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Operating a flex owned by an operator in a foreign country

Martin Boroff
Martin Boroff Member ✭✭
Which call sign do you use when operating a remote Flex radio using SmartSDR and the radio is owned and located in a foreign country? Would you have to apply for a license in the foreign country? Would you use the call sign of the station owner? 


  • Steven WA8Y
    Steven WA8Y Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Their call sign / your callsign
  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator
    edited May 2020
    It completely depends on the rules of the foreign country.  Some countries have reciprocal agreements that allow you to operate under your callsign/portable whatever (still need to be sure remote operation is OK).  Make sure that you find out for sure what the applicable ruleset is for wherever you plan on remotely operating. Going outside their rules will likely cause more problems for the host operator than for you.

    Len, KD0RC
  • KY6LA_Howard
    KY6LA_Howard La Jolla, CA. Paris and Sablet FranceMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    I have done it both ways many times. 

    If the local control operator is in "Control" then the same 3rd party rules apply as the rules for Phone Patches http://www.arrl.org/phone-patch-guidelines .

    If there is no "control" operator. then it depends on the reciprocal licensing agreements between countries...

    That said, if you are dealing with a CEPT (European Conference of Postal & Telecommunications Administrations) country and the USA you definitely can do it and I have done it many times


    BTW... don't get too bothered by the rules police.. most countries do not care that much about ham radio these days... so enforcement of the rules can be very lax EXCEPT when you do something really obviously against the local rules like "Politics, Profanity, Interference. or beating the locals in a contest, hi Hi,
  • KY6LA_Howard
    KY6LA_Howard La Jolla, CA. Paris and Sablet FranceMember ✭✭✭
    edited May 2020
    Remoting from The south of France I use F6/KY6LA
  • Ha Gei
    Ha Gei Member ✭✭
    edited May 2020
    For instance in Germany the rule would be   dl9ndw/W0XYZ . if you operate a station which is owned and at the location of  another operator, you prepend his callsign . You cannot use a CEPT prepend permanently, just a few weeks and then you need a local license. The duration depends on local rules.  I think in a near future, newer rules will usually cover remote operation which in many countries is still a "grey zone". 

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