# Is Using PMR446 On A Baofeng GT3-MK3 HAM Radio Legal (If on low power)?

I have a Baofeng GT3-MK3, a great little radio. Is it OK to use this on the low output setting for general use without a licence, for things like camping/hiking family use etc, if I used the legal frequencies, i.e. 446 in UK?

Unfortunately not in the eyes of Ofcom.

While you can restrict the power usage down to 0.5 Watts, the antenna is removable. You'll notice that most of the stuff sold on the high-street will have solid antennas.

For the PMR frequency use, as part of the "license-free agreement", apparatus in use must meet the high-street requirements.

Worth noting though, there's not a single Ofcom document out there that mentions removable antennas as a no-go, interpretation of the documentation and relevant citations is all we have to go on. It's a rather deep rabbit hole reading through all the linked PDF documents.

• The Ofcom document linked references ERC/DEC/(98) 25 whose revision from 2012 mentions that EN 300 296-2 describes radio equipment using integral antennas intended primarily for analogue voice communications;, which it does indeed describe. – AndrejaKo Mar 27 '16 at 20:52