Using License-free Walkie-talkies in Hong Kong

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Portable radios are commonly known as walkie-talkies in Hong Kong. They are particularly useful for continuous communication among a group of people, such as a team of hikers or a camera crew, etc.

Types of Walkie-talkies

There are two types of walkie-talkies for public use locally – the 409MHz portable radio, and the 27 MHz Citizens Band Radio (“CB Radio”). To use any one of these walkie-talkies for voice communication, you do not need to apply for a licence.

409 MHz Portable Radios

409 MHz portable radios are short-range, two-way walkie-talkies, allowing a total of 20 channels for public use.

CB Radios

CB Radios offer 40 channels for public use. They also provide a longer communication range than 409 MHz portable radios.

Users’ Obligations under the Law

To facilitate the public use of walkie-talkies, since 2003, those using 409 MHz portable radios have been exempt from holding a licence.

Under the Class Licence system implemented for CB Radios, users are not required to register with the Communications Authority (CA), and no licence fee is required. They are bound by law to be Class Licence holders and are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the Class Licence which aim to protect public interests.

One major condition of the Class Licence for CB Radios requires users NOT to transmit radio signals at any indoor location. This means that users of CB Radios must NOT talk via radio inside their homes. This avoids causing interference to other legitimate telecommunications systems. Under the Telecommunications Ordinance, any licensee who fails to comply with this condition may be subject to a maximum penalty of HK$200,000.

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