|What is PMR 446?
PMR 446 is a hand-portable, short-range, voice-only communication system. It provides a basic but effective radio service for both business and non-business users, and is ideal for providing communication over short distances (e.g. within office buildings, factories and building sites). Please note that it is for speech transmissions only.
No need for a license.
The PMR 446 service is license-exempt; you do not require a license to use PMR 446, as long as they comply with the requirements. There are eight 12.5 kHz simplex frequencies, which you may use anywhere in the UK. These frequencies have been harmonized (but not necessarily authorized) for use across Europe. The channel centre frequencies are:
|PMR Because the frequencies are shared, you may experience interference and channel-sharing problems if there are many other PMR 446 users locally. You may be able to reduce these problems by changing your frequency, CTCSS tone and/or DCS code (see Section 5). PMR 446 is not suitable for safety-of-life use, or for users who need access to frequencies at particular locations and times.|
PMR 446 Radio equipment must – be hand-portable; have an integral antenna; have a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 500mW; and comply with European standard ETS 300 296 if placed on the market before 8 April 2001, or the UK Interface Requirement 2009 after this date.
Advantages of PMR radios over CB radios or cell phones:
- No charge for airtime
- No monthly contracts
- No per-call charges
- Less static and interference than CB radios
- Lighter and more compact than CB radios
- Easy to operate.