Hunting and other recreational activities
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.
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.