Operating in Germany

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by WW1F, Jan 1, 2017.

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  1. WW1F

    WW1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Everyone,
    I will be traveling to Germany for vacation in a few months and was looking for some advice about operating overseas? I was thinking of just picking up an HT and taking it with me, so all of my QSOs would likely be 50mhz and above. Are there any good German repeater guides out there? Any neat places or unique opportunities i should try while there? How do I identify? Just my call or CALL/?? I know I don't need an additional permit or license in CEPT countries...

    I am planning (as of now) to go to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden, MAYBE Prague CZ, Nuremberg, Munich, Stuttgart and Bodensee/Lake Constance. These might change a bit though.

    Any advice or tips anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

  2. KE0JMK

    KE0JMK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since you've got a little time, recommend following the various trails of the following resources. Best to have everything in order/know before you go.

    From the second resource, the callsign for a US AE visitor in Germany would be DL/call.

    The other thing that you might consider is to listen to the Germany-based VHF/UHF feeds on WebSDR at http://websdr.org/

    Caveats: Have not operated in but did live in Germany for 5 years. Did not try to track down any info on the Czech Republic. I'm sure others will chime in with more info.

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  3. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. K7GQ

    K7GQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    Generally speaking, most EU repeaters use a 1750 hz access tone which your HT may or may not be able to provide. In Germany especially, be careful about ID'ing often - I was chewed out by some DL when I and another W6 became chatty on a DL repeater about coordinating our auto travels in Germany.
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  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Be careful, however. Most areas of Europe only have an allocation of 144.000-145.999 MHz, not the full 4 MHz we enjoy here in the U.S.
  6. WW1F

    WW1F Ham Member QRZ Page

  7. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I only know a few words of each, although I know more German than Czech.
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I like Czech Mix - best of both worlds :)



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