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Fixed receive licence

A fixed receive licence lets you operate a receiver at a fixed station on an assigned frequency

What a fixed receive licence is for

A fixed receive licence is for one or more fixed stations that:

  • only receives messages
  • cannot transmit messages of any kind

You don’t need to license a receiver at a fixed station unless you want protection from interference.

If you want to transmit messages, you may need a fixed licence.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines fixed receive licences.

Licence conditions

When you have a fixed receive licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Call sign template for fixed receive


Fixed receive call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VKA714)


First 2 alpha characters: VJ, VL, VM, VN, VZ, or AX. The third character is any alpha


numeric character 2 to 9


numeric character 0 to 9


We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a fixed receive licence

To apply for a fixed receive licence you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

Transfer a fixed receive licence

You can apply to:

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