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Old 09-08-2012, 23:11   #16
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Re: Handheld ham radio

It's been a couple of decades, but while still in San Diego I went down to Tijuana and to the Mexican equivalent of the FCC there to get the license. If you are carrying fishing equipment then that is a good time to buy the required fishing licenses, whether you plan on fishing or not.

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On a more serious note! Does anyone know if I should start applying for a license in Mexico? The plan is to be there sometime in November. ( fingers, toes, and everything else crossed. You know the drill trying to get away from the dock.)
Congratulations on your new license.

I don't believe you can get an XE license until you have inbound immigration paperwork. The last I understood you can operate /XE as soon as you submit your paperwork once you get into Mexico.

See xe-permit.wd9ewk.net and Licensing information Mexico XE . The first link is more current; the second link is data the ARRL points to. ARRL maintains information online for CEPT, IARP, and bilateral reciprocity. At the moment the country-by-country information is here Reciprocal Permit but the ARRL seems to enjoy rearranging their web site and breaking deep links.

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:37   #18
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Passed the General exam last Saturday and checked in to my first net Tuesday evening. Told my husband I outranked him now that I was a General and he was only a Captain.

On a more serious note! Does anyone know if I should start applying for a license in Mexico? The plan is to be there sometime in November. ( fingers, toes, and everything else crossed. You know the drill trying to get away from the dock.)
We were in Mexico from Nov 2010 until Mar 2012.

When we arrived in La Paz I went to the local CoFeTel Office with all the proper paperwork and copies of my licneses, passport and visa.

The clerk then asked me how long I was going to be in La Paz, because it would take about a month to process the paperwork and issue the endorsement. He also told me that the endorsement would expire with my VISA and I would have to renue the endorsement again... and of course I didn't want to wait around in La Paz for a month to pick up the endorsement

The other problem is that Mexican VISAs are only six months long. I had checked in in Cabo, so my VISA was already a month old, meaning my Mexican HAM Endorsement would expire in 4 months from the time I received it.

I am one who usually follows host country rules, but with all the hastle, I choose not to obtain my endorsement. I used my radio regularly in Mexico and was a Net controller for three different nets over the time I was there. I just used my nomral call sign without the Mexican desigantion.

Although you will hear cruisers using the XE designtion, very few have actually obtained their endorsements or renued them after the first issue...

In my opinion, that will get you into more trouble, falsely using a call sign, than just saying hey I don't have one, but to each there own...

So I am not advising you one way or the other, but the time I was in Mexico the rule was not enforced at all...

If you want to obtain you Mexican HAM Endorsement I have included two links with information o how to do it...

Good Luck!


Mexican (XE) amateur radio permits for foreigners

Obtaining a reciprocal ham radio permit in Mexico | DL6KAC's Virtual Home
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