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Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

Questions specific to rules, regulations, and practices in the United Kingdom.

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UK Foundation Licence holder use of kits

The terms of the foundation licence allow for use of Commercial radios and kits that conform to IR2028. IR2028 basically says that the kits must operate within amateur bands . I cannot find any kit ...
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Full UK license visiting US: Can I use frequencies in US but not UK license?

E.g.: 7.2-7.3MHz are Region 2 but not Region 1. My license is "from" Region 1. 1.25 meter band is not available in the UK Operating from aircraft is not permitted in the UK. Would it be if I visited ...
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Getting permission from the master of the vessel

I'm crossing the English channel on a ferry soon and I'd like to do some radio while on it. According to my license (full British Ofcom amateur radio license), to be able to do this, I need ...
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How do you calculate the field strength at a given distance?

Given this question from the full license exam in the UK: What is the field strength at a distance of 7m from an antenna with an effective radiated power of 100W? in which the answer is: 10 V/m ...
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How to find transmitting (voice and CW) Amateur stations in UK?

Background info: I own an SDR (model "SDRPlay RSP1") and I have a fully working HDSDR software system installed on my PC. I can successfully use this to tune-in to my local airport's radio traffic ...
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Is there a DV VHF calling frequency in the UK?

On the band plan for VHF for the UK, I can see 145.500MHz being the FM calling frequency but I cannot find any for DV. Is there one? In contrast, for UHF, I can see a calling frequency for FM at 433....
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Why is 431-432MHz forbidden for use in London?

The band plan says: Location Restriction: In addition it is very important to note that the band between 431-432MHz is not available for use if you are located anywhere within a 100km radius of ...
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How slow is slow telegraphy?

On the UK Band Plan there are frequencies stating “QRS (slow telegraphy) Centre of Activity”. For example, 14,055 kHz on 20m and 3,555 kHz on 80m. What is considered slow? (<15 wpm?) How close ...
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Licensing a group of BaoFeng BF-888s in the UK

I've purchased a couple of BaoFeng BF-888S's for personal use with friends. I've been told these radios can't be used legally without a licence and given the usage, I doubt I could faithfully even ...
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How do I get a license without being near a club?

I don't have a radio club near me, and as far as I'm aware I can't get an amateur radio license without being at a club to do the tests. Is there a way I can get an amateur radio license? I have done ...
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Is it all right to call CQ to a foreign country in their own language?

I have been asked by an Arabic speaker here in UK if it is legal, or desirable, to call CQ in Arabic if his beam is directed that way. Please, what answer should I give? Is there a general rule that ...
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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 ...
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UK 2m Morse Simplex

I got my foundation licence and a Baofeng. Just curious if it's in the license boundaries that I could make a little Morse weather station? It would be controlled by computer and transmit once every ...
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UK Foundation - initial practical assessment, what to expect?

I'm going to be starting the Foundation course in the next few weeks, and have been offered an initial practical assessment at a member's shack to save time for the club during the course. The call ...
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Repeater autopatch (“phone patch”): which countries use this?

The section Operating Your Ham Radio in an Emergency from Ham Radio For Dummies recommends using an "emergency autopatch" to reach the emergency services when reporting an emergency from an amateur ...
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Do you need a radio licence to use ZigBee/Xbee?

I want to make a application with my Raspberry Pi along with a XBee module. I am going to use it in public places and in my own home. The question is, do I need a radio licence (UK) to use the XBee ...
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Can I operate in the United Kingdom with a US license?

Can my license from the United States be used to operate while I'm in the United Kingdom?
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How would I go about setting up my own repeater in the UK?

How would I go about setting up my own repeater in the UK? For instance, what license category would I need, what equipment would should be looking to purchase, and do I have to register it anywhere?
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Encrypted traffic and amateur radio

Am I allowed to send encrypted traffic via any medium or any frequency, or is this completely barred (and thus everything has to be open with no exceptions?)
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How big can an antenna be before I need planning permission in the UK?

Presumably setting up a 1m high antenna in a back garden isn't going to be an issue, but setting up an 80m high antenna would likely cause complaints! How high an antenna can I legally construct in ...
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How do I report an emergency using ham radio?

If I'm in the wilderness with ham equipment but no phone signal, how would I report an emergency? Is there a particular frequency I would use, a particular protocol or suchlike?
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Using more than 400W in the UK

With a full amateur license in the UK, up to 400W can be used - however, there are cases that might call for higher power, such as bouncing signals off the moon. Is there any way I can obtain ...
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What privileges do I gain with each addition step of the license (in the UK?)

The UK has 3 licensing levels, foundation, intermediate and advanced. Aside from the allowed power output going up each time (10W, 100W, 400W) are there any other privileges one would gain?