I hit the airwaves in Costa Rica in March of 2017. We had a great stay with the XYL. Nice time to relax, go for a dip in the oceano!
Food and drinks
TI2/WJ2O QSL Card
Getting license in Costa Rica was just a matter of getting in contact with the Supertintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL) and filling out the application form you get at https://sutel.go.cr/pagina/radio-aficionados-y-banda-ciudadana.
After filling in all the regular info then add:
1) 2 passport size photos
2) Scan of your US license (add the translation of you license)
3) Scan of your US passport.
and yes, DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN YOUR APPLICATION ON THE LAST PAGE.
After you have you paperwork ready, just FEDEX it to:
Srs. Viceministerio de Telecomunicaciones
Edificio Almendros, Barrio Tournón. Diagonal al Banco HSBC.
San José 10101,
I actually operated from two places in Costa Rica
First I gave it a try from my hotel room, but the conditions and my working conditions (my new Elecraft KX2 radio) didn’t give me much of a punch on the air.
A few days later I visited the home of TI2CC, Carlos Paéz. He was very gracious and let me operate from his home station. I spent the whole afternoon with Carlos and spoke ham stuff and operated during my visit. Extraordinary visit. Thanks Carlos!
Actually there are many flights out of the U.S. to Costa Rica. We took the plane out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport and landed directly to San José, the capital of Costa Rica .