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MF / HF fixed and mobile services

Medium Frequency (MF) and High Frequency (HF) licensing

Who does this licence apply to?

Persons or other legal entities that own and operate land based MF and HF radio transmitting equipment for linking between fixed points or between base stations, mobiles and portable sets.


Applying for a MF/HF fixed or land mobile licence


General licensing requirements:

  • If all sets are portables/mobiles then the transmit location is All New Zealand and the receive location is All New Zealand.
  • The location of all fixed base station sites to be covered by the licence is to be recorded on the licence. A base station is defined as a station having a non-portable power supply and a permanently erected aerial. The receive location will be All New Zealand.
  • A receive location of South Pacific may be requested if the service is to be used to communicate with the South Pacific. Any transmissions from other countries must be authorised by the administrations of those countries.
  • Callsigns are issued for each station and they must be used during radio communication.
  • A 3.0 MHz and a 5.0 MHz frequency will be assigned to all new services. Additional frequencies may be requested and will be assigned where they meet RSM and ITU requirements.
  • Any requests for the licensing of MF/HF frequencies assigned to Search and Rescue, New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management must be accompanied by a letter from the relevant organisation supporting the use of that frequency by the applicant.
  • Any modifications to the licence e.g. the addition of a new base station location or a request for additional frequencies will incur an engineering fee. Changes in the number of sets recorded on the licence and the associated allocation of extra callsigns does not attract a fee.
Last updated 2 May 2017