There are some 1300 amateur radio licences issued in Belarus by this moment. Quite a number of them are only playing with 2 m handhelds, but a main part of HAMs cooperates with BFRR, the Belarussian Federation of Radioamateurs and Radiosports, being the Belarussian HAM Radio National organization - member of the IARU.
The BFRR unites a few hundreds of HAMs of Belarus. Interests of the BFRR as an IARU member extend from HAM Radio up to the High Speed Telegraphy (HST) and the Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) sports. In the HST the Belarussian team was the absolute World Champion at the World Championship in Hungary and World No.2 in the 1999 World Championship with several World Champions in personal entries. In the ARDF there is also a Belarussian World Champion in a personal entry at the recent ARDF World Championship.
Belarus in not a member of CEPT at this moment. Belarussian HAMs can get licences under 3 classes - A, B and C. The "C" class is the beginner's "no code" one. The "A" Class allows all bands / all modes with up to 500 Watts daily and 1 kW in contests. The "B" Class is in between respectively.
Quite a number of Belarussian HAMs use home made equipment.
Belarussian call-signs mean:
EU, EW - normal prefixes, EV - honorary and special prefix.
Figures in the call-signs designate oblasts, i.e. large areas, as follows:
EU/EW/EV1 - the city of Minsk,
EU/EW/EV2 - Minsk oblast,
EU/EW/EV3 - Brest oblast,
EU/EW/EV4 - Grodno oblast,
EU/EW/EV6 - Vitebsk oblast,
EU/EW/EV7 - Mogilev oblast,
EU/EW/EV8 - Gomel oblast.
Prefixes with the figure 5 mean special event and contest stations.
EV - prefixes are honorary ones and being granted mostly to veterans of the World War II or special event stations celebrating anniversaries of the Victory in the World War II. Though they are also used for other special event stations.
No prefixes with figures 9 and 0 are issued being reserved by the National Communications Administration.