ÖVSV is a non-proft organisation to support and maintain amateur radio. Its activities cover the whole territory of the Republic of Austria. ÖVSV is the Austrian member society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), Region 1.
Founded in 1926, ÖVSV, like many institutions in Austria, is organised according to the principles of federalism with a Dachverband (DV) as an umbrella organisation, and ten "Landesverbände (LV)" (= provincial organisations plus the AMRS, Austrian Military Radio Society) as its members. It represents the majority of the more than 6.000 holders of an Austrian amateur radio licence.
The task of the National Umbrella Organisation is to represent ÖVSV internationally, in the IARU, and to maintain contact with amateur organisations of neighbouring countries and the competent ministries and federal authorities of the Republic of Austria.
The National Umbrella Organisation of ÖVSV is governed by the Presidency, which includes the President, two Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, and the Executive Committee, which consists of the heads of the provincial associations and of the head of the Austrian Military Radio Society (AMRS).
This is supplemented by a number of subject matter experts (or expert committees) to provide assistance regarding their respective fields of expertise, called the "Fachbeirat", and by two auditors. All members of the presidency and the Fachbeirat as well as the auditors are volunteers.
The nine provincial associations and the Austrian Military Radio Society (AMRS) are organised locally and in their respective districts, see Austrian District Locators (ADL). Each association has its own head and a presidency similar to the setup of the umbrella organisation. The main task of the provincial associations is to care for their members and to represent the ÖVSV vis-à-vis the provincial authorities, and, in the case of AMRS, vis-à-vis the Austrian MoD.
Als Inhaber einer einer ausländischen CEPT Lizenz dürfen Sie kurzzeitig Amateurfunkverkehr in Österreich betreiben. Es gelten die österreichischen Bestimmungen (s.u.).
As a foreign CEPT licence holder you are allowed to participate in amateur radio communications from Austria during a short-time stay. All Austrian regulations apply:
Neben der einfacheren Möglichkeit, mit einer CEPT Lizenz in Österreich zu funken, haben Sie als ausländischer Gast auch die Möglichkeit, eine Gastlizenz anzufordern - etwa, wenn Ihre Lizenz keine CEPT Genehmigung beinhaltet. Die Gastlizenz berechtigt Sie, für einen bestimmten Zeitraum mit einem OE-Rufzeichen in Österreich aktiv zu sein.
Apart from the easier possibility to use a CEPT Licence in Austria, you can also apply for a guest licence, should your licence not include a remark regarding CEPT recommendations. A guest licence enables you to be active for a certain period of time using an Austrian callsign. For further information don't hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please contact ÖVSV by using the form below for any questions regarding guest licences or CEPT licences in Austria, or any other questions you might have about ham radio in Austria.
Visitors are always welcome to the many club evenings held throught the country - contact us if you want to find out when and where there is a ham gathering during your stay in Austria!
This is a list of awards and diplomas issued by ÖVSV (or, in the last case, FIRAC Austria). In addition, the provonical associations ("Landesverbände") also issue awards - see theri respective websites fir further information!
Specific details and pictures of the awards can be found on the "Diplomas" page (in German).
You can apply either by paper mail or by e-mail. Here you can download a GCR form (according to IARU's general Certification Rules) that can be used for your application
Please direct your application to the Awards Manager of the ÖVSV:
Richard Kritzer, OE8RZS
A- 9800 Spittal/Drau
The fee for each award can either be paid in cash (enclose Euro bills with your paper application), or by money transfer to the following bank account:
FIRAC - OE - Award - Manager
Herbert Vanecek, OE1HVC
An the diploma fee of 10€ oder 10 US$ for the FIRAC award is to be paid by money transfer to the following bank account:
Bank: Sparkasse Pregarten
Recipient: "Ludwig Panholzer Kulturverein FIRAC"