CEPT and European Amateur Operations
joseph at kirtland.com
Sat May 24 22:15:36 CDT 2008
During my past years at Hamvention, I never considered what rulings
are in place that allow our European visitors to operate legally, or
rules that allow us to legally talk to them via radio whilst
visiting. I haven't been the most active ham over the past several
years, so I was completely unaware of a European program known as
CEPT (Conference of European Postal & Telecommunications) The USA
has no voice or authority with CEPT, though it recognizes the
participating countries, and CEPT recognizes the USA. Member nations
may operate their amateur stations when on holiday in the USA.
There is a caveat for American amateurs visiting Europe, however.
CEPT member nations used to honor all American license classes.
Unfortunately, due to our dumbing down of the written test,
elimination of morse code, etc, this is no longer the case. American
Advanced and Extra class licenses maintain full operating privileges
whilst visiting CEPT member European nations. American Novice and
General class licenses are no longer recognized. USA hams visiting
Europe (and I believe European hams visiting the USA) must carry their
original issued license as well as a CEPT document (available for
download, and printed in English, French, and German) stating their
authority to operate in the country they are visiting in accordance
I was still thinking along the lines of the old reciprocal licensing
program. CEPT seems much easier. Reading through the CEPT
documentation also makes one think that the USA is in essence a
European nation, geography and voting rights notwithstanding. Perhaps
the world is becoming a friendlier place after all.
Pleasant Grove, UT
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