CEPT Information

CEPT Information for US Amateurs

Recommendation T/R 61-01 and Recommendation (05)06 as amended

Revised March 2011

US Extra and Advanced class licensees wishing to operate while in Europe are eligible to do so if the country they are visiting participates in the ERO’s CEPT Radio Amateur License agreement (Recommendation T/R 61-01 as amended) under the conditions listed below.

US General class licensees wishing to operate in Europe are eligible to do so if the country they are visiting participates in the ERO’s CEPT Novice Radio Amateur License under ECC Recommendation (05)06 (as amended) under the conditions listed below. 

CEPT countries participating in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 as of December 2011:

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark*, Estonia, Finland, France**, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom***.

CEPT countries participating in ECC Recommendation (05)06 as of December  2011:

Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,* Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

*  Participating for Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.

**  Participating for France, Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, St. Bartholomew, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Martin, Reunion and its Dependencies, Mayotte, French Antarctica, French Polynesia and Clipperton, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna.

***  Participating for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.


On request the license holder shall present his CEPT radio amateur license to the appropriate authorities in the country visited.

Authorization is granted for utilization of a portable or mobile station only. A portable station shall, for the purposes of this Recommendation, include any station using mains electricity at a temporary location, e.g. a hotel or a camping site.

Authorization is also granted for utilization of the station of a radio amateur holding a permanent license in the host country.

The license holder shall observe the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations, this Recommendation and the regulations in force in the country visited.

Any restrictions concerning national and local conditions of a technical nature or regarding the public authorities must be respected. Special attention should be paid to the difference in frequency allocations to the radio amateur services in the three ITU Regions.

US stations operating under CEPT reciprocity must abide by the radio regulations (including frequency authorizations) of the country in which they are operating.

The use of the amateur radio station aboard an aircraft is prohibited.

When transmitting in the visited country the license holder must use his national call sign preceded by the CEPT call sign prefix as indicated below. The CEPT call sign prefix and the national call sign must be separated by the character "/" (telegraphy) or the word "stroke" (telephony). For a mobile amateur radio station the national call sign must be followed by the characters "/M" (telegraphy) or the word "mobile" (telephony). For a portable amateur radio station the national call sign must be followed by the characters "/P" (telegraphy) or the word "portable" (telephony).

The license holder cannot request protection against harmful interference.

For U.S. citizens, a "CEPT Radio Amateur License" consists of the FCC Public Notice (DA 11-221 dated February 7, 2011) entitled "Amateur Service Operation in CEPT Countries" in three languages, English, French, and German, along with their original FCC-issued license document.


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