Radio Amateur Information Sheet Operation Under CEPT
A UK Licensees
The full UK Amateur Radio Licence (A) and (B) enables UK amateurs to operate under their licence in a growing number of countries. At the same time, amateurs from such countries are able to operate under their own licences in the UK. The implementation of European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Recommendation T/R 61-01 has made this possible. This booklet serves to answer some of the more common questions about such operation.
UK amateurs operating abroad
What does the new licence allow me to do?
It allows you to operate a mobile or portable station, or the station of another radio amateur licensed in the host country, when visiting any country which has implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. Such use is covered by Clause 11 of your UK Amateur Radio Licence which defines the exact terms under which you may operate. When operating under Clause 11, no additional licence for the country you are visiting will be required.
Which countries may I operate in?
You may operate in any country which has implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. These countries are listed by abbreviation at the foot of the Validation Document to the Amateur Radio Licence.
How can I find out if new countries are added to these?
The list on the Validation Document is constantly updated reflecting the situation at the date of production of your Validation Document in each year. If you are uncertain regarding the position in respect of a particular country, you may obtain up-to-date information from the Radio Licensing Centre. (see further information)
Can Intermediates or the new Foundation licencees operate abroad under CEPT Rec. T/R 61-01?
No, neither Intermediates nor Foundation licencees are able to operate abroad under the terms of their Intermediate or Foundation licence.
When operating abroad, whose licence conditions do I obey?
You must comply with the conditions of the appropriate licence of the country which you are visiting. Any breach of the licence conditions of the country visited could be regarded as a breach of your UK licence as well as being an offence in the country visited.
How can I find out about licence conditions in the country I am to visit?
Before your visit you should write to the licensing authority of the country you will be operating in. Address details are at Annex 1.
Do I need to know about CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01?
Yes, although its content is reflected in your Amateur Radio Licence. Its full text is attached to this Information Sheet at Annex 2.
How do I identify when operating abroad?
Generally, you should use your home callsign after the prefix of the country you are visiting, as frequently and in the manner required by that country's licence. The country prefixes to be used when identifying are not the same as the country abbreviations used in the UK licence. You should check with the administration of the country to be visited which prefix you should use and whether this is the correct format.
What licensing authority has jurisdiction over me when operating abroad?
That of the country in which you will be operating. However, the commission of a "radio" offence under the law of the host country or a breach of the requirements of your UK licence may result in a restriction or revocation of your UK licence.
What documentation must I take?
You must take with you your current UK licence Validation Document and any other documentation required by the country to be visited.
Are there any restrictions on the equipment I can take?
If in doubt you should consult the authorities of the country to be visited. Possession of a UK Amateur Radio Licence does not in itself constitute authority to import or export particular amateur apparatus.
Is there a limit on how long I can operate abroad?
If operating under the terms of your UK licence, you may only be a temporary visitor to the host country. It is up to each Administration to define such a period - you should therefore check with the relevant Administration. Where a stay in any one country is likely to exceed this period a HAREC can be presented to the relevant Administration who will issue a full licence. These licences will be renewable and the class of licence issued will be dependant on the class of HAREC presented. In the UK HAREC's are available on request from the Radiocommunications Agency to any holder of a current or full Amateur Radio Licence. You may also apply if you can provide documentary evidence of having passed the RAE and where appropriate, the RSGB's 12 or 5 wpm Morse test or evidence that you previously held a full UK Licence.
What is a HAREC?
A HAREC or Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate is available from a number of countries including the UK. The scheme is aimed at radio amateurs who wish to operate abroad for longer periods. Issuing of foreign licences under this scheme will now be a relatively simple procedure. Only countries that have implemented the appropriate CEPT Recommendation (T/R 61-02) will be covered by this scheme. These countries will be able to issue mutually recognised HAREC's to anyone who has passed a relevant national examination. The UK will issue HAREC's to anyone who holds a current full UK Licence, has ever held a full licence or has passed the relevant examinations. There is no fee for a HAREC.
I hold a temporary UK licence on the strength of my, for example, United States licence. May I operate under it in Europe?
No, temporary UK licences obtained under reciprocal arrangements are not accepted as CEPT licences for the purpose of Recommendation T/R 61-01.
TopB) Visiting licensees
Can I operate in the UK under my current amateur radio licence?
Yes, if you hold a licence issued by a country that has implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. If you are uncertain whether your country has done so, you can find out by contacting the Radio Licensing Centre (RLC) whose address is shown at the end of this Information Sheet.
What licence conditions must I obey?
You must, first and foremost, operate in accordance with the Terms, Provisions and Limitations of the UK Licence, copies of which are available free on request from the RLC.
In addition, you must comply with the conditions of your home licence unless such compliance would result in a breach of UK licence conditions, e.g. even if your licence permits you to operate in your own country on higher powers than are permitted in the UK, when operating in the UK you must limit yourself to the appropriate power for the band in question, given in the Schedule to the UK licence.
What documentation do I need to carry when operating in the UK?
You must carry your home licence which must be in English and a copy of the current UK Licence Terms, Provisions and Limitations Booklet.
How should I identify when operating in the UK?
You should use your home callsign after the UK prefix 'M' and secondary locator if any. Thus a Dutch amateur holding the callsign PA2MIL would identify in England as M/PA2MIL and an Austrian amateur holding the callsign OE7PBK would identify in Wales as MW/OE7PBK. A full list of secondary locators is given in note (w) of the UK Licence Booklet.
How long can I operate in the UK?
T/R 61-01 is intended to cover temporary stays. For longer stays, amateurs from recognised CEPT Administrations can apply to the Radio Licensing Centre for a full UK licence. You will need to complete a normal Amateur Radio Licence application form and to provide the following:
Normal Licence fee.
HAREC from a recognised CEPT country
The licence issued will depend on the class of HAREC presented:
|Class 1 HAREC||Class A Licence|
|Class 2 HAREC||Class B Licence|
Can I operate the station of a UK radio amateur?
Yes, with the permission of the UK licensee. You may operate his equipment under your own licence, using your own callsign, as if it were your own station, or you may operate under the direct supervision of the UK licensee and under his licence using the UK licensee's callsign.
TopC) Reciprocal licences
Who will still need these?
Licensed amateurs from countries which have not implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 or T/R 61-02 will still need to obtain a temporary UK licence from the Radio Licensing Centre, at the fee applicable to Amateur Radio Licences at the time. Such licences are issued on the strength of their home licence if a reciprocal agreement has been entered into between the UK and the government of their country under which we recognise each other's qualifications.
For how long are temporary reciprocal licences valid?
If the visitor is unable to provide a UK address (that is, he will be operating mobile) or where the length of stay is under six months, his temporary UK licence will be valid for up to six months. This licence is not renewable. Where the foreign radio amateur becomes resident in the UK, or is a regular visitor with a permanent contact address in the UK, a full UK licence (and callsign) may be issued on the basis of a reciprocal arrangement.
Further information on amateur radio may be obtained from the following addresses:
Radio Society of Great Britain
Telephone: 01707 659015
Radio Licensing Centre
PO Box 885
Telephone: 0117 925 8333
Minicom: 0117 921 9550
In order to comply with the requirements of the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (CPI) 1996, All telephone calls to the Radio Licensing Centre are recorded.
Amateur Radio Services
189 Marsh Wall
London E14 9SX
Telephone: 020 7211 0160
Telephone: 020 7211 0159
Telephone: 020 7211 0158
Telephone: 020 7211 0161 (Answer Phone)
Fax: 020 7211 0228
For further information on other radio matters contact the Agency's Switchboard/24 hour General Enquiry Point: 020 7211 0211.
|Address details of the CEPT Administrations||
of Transport and Communications
Department of Communications
Gedimino Ave. 17
Tel: +370 2 393911
Fax: +370 2 225070
Institut Luxembourgeois des Telecommunications (ILT)
45a Avenue Monterey
Tel: +352 45 88451
Fax: +352 45 884588
Wireless Telegraphy Department
Valletta. CMR 02
Tel: +0356 247224
Fax: +0356 247229
Ministry of Transport and Communications
134, Stefan cel Mare Street
Tel: +373 2 221001
Fax: +373 2 546564
Service des Relations Exterieures
Delagation Permanente Aupres des Organismes Internationaux
16 Boulevard de Suisse
MC 98030 Cedex 15,
Tel: +377 93 158822
Fax: +377 97 158798
PO Box 450
9700 AL Groningen
Tel: +31 50 522 21 11
Fax: +31 50 313 56 45
Ministry of Commerce
Resources and Networks Branch
PO Box 1473
Tel: +64 4 472 0030
Fax: +64 4 499 0797
Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPTA)
PO Box 447 Sentrum
Tel: +47 22 824600
Fax: +47 22 824890
Ministerio de Transportes, Communicaciones, Vivienda y
AV 28 de Julio, No 800
Lima 1, Peru
Tel: +511 4330 425
Fax: +511 4339 378
Pl. Malachowskiego 2
Tel: +48 22 656 5000
Fax: +48 22 826 4840
Instituto das Communicacoes de Portugal
Av. Jose Malhoa. 12
Tel: +351 2172 12302
Fax: +351 2172 11004
Direction Generale de la Reglementation
Ministere des Communications
Bul. Libertatii, 14
Tel: +40 1 4001575
Fax: +40 1 4001230
State Committee for Telecommunications
of the Russian Federation
7, Tverskaya Street
103375 Moscow K-375
Tel: +7 095 925 5108
Fax: +7 095 230 2097
Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications
Namestie Slobody, 6
810 05 Bratislava 15
Tel: +421 7 5273 1434
Fax: +421 7 5273 1437
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Tel: +386 61 1734901
Fax: +386 61 1328036
South African Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
Private Bag X1
Tel: +27 11 321 8207
Fax: +27 11 321 8537
Ministerio de Fomento Secretaria
General de Comunicaciones
Palacio de Comunicaciones, 6a Plta
28071 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +341 91 3461500
Fax: +341 91 3461520
National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS)
Birger Sarlsgatan 16
S-102 49 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 678 5500
Fax: +46 8 678 5505
Office Federal de la Communication (OFCOM)
Service des Affaires Internationales
44, rue de l’Avenir
Tel: +41 32 3275444
Fax: +41 32 3275466
General Directorate of Communications
Telsiz Genel Mudurlugu (TGM)
06510 Emek - Ankara
Tel: +90 312 212 6010
Fax: +90 312 221 3226
State Committee of Communications and Information
22 Khreschatyk Street
Tel: +380 44 2288 661
Fax: +380 44 2286 141
Federal Communications Commission
445, 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Tel: +1 202 418 2099
Fax: +1 202 418 1208
Secretariate General du Governatorato
Administration des PTT
Citta del Vaticano, 00120
Vatican City State
Tel: +39 06 6982
Fax: +39 06 6988/537
|Recommendation T/R 61-01 (Nice 1985, revised in Paris 1992 and by correspondence August 1992)||
CEPT Radio Amateur Licence
"The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations,
that the Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Service are Radiocommunications Services according to Article 1 of the ITU Radio Regulations and governed by other provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations as well as national regulations,
that it is necessary to harmonise licensing procedures for temporary installation and use of portable and mobile radio amateur stations in CEPT countries and non-CEPT countries,
that Administrations are responsible, in accordance with Article 32 of the ITU Radio Regulations, for taking such measures as they judge necessary to verify the operational and technical qualifications of a person seeking a radio amateur licence. Additionally, radio amateurs shall not be allowed to transmit on frequencies below 30 MHz, unless they have proved their ability to send correctly by hand, and to receive correctly by ear, texts in Morse code signals,
that the issue and administration of temporary licences to foreign visitors based on bilateral agreements involves a considerable increase in work for Administrations,
that certain Administrations have concluded or are drawing up agreements intended to simplify the current procedure for the issue of such temporary licences,
that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) supports the simplification of procedures to obtain temporary operational privileges for foreign visitors in CEPT countries and in other countries,
this Recommendation bears no relation to the import and export of amateur radio equipment, which is subject only to relevant customs regulations,
noting further that:
despite the procedures of this Recommendation, Administrations always have the right to require separate bilateral agreements when recognising the radio amateur licences issued by foreign Administrations,
that CEPT member Administrations recognise the principle of CEPT radio amateur licences issued under the conditions specified in Appendices I and II, on which the Administrations of the countries visited will levy neither duties nor taxes, only the Administration issuing the licence being entitled to do so,
|General conditions for the issue of "CEPT radio amateur licences"||
General provisions relating to the "CEPT radio amateur licence"
The "CEPT radio amateur licence" will take a form similar to a national licence or a special document issued by the same authority, and will be drafted in the national language and in German, English and French; it will be valid for non-residents only, for the duration of their temporary stays in countries having adopted the Recommendation, and within the limit of validity of the national licence. Radio amateurs holding a temporary licence issued in a foreign country may not benefit from the provisions of the Recommendation.
The minimum requirements for a "CEPT radio amateur licence" will be:
a declaration according to which the holder is authorised to utilise his amateur radio station in accordance with this Recommendation in countries where the latter applies;
the name and address of the holder;
the CEPT licence class;
the issuing authority.
A list may be added or provided indicating the Administrations applying the Recommendation.
Each of the CEPT classes described below will only be considered as equivalent to a national class in cases where conditions of utilisation in another country are not considerably broader than those in the country where the licence was issued. The equivalence of national licence classes from CEPT countries to the CEPT licence classes is given in columns 2 and 3 of Appendix II. CEPT licence class holders are authorised to utilise amateur radio in visited CEPT countries according to the national licence class conditions of those visited CEPT countries as shown in columns 4 and 5 of Appendix II.
This class permits utilisation of all frequency bands allocated to the Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Service and authorised in the country where the amateur station is to be operated. It will be open only to those amateurs who have proved their competence with Morse code to their own Administration.
This class permits utilisation of all frequency bands allocated to the Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Service above 30 MHz and authorised in the country where the amateur station is to be operated.
Conditions of utilisation
On request the licence holder shall present his CEPT radio amateur licence to the appropriate authorities in the country visited.
Authorisation is granted for utilisation of a portable or mobile station only. A portable station shall, for the purposes of this Recommendation, include any station using mains electricity at a temporary location, e.g. a hotel or a camping site.
Authorisation is also granted for utilisation of the station of a radio amateur holding a permanent licence in the host country.
The licence holder shall observe the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations, this Recommendation and the regulations in force in the country visited. Furthermore, any restrictions concerning national and local conditions of a technical nature or regarding the public authorities must be respected. Special attention should be paid to the difference in frequency allocations to the radio amateur services in the three ITU Regions.
The use of the amateur radio station aboard an aircraft is prohibited.
When transmitting in the visited country the licence holder must use his national callsign preceded by the CEPT callsign prefix as indicated in column 3 of Appendix II. The CEPT callsign prefix and the national callsign must be separated by the character "/" (telegraphy) or the word "stroke" (telephony). For a mobile amateur radio station the national callsign must be followed by the characters "/M" (telegraphy) or the word "mobile" (telephony). For a portable amateur radio station the national callsign must be followed by the characters "/P" (telegraphy) or the word "portable" (telephony).
The licence holder cannot request protection against harmful interference.
Equivalence between CEPT licence classes and national licence classes
The equivalence between CEPT licence classes and national licence classes in CEPT countries is given in columns 4 and 5 of Appendix II.
The equivalence between CEPT licence classes and national licence classes in non-CEPT countries is given in columns 4 and 5 of Appendix II.
|NB Countries that have implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 will appear at the foot of your Validation Document||
|Table of equivalence between CEPT licence classes and different national classes|
|National licence classes equivalent to CEPT licence classes||Holders of CEPT classes authorised to transmit in accordance with national classes in respective countries|
CEPT Class 1
CEPT Class 2
CEPT Class 1
CEPT Class 2
|5||Bosnia and Herzegovina||||A,B,C||D||A,B,C||D|
|7||Canada||***||Amateur operator certificate with basic and Morse code (12 WPM) qualifications (or advanced qualifications)||Amateur operator certificate with basic qualification (or Morse code 5 WPM) qualification or advanced qualifications||Amateur operator certificate with basic, Morse code (12 WPM) and advanced qualifications||Amateur operator certificate with basic and advanced qualifications|
|9||Cyprus||Details not available||Details not available||Details not available||Details not available|
The Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
|49||USA||Amateur Extra Advanced General Technician Plus||Technician||Advanced||Technician|
|*||with examinations in Morse Code telegraphy, manual transmission and reception.|
|**||without examinations in Morse Code telegraphy.|
|***||Denotes non-CEPT Administration.|
|****||A national licence class covering only privileges of CEPT licence class 2 does not exist. However, CEPT class 2 licence holders are entitled to utilise amateur radio on frequencies above 30Mhz. Holders of the Latvian National Amateur Radio Licence are not automatically issued a CEPT licence. To acquire a CEPT licence, holders of the Latvian National Amateur Radio Licence must pass an examination consistent with CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-02 "HAREC".|
|||Denotes the CEPT Administrations which have implemented T/R 61-02 (HAREC).|
|Participation of non-CEPT administrations in the "CEPT radio amateur licence" according to this recommendation||
|1.1||Administrations, not being members of CEPT, may apply to the CEPT for participation in the CEPT radio amateur licensing systems regulated by this Recommendation. Applications should be addressed to CEPT European Radiocommunications Committee (ERC), through the European Radiocommunications Office (ERO) (see Note).|
|A non-CEPT Administration in joining this Recommendation enters into an agreement with all CEPT countries having implemented this Recommendation or will do so in the future. It should be noted that non-CEPT countries wishing to implement this Recommendation between them should do so by separate agreement.|
|1.2||The application shall include a list of licence classes in the country concerned, their privileges and the proposed CEPT licence class equivalents. Details of national examination syllabuses or documents describing the requirements of the national licence classes and their privileges shall be enclosed with the application. All the details mentioned above must be submitted in one of the official languages of the CEPT (English, French or German).|
|1.3||The applying Administration shall provide the call sign prefix(es) to be used by visiting radio amateurs and details of any special conditions relating to the implementation of this Recommendation in the country concerned. Special conditions or restrictions should be confined to a minimum, and should not be imposed unless absolutely necessary.|
|1.4||A non-CEPT Administration having been granted special conditions as per 1.3. shall include these in a footnote in Appendix II.|
|2||Procedures of applications|
|2.1||The CEPT ERC shall check, based mainly on Recommendation T/R 61-02 E, each application to determine the equivalence of the national licence classes to those specified in this Recommendation and to assess the acceptability of any deviations from the respective Recommendations which have been requested by the applying Administration.|
|2.2||When the ERC has agreed to accept the participation of a non-CEPT country it notifies the applying Administration and arranges for the ERO to include the relevant details in Appendix II.|
|2.3||A CEPT Administration requiring a separate bilateral agreement to apply this Recommendation with a non CEPT Administration, shall indicate this in a footnote in Appendix II.|
|2.4||A non-CEPT Administration requiring a separate bilateral agreement to apply this Recommendation with a CEPT Administration, shall indicate this in a footnote in Appendix II.|
|3||Conditions of utilisation|
|The technical and operational privileges which apply for CEPT-licence holders from non-CEPT countries are in conformity with the privileges of the appropriate national licence classes indicated in Appendix II, columns 4 and 5.|
ERO European Radiocommunications Office, Midtermolen 1, DK-2100 Copenhage