UK radio amateurs: how does licensing for portable repeaters work? Is it the same as for fixed repeaters?

I'm curious because some foundation license holders I know want to make a low power portable repeater using back to back HTs and I think they almost certainly aren't allowed but I can't find anything obvious in the license terms about it.

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@m0puh I always thought you had to have a License Variation to set up any kind of repeater - although Ofcoms guidelines don't give any other details like the level of license required.

My thoughts are these homebrew setups are rarely compliant with any CEPT rules for such equipment (amateur or PMR) and unlikely to work well anyway because of desensetisation of the RX by the TX...

@vfrmedia You can definitely only get a repeater NoV with a full license: ukrepeater.net/eligibility.htm

The most definitive thing I've found so far is in ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf

Which says:

> Stations capable of Remote Control Operation for general unsupervised use by other Radio Amateurs (e.g. repeater stations, certain beacon stations etc.) aresubject to successful frequency co-ordination and are not covered by the licensing regime in this document.

@vfrmedia So I think you're probably right. I still wonder about portable repeaters though, I can't see how you'd go about getting an NoV for anything except a fixed site.

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@m0puh I have a Business Radio Suppliers Light license (which I use so I can legally test pager transmitters and other equipment at home that get deployed at work) - this permits me to deploy a 10W VHF or UHF repeater at my house (or even hire out the things) but I have to use proper business grade PMR equipment (which is of course not cheap) and take great care not to cause TVI or any other interference..

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