AM/SSB - Is My Radio Legal?

With the introduction of legal AM/SSB CB Radio in the UK from 27th June 2014 a lot of people appear to be unsure of what is and what isn't a 'legal' radio. Radios no longer have a special mark on them to show that they are legal (Remember the old CB27/81 logo?). So, I've been talking a look at the relevant documentation to see if we can make things a little easier!

First of all we need to take a look at the new Interface Requirement (2027.2) which allows CB radio to operate without a licence in the UK. IR2027.2 lists the minimum requirements needed for legal AM/SSB CB radio operation in the UK:

As you can see the document lists the frequencies, transmission modes, power output and technical reference numbers for legal AM/SSB CB radio. There are many radios which will conform to the frequency and power output specifications but these radios will not automatically be legal as they MUST be able to conform to the technical specifications referred to in IR2027.2.

The technical specifications are ETSI EN 200 433-1, ETSI EN 300 433-2, ETSI TR 102 626 and ECC Decision (11)03 (Click on the relevant one for full documentation)

So how do I know if my radio conforms to these technical specifications?

Radio manufacturers must provide a certificate of conformity to be able to sell legal CB radios within the EU. Radio's come with the certificate, either a separate leaflet or as part of the instruction manual.

The certificate will look something like this one as provided with the President Grant 2:

Only radios which comply with the required technical specifications (European Standards) can be classed as legal for use. Any other radio will not be legal and you may be prosecuted for using such a radio.

 

List Of Known Fully Legal AM/SSB Radios

Radio Image Link to Certificate Price At Launch
Albrecht AE5890EU http://service.alan-electronics.de/CB...manual_2014_08_GEFIS.pdf 199.99
Albrecht AE7500 http://service.alan-electronics.de/CB....AE7500EN220213 225.99
Albrecht AE2990 (Handset) http://service.alan-electronics.de/CB....AE2990AFSGB-manuals-may-2012 199.99
Midland 8001XT (No longer listed on manufacturers website) -
President Grant 2/Premium http://www.president-electronics.com/documents....Grant_II_UK 199.99
President Jackson 2 http://www.president-electronics.com/documents....Jackson_II_ASC_UK 229.99
Superstar 3900EU http://www.sharman-multicom.co.uk/...RANGER-CBMO-SS3900EU 169.95
       
       
       

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