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Belgian Rules and regulations

Whichever way you obtained your license to operate from Belgium, you will have to stick with the Belgian rules of the game! The main rules concern frequencies and power levels (see below). The full license allows for 150 Watt output from HF up to 440 MHz (except 50 MHz), but anyone can obtain a 1 KW output license by simply informing the BIPT/IBPT. For 50 MHz and the VHF/UHF frequencies above 440 MHz the basic power limit is 50 W (with a possibility of using 200 W provided declaration). The rules are similar in most European countries. By the way, third part traffic is not (yet) allowed.

Allowed power per band


Band
Frequencies
CEPT Class 1/2
CEPT Novice
  2200 m
0.1357 - 0.1378
1W ERP
 
  600 m 0.501 - 0.504 5W EIRP (4)  
HF
160 m
1.810 - 1.850
200 W(1)
50 W
160 m
1.850 - 2.000
10 W(3)
10 W(3)
80 m
3.500 - 3.800
200 W(1)
50 W
40 m
7.000 - 7.200
200 W(1)
50 W
30 m
10.100 - 10.150
200 W(1)
50 W
20 m
14.000 - 14.350
200 W(1)
50 W
17 m
18.068 - 18.168
200 W(1)
50 W
15 m
21.000 - 21.450
200 W(1)
50 W
12 m
24.890 - 24.990
200 W(1)
50 W
10 m
28.000 - 29.700
200 W(1)
50 W
VHF
6 m
50.000 - 52.000
50 W(2)
50 W
4 m
69.950 - 69.950
10 W EIRP
 
2 m
144.000 - 146.000
200 W(1)
50 W
UHF
70 cm
430 - 440
200 W(1)
50 W
23 cm
1240 - 1300
50 W(2)
 
Microwaves
13 cm
2300 - 2450
50 W(2)
 
6 cm
5650 -5850
50 W(2)
 
3 cm
10000 - 10500
50 W(2)
 
 
24000 - 24250
50 W(2)
 
 
47000 - 47200
50 W(2)
 
 
75500 - 81000
50 W(2)
 
 
142000 -149000
50 W(2)
 
 
241000 - 250000
50 W(2)
 

A: HF license
B: VHF only licence
(1): 1500 W if announced to IBPT by writing
(2): 200 W if announced to IBPT by writing
(3): 10 W average power
(4): telegraphy only, max. bandwidth 100Hz

Customs

There are no borders between EEC countries, you can bring and take out anything you want within the EEC. Visitors from outside the EEC bringing valuable equipment into Belgium should declare the equipment and bring a copy of the equipment's invoice. There will be no custom duties to be paid however. While the CEPT TR61-01, the HAREC certificate or a guest license allows you to operate in Belgium, it gives you no special privilege to import your radio amateur equipment. We advise you do declare your equipment upon entry in this country.

Belgian call signs

ON0: Phone, ATV and packet repeaters (nodes)
ON1: VHF-UHF-SHF and µ-waves, all modes: no new licenses issued anymore (mid 2003)
ON2: novice (VHF, phone): all ON2 licences converted into ON3 (sept 2005)
ON3: basic licence (similar to foundation licence in UK)
ON4, 5, 6, 7, 8: HF (+VHF) license, all bands, all modes
ON9: foreign operators
OO, OP, OQ, OR, OS, OT: special event prefixes
OO, OP, OQ, OR, OS, OT + 1 letter suffix (except OT5 and OR5): vanity calls
OT5 and OR5 + 1 suffix letter: high power contest stations

The National licensing authority - BIPT / IBPT

If you like to obtain more information on obtaining a Belgian radioamateur license, please use following contact information:

IBPT - Service Licences
Ellipse Building - Bâtiment C
Boulevard du Roi Albert II 35
1030 Bruxelles
Tél: +32 2 226 88 49
E-mail: licencesradio [at] ibpt [dot] be

Have also a look at the website of BIPT / IBPT: Radiocoms > Licences > Radioamateurs