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Meshtastic can be used by both unlicensed people and licensed HAM operators.

What is the benefit of using a HAM license with Meshtastic?

If you use your HAM radio license with Meshtastic, consider both the privileges and restrictions:


  • Increased Transmit Power
  • Higher Gain Antennas


  • Plain-Text Only
  • Lack of Privacy
    • As a HAM operator, it is a requirement that you identify yourself by your call sign periodically when transmitting. Your call sign will be publicly transmitted at least once every 10 minutes at minimum. FCC Part 97.119.A

How do I set my HAM call sign?

Please see instructions for Enabling HAM License from the Python CLI