Hunting and other recreational activities

VHF radiotelephones intended for recreational use are common, for example, in hunting. Channels allocated for this purpose are in the 67–72 MHz frequency range. Tracking and tracing equipment are mainly used for tracking hunting dogs (tracking collars and other tracking devices).

Other radio equipment that have been exempted from licensing include radio-controlled scale models, PMR446 telephones and CB telephones. Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) mean radio equipment intended for personal use that attract attention in certain emergencies. PLBs require a licence.

VHF radiotelephones for recreational use in the 67–72 MHz band and 155 MHz tracking and tracing equipment have been exempted from licensing as from 1 January 2017

VHF radiotelephones that do not require a licence may be used in communications related to recreational activities (also called VHF hunting walkie-talkies and hunting radios). The majority of such recreational users are hunters, voluntary rescue services, road services and motor sport enthusiasts that use the radiotelephones for mutual communications in their activities. A total of 26 channels in the 67–72 MHz band have been allocated for this purpose.

These channels may also be used for professional communications. Base stations and repeaters are subject to a licence and they may only be used on channels allocated for road services, car racing and voluntary rescue services. Read more about the frequencies and terms of use related to radiotelephones in FICORA Regulation 15, section 37 Radio equipment for recreational and professional use, and the following fact sheet:

Channels in the 67–72 MHz frequency band for recreational and professional use

Tracking and tracing equipment for recreational purposes are mainly devices used for tracking hunting dogs. A total of 6 channels in the 155 MHz band have been allocated for these tracking collars or other similar devices. The available frequencies are 155.400; 155.425; 155.450; 155.475; 155.500 and 155.525 MHz. Read more about the terms of use in FICORA Regulation 15, section 36 Tracing, tracking and data acquisition systems.

Other licence-exempt frequencies for recreational use

Radio transmitters that have been exempted from licensing include remotely piloted aircraft and radio controlled vehicles, PMR446 telephones and LA/CB telephones. Read more about their terms of use in FICORA Regulation 15 on collective frequencies for licence-exempt radio transmitters and on their use.

PLBs and how they work

Personal locator beacons or PLBs work similarly to and on the same frequencies as emergency beacons on vessels and aircraft (EPIRB and ELT). PLBs send out a distress signal via Cospas-Sarsat satellites in the 406 MHz band. In addition, PLBs usually send out a direction signal at 121.5 MHz which is the VHF aircraft emergency frequency.

The only purpose of such direction signal is to help locate the emergency beacon in search operations. A PLB requires a radio licence and a unique identification code.

Questions and answers on PLBs

Apply for a radio licence for a PLB

Key words: Spectrum , Licences

Updated 12.09.2018

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