. You can only receive
signals but you need to have a license and a callsign for legally transmitting on ham radio. Once you have
the ham radio license, you can talk to other hams, build your own ground station, participate in contests
and foxhunts and also provide communication assistance during emergencies.
Permitting the use of medium power (10 W on VHF and UHF, 50 W on HF)
Permits only Reception
Permitting the use of higher power (25 W on VHF and UHF, 400 W on HF)
Permits Transmission and Reception
The examination consists of a 100 marks question paper (50 marks related to basic radio/electronics
theory as per the syllabus + 50 marks related to Amateur Radio Rules & Regulations) which is of one,
two, or three hours duration as per the “Grade” of license you will be going for.
For getting the General Grade Licence, you also need to clear a practical test on Morse Code sending
This is a 10 minutes duration test to examine the candidate's proficiency in sending and receiving
Application can be downloaded from here. Exam application along with the fee of Rs. 100 is to be
paid online. The examination can be conducted in your own town provided there are a sufficient
number of applicants.
On passing the examination, you will be awarded the license on payment of the required license fee:
Rs. 1000 for 20 years and Rs. 2000 if you want the license for a lifetime (80 years)
WPC grants the license along with the user-chosen callsign. Indian amateur radio operators are
allotted only the VU call-sign prefix. VU call-signs are listed according to license grade: for
general license holders, the call-sign prefix is VU2; for restricted license holders, the prefix is
Check out our Instagram series, ‘Morse Mania’, where we have posted the graphical representation of
morse code for every alphabet and digit, which can assist in remembering the morse codes visually.