HAVANA, Oct. 8th After a four year wait Cuba’s amateur radio regulator MINCOM has finally published a detailed list of the digital modes amateurs are authorized to use – all 321 of them.
On Twitter Pavel Milanes Costa CO7WT tweeted the news:
Cuba’s Ham radio Regulatory agency @MINCOMCuba publish the list of authorized digital modes (finally) after more than 4 years from the regulation update.
In February of 2017, Cuba’s regulatory agency updated the ham radio regulation. Nullifying all previous ones, that was the Resolution 75, on its 115 article mention that Cuban hams can only do digital modes authorized on a (to be published) list on the regulatory agency website.
So all digital modes were ruled out until that list is published. The boom of FT8 and other new modes moved hams to use them, even when none of them was legally authorized, which caused at least one major confrontation with one ham radio operator being almost sanctioned by using a non-authorized digital mode
It’s a long list and you can spot almost all legacy modes and a few new ones, but there is some others that are missing, for example:
C4FM, DSTAR, DMR, Q65
Besides DMR the others are non-common in Cuba, so no big deal (so far)…
Did I mention that it took them more than 4 years to make and issue the listing?
1st Class – Prefix CO – 2000 watts max
2nd Class – Prefix CM – 100 watts max
3rd Class – prefix CL – 10 watts max