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Major coast receive radio licence

A major coast receive licence lets you operate a receiver at a maritime coast station on an assigned frequency

What a major coast receive licence is for

A major coast receive licence is for 1 or more land stations that receive messages from:

  • maritime ship stations
  • a station on an aircraft that is not an aircraft station
  • land mobile stations
  • remote land stations

The receiver cannot transmit messages of any kind.

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

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


The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines major coast receive licences.

Licence conditions

When you have a major coast 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 major coast receive


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


first 2 alpha characters: VJ, VK, 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 major coast receive licence

To apply for a major coast 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 major coast receive licence

You can apply to:

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