FCC Outlines Amateur Service Operation in European Countries
Friday, September 16, 2016 | Comments

The FCC released a public notice in three languages outlining amateur service operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries.

Subject to the regulations in force in the country visited, a U.S. citizen holding a general, advanced or amateur extra class amateur radio service operator license grant by the FCC is authorized to use temporarily an amateur station in a CEPT country that has implemented certain recommendations with respect to the United States.

While operating an amateur station in a CEPT country, the person must have a copy of the public notice, proof of U.S. citizenship and evidence of the FCC license grant in his or her possession. The documents must be shown to proper authorities upon request.

When the privileges authorized by the FCC license grant are advanced or amateur extra class operator privileges, the U.S. citizen is granted CEPT radio amateur license privileges, in accordance with CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 (as amended).

When the privileges authorized by the FCC license grant are general class operator privileges, the U.S. citizen is granted CEPT novice radio amateur license privileges, in accordance with ECC Recommendation (05)06 (as amended). Both recommendations are available at http://www.ero.dk/.

For a list of CEPT countries participating in the CEPT recommendations, see the full public notice here.

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On 10/5/16, Jeffrey Maass said:
U.S. general class licensees are severely restricted in CEPT countries. For example, the CEPT novice radio amateur license privileges that are granted to U.S. general class licensees in Curacao and the other Dutch Caribbean islands include only VHF and UHF bands at low-power 2 meters 220 and 440 MHz maximum power 25 watts.

This is not a recent change. It has been in place for a number of years since the last time the FCC reorganized U.S. license classes. This is not changed with this latest public notice.

On 9/21/16, Bill Brown said:
I m not sure what the novice privileges are in the various CEPT countries, but that could be a substantial downgrade from the U.S. general class authorizations. I've operated from Germany and Liechtenstein on reciprocal licenses with largely full authority. That may be a significant change if the euro novice classes are restrictive regarding frequencies and voice mode.


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