Understanding which OFCOM two way radio licence you need can be confusing…
The type of licence you need for a two way radio will depend on the type of radio you are using, the power output and the frequency band you are using. Generally, most two way radios will require a licence from OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, the exception being PMR446 two way radios.
The most common type of two way radio licence is a Private Mobile Radio Licence (PMR) or Business Licence. Typically, this type of license is for long-term, medium-range use by businesses or governments. Before applying for a licence, it’s important to know what you need for your specific two way radio system.
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Why do you need an OFCOM two way radio licence?
An OFCOM two way radio licence is required to operate two-way radios in the UK. This licence is needed to ensure that the frequencies used for your radio communications system are managed properly, and to ensure that radio users are aware of the regulations and restrictions that apply to their use of the radio. In addition, with a personalised two way radio licence you can reduce interference and maximise the efficient use of the available radio frequencies.
How do you apply for an OFCOM two way radio licence?
In order to apply for an OFCOM two way radio licence, you will need to fill out the application form that can be found on the OFCOM website. The form will require you to provide information about your business, the type of radio equipment being used, and the area where the two way radios will be used. Once the form has been completed, the application will need to be submitted to OFCOM, who will then review the application and grant or deny the licence, depending on the information provided. You can then pass your frequencies to your two way radio supplier to programme in to your radios.
What kind of Ofcom two way radio licence do I need?
The type of Ofcom two way radio licence you need depends on the type of radio you are using, the type of usage you intend for it and the area you wish to cover. Some of the most common types of Ofcom two way radio licences are Business Radio and Marine Radio Licences. The following are available:
How long will it take to be issued with our licence?
If you apply for a Business Radio Light Licence via the Online Licensing System, you can apply, pay for and be issued with a licence immediately.
Business Radio Technically Assigned and Area Defined licences are issued on average within 42 days from the date the completed application is received.
What happens if we operate without an OFCOM two way radio licence?
If you operate a radio station without an Ofcom licence, you could be fined or even sent to prison under Section 8 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006. There are also other serious consequences, such as having your station shut down. It is important to make sure you are aware of the law and obtain the correct licence before using your two way radio system.
Taken from an Ofcom Notice of Licence Revocation: It is an offence under Section 8 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 to establish, install or use wireless telegraphy stations or apparatus without a valid licence. On conviction, the maximum penalties for an offence under that section are two years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
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