Amateur Radio Licensing Information for Bonaire

Agentschap Telecom handles amateur radio licensing on Bonaire. If you want to just operate PJ4/Your Homecall you don’t need to do anything since Bonaire is a signee on the CEPT. Please note you need to have a US Advanced or Extra class license or equivalent to have HF privileges in Bonaire. If you don’t you can only operate on VHF frequencies and above. If you would like to have a special contest call sign you need to fill out an application and email it to Jessica Abrahams. The fee for a contest call sign is $56 US. You will need to also attach a copy of your passport and amateur radio license to your email.

The contact information for Agentschap in Bonaire is :

  • Kaya Grandi 69 P.O. Box 791
  • Bonaire Netherlands Antilles
  • Phone: +599 717-3140
  • Fax:   +599 717-3554
  • E-mail: Jessica.Abrahams@agentschaptelecom.nl

Click here for the application form for a contest call.

Call Sign Policy:
Radio amateurs with a valid license (CEPT, FCC/ARRL) may, provided that their stay on Bonaire (or Statia or Saba) is no longer than 3 months, make use of their station (or someone else’s) using “PJ4/[own call sign]”.

It is also possible for a radio amateur with a valid license to apply for a special call sign on a temporary basis. Based on article 40 of the “Besluit radio-elektrische inrichtingen BES”, the Minister has the liberty to determine the duration of licenses that are issued for extraordinary purposes.


  *   A temporary license can have a 1, 2 or 3 letter suffix;
  *   1 letter suffixes are reserved for club or relay stations or contesting;
  *   A permanent license cannot have a 1 letter suffix, unless it is a club or relay station;

For permanent licenses, the legislation speaks of “Residents”. We apply an explanation that is a little bit broader: “Residents or one who owns a residence”
Thus to prevent the application of permanent licenses by persons that do not have a permanent binding to the island. We have not made this public yet, but we will update the information on our website.

Regulations (In Dutch) Open in Google Chrome and translate to English.

CEPT Regulations Class A license (US Advanced license or above) can operate up to 1500 watts output under 30 Mhz.

Band (MHz)StatusClasses of broadcast:
1.8 – 2.0(S)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J3C J3E R3E.
3.5 – 4.0(S)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E.
7.0 – 7.3(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E.
10.1 – 10.15(S)A1A F1B
14.0 – 14.35(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C 3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E.
18.068 – 18.168(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E.
21.0 – 21.45(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E
24.89 – 24.99(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E
28.0 – 29.7(P)A1A F1B A3E F3E G3E A3C A3F F3C F3F H3E J2B J3C J3E R3E
50.0 – 54.0(P)A1A A2A A2B A3E A3C A3F F1B F2A F2B F3F H3E J3C J3E R3E F3E G3E A1C A2C J2A J2B J2C J3C F2C F3C G1C G1A G2A G2C G3C.
144.0 – 148.0(P)A1A A2A A2B A3E A3C A3F F1B F2A F2B F3F H3E J3C J3E R3E F3E G3E A1C A2C J2A J2B J2C J3C F2C F3C G1C G1A G2A G2C G3C.
220.0 – 225.0(P)A1A A2A A2B A3E A3C A3F F1B F2A F2B F3F H3E J3C J3E R3E F3E G3E A1C A2C J2A J2B J2C J3C F2C F3C G1C G1A G2A G2C G3C.
430.0 – 440.0(S)A1A A2A A2B A3E A3C F1B F2A F2B H3E J3E R3E F3E G3E J2B G2A C3F
902.0 – 928.0(S)A1A A2A A2B A3E A3C A3F F1B F2A F2B F3F H3E J3C J3E R3E F3E G3E A1C A2C J2A J2B J2C J3C F2C F3C G1C G1A G2A G2C G3C C3F.

Agency Telecom has included the use of the 60 meter band (5 351.5 – 5 366.5 kHz) with secondary status in the frequency plan for A, B or C Amateurs (full license). The band has footnote 5.133B limiting power for the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom to 25 Watts (e.i.r.p.).

For additional information please contact :

Rienk Noorman
R. Noorman B.Sc.
Frequency Manager Caribbean Netherlands Desk
Ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate policy
Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands
Emmasingel 1 |  9726AH | Groningen
Postbus 450 | 9700AL | Groningen

Telephone +31 6 31 66 23 89
Fax +31 50 587 74 00
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