from New Zealand Govt RSM Regulations

Overseas Travellers:


Overseas radio amateurs visiting New Zealand: The amateur radio GURL provides for overseas  radio amateurs who intend to visit and to operate their own

station in New Zealand. Refer to the appropriate page on the MED RSM web site for information: amateur.html


In effect, the overseas visitor can walk down the gangplank and commence operating immediately upon arrival in New Zealand! A “General User Radio Licence”

(GURL) is a licence that provides for a given class of radio transmitter to be used without requiring a licence in the owner’s own name.


New Zealand radio amateurs travelling overseas: New Zealand amateur radio qualifications are widely recognised overseas. Reciprocal licensing agreements of several different kinds exist between New Zealand and many other countries.


New Zealand operators who are contemplating travelling overseas are advised to contact the NZART Reciprocal Licensing Bureau, (an NZART Service), for up-to-date information about using the New Zealand qualification overseas or getting a local licence to operate in other countries. There are different systems in place in different countries. Contact: NZART Headquarters, P.O. Box 40-

525, Upper Hutt or email to


If a Morse code test pass is required for a reciprocal licence, a Morse test can be arranged with NZART Morse Testers. Arrange through NZART Headquarters.


Overseas regulatory arrangements and requirements are always changing so an early enquiry before travel would be wise. The web pages of some overseas administrations may give the information and the p rocedures required. See also: -country.html


Harmful Interference:


Harmful interference is defined in the International Radio Regulations (See RR 1.169). In short, it is any radiation or emission which seriously obstructs or repeatedly interrupts other licensed radio services. Amateurs are not permitted to block or to interfere with another amateur's transmissions. Such deliberate transmissions would create "malicious" interference. Television interference (TVI) caused to neighbours is not necessarily harmful interference if the amateur is transmitting signals free from spurious radiation within the terms of the GURL.

It is correct operating practice to check that the frequency you propose to use is free from other users  BEFORE you transmit.


Unwanted Emissions

The GURL in para 5 (9) refers to unwanted emissions and to the ETSI document: ETS 300 684. (You can find this on-line using Google.)


(where it refers to commercial "amateur" equipment only) and on page 23 (where levels of measurement are given). The GURL makes it clear that these measurements refer to all unwanted transmissions from amateur gear that fall outside amateur bands. This is encouragement for home - constructors of transmitting equipment. The view taken is that " what amateurs do within their own bands is their own problem and for them to fix". Keep your

transmissions "clean"!


Transmitter Power Output:


The GURL in para 5 (5) states that the radio frequency power output shall not exceed 1000 watt peak envelope power (PEP). The definition 1.157 is in the International Radio Regulations.


The technicalities of this matter are considered in the

Study Guide.

At all times amateurs are required to use the minimum power and minimum bandwidth necessary to ensure satisfactory service.


Frequency Bands:


A knowledge of the frequency bands between 130 kHz and 440 MHz is required for the examination. (See the GURL, Appendix 3 ).


The International Radio Regulations, in Article 2,  say that as the unit of frequency is the hertz (Hz), frequencies shall be expressed:


– in kilohertz (kHz), up to and including 3 000 kHz;


– in megahertz (MHz), above 3 MHz, up to and including

3 000 MHz;


– in gigahertz (GHz), above 3 GHz, up to and inclu ding 3

000 GHz.


Frequency Band            Metre Band

130-190 kHz                    1750 metres

472 - 479 kHz ...............600 metres

505 515 kHz ...............500 metres

1800-1950 kHz                160 metres

3.50 -3.90 MHz                80 metres

7.00 -7.30 MHz                40 metres

10.10-10.15 MHz            30 metres

14.00-14.350 MHz          20 metres

18.068-18.168 MHz        17 metres

21.00-21.45 MHz            15 metres

24.89-24.99 MHz            12 metres

27.12 MHz                      11 metres

28.00-29.70 MHz            10 metres

50.00-54.00 MHz            6 metres

144.0-148.0 MHz            2 metres

430-440 MHz                  70 centimetres


Note: Prefix: k = kilo (103), M = mega (106), G = giga



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