At its thirty-third regular session, the OAS General Assembly, in resolution AG/RES. 1947 (XXXIII-O/03), adopted the Protocol of Amendment to the Inter-American Convention on the Amateur Radio Permit, intended to grant holders of the Radio Amateur License of the member countries of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) that have implemented CEPT’s Recommendation T/R 61-01, “CEPT Radio Amateur License” the same rights and privileges granted to IARP holders of CITEL Member States that become States Parties to the Protocol, while CEPT extends to holders of IARPs the same privileges and exemptions granted to holders of CEPT Radio Amateur Licenses of the member countries of CEPT that have implemented the aforementioned Recommendation.
This new procedure will reduce the countries’ workload and, therefore, the costs involved, and will be of fundamental importance, particularly in emergencies. The OAS General Secretariat is the depository for instruments of RA, AC, and AD.
This Protocol came into force on the thirtieth day after the date on which the two States became Parties to it.
The Member States are urged to sign the Convention and the Protocol of Amendment, in view of the importance of this method of communication in disasters.