On February 24 of the current year, a new Regulation for Radio Amateurs in Uruguay enters into force.

This new rules are being updated accordingly with international regulations and developments.

Radio Club Uruguayo highlights the following improvements:

• The bands and the sub-bands are adopted according to the recently updated IARU R2 band plan.

• New bands are authorized:
o 660m from 472 to 479kHz
o 60m from 5,351.5 to 5,366.5
o 6mm from 47 to 47.2 GHz
o 4mm from 77.5 to 78 GHz

• Frequency allocation is extended on 80m from 3,500 to 4,000 kHz and on 160m from 1,800 to 2,000 kHz

• New amateur radio bands are allocated in SHF (micro waves) and reserved them for future amateur radio satellites.

• It creates the category “BEGGINER” (novices) giving new amateurs the possibility of easy access.

• Exam questionnaires have been updated, eliminating technical questions (circuits) and replacing them with current issues and operating procedures.

• It creates a training program for new radio amateurs with mandatory operational practice on 80, 40, 10 and 2 meters.

• CV and CW prefixes are now available for permanent licenses.

• The maximum emission power for the “SUPERIOR” category is set at 1500W PEP.

• The possibility of adding future digital and digital voice communications systems is left open.

• It establishes the procedures for foreigners to apply and renew their licenses.

• Reciprocal permits are maintained for non-resident foreign amateur radio.

The official text of the new Regulation (available only in Spanish) can be found in the following link: https://goo.gl/CqYYZs

The Executive Committee of IARU Region 2 would like to congratulate Radio Club Uruguayo for it participation in the development of this new and avant-garde set of rules.