Russia Now Permits Reciprocal Licensing Through CEPT
On Wednesday, May 18, the European Communications Office (ECO) in Copenhagen added the Russian Federation to the list of those countries that accept the CEPT reciprocal operating arrangements. Now US hams who hold an FCC-issued General, Advanced or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio licenses may operate in Russia, as well as the other countries covered by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), subject to the regulations in force in the country visited, to operate in those countries.
US amateurs holding an Advanced or Amateur Extra class license will be granted CEPT Radio Amateur License privileges in accordance with CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 (as amended). US amateurs with a General class license will be granted CEPT Novice Radio Amateur License privileges, in accordance with ECC Recommendation (05)06 (as amended).
While operating an amateur station in a CEPT country, the US amateur must have a copy of the FCC Public Notice DA 11-221, proof of US citizenship and evidence of their FCC license in their possession. They must show these documents to proper authorities upon request.
CEPT countries participating in ECC Recommendation (05)06 as of May 18, 2011 are: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland.
CEPT countries participating in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 as of May 18, 2011 are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (including 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), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).