Maritime UHF On-Board Communications GURL

With this licence you can own and operate UHF radio transmitting equipment for general voice communications on-board maritime vessels.

About this General User Radio Licence (GURL)

The licence you operate under is the General User Radio Licence (GURL). This means you can operate your equipment using the frequencies on this GURL without the need to get a licence in your own name or pay licence fees.

You share the spectrum with other people who are using the same frequency and power at the same time as you. If someone else operating within the parameters of the licence causes interference to your service, you have to accept that interference.


You can search for this GURL licence in the Register of Radio Frequencies (RRF) under licence number 255207(external link).

For the terms and conditions and operating frequencies for this GURL, see the Gazette notice(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 terms, conditions and restrictions of the licence, which includes operating on the correct frequencies, emissions and maximum power limit.

The frequencies on this licence are also used by land mobile services. You must avoid on-board maritime communications when your vessel is within the pilotage areas defined in the Schedule to Part 90 of the Maritime Rules published by Maritime New Zealand, or within a radius of WGS84 co-ordinates:

  1. 70 nautical miles from 174°46′E 36°50′S (Auckland).
  2. 76 nautical miles from 172°49′E 43°33′S (Christchurch).

Your equipment

Your equipment must comply with the Recommendation ITU-R M1174-3 published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

ITU website — Recommendation M.1174-3 (10/2019)(external link)