Licensing information for Bangladesh - S2
Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke
& S21A Saif & KX7YT - John & KX7YT - John & S21YV/KX7YT
- John & S21AM - Haque
Status: April 1997, Nov 2000, Feb-Aug 2001, Sep 2002, Nov 2004
Intro: Bangladesh Authorities issues limited 7-day licence to any amateur radio licence holder of any country. However, the processing of the application can take between one to six months.
PTT (12 Sept 2002 from S21W):
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
House #10, Road #135, Gulshan-1,
Phone: +880-2-9891147, 9890980
FAX: +880-2-9891878, 9890029
E-Mail: (Spectrum Division) trbproj at bttb.net.bd
BARL website http://www.barl.org/
Bangladesh Amateur Radio League ( BARL )
222, New Elephant Road
Dhaka - 1205
Tel: +880 (2) 8617480 <HQ>
Fax: +880 (2) 8613298 <HQ>
Email: s21am at agnionline.com
: s21rb at yahoo.com
President: Sharif Ashmed, S21AS
General Secretary: Manjurul Haque, S21AM
Asst. General Secretary: Balayet Hossain, S21RB
Club Station Call Sign : S21HQ
Echolink Station : S21RB-L Node Number : 68569
We will help any individual or club for DXpedition from Bangladesh
License application form (see BARL);
copy of Amateur license;
copy of passport and visa for Bangladesh
with cover letter advising the Board of license period being requested,
length of stay in Bangladesh and local contacts if any.
The best way to get a license:
With assistance of local amateurs. Nizam S21B has been very helpful with my application. Contact BARL.
License application, import permit needed to get equipment into the country duty-free and other fees about 4500 Taka or $85 US no information on other information on the web site.
How long before you can operate?
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:
The Board does issue a 7-day license first then will issue a more permanent callsign/license. I have found that you really do need either to be physically present to work with the Board on issuing your license or you need help from a local amateur willing to assist you. My letters addressed to the Board requesting applications and information have gone unanswered. I understand from ex-S21 hams that the RF noise within the cities is pretty bad and makes weak signal reception difficult. As a result, I hope to do a lot of PSK31 from
Hope this helps, KX7YT
73 de Saif D. Shahid/S21A
former President BARL
E-mail: barl at pradeshta.net <HQ>
From: jcore at attglobal.net
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 06:32:35 -0800
S21YV..You were interested in knowing about ham radio in
From: "John Core" < kx7yt at home.com >
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001
Here is some new/additional info for you S2 listing.
1. I understand the Bangladesh Frequency and Wireless Board has moved from the address you have posted so will try to get you new information during my next trip over in a couple of weeks.
2. Please change my email address you have posted from jcore at attglobal.net and just use KX7YT at ARRL.net .
3. The Board will issue a 7 day temporary license. After that expires, you can apply for a permanent license upon submission of a letter of request and a letter from the US Embassy in Dhaka in your favor stating they have no objection to your operating a radio in Bangladesh. A letter from ARRL attesting to your good standing is also helpful. There is no additional fee for a permanent license. Additional temporary licenses may also be issued upon application for an additional fee. All for now.. J. Core KX7YT/S21YV
PS New Appl form coming shortly
From: "John Core" <kx7yt at home.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001
Hello..Here is more, new information on radio licensing in
1. The Bangladesh Frequency and Wireless Board address has changed effective mid-July, 2001. The new address is: Bangladesh Frequency and Wireless Board 17, Bilkhusha Post Office, 1st Floor. Near
2. The Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL) has a new website at: http://www.barl.org which is also helpful. You may want to update the ARRL webpage information on S21 licensing with this information.
73. J. Core KX7YT/S21YV
From: "John Core" kx7yt at attbi.com
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002
Please update your S21 licensing information. I would suggest that persons interested in S21 licensing consult the BARL website ( http://www.barl.org/ ) and contact Mamluker (S21W) or NIzam (S21B) for current requirements.
Mamluker Rahman, S21W, is now working at the Telecom Commission and is very helpful with requests for operating permits. His email is look_y2k at yahoo.com .
Regards.. John Core KX7YT/S21YV