Detailed Licensing Information

ATTENTION Due to recent changes in legislation, Morse code has been removed from CEPT license exams. If you need some urgent information please e-mail raag-hq@raag.org

FCC Public Release, June 8th 1999, U.S.

Ham radio operators having any license other than the Novice class may now temporarily operate amateur radio stations in European (CEPT) countries. This new rule makes it easy to operate while traveling in Europe.

European Reciprocal Licenses

European Reciprocal Licenses Now Limited to Advanced and Extra Class Licensees (Feb 4, 2008). The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) have revised its table of equivalence between FCC amateur licenses and the CEPT license. Effective February 4, 2008, Recommendation T/R 61-01 (as amended) now grants full CEPT privileges only to those US citizens who hold an FCC-issued Amateur Extra or Advanced class license. This means that those US licensees who hold an FCC-issued General or Technician license are no longer eligible for full operating privileges in countries where CEPT-reciprocal operation had previously been permitted. US Novice class licensees have had no reciprocal operating privileges under the CEPT provisions. These changes are the result of a re-evaluation of US and CEPT license classes equivalence by the CEPT’s Radio Regulatory Working Group at its meeting January 29-February 1, 2008 in Basel, Switzerland. The Working Group deals with numerous areas of concern including Amateur Radio, and is responsible for applications from countries to participate in T/R 61-01, as well as other Amateur Radio related issues. “Changes in the US license structures and examinations often have ancillary implications beyond the immediate impact upon the US licensees,” said Dan Henderson, N1ND, (ARRL Regulatory Information Manager). “While this CEPT change affects several classes of US licensees when they visit Europe and other CEPT signatory countries, it has no effect on their operating privileges at home.”

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Licensed radio amateurs coming from countries – members of CEPT

Radio amateurs, citizens of a country – member or the Conference of Europe for Post-offices and Telecommunications (CEPT) – who possess a valid radio amateur license, which brings written evidence that it is issued according to the constitution T/R 61-01 of CEPT, have the right to operate their amateur radio stations as “portable” and “mobile” (not a fixed station ) while their visit in Greece without having to issue a Greek license for up to three (3) months. The operation is according to the category of their radio amateur licenses. These “mobile” or “portable” stations can be powered from main power on the temporary place of stay (hotels, guest rooms etc.). Foreign radio amateurs can operate a fixed station as well, same regulations as the local ham radio operators apply.

If the radio amateur stays in country beyond three months, a “Greek” license has to be granted!

If stay is extended beyond 6 months it has to be declared at the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control and a special permit must be granted. If a radio amateur, citizen of a CEPT country, wishes to stay permanently in Greece it may be using his amateur radio station only if a “special Greek radio amateur license” from the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control.

The radio amateur coming from CEPT countries with a CEPT (Harec) license may obtain a category 1 (yellow color) license with a SV1, SV2 … SV9 call pattern based on the foreign HAREC certificate. These radio amateurs DO NOT obtain an SV0 call due to legislation change in 2013.

What stands for amateurs, citizens of CEPT counties also stands for those amateurs coming from countries that have signed the CEPT T/R 61.01. The Ministry of of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control keeps and publishes a list of all applicable countries.

Operation on 6 Meters is now permitted to non-Greek Citizens (still under CEPT).

The following countries outside Europe also participate in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01:

Australia
Canada
Israel
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Peru
South Africa
The United States

Licensed radio amateurs coming from countries – non-members of CEPT

Licensed radio amateurs citizens of countries that are not members of CEPT, but do have reciprocal agreement with Greece may operate their amateur radio stations during their stay in the country which could not be more than 3 months. The applicant should notify the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control at least 2 months in advance of his arrival, declaring the type of equipment brought to the country.

If the radio amateur wishes to stay for more than 3 months a “special Greek temporary license” has to be granted. In this case a SV0XXX call will be issued which means foreigner with reciprocal agreement.

COUNTRIES WITH RECIPROCITY

Australia, USA, Canada, Cyprus, Switzerland

OPERATING

Operating with a temporary license

The foreign radio amateur with a temporary license must identify his/her station while in Greece using:
1. The Greek call sign prefix: SV
2. Followed by the appropriate region number 1 to 9 (Find the proper region number)
3. Followed by the symbol: / (stroke)
4. Followed by his/her own national call sign
5. Followed by the letter M for mobile, P for portable, MM for maritime mobile

 

Greek Band Plan

Band / Frequency portion / Usage

2200m LF / 135.7-137.8 KHz (*1) / Temporary (*2)

630m MF / 472-479 KHz  (*2) / Temporary

160m HF / 1810-1850 KHz / Primary

80m HF / 3500-3800 KHz / Primary

60m HF / 5351.5-5366.5 KHz / Primary

40m HF / 7000-7100 KHz / Primary

40m HF / 7100-7200 KHz (*3) / Primary

30m HF / 10100-10150 KHz / Secondary

20m HF / 14000-14350 KHz / Primary

18m HF / 18068-18168 KHz / Primary

15m HF / 21000-21450 KHz / Primary

12m HF / 24890-24990 KHz / Primary

10m HF / 28000-29700 KHz / Primary

6m VHF / 50.00-52.00 MHz (*1) / Secondary

4m VHF / 70.000-70.250 MHz (*4) Secondary (*4)

2m VHF / 146-146 MHz / Primary

73cm UHF  / 430-440 MHz / Secondary

23cm UHF / 1240 – 1300 MHz / Secondary (*5)

Notes

(*1) :   LF: Low Frequencies

MF: Medium Frequencies

HF: High Frequencies

VHF: Very High Frequencies

UHF: Ultra High Frequencies

SHF: Super High Frequencies

EHF: Extra High Frequencies

(*2) :   TX Power 1W EIRP.

(*3) :    After March 30 2009.

(*4) :    Same use as in 50-52MHz.

(*5) :    Satellite use only after coordination with MOC.

SV call holders use all bands.

SY call holders (entry level) use some parts of some bands.

 

TX Power

HF: Tx power 500 W Output PEP except the 60m band which the Tx power is only 15W EIRP

VHF: Tx Power 100 W Output PEP
Repeater shift -600 KHz
Sub audio (mostly) 88.5 Hz

UHF: Tx power 100 W Output PEP
Repeater shift -1.6 or 7.6 MHz
Sub audio (mostly) 88.5 Hz and some Islands 107.2

UHF 1240MHz and above: Tx power 50W Output PEP

The licensee must observe ITU regulations and must comply with the relevant regulations concerning the Amateur Radio Service, prevailing in Greece.

 

Operating from Mount Athos

The operation within the district of Mount Athos is subject to the official written permission of the local administration of the Holy Community. While having the above license in hand you must apply then to the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control.
Both should give a valid operation.

 

For Applications and Information Contact:

Mr. George Velonis (g.velonis@mindigital.gr)

Ministry of Digital Policy,
Dpt. of Communication Control

FRAGKOYDI 11 & ALEKSANDROY PANTOY
P.O. 10163
KALITHEA
GREECE
Telephone: (+30) 2109098879