Update to Bahamas Amateur Radio Licensing
UPDATE: October 2011
Licensing Procedure for the Bahamas (C6)
The old PUC procedure and licensing on an annual renewal basis is gone. As of August 9, 2009, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has taken over all telecommunications licensing.
The following is the new procedure per URCA:
Go to the URCA web site, www.urcabahamas.bs download the [B]NEW amateur license application (eff. January 1, 2011) and complete all parts. Send to URCA, P.O. Box N-4860, Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas (same address as PUC)with a $10.00 application fee and a $25.00 license fee; total $35.00 and specify the dates you will be operating from the Bahamas (a money order is quicker than a check. Include a copy of your US license, passport or birth certificate. In turn, URCA will send you a license to operate for that period. You may specify the call sign you wish,but they have been issuing reciprocal call signs similar to your US call sign. These are reciprocal licenses, not permanent annual licenses. Leave a lot of leeway time for the URCA to respond prior to your trip, unless you are going to appear in person (Expect a minimum 2 hours wait). You may use email with a credit card authorization (also on the URCA web page)for the entire process which is the quickest method of all.
If you are renewing a previous C6 license, specify the call sign issued and they will give you permission to use that call sign (normally) during your operating period. Everything else is the same.
From very recent experience, do not add any unnecessary information or requests which will confuse the people who handle the licenses. KISS is the rule. A necessary trip to Nassau can be the result
of violating that rule!
Main URCA contact for amateur radio licenses: Ms. Kiria Gibson - firstname.lastname@example.org She is very nice and very efficient.
URCA telephone numbers:
73 de Kevin K4PG C6APG
UPDATED October 2011