Temporary licenced radio stations

For certain events or festivals, Ofcom can give a temporary licence to allow the broadcast of a low power radio station. These are called Restricted Service Licences (RSL’s). The radio station is often named after the event e.g. Truckfest.


An RSL can normally only be granted for a maximum period of 28 days. A number of different frequencies can be used for RSL’s but the most common is 87.7MHz which is just below BBC Radio 2. These radio stations do not normally cause a problem. However if someone should live very close to the temporary transmitter, is it possible that they may be able to hear this station instead of BBC Radio 2. This normally only affects portable radios or bedside radios and not hi-fi tuners.

Things to try:

  • Retract the aerial to reduce the signal strength of the temporary station, so long as Radio 2 is still audible
  • Move the radio to different positions in the room or the house
  • Try looking for another Radio 2 frequency a little higher than the one you normally use
  • Try another set

RSL's normally run on low power and therefore this type of problem is rare and usually highly localised. These stations are legal and not pirates, it is not possible to have the radio station moved or closed down.

RSL