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Callsigns NZ was launched in 2007 as the first online portal for kiwi boaties to purchase Marine Radio MF/HF (SSB) Callsigns and Marine Radio MF/HF & VHF Callsigns.

Callsigns NZ is run entirely by Ministry of Economic Development Authorised Examiners. Operators of radio transmitters in the aeronautical, amateur and maritime services are required to use a callsign for identification purposes. Now kiwi boaties can apply for their marine radio callsign online with ease in a matter of minutes from the comfort of their living room or office! The 3-step online application for obtaining your marine radio callsign has simplified what used to be a complicated process.

Online Marine Radio Callsign Application
Pick your callsign and provide us with your details & vessel name to be registered on Radio Spectrum Management's national SMART Register of Callsign Records.
Select your delivery method and confirm payment
Chose to have your callsign delivered by email to your inbox, posted or faxed. Initiate your Visa or Mastercard payment to be processed securely online.
Confirmation and Delivery of your Client ID, Activation Code and Callsign
Receive instant confirmation that your application has been received, Your SMART Activation Code will be generated along with the granting of your Callsign.

Pick & Personalise your own Callsign

What's more, applicants can pick and personalise their own callsign (some criteria applies) and have them processed and delivered to your email inbox (or via post/fax). You can submit up to 3 preferences as part of your online application. Our callsigns do not expire, and the Radio Spectrum Management Group have no intention of changing these rules at this time. Boaties have enough expense to worry about without the added hassle of crazy renewal notices!

Maintaining your Marine Radio Callsign

Once your callsign has been granted, the relationship doesn't stop there... As a new client you will be issued with a Client Number and Activation Code allowing you to create your own User Name and Password so you can maintain your personal information contained in the Ministry's certificate records. There is no fee to change your client details and changes are visible immediately on the SMART database. Our clients who access SMART with their User Name and Password are able to view and print their own certificate and callsign records.

As part of the service we offer, we maintain all MF/HF (SSB) only and MF/HF & VHF equipped ship callsigns provided they are not allocated to a radio licence, but are allocated to a GURL (some charges apply). We'll even take care of callsign transfers and changes of ownership - all online!

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