Polish Amateur Radio Union
Polski Związek Krótkofalowców (Polish Amateur Radio Union)
Statutory headquarters seat: ul. Kordeckiego 66 lok.
U1, 04-355 Warszawa
NIP: 697-101-82-47, Regon: 000826125, KRS: 0000088401
Sekretariat ZG PZK / PZK Headquarters Bureau
hqpzk(a)pzk.org.pl, phone/fax: (+48
ul. Modrzewiowa 25
85-613 Bydgoszcz 13
P.O. BOX 54
85-613 Bydgoszcz 13
account: mBank S.A. 61 1140 1010 0000 3533 4800 1001
Past and Present of Amateur Radio in Poland
It is assumed that the
very beginning of Amateur Radio experimentations in Poland is
dated 1922. It took about 27 years from Marconi's first radio
communications to make the first Amateur Radio transmissions in
Poland happen. But it was still forbidden by law to own a radio
receiver (not to mention a transmitter) at that time. On June 3rd,
1924 the Law of Radio Communications was passed and all this
begun. Soon the first Amateur Radio licenses with callsigns TPAR,
TPBB and TPBF were issued in Lvov (at the time Lvov was within the
boundaries of Poland). The year 1925 was marked with Poland's
participation in International Amateur Radio Congress held in
Paris and with the founding of the International Amateur Radio
Union. Ham Radio activities increased and long distance contacts
were soon made. TPAX concluded the first contact with Dutch
station NOPM in 1925 and US station U1AAO in 1926. Also the first
Ham Radio Clubs were being established in Lvov and Warsaw then in
Poznan and Vilnius (nowadays the capital city of Lithuania). As of
January 1st, 1929 "Krotkofalowiec Polski", a monthly journal
devoted exclusively to Amateur Radio was being published, and it
still serves as the official journal of the Polish Amateur Radio
Union. Effective 1929 amateur radio licenses issued in Poland were
given SP prefixes.
On February 22-24, 1930 Polski
Zwiazek Krotkofalowcow or PZK (Polish Amateur Radio Union) was
founded and Professor Janusz Groszkowski was elected as its first
President. He was an extraordinary person. In many merits he
resembled the personality of Hiram P. Maxim (the first President
of US Amateur Radio Relay League). They were both inventors in the
field of radio communications and they still remain in the "Hall
of Fame" of Amateur Radio and not only.
In December 1933 - another
"first" - an International Amateur Radio Contest organized by PZK
took place. The SP-DX Contest remains its natural successor today.
World War II froze Amateur
Radio activities almost everywhere. Poland, of course, was no
exception as the war began in our country. Amateur Radio operators
have their own records on all battlefields of this war as their
skills were much needed.
In Poland, they were
establishing radio communications from clandestine transmitters
within German-occupied Poland serving in the Resistance Movement.
Others participated in the struggle for freedom within the Allied
Forces all over the world. Many paid the highest price for their
War has ended but amateur
radio activities were ordered out of existence in Poland. It took
years for PZK to be reborn on January 11, 1957 and to have amateur
radio licenses being issued. PZK activities were financed by the
government from then on and membership was mandatory for those who
wanted to enjoy amateur radio privileges. Anatol Jeglinski, SP5CM
was elected President.
Since 1990 PZK is financed by
members and donors and its membership is no longer compulsory. The
organization has been and is today the only spokesman for Amateur
Radio in Poland.
It is strictly of, by and for
amateurs, is non-profit and has no stockholders. It is an
association of radio amateurs organized for the promotion of
interest in Amateur Radio communication and experimentation, for
the establishment of networks to provide communication during
emergencies, for the advancement of the art of radio and of public
welfare, for the representation of the radio amateur in
legislative matters, and for the maintenance of fraternalism and a
high standard of conduct. One of the PZK's main objectives is to
keep amateur activities well conducted so that the amateurs will
continue to justify their existence.
PZK National Convention is the
association's supreme body, while "daily" affairs are run by
Headquarters and Presiding Committee (the Union's executive power)
consisting of members (five) elected every four years by the
general membership delegates who vote during the National
Convention and field division directors (33). Executive officers
are elected or appointed by the Committee itself.
Past and Present of Amateur
Radio in Poland by Tomasz Rogowski SP5AUC (ex YI9CW)
Warsaw, August 6, 2011. Portal
Editor/Administrator, SP5ELA. admin(at)pzk.org.pl
Information about Amateur
radio-license in Poland
a CEPT country! If you have a CEPT license (covered by T/R
61-01) or a CEPT Novice license (covered by ECC-Rec.
(05)06), you may right away enjoy amateur radio license
privileges during a stay in Poland (under
three month). Just
make sure that you carry your license with you.
you have no valid CEPT license? Foreign Radio Amateurs
without a CEPT license or a CEPT Novice license can apply for
a guest license with the Polish telecommunications authority,
which is Office of Electronic Communications (UKE)
in Warszawa. The license will be issued for 3 months at the
expense of 82,00 PLN (approx. 21 €).
you want to operate in SP for more than 3 months this also
should not be a problem. You can apply for a temporary Polish
amateur radio license. You
can also submit a statement, in which you mention preferred
call sign that you wish to obtain (if available!). You may list a few
alternative call signs of your wish. Below please
find detailed step by step instructions for license
Application for temporary Polish amateur radio
license for the foreign citizens.
Fill attached application form and submit it to
the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) along with
Please attach to the application:
of your passport.
permit (EU-citizens submit a copy of registration form).
of HAREC certificate or national amateur license or amateur
radio examination certificate (English transcript).
permission of the landlord of a house/flat where the amateur
station is to be installed.
Upon receiving UKE information about the license
granted, you are expected to pay PLN82,- into mentioned below
bank account and to mail a copy of the receipt with remark _
“radio license fee” to the recipient. Then the license
will be mailed to you.
Urząd Dzielnicy Wola
Warszawa, Al. Solidarności
account number: PL 54 1030 1508 0000
0005 5003 6045
Do not hesitate to contact UKE if you have any
- phone: (+48 22)
53 49 180
- fax (+48
22) 53 49 175
Polski Związek Krótkofalowców (Polish Amateur Radio Union). All
Last update: Feb 10, 2022 Portal Editor/Administrator, Zygmunt Szumski
SP5ELA. E-mail: admin(at)pzk.org.pl