Amateur radio operator licences
Who does this licence apply to?
- Persons holding a New Zealand General Amateur Operator’s Certificate who operate radio transmitting equipment within the amateur radio bands.
- Persons visiting New Zealand who hold an approved amateur operator certificate and or licence.
To help you decide if you need an amateur licence please see our Amateur radio operator interactive guide.
Becoming an amateur radio operator
Amateur radio operators require a successful amateur exam result notification before a Certificate of Competency can be issued. Information on amateur exams can be obtained from the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART).
Applicants who want an Amateur Operator’s Certificate or to sit an examination for the certificate must apply to an approved radio examiner.
Operating as a radio amateur in New Zealand
Radio amateurs in New Zealand must:
- hold a relevant Radio Operator Certificate of Competency
- use a callsign for identification purposes.
Amateur operator activity in New Zealand apart from Repeaters, Beacons and Fixed Links are covered by the General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators.
Visiting foreign amateur radio operators may operate for up to 90 days under the provisions of the General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators.
Amateur equipment such as repeaters, beacons and fixed links must be individually licensed as they require coordination with other radio services. You can apply for a radio licence for repeaters, beacons and fixed links by contacting an approved radio engineer or certifier.
- Radio Operator Certificate of Competency
- General User Radio Licence for Amateur Radio Operators
- Approved radio engineer or certifiers
Amateur operator callsigns
Amateur operator callsigns are available from an Approved Radio Examiner.
Both amateur radio operator’s certificate holders and club stations that have an associated callsign can be found online in the Register of Radio Frequencies. A 'Callbook' of amateur operator callsign holders is also published by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART).