Western Caribbean


  • Article 1.  The present agreement has established bands of frequencies in the radio spectrum (channels) at UHF for free use, conforming with article 10 section I of the Federal Telecommunications Law.  As a consequence, these channels referred to in this Agreement will be used by the general public without a need for a concession, permit, or registration, only with equipment that has been certified under the terms of Article 3 section V of the Federal Telecommunications Law. 
  • Article 2.  To this end, these free-use channels available nationally, at UHF, will be the following (listing the center of each channel below, in MHz): 
    1. 462.5625
    2. 462.5875
    3. 462.6125
    4. 462.6375
    5. 462.6625
    6. 462.6875
    7. 462.7125
    8. 467.5625
    9. 467.5875
    10. 467.6125
    11. 467.6375
    12. 467.6625
    13. 467.6875
    14. 467.7125
  • Article 3.  The equipment that uses the channels indicated in Article 2 of this Agreement will be subject to the following conditions of operation:
    • The equipment will only operate with a maximum of 0.5 watt (500 milliwatts) of effective radiated power (ERP), with a maximum coverage of 2 km.
    • Referring to channel bandwidth, from the effective date of this Agreement until 31 December 2004, the equipment will operate with a maximum bandwidth of 12.5 kHz.  Later, and if necessary, the new bandwidth will be announced.
    • Only handheld-portable equipment will be used, excluding base stations and repeaters of any type.  The emission type for a 12.5 kHz channel will be 11K0F3E (voice).  The maximum deviation for this bandwidth will be 2.5 kHz (+/-).
    • There is no consideration for installation of antennas, since this will only be used with the antennas on the handheld-portable equipment.
    • It will be required to have certification issued by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT).
    • Links to any public telephone or private telecommunications network using these channels is prohibited.


Authorization for unlicenced FRS radios are issued with the below terms and conditions.

Whereas [Sample Name e.g. Jon Doe] has imported radio equipment, which is capable of use as a Family Radio Service (FRS) or as a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS).

Whereas in accordance with the Telecommunications Act, the Spectrum Management Authority hereby authorizes the use of the imported equipment as FRS as set forth in the schedule below subject to the Terms and Conditions set out herein. 

The user is not guaranteed interference free use in the relevant bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.                                                                                                  

The user shall take such steps to ensure that activities of the user do not cause interference to any licensed user of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

The user shall restrict use of the equipment to a maximum radius of 0.8 KM (approximately 0.5 miles).

Authorization shall be withdrawn by the Authority without notice if the radio equipment is used on channels 1-7 or 15-22.  Activity on these channels constitutes use of the equipment as a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and will require a licence issued by the Spectrum Management Authority.

The user shall comply with all regulations made pursuant to the Telecommunications Act and to the Laws of Jamaica.


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