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Radio amateurs are individuals licensed for private use of designated radio bands, for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, experimentation, and emergency communication.

Radio amateurs, as with other regulated radio services, operate under rules which limit the maximum power and the technical and operational characteristics of transmissions.

Amateur radio stations are issued with a designated call sign to allow identification of stations. The power of their equipment is restricted, and they must not cause interference to other authorized radio users.

They may not broadcast to or communicate with the public with their equipment. They are only allowed to communicate with other licensed operators. National regulations governing amateur radio use are coordinated under international agreements since radio frequency transmissions can cross multiple national boundaries.

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