I hold an Overseas Amateur Radio Licence. Can I operate in the UK?
Yes. We may authorise amateurs to operate in the UK if the administration that issued the overseas amateur radio licence is a signatory to European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Recommendations T/R 61-01 or T/R 61-02 or if the UK has a bilateral agreement with the administration to cover the mutual recognition of amateur radio licences.
CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01
This recommendation puts in place arrangements to allow qualifying licensed amateurs from other participating states to establish and use amateur radio apparatus in the UK for up to three months without further authorisation from us. Visiting amateurs should use their overseas call sign, prefixed by M/. A UK call sign is not issued. The text of this recommendation is available on the ERO website (-1-).
CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-02
This recommendation puts in place arrangements to allow qualifying licensed amateurs from other participating states to establish and use amateur radio apparatus in the UK for periods in excess of three months, subject to being issued with an individual licence and call sign by us. The text of this recommendation is also available on the ERO website (-2-)
If you wish to apply for a licence under this arrangement, you should submit a paper-based application for an Amateur Full (Reciprocal) Licence to the Spectrum Licensing, accompanied by a Harmonised Amateur Radio Examinations Certificate. In this case we will consider issuing a Reciprocal Licence valid indefinitely.
If the administration that issued your licence is not a signatory to CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-02 but has a bilateral agreement with the UK for the reciprocal establishment of amateur stations, then you should submit a paper-based application to Spectrum Licensing, with evidence of your overseas licence and any examination pass certificate. In this case, we shall consider issuing a Temporary Reciprocal Licence. This will be normally be valid for six months and will be subject to renewal.