We always enjoy meeting new friends from around the world and Bermuda is a great place in which to live for that very reason. In order to make your vacation to our island a special one, the Department of Telecommunications offers a reciprocal operating license at no cost to the visiting ham. It’s very easy to obtain by any of the following three ways:
- Email a copy of your license, along with the dates of your visit and the address at which you will be staying (if traveling by cruise ship or sailboat, just say so). The Telecommunications contact person is Beverly Evans. (Click on her name to send an email)
- Fax a copy of your license, along with the dates of your visit and the address at which you will be staying to: (441) 474-6048
- You can also walk into the Telecommunications office and present your information in person. The process usually only takes about 15 minutes or less. The office is located on the 3rd floor of “Cumberland House” at 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton, situated behind the City Hall parking lot.
At this time, only those operators who are General Class and above may operate on the island. It is also important to note you will be restricted to 100 watts of power during your stay. We encourage you to use our local repeater systems. Our main repeater is on 146.22 transmit / 146.82 receive. If this repeater is not active, check the 146.34 / 146.94 repeater.
Please feel free to use the IRLP function, which is available on the main repeater. We ask that you announce that you will be accessing it before transmitting and close the node after your transmission is over. Key in “73” on your keypad to close the IRLP machine. By the way, our Node number is 8522, just in case your friends want to contact you while you’re on the island.
We also have EchoLink active on our repeater, in case you’d prefer to use that method of communication. Just make sure you know the Node number of the station you wish to contact and remember to key in “73” on your keypad to close the link when you’re finished.
We look forward to your visit and hope you enjoy your time in Bermuda!