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Good morning you lovely people,

In my research preparing to make the move to Lakeside, I am hearing anecdotally that Americans are not allowed the use ham radio gear in Mexico...ever! That seemed a bit unusual.

I am a ham "WB0QOA" and would want to bring a modest desktop radio. If indeed, I am not allowed, I would probably bring it anyway and see if a local Mexican amateur radio operator might want to buy it.

Anybody up to date on this little piece of knowledge??

This is my complete station in the small picture and the larger image in just the transceiver. This is the Kenwood TS-570D. Pretty cute huh!!

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Nice rig.  In 2004 when we came to Ajijic there was an active ham club at LCS.  The leaders passed on & the club dissolved.  At that time the Mexican reciprocal licence was $80.00.   I found this on google

KG4OYX

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Since 2014, the Mexican regulator IFT (sometimes called IFETEL) has not issued permits to foreign radio amateurs.  This even applies to USA amateurs, who had been covered by an agreement between the US FCC and the Mexican Communications/Transport Ministry (SCT).  At this point, the only legal way for a foreign ham to operate from Mexican territory would be to operate from a Mexican ham's station, using that ham's call sign. 

All information below, along with the links from this page, explain the process when the regulator was still CoFeTel.  If or when a new process for these permits becomes available, I will update these pages to reflect the new process. 

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20 years ago it was possible for a Resident Permenente to obtain an Amateur Radio license and a XE callsign. At that time SCT was the governing body. Now there’s a new entity since about four years ago (IFT) that regulates amateur radio licensing. They have effectively shut down reciprocal licensing and its impossible for a non Mexican to get an XE license.

 

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Well, in México where things are not well regulated or enforced, all things are possible.  Yes, they currently are not issuing reciprocal licenses to foreigners.  But those who operate under their US license are doing so under the radar.  And so far no repercussions that I have yet to hear of. Even with a giant beam mounted on a tower on the third floor no problem yet.  Do what you feel comfortable doing.  People drive without a driver license here daily.  When you are caught you get fined or you buy them a good lunch. And life goes on.  It ain't all perfect, but welcome to México.

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In 1997 when I first started coming to Mexico for the winter, there was a very active English speaking Ham radio club lakeside. One of the primary motivations to have a hand held ham radio was that Telmex, the local phone company, charged long distance for calls all over Mexico and when phoning the US Canada and some 60 other countries. Heck, It even cost to phone long distance from Ajijic to Jocotepec which is at the West end of Lake Chapala.

Once Telmex began dropping it's long distance charges and one could phone almost anywhere in Mexico, the US and Canada plus maybe fifty other countries for free, most of the members dropped out of the Ham Radio Club and it died.

What I do know is that they were issuing reciprocal licenses. And many of us were legal.

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Many years ago I took the Mexican exam and was issued XE1KG...operated for many years but then it expired and the government stopped regulating it.    I believe there are a lot of people operating under the radar, just need to be discreet about it. 

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I operated here for 12 years as a /XE1. When I first moved to Mexico in 2006, I went over to the SCT radio office in Zapopan. The Chief over there told me to just use my US call sign, portable XE1 ....no paper work, nada. When the sunspots vanished last year, I took my beam and tower down and sold my station equipment. This sunspot Cycle is expected to be weak. We may be entering into a solar quiet period like the Maunder Minimum that lasted five hundred years. No sunspots, no HF DX.

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Hey Paco Loco,

I got this rig about a year ago, coupled it with a Hustler 4 band vertical installed 3 feet from my house w/o radials...just a couple of ground rods.

With only 100 watts from North Carolina my first contact was Eastern Europe...for a few weeks if I could hear them, I could work them!!!!

Now, I can't hear any beacons, any QSOs at all...not nothing. Dead, zip, zero, zilch! I prefer 20 meters so it's the deadest of the dead. So I expect this rig goes on the block so I can buy a Gibson ES-339...rock and roll.

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I am a new ham. Just got my technician license this week. I plan on operating CW, QRP 5 watts from the hills of Ajijic.  When you contact US hams, do any of them refuse to talk to you or threaten to report  you because of the legal situation (regarding ham radio)  here right now?

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Speaking of Ham Radio,  I am looking for some ham or tech types living in Joco and Chapala to host a couple of Sigfox  "Internet of Things" base stations.   The MX Sigfox operator will install and maintain the base station at his expense, but typically he'll pay your internet bill in exchange for hosting.    Here's a photo of what a station looks like.  Nothing like a cell site, just simple antenna and a box.   They are going to put one on my roof in Rancho del Oro, but we need locations in Chapala and Joco to cover the north shore of  lakeside.   The base station plugs into your Internet connection and uses very little bandwidth.  Read more about Sigfox here.   If you have any interest please message me. 

 

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Hello all.  I am actually a new resident in the Patzcuaro, Michoacan area. I came across this thread as I have just begun searching for hf radio enthusiasts in the area. I am very interested in setting up a basic rig at my home. While I have a set-up on my sailboat, I do not have any equipment at the house. I am wondering if any of you have experience with acquiring gear down here in Mexico. I am somewhat hesitant to simply order a radio online from the states, due to concerns of possibly getting lost while going through customs and perhaps a larger concern of the shipping company not being able to find my home - we are definitely off the beaten path. The Amazon Mexico drivers have been able to find us, but they do not seem to have any radios of interest for sale.

Do any of you have experience with being able to source this sort of gear down here? Also, do you know of any radio geeks in my more immediate Patzcuaro/Morelia region? Thanks for any help.

Greg Davids - KI6 EWS

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Greg,

I have been a US ham for 60 years and would love to use a rig legally here but that is not possible at this time. I didn't even bring a transmitter with me last trip from the north.

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Hi everyone!!!!

I have a ham license from USA and I still hold my Mexican nationality and I'm  planing a trip down south

can I bring my gear? I don't think I'll use it until I get my license

does any body knows how to get a ham license or where to go once in Guadalajara ?

TNX.

 

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