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PMR 446 Licence-Free Definition

Aaron Ward
21 November 2014

A PMR466 radio can be used without a licence in most European countries providing it complies to the PMR446 specification. The specification is as follows:

  • Can only transmit on the 8 analogue and/or 16 digital PMR446 frequencies. (Usually has CTCSS and DCS signalling too.)
  • Has a non-removable antenna to prevent connection to an external antenna.
  • Has a maximum radiated power of 500mW (0.5watts).
  • Is clearly marked at point of sale as a PMR446 radio.
  • Cannot be used with Repeaters. Amplifiers or external aerials.
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