CONVENTION ON AN INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO PERMIT
The Member States of the
Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL),
Taking into account the spirit of
the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), the provisions of
the CITEL Statute, and the provisions of the Radio Regulations of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
Convinced of the benefits of the
Amateur Radio activities and having regard for the interest of CITEL Member
States in allowing citizens of any Member State who are authorized to
operate in the Amateur Service in their country to operate temporarily in
the Amateur Service in any other CITEL Member State,
Have agreed to enter into the
following Convention for the use of an International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP):
While reserving its sovereignty
over the use of the radio spectrum within its jurisdiction, each State
Party agrees to permit temporary operation of amateur stations under its
authority by persons holding an IARP issued by another State Party without
further examination. A State Party shall issue permits to operate in other
State Parties only to its own citizens.
State Parties recognize the
International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP) issued under the conditions
specified in this Convention
No State Party, other than the
issuing State Party, may levy fees or taxes on the IARPs.
This Convention does not modify
customs regulations concerning transportation of radio equipment across
Expressions and terms used in
this Convention shall carry the definitions of the ITU Radio Regulations.
The amateur and
amateur-satellite services are radiocommunication services according to
Article 1 of the ITU Radio Regulations, and are governed by other
provisions of the Radio Regulations as well as by national regulations of
the State Parties.
The term "IARU" shall mean the
International Amateur Radio Union.
Provisions Relating to the
International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP)
The IARP will be issued by the
permit holder's home Administration or, to the extent consistent with the
home country's domestic laws, under delegated authority by the IARU
organization of that State Party. It should conform with the standard form
for such permit contained in the Annex to this Convention.
The IARP will be drafted in
English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish and in the official language of
the issuing State Party if different.
The IARP will not be valid for
operation in the territory of the issuing State Party, but only in the
territory of other State Parties. It will be valid for one year in visited
State Parties, but in no case beyond the date of expiration of the
national license of the holder.
Radio amateurs holding only a
temporary authorization issued in a foreign country shall not benefit from
the provisions of this Convention.
The IARP shall include the
a. A statement that the
document is issued in accordance with this Convention.
b. The name and mailing
address of the holder.
c. The call sign.
d. The name and address of
the issuing authority.
e. The expiration date of
f. The country and date of
g. The IARP operator class.
h. A statement that operation
is permitted only for the bands specified by the visited State Party.
i. A statement that the
permittee must abide by the regulations of the visited State Party.
j. The need for a
notification, if required by the visited State Party, of the date, place
and duration of the stay in that State Party.
The IARP will be issued in
accordance with the following classes of operating authority:
Class 1. Use of all frequency
bands allocated to the amateur service and amateur-satellite service and
specified by the country where the amateur station is to be operated. It
will be open only to those amateurs who have proved their competence with
Morse code to their own Administration in accordance with the requirements
of the ITU Radio Regulations.
Class 2. This class permits
utilization of all frequency bands allocated to the amateur service and
amateur-satellite service above 30 MHz and specified by the country where
the amateur station is to be operated.
Conditions of Use
A State Party may decline to
honor, suspend or cancel the operation of an IARP, in accordance with the
laws in that State.
When transmitting in the
visited country, the IARP holder must use the call sign prefix specified
by the visited country andthe call sign of the home license separated by
the word "stroke" or "/."
The IARP holder must transmit
only on frequencies specified by the visited State Party and must abide by
all the regulations of the visited State Party.
State Parties reserve the right
to enter into supplementary agreements on methods and procedures for the
application of this Convention. However, such agreements may not contravene
the provisions of this Convention. The State Parties shall inform the
General Secretariat of the Organization of American States of any
supplementary agreements they enter into, and that Secretariat shall, for
the purposes of registration and publication, send a certified copy of the
text of such agreement to the Secretariat of the United Nations, in
accordance with Article 102 of its Charter, and to the General Secretariat
of the International Telecommunications Union.S
This Convention shall be open for
signature by the Member States of the CITEL.
Member States of CITEL may become
Parties to this Convention by:
a. Signature not subject to
ratification, acceptance or approval,
b. Signature subject to
ratification, acceptance or approval followed by ratification, acceptance
or approval, or
approval or accession shall be effected by deposit of the appropriate
instrument with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American
States, in its capacity as Depository.
Each State may make reservations
to this Convention at the time of signature, ratification, acceptance,
approval or accession, provided that each reservation concerns at least one
specific provision and is not incompatible with the objectives and purposes
of the Convention.
In the case of those States
that are Parties to this Convention and the Inter-American Amateur Radio
Service Convention ("Lima Convention"), this Convention supersedes the
Except as provided in Section 1
of this Article, this Convention shall not alter or affect any
multilateral or bilateral agreements in force concerning the temporary
operation in the Amateur Service in CITEL Member States.
This Convention shall enter into
force on the thirtieth day following the date on which two States have
become Parties to it. For the remaining States, the Convention shall enter
into force on the thirtieth day after their compliance with the
corresponding procedure set out in Article 7
This Convention shall remain in
force indefinitely, but may be terminated by agreement of the State Parties.
Any of the State Parties to this Convention may denounce it. The instrument
of denunciation shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the
Organization of American States. After one year from the date of deposit of
the instrument of denunciation, the Convention shall no longer be in effect
for the denouncing State Party, but shall remain in effect for the other
The original instrument of this
Convention, the English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish texts of which are
equally authentic, shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the
Organization of American States, which shall forward a certified copy of its
text to the Secretariat of the United Nations for the registration and
publication, in accordance with Article 102 of its Charter, and to the
General Secretariat of the International Telecommunication Union.
The General Secretariat of the
Organization of American States shall notify the State Parties of the
signatures, deposits of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval,
accession and denunciation, and of reservations, if any.