Amateur and Amateur-satellite service
Updated by the decisions
of the WRC-15
Amateur and Amateur-satellite are fully recognized radiocommunication services defined in the Radio
of the International
Telecommunication Union - ITU
The amateur service is one of the oldest radio service and pre-dates regulation of radiocommunication.
1912, amateurs could use any frequency above 1.5 MHz, as these frequencies were regarded “of no
value for marine, governmental and commercial communications” or “undesirable and scarcely
By 1924, amateurs made way for other services in bands above 1.5 MHz.
amateur service operates in relatively small allocations throughout the spectrum.
The 1963 World Administrative Radio Conference created Footnote
284A, which states: “In the
band 144-146 MHz, artificial satellites may be used by the amateur service”. The amateur-satellite
was created and given frequency allocations at the 1971 Space WARC.
Self-training is an important purpose of the amateur services, as articulated in the definition of the
amateur service in No.
of the RR.
Radio amateurs have made significant technical contributions to the fields of radio propagation,
high frequency single sideband radiotelephone, HF data communications, packet radio protocols
and communication satellite design.
25.9A of the RR encourages administrations to allow amateur stations to support disaster relief.
Amateur radio continues to provide basic radiocommunications especially in the early days of a
disaster following the loss or overloading of normal telecommunications networks.
This page is prepared by the
(Bureau) of the ITU and by the International Amateur Radio Club (IARC) -
The objective of this page is to provide basic
information for radioamateurs
from the current Radio Regulations - Volume 1 - 4 ITU, Geneva ©
The following information are
only partial extracts
from the Radio Regulations.
It should in no way be considered as
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The goal of this page is to provide you with the up to date radio
regulatory information related to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service.
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and Amateur-Satellite Service in the
concerning the Amateur service and Amateur-Satellite service ITU, Geneva ©
Bureau express the gratitude on behalf of ITU for co-operation with the
- The International Amateur Radio Union. The IARU is providing liaison and
co-operation between the Administrations and the Amateur Service world wide.
Last update: 17.01.2017