Ham Radio Latvia

By Gunnars E. Postnieks, YL2PG.Latviski

The Amateur Service is a radiocommunication service for the purposeof self-training, intercommunication and technical investigationscarried out by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.

(Radio Regulations complementing the Constitution and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union.)

This page is focused on Amateur Radio (a.k.a. Ham Radio) in Latvia and it is assumed that the reader has prior knowledge of the subject. An excellent introduction to amateur radio is at Ham Radio Online.Many fine books on this hobby are published in English by The American Radio Relay League and TheRadio Society of Great Britain.


The Licensing Authority

The Latvian Electronic Communication Office licenses and supervises all Latvian radio services, including amateur.

The current Amateur Radio Regulations are in force since 10 May 2008, replacing the 1993 version.



222 Latvian amateur stations had valid licenses on 19 February 2001. Membership to the Latvian Radio Amateur League is voluntary.


The callsign system

YL1xx is a club station.
YL#xx is an A category private station
YLxAxx or YL#Gxx is a B category private station.
YL#xx/R or YL#Rxx is a repeater.
YL callsigns with other numbers and letters may be issued on a temporary basis, e.g.
/A, /M, /P, /MM have the usual meaning.


Frequency Bands

Amateurs in Latvia may use the frequency bands:
135.7-137.8 kHz
1810-2000 kHz
3.500-3800 kHz
7000-7200 kHz
10100-10150 kHz
14000-14350 kHz
18068-18168 kHz
21000-21450 kHz
24890-24990 kHz
28000-29700 kHz
50-52 MHz
144-146 MHz
430-440 MHz
1240-1300 MHz
2300-2450 MHz
5650-5850 MHz
10-10.5 GHz
24-24.25 GHz
47-47.2 GHz
76-81.5 GHz
122.25-123 GHz
134-141 GHz
241-250 GHz


License Classes

There are two license classes in Latvia, called categories which may be loosely defined as

A - Full
B - Beginner

A Category

LF 1 W erp (CW only)
MF & HF 1000 W
50 MHz 100 W
144 MHz and 430 MHz 100 W
above 1 GHz 50 W

Old 1st and 2nd category stations become new A category stations.

B Category

3510-3750 kHz, 100 W
7010-7040 kHz, 100 W (*CW only)
21000-21450 kHz, 100 W
28000-29700 kHz, 100 W
144-146 MHz, 50 W
430-440 MHz, 20 W
1240-1300 MHz, 10 W.

Old 3rd and 4th category stations become new B category stations.


QSL Bureau

P.O.Box 164
Riga LV-1010

The bureau is run by the Latvian Radio Amateur League.


Visit and operate from Latvia

Latvia has implemented CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 The CEPT Radio Amateur License. If you do not hold a CEPT License, you may apply to www.esd.lv in writing to for a temporary Latvian license attaching a copy of your national licence.



American Radio Relay League
Buckmaster World Wide HamCall(tm) Server
Estonian Radioamateur Union
K8CX's Ham gallery
QRZ Callsign Database
QSL Bureaus, IARU
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Radio Society of Great Britain
K1BV's DX Award Page



Soundblaster Software Collection by Oliver Welp, DL9QJ
HF-FAX by Marius Rensen
Radio Raft digital mode decoding software by François Guillet, F6FLT.
Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) Home Page



KA9FOX Web Site for Contesters and DXers



The Latvian Radio Amateur League
Latvian Radio Amateurs - an partial list of names, addresses, URLs.
Latvian Electronic Communications Office

Solar activity

Today's Space Weather by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Environment Centre
Latest WWV bulletin
Solar Terrestrial Activity Report by DXLC


Other links

Federation of American Scientists A must for the technically minded.
The Monitoring Times
Grove Computer & Radio
Johnny's Gallery - photographs of SM2-land.
Numbers and Oddities
Current weather map of Europe



While every effort is being made to keep this page correct and up-to-date, the author will not undertake any responsibility for damagesand/or losses occuring due to misrepresentation of the information provided or any errors overseen.



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Author and his QSL card.

Created 1996-09-21, last updated 2010-11-19 by Gunnars E. Postnieks, YL2PG.