Ham radio decree still recognizes foreign licenses

The telecom agency has posted a proposed decree covering those who would use citizen band and amateur radio transmitters here.

The proposed decree in on the Web site of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones under a pull-down menu and listed as reglamentos telecom.

The proposed decree, which has been posted since last  Monday continues the practice of recognizing foreign radio licenses as long as the country that issues them recognizes those from Costa Rica.

North American tourists can transmit from Costa Rica for three months with permission from the telecomunicaciones section of the ministry. The visitor can use a valid passport for this application, said the ministry.

That may not be the case for obtaining a new amateur radio license. For both a citizen band permit and one of three classes of an amateur radio license, the decree specifically calls for a copy of a cédula or DIMEX, the Documento de Identidad Migratoria para Extranjeros, issued by the immigration agency.

New expats frequently have to wait months and even years to obtain a DIMEX card.

The ministry noted that there no longer is a practical test for a radio license. There still is a written test on radio operation and theory. Until 2013 there was a written test and then the applicant had to demonstrate the use of a transmitter.

The telecom agency has posted a proposed decree covering those who would use citizen band and amateur radio transmitters here.

The proposed decree in on the Web site of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones under a pull-down menu and listed as reglamentos telecom.

The proposed decree, which has been posted since last  Monday continues the practice of recognizing foreign radio licenses as long as the country that issues them recognizes those from Costa Rica.

North American tourists can transmit from Costa Rica for three months with permission from the telecomunicaciones section of the ministry. The visitor can use a valid passport for this application, said the ministry.

That may not be the case for obtaining a new amateur radio license. For both a citizen band permit and one of three classes of an amateur radio license, the decree specifically calls for a copy of a cédula or DIMEX, the Documento de Identidad Migratoria para Extranjeros, issued by the immigration agency.

New expats frequently have to wait months and even years to obtain a DIMEX card.

The ministry noted that there no longer is a practical test for a radio license. There still is a written test on radio operation and theory. Until 2013 there was a written test and then the applicant had to demonstrate the use of a transmitter.antenna061515

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