Do you have your US ham license? If you answered “yes” then you can operate in places all over Europe…
Okay, that was a dramatic oversimplification, but it is true. European countries allow American ham radio operators to operate within their borders through reciprocity.
The CEPT is the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations, and it consists of 46 member countries. The CEPT agreement is a way for people who like to use radios to talk to each other across different countries without having to get a new license every time they travel. A license is permission from the government to use a radio. Normally, each country has its own rules and tests for giving licenses to radio users. However, with the CEPT agreement, some countries decided to accept each other’s licenses and make it easier for radio users to visit and communicate with each other. The CEPT agreement also helps radio users to learn new skills, share information, and help in emergencies.
To operate a ham radio under CEPT, you need to meet the following requirements:
- You must have a valid amateur radio license from your home country that grants you CEPT privileges.
- In the U.S., this means you must have an Advanced or Extra class license or a General class license with some limitations2.
- You must carry and provide upon request your passport, your original FCC license document, and a copy of the FCC Public Notice DA 16-10483.
- This notice serves as your CEPT license and contains information in English, French, and German.
- You must follow the regulations and operating conditions of the host country, such as frequency bands, power limits, and station identification.
- You must use the prefix of the host country followed by a slash and your home call sign, for example EA8/KH9ABC in Spain.