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A) Special note for USA radio amateurs
In Greece, full reciprocal operating privileges are accorded only to US Amateur Extra and Advanced class licensees under CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 (CEPT Radio Amateur License).
For more information: https://www.arrl.org/cept
B) Licensed radio amateurs coming from countries – members of CEPT and countries participating in CEPT
Radio amateurs, citizens of a country – member or the Conference of Europe for Post-offices and Telecommunications (CEPT) – who possess a valid radio amateur license and bring written evidence that it is issued according to the constitution T/R 61-01 of CEPT, have the right to operate their amateur radio stations as “portable” and “mobile” (not a fixed station) while they are visiting Greece, without having to issue a Greek license, for up to three (3) months. The operation is according to the category of their radio amateur licenses. These “mobile” or “portable” stations can be powered from main power on the temporary place of stay (hotels, guest rooms etc.). Foreign radio amateurs can operate a fixed station as well. In this case, same regulations as the Greek radio amateurs apply.
If the radio amateur stays in the country beyond three months, a Greek license has to be granted.
The radio amateur coming from CEPT countries with a CEPT (Harec) license will obtain a category 1 (yellow color) license with a SV1, SV2 … SV9 call pattern based on the foreign HAREC certificate. These radio amateurs DO NOT obtain an SV0 call due to legislation change in 2013. (The necessary procedure is described under point D).
The following countries outside Europe also participate in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01:
The United States
C) Licensed radio amateurs coming from countries – non-members of CEPT but with reciprocal agreement with Greece
Licensed radio amateurs citizens of countries that are not members of CEPT, but do have reciprocal agreement with Greece may operate their amateur radio stations during their stay in the country which could not be more than 3 months. The applicant has to notify the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control at least 2 months in advance of his arrival, declaring the type of equipment to be brought to the country.
If the radio amateur stays in the country for more than 3 months, a “special Greek temporary license” has to be granted. In this case a SV0XXX call will be issued which means foreigner with reciprocal agreement. . (The necessary procedure is described under point D).
For simplicity reasons we suggest to citizens from Australia, USA and Canada (countries which besides reciprocity participate also in CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01) that you go the CEPT way. In this case you get an SV1..9 call sign.
COUNTRIES WITH RECIPROCITY
Australia, USA, Canada, Cyprus, Switzerland
D) PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A SV0 OR A SV1…9 LICENSE
The radio amateur has to submit an application to the Prefecture (in Greek: PERIFERIA), Office of Transports and Communications in the area that the house he/she will stay belongs to, with the following attachments:
- The original valid radio amateur license and a copy of it
- A copy of a CEPT authorization letter from the regulating Authorities in his/her home country (for USA: Federal Communications Commission)
- If the radio amateur owns a property, a copy of the housing market contract or, if he/she rents a house on long term, a copy of the rent contract, in order to prove that he/she is living in Greece for more than 3 months.
- A receipt for a fee of € 26, which is issued electronically and then paid to a bank.
- We suggest that the radio amateur has a printed copy of the attached Regulation with him/her when he/she goes to the PERIFERIA to apply for the license.
When all of the above documents are accepted by the Greek authorities, the radio amateur will be assigned a Greek callsign SV0XXX (for radio amateurs from countries with a reciprocity agreement) or SV1…9XXX (for radio amateurs from countries members of CEPT) and a license valid for 10 years.
E) PASSING YOUR EQUIPMENT THROUGH CUSTOMS (NON-EU CITIZENS)
Please note that coming from a non-EU country you have to contact your local Chamber of Commerce and ask for exact information regarding the procedure you have to do and the document to be issued so that you can pass your equipment through customs at your arrival and your departure, or else you will have to pay quite an amount for the official procedure and as a guarantee for the import and the re-export of your equipment.
Operating with a temporary license
The foreign radio amateur with a temporary license must identify his/her station while in Greece using:
1. The Greek call sign prefix: SV
2. Followed by the appropriate region number 1 to 9 (see below the list with the region numbers)
3. Followed by the symbol: / (stroke)
4. Followed by his/her home call sign
5. Followed by the letter M for mobile, P for portable, MM for maritime mobile
Greek Band Plan
Band / Frequency portion / Usage
2200m LF / 135.7-137.8 KHz (*1) / Temporary (*2)
630m MF / 472-479 KHz (*2) / Temporary
160m HF / 1810-1850 KHz / Primary
160m HF / 1850-2000 KHz / Secondary (from January 1, 2022)
80m HF / 3500-3800 KHz / Primary
60m HF / 5351.5-5366.5 KHz / Primary
40m HF / 7000-7100 KHz / Primary
40m HF / 7100-7200 KHz (*3) / Primary
30m HF / 10100-10150 KHz / Secondary
20m HF / 14000-14350 KHz / Primary
18m HF / 18068-18168 KHz / Primary
15m HF / 21000-21450 KHz / Primary
12m HF / 24890-24990 KHz / Primary
10m HF / 28000-29700 KHz / Primary
6m VHF / 50.00-52.00 MHz (*1) / Secondary
4m VHF / 70.000-70.250 MHz (*4) Secondary (*4)
2m VHF / 144-146 MHz / Primary
73cm UHF / 430-440 MHz / Secondary
23cm UHF / 1240 – 1300 MHz / Secondary (*5)
Operation on 6 Meters is now permitted to non-Greek Citizens (still under CEPT).
(*1) : LF: Low Frequencies
MF: Medium Frequencies
HF: High Frequencies
VHF: Very High Frequencies
UHF: Ultra High Frequencies
SHF: Super High Frequencies
EHF: Extra High Frequencies
(*2) : TX Power 1W EIRP.
(*3) : After March 30 2009.
(*4) : Same use as in 50-52MHz.
(*5) : Satellite use only after coordination with MOC.
SV call holders use all bands.
SY call holders (entry level) use some parts of some bands.
HF: TX power 500 W Output PEP except the 60m band which the TX power is only 15W EIRP
VHF: TX Power 100 W Output PEP
Repeater shift -600 KHz
Sub audio (mostly) 88.5 Hz
UHF: TX power 100 W Output PEP
Repeater shift -1.6 or 7.6 MHz
Sub audio (mostly) 88.5 Hz and some Islands 107.2
UHF 1240MHz and above: TX power 50W Output PEP
The licensee must observe ITU regulations and must comply with the relevant regulations concerning the Amateur Radio Service prevailing in Greece.
Operating from Mount Athos
The operation within the district of Mount Athos is subject to the official written permission of the local administration of the Holy Community. When you have the above license in hand, you must then apply to the Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control. Both should give a valid operation.
For Applications and Information contact:
Mr. M. Mentogiannis, e-mail: email@example.com
Ministry of Digital Policy, Dpt. of Communication Control
FRAGKOYDI 11 & ALEKSANDROY PANTOY
Telephone: (+30) 2109098878