Japan introduced its entry level Class 4 licence in the the late 1950’s, it would prove to be the world’s most successful category of amateur radio licence, taken by over 3 million people
The work required to get a Class 4 licence is less than that needed for UK Foundation. It takes about 10 hours study and unlike the UK Foundation there are no Practical Assessments just a short multiple choice test at the end of the course. It seems pass rates of 97% or higher are commonplace.
A Class 4 licence permits the following:
• 1 watt EIRP on 135 and 472 kHz
• 10 watts output on 1.9, 3.5, 7, 21, 24, 28 MHz bands
• 20 watts output on 50, 144 and 430 MHz bands
• Varying power levels between 10 watts and 0.1 watts on ALL amateur bands between 1240 MHz and 250 GHz.
It is notable that Japan gives their Entry Level Licence class full access to all the Microwave and Millimetric bands.
Japanese call signs, licence conditions and statistics
Japanese Operator Statistics
JARL in Google English
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