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FCC Public Release, 8 June1999 U.S. Ham radio operators having any licence 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 Now Limited to Advanced and Extra Class Licensees (Feb 4, 2008) The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) has 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 granded!

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 license) license with a SV1, SV2 ... SV9 call pattern based on the foreign HAREC certificate. These 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.

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.


Australia, USA, Canada, Cyprus, Switzerland

Operating from Mt. Athos

The operation within the district of Mt. 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.

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

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 callsign 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 USE

135.7-137.8 ΚΗΖ LF (1) 2200 m Temporary (2)

1810-1850 HF 160 m Primary

3500-3800 HF 80 Primary

7000-7100 HF 40 Primary

7100-7200 (3) HF 40 Primary

10100-10150 HF 30 Secondary

14000-14350 HF 20 Primary

18068-18168 HF 18 Primary

21000-21450 HF 15 Primary

24890-24990 HF 12 Primary

28000-29700 KHZ HF 10 Primary

50.00-52.00 MHZ VHF(1) 6 Secondary

70.000-70.250 MHZ VHF 4 Secondary (4)

(1) : LF: Low Frequencies

HF: High Frequencies

VHF: Very High Freq.

UHF: Ultra High Freq.

SHF: Super High Freq.

EHF: Extra High Freq.

(2) : Power 1W EIRP.

(3) : After March 30 2009.

(4) : Same use as in 50-52MHZ.

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

(6) : Satellite use only after coordination with MOC.

1. SV call holders use all bands.

2. SY call holders (entry level) use some bands.

Power 500 W Output

144-146 MHz
Power 100 W Output
Repeater shift -600 KHz
Sub audio (mostly) 88.5 Hz

430-440 MHz
Power 50 W Output
Repeater shift -1.6 or 7.6 MHz
Sub audio 88.5 Hz

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

For Applications and Information Contact:

Mr G.Velonis ([email protected])

Ministry of Digital Policy,
Dpt. of Communication Control

P.O. 10163
Telephone: 0030- 2109098879

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

Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
South Africa
The United States
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