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TCSWAT - Information for foreign radio amateurs

wishing to organize amateur radio activity in Türkiye

As many of you might know Republic of Türkiye is a member of CEPT and CEPT rules apply to radio amateurs. As of 2010, Kıyı Emniyeti Genel Müdürlüğü Telsiz İşletme Müdürlüğü has taken over from Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu as the local authority. All CEPT licence holders can operate an amateur radio station  in accordance with CEPT recommendation TR61-01 for a maximum period of 3 months using their home call signs with TA prefix and call area number, provided they send a letter to Kıyı Emniyeti Genel Müdürlüğü, at the address below, telling them about the intention. To be safe, send it via registered post well in advance, say a minimum of two weeks, and bring a copy of your proof of postage with you.

The official letter from the Undersecreteriat of Customs and Telecommunications Authority 1 show that any CEPT licencee can bring his/her amateur radio equipment in without paying any custom's dues. Please print a copy of these and carry it with you while passing through the customs. Please also bear in mind that the customs officers may require you to register your gear in your passport to make sure you take them with you on the way back. Once you are in the country, if any officer want to inquire about your ham radio gear, these plus the official letters from the Telecommunications Authority 2 and Police Head Quarters will be enough explanation.

If you are going to stay more than 3 months and want to operate, then you have to apply to the Directorate General of Coastal Safety together with 2 passport size pictures, a copy of your CEPT licence, a copy of your passport's relevant pages for ID. You will recieve a TA callsign with the local area number and suffix starting with Z for one year . For example, TA1ZA is a CEPT Class 1 licencee who is going to operate from the European part of TURKİYE.

For periods of upto 3 months, to operate, you have to add the TA prefix and the area code before your callsign. For example, if you are G1xxx and you are visiting Trabzon, you can operate as TA7 / G1xxx. For TA area codes, please refer to the TA Call Area Map by TA2J (SK).

If you would like to contact local Turkish radio amateurs during your visit, the TA Repeater List might be of help.

For information you can contact :

Kıyı Emniyeti Genel Mudurlugu
Telsiz Isletme Mudurlugu
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No:18 Kat:4
Salipazari, Istanbul, Turkiye
Fax: +90-212-580-9191


TCSWAT at our QSL/Contact address

TCSWAT salutes you and hopes to see you in TURKIYE.