Foreign Ham Radio Operations in Italy
So, are you planning a trip to Italy and want to operate amateur radio ?
I often get emails from foreign hams asking for repeater list, licensing polices or just asking if it is possible to take their own ham radio equipment for their holidays in Italy.
Please read also the other article about Foreigns Amateur Radio Operations in Italy by IK2XYU
Ham Radio License compatibility
C.E.P.T. Amateur radio licenses
If the country of which you are citizen have an amateur licensee has entered into a bilateral or multilateral reciprocal operating agreement with the C.E.P.T. Countries, you will not need any additional permission.
C.E.P.T. is the abbreviation of European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations.Â C.E.P.T. provides ham radio licenses that permit hams to operate from many European countries without obtaining an additional permit.
Just bring with you your ham radio license, a valid passport or ID Card.
CEPT Novice License
ECC/REC/(05)06 is not implemented, so operations with this kind of license is not allowed
Non C.E.P.T. Amateur radio licenses
If your country does not fulfill the C.E.P.T. agreement, you should contact directly the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, Dipartimento Comunicazioni, and ask them for a reciprocal permit.
HAREC -Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificate
T/R 61-02 is implemented . Harec is not a license, but rather a certificate you can bring with you.
Ham Licenses in Italy
All Italian licenses are equivalent to C.E.P.T. class 1 – recommendation T/R 61-01
You can use mobile and portable operations.
If you will stay longer than 90 days, you should apply for a local license.
Since 2005 in Italy is available only a Class of Amateur Radio licenses (full license), and morse code is no more a requirement.
Call-Signs: using your callsign while in Italy.
According to the CEPT Rules you should use the country prefix / your call / operating mode in example I/F5ER/P
The usage of the regional digit, is an option. In example I4/F5ER if you are in Emilia Romagna, I5/ if you are in Tuscany.
Have a look to the Italian Ham Radio Map and locate the correct prefix of find in the list below
I1/ Liguria, Piemonte/Piedmont
IX1/ Valle d’Aosta/Aosta Valley
I3/ Friuli Venezia Giulia
IN3/ Trentino-Alto Adige
IV3/ Venezia Euganea
I6/ Abruzzo, Marche
I7/ Basilicata (province of Matera), Puglia/Apulia
I8/ Basilicata (province of Potenza), Calabria,
IØ/ Lazio, Umbria
Tolerated letter/digit combination designating the
island or group of islands:
IA5/ Isole Toscane/Tuscan Archipelago
IJ7/ Arcipelago delle Cheradi/Cheradi Islands
IL7/ Isole Tremiti/Trimiti Island
IC8/ Isole Napoletane/Islands of Naples Bay
ID9/ Isole Eolie/Aeolian Islands
IE9/ Isola di Ustica/Ustica Island
IF9/ Isole Egadi/Aegadian Islands
IG9/ Isole Pelagie/Pelagie Islands
IH9/ Isola di Pantelleria/Pantelleria Island
IBØ/ Isole Ponziane/Pontine Islands
IMØ/ Isole della Sardegna/Islands of Sardinia
Extensions: /M, /P (are optional)
Equivalent: Class A
Summarizing, if you plan to operate from a single region, I would recommend using just I/YOURCALL, if you plan to move across regions, it would be better to use the additional digit, but it’s an option.
Ham Radio Frequencies in Italy
Band / Frequency Range / Power / Modes
2200 m 135.700 – 137.800 kHz 1 W EIRP any
630 m 472.000 – 479.000 kHz 1 W EIRP any
160 m 1.830 – 1.850 MHz 500 W any
80 m 3.500 – 3.800 MHz 500 W any
60 m 5.3515 – 5.3665 MHz 15 W EIRP any
40 m 7.000 – 7.200 MHz 500 W any
30 m 10.100 – 10.150 MHz 500 W CW
20 m 14.000 – 14.350 MHz 500 W any
17 m 18.068 – 18.168 MHz 500 W any
15 m 21.000 – 21.450 MHz 500 W any
12 m 24.890 – 24.990 MHz 500 W any
10 m 28.000 – 29.700 MHz 500 W any
6 m 50.000 – 52.000 MHz 500 W any
4 m – not allowed
2 m 144.000 – 146.000 MHz 500 W any
70 cm 430.000 – 434.000 MHz 500 W any
435.000 – 438.000 MHz 500 W any
23 cm 1.240 – 1.245 GHz 500 W any
1.260 – 1.298 GHz 500 W any
13 cm 2.300 – 2.450 GHz 500 W any
9 cm – not allowed
6 cm 5.650 – 5.670 GHz 500 W any
5.760 – 5.770 GHz 500 W any
5.830 – 5.850 GHz 500 W any
3 cm 10.300 – 10.500 GHz 500 W any
1.2 cm 24.000 – 24.050 GHz 500 W any
6 mm 47.000 – 47.200 GHz 500 W any
4 mm 76.000 – 81.500 GHz 500 W any
2.5 mm 122.500 – 123.000 GHz 500 W any
2 mm 134.000 – 141.000 GHz 500 W any
1.2 mm 241.000 – 250.000 GHz 500 W any