Post by mw/3/
The Irish amateur radio exam takes place next month.
If you sit and pass this exam - you can get a HAREC from COMREG
and with that document you can
1. apply for an Irish licence from COMREG (www.comreg.ie)
2. apply for a Full licence from OFCOM (www.ofcom.co.uk)
Closing date for applications to sit the exam is 12th June 2017.
For more on this see http://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?applying
The IRTS HAREC exam has it all: far less bureaucracy than the UK, no
construction projects, no books to buy, prospective candidates can study
at home, one single exam of 60 questions. Take the club-based
5wpm and get a swanky two-letter EI call.
OBTAINING A UK FULL (RECIPROCAL) LICENCE VIA A SINGLE EXAM
This involves pre-booking a place for the Irish ComReg exam, held twice
a year in Dublin (but see below). Note that this is a HAREC exam, and
not specifically an exam for an Irish licence. These usually take place
in April/June and October/December. Places are limited so making a
booking as early as possible is advisable. However, the IRTS web site
notes that "The examination is usually held in the ComReg Offices in
Dublin but, where the numbers warrant it, examinations can be held at
other centres". The exam fee is 50 euro (concessions are 25 euro), and much
useful exam-related material is available from IRTS. A sample
60-question, two-hour paper is also available on the IRTS web site by
following the links:
See http://www.irts.ie/exam for details about the exam, how to enter plus
links to the syllabus, course guide and other study material.
A HAREC will be awarded on the strength of a pass (60 percent correct
answers in each of the two sections), which can then be used to obtain a
UK Full (Reciprocal) Licence under the HAREC arrangement. Many other
countries belong to the HAREC scheme.
There is no accompanying compulsory Morse test or Morse Appreciation, and no
projects or construction work is required. Note that if you want a
two-letter (CEPT Class 1) EI call (see below), a pass in a club-based
5wpm Morse test is necessary.
TRAVELLING & COSTS
You will need to appear at the ComReg offices in Dublin at the
appropriate time, and there will be costs associated with that. Perhaps
the easiest and most direct route is to fly to Dublin; you will need to
cost travel from your nearest suitable airport, and determine the airfare.
For example, London Heathrow to Dublin can cost in the region of GBPS 89 at
for a pre-booked flight at about 0930, but this can be reduced by
travelling earlier in the day, travelling from a local airport, or not
taking up flight extras that add to the cost.
From Dublin, you will need to travel to the city centre. This is well
organised, fast, and inexpensive. Dublin Bus offers an express AirLink
service (route 747) every 10 minutes at peak times to the city centre
and bus station for 6 euro single or 10 euro return (but check for
latest fares). This service uses the Dublin Port Tunnel to avoid the
city traffic and can
reach the city centre in minutes.
Dublin city centre has many restaurants and places to eat where suitable
refreshments can be purchased.
Another possible route is to travel to Belfast, stay overnight, and
travel by train to Dublin. This has not been costed, but would have the
advantage of breaking the journey into two parts. Belfast is a very
modern city and has a lively group of Amateurs who would doubtless make
 One does not need to be a resident or have an address in the Irish
Republic in order to be awarded an EI licence.
 All EI licences grant full privileges, and enables operation outside
EI/UK under CEPT or other reciprocal arrangements.
 EI does not issue any subsets of its main licence in the manner of
 The lifetime EI licence has a once-only cost of 125 euro (circa GBPS
100), and needs to be revalidated (free) every five years. Any postal
address is acceptable for this.
 A UK Full (Reciprocal) Licence has some limitations, such as not
qualifying for operating either /MM or abroad under CEPT, the
supervision of a non-licensed person operating one's station, holding a
club licence, or (possibly, clarification sought)) obtaining a
reciprocal licence under a UK/foreign agreement where HARECs are not
accepted (see below). For everyday use within the UK it is
indistinguishable over the air from any other Full licence. Some of
these limitations can be avoided by taking out an EI call. About 700 UK
Full (Reciprocal) licenses are currently issue.
The HAREC/CEPT/Reciprocal arrangements are not necessarily clear or
straightforward in all cases, but the thrust of this document is the
issue of a UK Full (Reciprocal) Licence. Anyone wishing to use such
arrangements will need to determine the details for their particular
country of operation, or check whether such use would fall under the
purview of an EI licence.
The UK Full (Reciprocal) licence is indistinguishable from any other UK
Full licence over the air. Do the 5wpm in Eire and get a swanky
two-letter Irish call as well. It's also a licence for life. Validation
is every five years to any postal address in the world.
Any individual intending to take advantage of this route should
determine for themselves whether it is appropriate for their own needs,
what the likely costs will be for their particular situation, and the
suitability of the Full (Reciprocal) Licence for their particular