U.S. expats have chance to get or upgrade radio licenses

The Volunteer Examination Coordinators of the American Radio Relay League plan the fourth annual examinations for U. S. amateur radio licenses to be given in Costa Rica. These exams will be offered for only the fourth time in the Central American region, and will be open to any U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident with a permanent U.S. address, regardless of where they live at the moment.

The tests, required to obtain U.S. amateur radio licenses, will cover technical topics, radio standards and practices, and the legal rules governing the operation of transmitting ham radio stations. The tests are written multiple-choice, but no longer include a morse code proficiency requirement as they once did, and will be administered for all three grades of license. Those currently holding licenses may take this opportunity to upgrade if they wish. The fee for the exam is $15, same as in the U.S., and this entitles the applicant to take and receive credit for as many test elements as he or she can pass that day, including for higher grades of license.

Those persons interested in taking the exam should contact Carlos (Keko) Diez, TI5KD, atti5kd10@gmail.com as soon as possible to make arrangements, to get directions to the test location and to reserve a spot.  The tests will be administered Oct. 29 in La Guacima, Alajuela, at 10 a.m.    If someone needs practice taking the tests, find free practice tests at http://www.qrz.com/ham/.

The same page has links to study information and guides. This will likely be the only opportunity to take the test this year anywhere in Central America.

Expatriate holders of U.S.-issued ham radio licenses may, under the terms of a reciprocal operating treaty with regional governments, receive permits by their host governments to operate in most other countries as well, including all the nations of Central America.

All licensed hams in Central America are invited to participate in the morning coffee klatch on 3785 Khz. LSB at 6 a.m. daily, or call CQ at anytime on 145.770 Mhz on two-meter FM.

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