Emergency Transmitters GURL

With this licence you can own and operate radio transmitting equipment for getting help in an emergency. This includes testing emergency transmitters during search and rescue training.

About this General User Radio Licence (GURL)

The licence you operate under is a General User Radio Licence (GURL). This means you share the spectrum with other people who may be using the same frequency at the same time as you.


You can view this GURL in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF) under Licence number 272683(external link).

For the terms and conditions and operating frequencies for this GURL, see the Gazette notice(external link).

406 MHz Beacons must be registered

If you plan to use 406 MHz satellite distress beacons, they must be registered with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ).

Beacons website (NZSAR): Register your 406 MHz distress beacon(external link)


$0.00 - there's no fee for a General User Radio Licence (GURL). All fees associated with this licence are paid for by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM).

Your responsibilities

You must follow the technical parameters of the licence, which include operating on a permitted frequency.

You must not cause interference to other licensed radio services while testing emergency transmitters or during training exercises.

Your equipment

Your equipment must comply with the relevant radio standards and relevant technical parameters for this licence.

Compliance labelling

If you bought your equipment in New Zealand, and it's labelled with an RSM-approved RCM mark or R-NZ label, you can start using it immediately. If it's not labelled with an RCM mark or R-NZ label, go back to your supplier and get New Zealand approved equipment.

If you bought your equipment online or overseas, you may not be able to set it up to operate on New Zealand frequencies. Go back to your supplier and ask for equipment with an approved RCM mark or R-NZ label.