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General regulatory requirements

  • Equipment should only be programmed with the licensed channels available for voice communications
  • Any equipment procured to provide voice communications using the UHF at-incident channels must be capable of transmitting and receiving on any frequency in the 450-470MHz band, and capable of transmitting and receiving channels with a bandwidth of 12.5 and 25 kHz
  • Mobile-base stations are permitted; the aerial height of UHF mobile base stations must not be such that they could cause interference beyond the fireground
  • Fixed-base stations may be allowed; where they are allowed, the frequencies and other technical details must be recorded
  • Voice channels can be used by non-local authority fire and rescue services, subject to certain terms and conditions.

An example Ofcom licence can be found in Appendix B

A copy of the Wireless Telegraphy General Licence Conditions booklet can be seen on the Ofcom website: General Licence Conditions Booklet