For transmit privileges, a U.S. FCC issued license is required.
For receive only or SWL anyone can sign up with no license requirement.
For foreign licensees:
Q – May I operate a U.S. station by remote control under CEPT, IARP, or some other reciprocal authorization?
A – No. All such permissions granted by the FCC apply only to local control. As a Foreign licensee, you must be physically present at the transmitter to operate it.
Q – There is a U.S. licensee on-site to act as the control operator. May I operate the station by remote control under his or her supervision?
A – No. You must be physically present at the transmitter to operate it.
Q – I hold a U.S. license. Do I have to be located in the U.S. to operate a U.S. station under remote control?
A – No. If you hold a U.S. license you may use remote control to operate a U.S. station from anywhere. You have to operate within your U.S. license privileges.
Q – Do these limits affect my ability to operate a non-U.S. station under remote control?
A – No. The regulations that apply are those of your country of license and the country in which the remote station is located.
Q – Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to operate a U.S. station by remote control?
A – No. You only have to hold a U.S. FCC-issued license.