Interference to amateur radio

10 November 2017

Amateur radio describes the use of radio apparatus as a hobby, usually to self-training and recreation under the terms, provisions and limitations of a Wireless Telegraphy Act licence granted by Ofcom to individuals qualified by examination. Learn more about amateur radio licensing.

Like other radio users, amateur radio enthusiasts may experience interference to radio reception. This is normally caused by:

  • unlicensed use of wireless telegraphy apparatus or the use outside the terms, provisions and limitations set out in a licence or licence exemption regulations;
  • electromagnetic disturbance from apparatus or installations
  • inadequate immunity or receiver selectivity.

Read more about the usual causes below and how to find guidance and assistance.

Advice and assistance

Report harmful interference or contact us at:

Ofcom
Spectrum Management Centre
Baldock Radio Station
Royston
Baldock
SG7 6SH

Tel: 020 7981 3131

Email: spectrum.licensing@ofcom.org.uk