Prepared by Alan NS0B &
WB5B & K8JP & W7AV - Dennis & V31MD - Bob &
N1DL/V31EK/V31VV - Karl/Gitta & AH6PN/V31MT
& Gary & VE2XB/V31XB - Mike
Status: Jan 96, Oct 97, Dec '99 links added, Jul '01, Feb '05, Dec '05, Apr '07, Jun ‘10
Intro: if you have a
foreign ham license, you can get a license in
Head of Spectrum Management
Public Utilities Commission
(41 Gabourel Lane)
P.O. Box 300
Belize City, Belize
Phone: +501 223 4938
Fax + 501-223 6818
Email: telecom at puc.bz is better to follow up on your mailed in application.
Copy of foreign license
Copy of Passport page with your photo
List of equipment with serial numbers.
Best way to obtain a license:
By mail through the above address. Public Utilities Commission.
A simple email to Mr Smith is helpful too just to remind him that you sent your money order and license request. He and his staff are EXCELLENT!
Price: $20 US for new license (good for 1 year), $15 per year for renewal. I paid 20 US funds and sent a CDN money order. I did not receive the original certificate until I came home from my trip. They are very slow to mail it out but Mr Smith sent me a copy of my certificate by email and also added my rig serial numbers right on the certificate.
Without even asking, he gave me my same suffix of my VE2 call.
License restrictions: none
Customs: At the International Airport in
Places to operate: In some places, it is not easy to string wires. It depends where you stay. There are lots of villas for rent and these would be ideal. They let you put up yagis and wires. They just don't want you to nail things down with a hammer but that is reasonable.
Voltage is 110v.
Currency: BZE dollar. 1 USD=2 BZE dollars. They like US dollars not US change--dimes or quarters.
Local contacts: Forget it. You're on your own here. No locals know a thing about radios or pwr supplies and you should bring back up stuff just in case.
When you leave the country, you pay 35 bux US as a departure tax. They don't even take
The food is excellent especially the local coffee (16 bux BZE/pound) and abundant--fresh fruit, fish and meat-- and all of it is priced very reasonably. They also have great local beer called Belkin at 3 bux BZE a bottle.
Mike, ve2xb aka V31Xb
Comment from: BOBBY WEBB <wb5b at ix.netcom.com>
I recently attempted to renew
my V3 license via mail and the letter, with my renewal funds, was apparently
'lost'. The best way to get a
GL / DX Bobby
WB5B / V31BW
Comment from: Joe Pontek K8JP/V31JO <K8JP at contesting.com>
I was in
K8JP at contesting.com
From: "Dennis R. Perry" <w7av at ixpnet.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 12:56:13 -0700
I just returned from operating in
1. Belize Customs wants to see the serial # and model # of each "transmitting radio". No problem with computers and other electronic devices which I had with me.
2. They asked me for the value of each radio, be sure to give the value in Belize Dollars ie., $600.00 USD = $1200.00 BZE. Customs issued me a receipt for the radios with the value noted. The radios were kept in the office that issued the receipt.
3. I took a taxi to the Telecommunications Office which is 10 miles from the
4. I returned to Customs and gave them the Telecommunications Import Permit. They noted in my passport the serial # and model # of the radios and value. I was told that Belize Customs is open till 6PM for these matters. My radios were returned to me and was told that when I leave
5. When I was leaving
6. Some general information after clearing Customs. At the airports tipping is expected--the going rate for handling your baggage is $1.00 BZE per bag. Carry some small bills with you. We stayed in
OAK BAY RESORT, Gary Kimball [mailto:oakbayresort at yahoo.com]
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
The process to get a Belize Radio License has changed. You now need to apply in person or by mail to the Public Utilities Commission. Talk to a Mr. Kingsley Smith. You can email him at puctelcom at btl.net He is the manager of Telecommunications.. The whole process should take you about 1 month provided you send all that is required.. 2 sets of the following: copy of license, copy of passport. I belive I also had to send a couple passport photos. Also a $20 USD international money order. Don't forget to ask for a import license on your radio equipment.. They need all serial nubers of equipment you are bringing into the country.
Good Luck, Gary Kimball AH6PN / V31MT ah6pn at arrl.net