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Apparatus licence forms

It’s helpful to provide information in the correct format when filling out the application form.

Radio frequency channel

Please provide the actual number of radio frequency channels required.

In the case of a land mobile system, indicate whether your proposed system is to use:


  • a single frequency simplex
  • two frequency simplex
  • duplex configuration

Where applicable, please advise the radio frequency split between the transmit frequency and the receive frequency.

Also identify the tuning range of the radio devices - so an alternative channel can be allocated if necessary.

Emission designation

Use the current ITU method of describing emissions. If in doubt, please indicate the device bandwidth and type of emission.


  • Emission characteristics of radio transmissions (140 kb)


Identify the actual location where a transmitter is to be operated. If protection from interference is required for the receiver, then it is necessary to specify the location of the receiver also. Accurate location information, ideally to within 10 metres, is necessary.

System diagram

A diagram and explanation should be supplied for each individual system you wish to licence – to assist in understanding your radiofrequency needs.

Satellite services

Some satellite operators have already paid a licence fee that covers the operation of all devices used within their system. Other satellite operators have not paid a licence in this way and the uplinks and downlinks which use their system all require a licence. Your satellite operator will be able to advise whether your device requires a licence.

If your satellite service device requires a licence, please provide the following information:


  1. The name of the satellite you are using and your satellite operator
  2. What radio channels are used, including emission designator
  3. The number of up/down links required
  4. Whether uplinks will be made from a single earth station or from multiple earth stations and whether the earth station/s will be fixed or mobile.

Last updated: 17 December 2012