Amateur Radio is a worldwide hobby, and as a result, you may encounter amateur radio operators from other countries on the air. While the primary mission of amateur radio is passing traffic...occasionally, DX stations may ask you to pass a third-party message to a friend or relative in the United States.
This is OK...as long as the United States has signed an official third-party traffic agreement with that particular country, or the third party is a licensed amateur. The traffic MUST be non-commercial, and of a personal, unimportant nature.
During an EMERGENCY, the US State Department will often work out a special temporary agreement with the country involved. But in normal times, NEVER handle traffic without first making sure it is legally permitted.
I have decided to modify this page to provide links to where you can obtain this information, as I don't get a chance to update things on my website as often as I would like.
A list of countries having Third Party Traffic Agreements with the United States can be found here.
A list of countries having a Reciprocal Operating Agreement with the United States can be found here.
For information on amateur radio operation in the United States by amateur radio operators from countries outside the United States, click here.
For information on amateur radio operating in international waters, click here.
For information on U.S. amateur radio operators operating overseas, click here.
Daryl Stout, WX1DER
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