Regulations foreign radio-amateurs

Learn what you can do if you want to use radio amateur frequencies in the Netherlands.

The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) is a voluntary association of European countries, where policy makers and regulators collaborate to harmonise telecommunication, radio spectrum, and postal regulations to improve efficiency and co-ordination for the benefit of European society.

CEPT has issued recommendations to harmonize amateur licences: Full licence (T/R 61-01) and Novice licence (ECC/REC/(05) 06).

For a list of countries accepting the CEPT Recommendations, see the ERO website.

Your administration is a signatory to the CEPT Recommendations

If you have a CEPT Full license (covered by T/R 61-01) or a CEPT Novice license (covered by  ECC-Rec. (05)06), you do not require a guest license. Foreign Radio Amateurs may operate on the same terms and conditions as the Dutch Radio Amateurs.

Your administration is not a signatory to the CEPT Recommendations

If your administration is not a signatory to the CEPT Recommendations, and you want to use radio amateur frequencies in the Netherlands, you can apply for a guest license by using the application form. Please include a certified copy of your valid national radio amateur licence. Agentschap Telecom will issue the licence if the required level of knowledge to obtain the foreign licence is equal to the required level of knowledge to obtain a Dutch licence (Novice of Full). The license will be issued for 1 year. A fee will be charged. Foreign Radio Amateurs may operate on the same terms and conditions as the Dutch Radio Amateurs.

Moving to the Netherlands

If you move to the Netherlands on a permanent basis you may apply for a Dutch F-licence on production of a HAREC issued by an other country.

HAREC

HAREC stands for Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate. This certificate meets the criteria of CEPT recommendation T/R 61-02. A HAREC certificate shows proof of successfully passing an exam that is required to obtain a Full Licence. With a HAREC certificate you can apply for a licence/registration in participating countries, including the Netherlands.   

A Radio Amateur that passed the F- examination in the Netherlands can apply for a HAREC certificate. A fee will be charged.

Call sign foreign Radio Amateurs

Visiting radio amateurs should use their overseas call sign, prefixed by PA/ (Full) or PD/ (Novice).