Boats operating in the waters of foreign countries usually must have a reciprocal license. A U.S. boat operating in the Bahamas, for instance, will be required to obtain a Bahamian reciprocal license and will identify as X4XXX/C6A to show it is in the Bahamas.
Remember that boats operating offshore are considered maritime mobile and are governed by the rules of the country in which the vessel is registered or documented.
The ARRL web site has comprehensive information on International Operating, obtaining reciprocal licenses as well as a list of those countries with reciprocal agreements with the U.S. and the scope of those agreements.
The following are links to the ARRL web site:
Reciprocal licenses for the Bahamas may be obtained from:
Utilities Regulation and Competition AuthorityApplication can be made via Postal to the above address or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: download application, fill it out, scan and attach to an email.
For every year that you wish to visit The Bahamas to operate Amateur Radio Services, you are required to submit the following to URCA:
- Completed URCA Licence Application Form for Amateur Radio Services ECS 3/2011
Allow three to four weeks for processing a new application -
to speed up the process, email the paperwork and airmail the money order.
BERMUDA RECIPROCAL LICENSE:
Reciprocal licenses (VP9) for Bermuda must be applied for at:
Department of Telecommunications
- Letter of request with expected arrival/departure dates and proposed local address while in Bermuda
No fee is charged for 3-month permit, $25 fee is charged
for license which will be valid until the following June 30
MEXICO RECIPROCAL LICENSE:
Reciprocal licenses (XE#) for Mexico may be applied for at:
Prices for a Mexican reciprocal license seem to run from $70 to $92, and that appears to be for six months.
Reciprocal licenses for the Turks and Caicos may be applied for at:
Turks and Caicos Amateur Radio Society - TACARS
- Completed application form available at www.vp5jm.com/license/license.doc or:
Allow two months due to slow mail service.