Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct pecuniary interest, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting , public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio  services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.). Amateur or ham radios may serve as the one of the important means of telecommunication in case of natural disasters or other emergencies. BTRC provides licenses and call-signs for amateur radio operators in the VHF and UHF bands.

 

Licensing Procedure:

The License certification procedure for the Amateur Radio Service is mentioned below:

1st Step: An advertisement about Amateur Radio Examination will be circulated to newspaper and BTRC website.

2nd Step: For issuance of above mentioned License, the following documents are required with the application for participate in examination, addressing Chairman, BTRC.

a. Fully filled up Amateur Radio Examination Application form (it will be available at www.btrc.gov.bd after Examination circulation.) (Link S1)

b. Pay order as Examination fee (Amount will be mentioned in advertisement).

c. Attested Copy of National Identity Card/Passport

d. Attested Copy of S.S.C, H.S.C and all other higher Educational   Qualification’s Certificate.

e. Attested Copies of 2 (two) passport size photo.

 3rd Step: After verification of the submitted documents and completion the inspection of the applicant (if needed), BTRC will publish the list of selected applicants.

4th Step: BRTC will arrange Examination for selected applicants. 

5th Step: After the examination being held, passed applicants will be considered as the Applicant for Amateur Radio License and they will receive an examination passing Certificate from BTRC.

6th Step: Now passed applicant need to apply for Amateur Radio License and also need to apply for permission of equipment importation (the equipment must be of amateur frequency band). An applicant can use equipment for radio communication in three ways:

i.      Applicant can have his own equipment. Ownership can be described in three ways:

a. He needs to import equipment by taking permission from BTRC.

b. He can get as a gift/donation from any amateur radio License holder.

c. He can buy from any other amateur radio License holder within the country.

ii.      He can use the equipment of BARL.

iii.      He can use equipment of another amateur License holder.

 7th Step (1): For issuance of Amateur Radio License, the following documents are required with the application and Amateur Radio Examination Passing Certificate from BTRC, addressing Chairman, BTRC.

a. Attested Copy of National Identity Card/Passport.

b. Fully filled up Application form for License of Radio communication Apparatus (if applicant wants to import/buy (within country)/get a gift or donate equipment). ( Link S2)

c. Police verification Report.

d. Membership of BARL (Bangladesh amateur Radio League) (if applicant wants to use equipment of BARL).

e. Consent letter of Amateur Radio License holder (if applicant wants to use equipment of another amateur License holder).

f. Brochure, Catalogue of Amateur Radio Equipment.

7th Step (2): For issuance of Amateur Radio License for foreign license holder the documents are required with the application addressing Chairman, BTRC (A foreign Amateur Radio applicant can apply through E-mail but he has to submit hard copies):

a) Foreign Amateur Radio applicants must apply at least 02 (two) month earlier.

b) Attested (by Foreign applicants own countries local embassy officials) Copy of Amateur License.

c) Passport and visa

d) Fully filled up Application Form of Radio Communication Apparatus.       .

e) Brochure, Catalogue of Amateur Radio Equipment

8th Step: The Commission takes decision of awarding a License to the applicant after justifying the information.

 9th Step: If the Commission decides to award a License in favor of the applicant, demand note and equipment import permission is issued for the License fee and for importation of equipments as per categories. For Foreign Amateur Radio applicant demand note is issued for the License fee and charges.

10th Step: After receiving the fees and charges against the issued demand note a Customs clearance is issued to the applicant by the commission.

11th Step (1):  After being acknowledged about clearing equipment from customs an Amateur Radio Service License is issued to the applicant by the commission.

11th Step (2): For Foreign Amateur Radio applicants an import permission (on Re-export basis) and foreign amateur radio License is issued to the applicant by the commission for 7 (seven) days only. If more than 7 (seven) days needed; license will be given with the clearance of DGFI, NSI and Police.

  • The License Certification Procedure will be an open License procedure. Depending on the requirement, eligibility, terms and conditions of these Instructions the Commission will issue License to the Applicants.
  • The Commission reserves the right and authority either to accept or reject any application at any time without assigning any reason whatsoever