Author: Alan 5B4AHJ
The following is published verbatim from RSGB DX News Sheet #1141, dated 1984-11-06. The information was supplied to the editors of DXNS by F6AJA.
Old Licensing System (before 1984):
Class 1 Licence. Above 30 MHZ (no CW exam) F1, FK1, FG1, etc.
Class 2 Licence. All Band (with CW exam) F2, F3, F5, F6, F8, F9, FG7, FY7, FO8, FK8....
F0AAA-F0ZZZ for visitors
New Licensing System (after Jan 1st 1985):
Class A Licence. 13 years old minimum, 144 MHz only.
Class B Licence. 13 years old minimum, 144 MHz plus a few segments on CW sections of
Class C Licence. Above 30 MHZ (no CW exam), i.e. the old class 1 Licence.
7 14 21 28 MHz bands +28400-29000 on phone.
Class D Licence. All band (with CW exam), i.e. the old class 2 Licence.
Class E Licence. Issued after 3 years in Class D.
Mainland France - 1st letter F
Corsica, Overseas Departments & Territories:2nd letter A, B, C, D, E denoting licence class.One figure 0-9, figure 7 for special event stations.2 or three letters for the suffix.
In 1984:Two letters for the prefix.One figure 1-5 (1 for Class A........, 5 for Class E).
2 or 3 letters for the suffix.TK Corsica, FT=Antarctic Territories, others unchanged.
The F6 series will cease at F6IZZ and all F6K-- for club calls.All licenced before 1984 are in the old system but will change on 1.1.'85.All new-comers in 1984 are in the new system.All Corsica stations are changed to the new prefix. See, for example, the TK4CW QSL for May, 1984.
All F1 become FC1. All F2 F3 F5 F8 F9 become FE2 FE3 FE5 FE8 FE9.All F6AAA to around F6HQZ (issued at least 3 years ago) become FE6.All from about F6HRA to F6IZZ become FD6. All F2O-, F5O-, F5K-, & F6K-- (radio clubs) become ?????All overseas departments and territories with a figure "1" become "3".All overseas departments and territories with "7" or "8" and 3 years of licence become "5".All overseas departments and territories with "7" or "8" and less than 3 years of licence become "4".