Licensing information for El Salvador - YS

Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke & YS1XS/AA4FS - Bill & K9ULW - Dick & YS1RR Ray & OAS decision
Status: June 1996, Jan '98, March '99, Dec '99 links added, April 2001, 2010

Intro: You will get a visitor's license in El Salvador without any problems

PTT (from ITU database):
Apply through CRAS (not SIGET), see below
Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET)
Centro Financiero SISA, Edif. No. 4
1a Planta, Local #9,
Carretera a Santa Tecla, Km. 10 1/2

Tf +503 2257 4401 / 4484
Fax +503 2257 4493 / 4498
Email: siget at

Paperwork needed:
- a valid ticket (original and a copy)
- passport (original and a copy)
- 2 passport sized photos
The best way to get a license:
Go to the licensing office and they issue a YS call on the spot and the license is renewable
Fall 1995 they charged about 4 dollars US
Special calls:
They issue YS#Z calls to foreigners, ie. YS1ZA I was "grandfathered" with this call. It was issued before they went to the "Z" deal
How long before you can operate?
You can begin operating immediately
License restrictions:
All reciprocals receive a 2nd class license. All amateur bands at 500 watts. 1st class can be acquired after completing DXCC, first class is all bands
1000 watts.
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:

"Bill English" <xselsal at>

El Salvador has signed OAS treaty regarding radio amateurs, See
and follow the links :: Multilateral Treaties > Department of International Law > OAS :: A-67: PROTOCOL OF AMENDMENT TO THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION ON AN INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO PERMIT :: YS is CEPT

DX Holiday YS - El Salvador

Travel info: DESTINATION EL SALVADOR and subWWWay to El Salvador

Addition From: "Richard L Webster" <rlwebste at>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999

Thanks for the E-mail. I had looked up your information via ARRL Website prior to going to El Salvador last July. Had I been there two weeks earlier, that would have been true (what is told on the pages). I would have walked out of ANTEL's office with a YS call. ANTEL was a combination of their national telephone company AND their regulatory agency. ANTEL was privatized and bought out by a combination of ATT and a European equivalent. El Salvador set up a NEW regulatory agency named SIGET (Superintendent General of El Salvador Telecommunication). Effectively, this new organization is their equivalent of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
I walked into their office less than a month after they came into existence. I was the first person who had asked them for any type of amateur license. After a frustrating week with SIGET and their trying to give me "commercial license" application forms to complete, I was able to contact the local CRAS office in San Salvador (Club Radioaficianada de El Salvador). They have a very knowledgeable full time secretary, who is a licensed amateur, and also their club president. They said that for the current status, anyone wanting to obtain a reciprocal license in El Salvador will have to apply through the CRAS office. CRAS will then forward the application to SIGET and "expedite" the application process.
Currently, they estimate one to two years to process any type of amateur license application. SIGET is basically only processing "high priority" commercial license applications at this time (at least processing to completion). Apparently they are going to issue "operating permits" as an interim solution.

73, Dick K9ULW

Addition From: "Raymundo Rodriguez D." <ys1rr at>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2001 7:37 AM
Subject: Re: Operating in YS?

Dear Ken K2KW,

Situation for Licencees issue has now changed and is managed between Telecomunication Office ( SIGET ) and CRAS. The new Web Site for CRAS
The president of the Club is Mr Francisco Fischnaler and his e-mail address is: "Francisco Fischnaler" <
ys1faf at >

Pse write Francisco and ask him about time for issue of a licence.

Best 73, Raymundo YS1RR

Ing. Raymundo Rodriguez Diaz YS1RR
P.O.Box 32
San Salvador, El Salvador
Central America

Tel/Fax ( 503 ) 273 0869 & ( 503 ) 273 0738

e-mail address: ys1rr at   or ys1rr at  

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