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Belize License Exams now available

The exams for obtaining a Belize Amateur Radio License is now available (Technician & General).
Please visit the PUC's website at the link below to obtain the document which explains the exam procedure and topics to be studied.
The test pool of questions is also made available at the link. These are the actual questions that will be used on the exam.

It is advised that applicants reference the actual study manual to know the content being tested.

Please contact PUC to make an appointment to take the test. Test fee is BZ$20 per level.

Andrew Robateau
Monitoring & Compliance Officer - Telecommunication
Public Utilities Commission
41 Gabourel Lane
P.O. Box 300
Belize City, Belize
Tel: (501) 223 4938
Fax: (501) 223 6818

BARC New Year’s Message 2019

Far too many Belizeans still consider Amateur Radio “technology for my grandpa generation”. In their minds, many people still conjure up images of large radio equipment with hundreds of knobs, lights and large microphones to speak into. Knobs and lights too difficult to understand.

However, when told that today there are many amateur radio satellites circling the globe that provide communications from one country to the other with hand-held radios they are amazed. When shown images of communications between the International Space Station and amateur operators on the ground many people are astonished. And when one demonstrates how amateur radio computer networks provide real-time contact from one continent to another via the internet there is even more astonishment!

Here at the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) we have accepted the challenge to educate the public about the benefits of this “modern hobby”. And like many other radio clubs around the globe, we continue to make every effort to interact with the youth so as to create the next generation of emergency communicators, experimenters and engineers. As our records show, we have reached out to the education institutions and youth associations such as Scouts Belize to open new gateways for radio in Belize.

This year, 2019, is no different. Our work continues. While we will continue reaching out to the educational institutions to promote the hobby, BARC will also continue to work alongside our national frequency spectrum regulators to ensure that ham radio frequencies are standardized and remain free for all radio hobbyists. We will also continue to work with the regulators to establish an updated set of license examinations for new entrants to the hobby.

The work continues at BARC and we thank you all for joining us on this important radio journey.


Emil Rodriguez


“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership


International Amateur Radio Union
P.O. Box 310905
Newington, CT 06131-0905 USA
Email: secretary @

11 May 2017

For immediate release

“New” Belize Amateur Radio Club Admitted to IARU Membership

The member-societies ofthe International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have approved a proposal to admita new representative of the radio amateurs of Belize to IARU membership. As ofthe deadline for voting, 9 May 2017, 77 member-societies had voted in favor ofadmitting the Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) with none opposed. There were no
abstentions. The affirmative votes of 55 member-societies were required forapproval.

Belize previously wasrepresented in the IARU by another organization of the same name. Once the IARUAdministrative Council determined that this earlier organization no longerexisted, IARU Region 2 accepted an application for membership from the new BARCand confirmed that it satisfied the requirements of the IARU Constitution andBylaws.

The officers of BARC are:

Emil Rodriguez,V31ER, President

Dr. Andre T.Scholz, V31DL, Vice President and IARU Liaison

Steven Harp, V31SH, Secretary

Contact information:


Address: PO Box159, Belmopan, Belize, Central America

Telephone: +501601 6282

Email: see listingat

There are now167 IARU member-societies in as many countries and separate territories.


Victor/WB0TEV will be the op behind V31VP in the contest. QRV
between the 24th and 28th, outside the contest with a focus on RTTYand Asia. QSL via WB0TEV (d/B).

Vom 24. – 28. März zieht es Victor/WBØTEV erneut nach Belize. Als V31VP nimmt er in der SO/AB/HP-Klasse am CQ WW WPX Contest teil. Außerhalb des Contest liegt der Fokus auf RTTY in Richtung Asien. QSL via WBØTEV

BARC Makes Ham Radio Demonstration to the Scouts of Belize

The Belize Amateur Radio Club (BARC) successfully completed an ´Introduction to Amateur Radio´ for the Scout Association of Belize on Sunday February 26, 2017.

The demonstration, held at the Scouts National Training Grounds, near Burrell Boom, was divided into four parts: BARC´s Goals for Amateur Radio in Belize, Educational Video, Hands-On Demonstration of Radio Equipment and a Question and Answer Session.

Boys and girls of the Scouts Association from across Belize were participants in this first of its kind demonstration that represents a first step of cooperation between BARC and ScoutsBelize. This cooperation, both organizations agree, will provide beneficial results and acquired skills for everyone, especially the participating youth.

After the demonstration, members of BARC volunteered to provide radios and corresponding equipment for the Scouts of Belize to fully participate in the Annual Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) activities in October 2017. JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world held once a year. It uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world. Leaders of the Scouts Association openly accepted this voluntary offer from BARC members.

Discussions at this first interactive demonstration also included establishing a permanent ham radio station for ScoutsBelize so that training can be held regularly on topics such as voice procedures, operating basics, simple theory and others.

At the end of the demonstration BARC President, Mr. Emil Rodriguez stated , ¨ As we move forward with our friendship and cooperation lets remember to use our radio skills wisely for the greater good of our nation, especially in times of emergencies such as hurricanes and flooding when we are needed most.¨