Amateur radio guidance: Misuse and licence revocation

23 August 2019

Most radio amateurs play by the rules, to the benefit of the hobby as a whole.  Occasionally, however, individuals will breach the rules and spoil others’ enjoyment of the hobby.  This guidance sets out what radio amateurs can do and what they may expect from Ofcom.

Misuse of amateur radio is designed either to deny access to the spectrum or to offend and annoy others, by causing deliberate interference, using offensive language, pirating call signs or keying out other users.

In the amateur service, this misuse is most commonly aimed at open access facilities such as voice repeater and packet networks.  It is intended to cause a nuisance to the greatest possible number of people and attract attention.  Less common, but just as serious, is misuse that targets individual operators or specific radio services.