Converting a US Amateur Radio Licence / ARRL / FCC qualifcation to a UK Amature Radio Licence

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Dear Office of Communications,

I have a few questions about converting / using a US amateur (aka. "ham") radio licence to a UK amateur licence for use in the UK.

Firstly, as I understand it US Licences are recognised for use in the UK, and can be exchanged for UK licences, is this correct ? If so which classes of US licences can be exchanged for UK licences ?

Secondly, would it actually be necessary to hold an actual US licence to exchange for a UK one, or would simply holding the relevant US ham radio qualification / exam pass (eg. Technician, General, or Extra) be sufficient to obtain a UK amateur radio licence without having to take the UK / RSGB Radio Communications Exam ?

Thirdly, if it is possible to use a US qualification / US licence to obtain a Full UK (e.g. M0ABC) licence. If prior to passing such exam a person already held a UK Intermediate (e.g. 2#0ABC) licence would this prevent such a person from obtaining a UK Full licence on the basis of the American Qualification / Licence which was obtained after obtaining the UK Intermediate Licence ?

Fourthly, does Nationality or Citizenship make a difference to the above. for example, non-British citizens, or US Citizenship ?

Yours faithfully,

Antonio Vitiello

Spectrum Licensing, Office of Communications

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Dear Antonio Vitiello,

 

Thank you for your enquiry about UK and US amateur radio authorisations. I
shall take your questions in turn.

 

1.    You asked: “Firstly, as I understand it US Licences are recognised
for use in the UK, and can be exchanged for UK licences, is this correct ?
If so which classes of US licences can be exchanged for UK licences ?

The USA participates in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01
([1]http://www.erodocdb.dk/docs/doc98/offici... Under
this recommendation, the holder of a US ‘Extra’ and ‘Advanced’ licences
may operate in another participating country (including the United
Kingdom) for up to three months, without the need to obtain a further
authorisation.  If you wish to operate in the UK for more than three
months, you must be individually authorised by us.  As the USA does not
participate in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-02, holders of the US Extra and
Advanced licences may apply only for a UK Amateur Radio (Temporary
Reciprocal) Licence.  This licence costs £20 each time it is issued.  It
is valid for six months and must be renewed.  The £20 fee is payable upon
each renewal.

 

2.    You asked:  “Secondly, would it actually be necessary to hold an
actual US licence to exchange for a UK one, or would simply holding the
relevant US ham radio qualification / exam pass (e.g. Technician, General,
or Extra) be sufficient to obtain a UK amateur radio licence without
having to take the UK / RSGB Radio Communications Exam ?”

The agreement that we have with the USA applies to the holder of a
licence, not simply to a person who has passed an examination.  Unless you
have a Licence, therefore, you may not apply for the UK Temporary
Reciprocal Licence.

 

3.    You asked:  “Thirdly, if it is possible to use a US qualification /
US licence to obtain a Full UK (e.g. M0ABC) licence. If prior to passing
such exam a person already held a UK Intermediate (e.g. 2#0ABC) licence
would this prevent such a person from obtaining a UK Full licence on the
basis of the American Qualification / Licence which was obtained after
obtaining the UK Intermediate Licence ?”

The only licence available to the holder of a US Extra or Advanced Licence
is the UK Temporary Reciprocal Licence.  The call signs that identify
stations authorised under a Temporary Reciprocal Licence do not adopt the
normal amateur radio station format.  They would not, therefore, be in the
format ‘M0XYZ’ but, rather, ‘M#/’, followed by the US call sign.  The
character ‘#’ should be replaced by a letter to denote the part of the UK
in which the station is operating.  This is as set out in Table 1 of T/R
61-01.  If you held a UK Intermediate Licence and now hold a US Extra or
Advanced licence, it may be worth your while to put in for the UK Full
examination.  If successful, you would qualify for a normal UK Full
licence.  That would be available free of charge and would be valid
indefinitely.  The Temporary Reciprocal Licence also imposes some
restrictions on the licensee that do not apply to permanent licences.
 These are described in the licence terms and conditions.

 

4.    You asked:  “Fourthly, does Nationality or Citizenship make a
difference to the above. for example, non-British citizens, or US
Citizenship ?”

The arrangements that I have described above apply regardless of
nationality/citizenship.  To be clear, they would apply equally to an
expatriate Briton coming back to the UK as to a visiting or immigrating US
citizen.

 

I hope that this is helpful. If you have any further queries please do not
hesitate to contact the Spectrum Licensing Team on 020 7981 3131 or via
email at [2][email address].

 

Kind Regards,

 

:: David Anson

   Licensing Manager

   Spectrum Licensing

         

:: Ofcom

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