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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB075 (1995)

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ARLB075 Hemispheric permit sought
 
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ARRL Bulletin 75  ARLB075
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 26, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLB075 Hemispheric permit sought
 
The ARRL has asked the Federal Communications Commission to
implement US participation in an ''International Amateur Radio
Permit'' covering countries in the Western Hemisphere.
 
The IARP would allow, in conjunction with an amateur's home-country
license, temporary operation in any other country in the Americas
that has signed the agreement.
 
The IARP was developed through the Inter-American Telecommunication
Commission (CITEL) by Region 2 of the International Amateur Radio
Union, and after approval by CITEL it was presented to the General
Assembly of the Organization of American States, where The
Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permit
was adopted on June 8, 1995.
 
(The US Communications Act permits the FCC to allow foreign radio
amateurs to operate in the US and its territories through both
bilateral agreements--the familiar ''reciprocal operating agreements''
between two countries--and multilateral agreements, such as the
IARP.)
 
The IARP, the League said, would eliminate paperwork for both the
FCC and for US, as well as foreign, licensed amateurs.  Countries
signing the agreement will not be allowed to levy a fee or tax on a
visiting IARP-holder.  IARPs would be issued in two categories:
Class 1 (in the US, Amateur Extra Class privileges), and Class 2,
Technician class privileges).
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