[CQ-Contest] XEs in contest

Ramon Santoyo V. xe1kk at xe1kk.net
Fri Jan 14 08:32:21 PST 2011

Yes, the process to obtain a Mexican reciprocal license is complicated and expensive.  Christian DL6KAC has a page shows how to do it:

But this is the way it is even to obtain an amateur radio license for locals. IARU R2 has a document on its webpage in which you can compare the types and cost of licenses and the number of amateurs in the region (including the US) and you can see how expensive we are and how it affect the number of XEs compared to others: http://bit.ly/dMgclE

Permits do say that you can't contest or operate islands with it.  The origin of this goes back to the times of XF4L, 6D2X, XA5T and personal visions that foreigns operations shouldn't be allowed for Revillagigedo, contest or islands.  Many locals, and Cofetel our FCC equivalent, think this is the way it should be kept but I personally don't.

However contesting and islands operations can be done if 50% XEs - 50% foreigns participates (XE2S's, 6D2VHF, 4A2X, 6G1KK, XF4DL, and others).  For some IOTAs even 100% foreign operations has been authorized.

So it is possible and I hope we can see more mixed operations so Cofetel can see we don't "lose our sovereignty" with them.  But every time a foreign comes and operates without a license gives Cofetel a reason to keep their old ideas.


Ramon, XE1KK

On Jan 13, 2011, at 11:29 PM, cq-contest-request at contesting.com wrote:

> Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:07:41 -0500 (EST)
> From: aldewey at aol.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] XEs in contest
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Message-ID: <8CD816C496275EC-A80-10E4F at webmail-d022.sysops.aol.com>
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> A few years ago, I had the opportunity to be in Mexico at the same time IARU was going on.  I found it was fairly difficult for a U.S. amateur to get a temporary license to operate in Mexico.  There was a lot of read tape and a number of fees, money transfers, etc.  I ended up getting the license too late to operate when I was there.  One thing that the temporary license did specify quite clearly, however, was that NO CONTEST OPERATION was allowed.
> Is this still the case with temporary licenses for operation in Mexico or has that changed?  Do you know the reason for this?
> 73,
> Al, K0AD
> Serious contest operations from the past decades were mostly americans operating 
> ere, legally or some say illegally.  You can see some of the actual records and 
> D2X is still on top.

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