LARA and membership applications

Dear fellow HAMs,

first of all I must apologize that it takes some time for me to respond to your applications of membership. It’s just that my priorities in life has changed and I rarely take time to engage with LARA activities, that includes issuing memberships and/or licenses.

There hasn’t been much interest in the past to form sort of a council or a group that would form a core of LARA. A group where tasks like handling requests, or organizing some events would be distributed among members of the group. Thing is that from it’s beginnings everything in LARA has been based solely on voluntary base, as LARA also never charged anything like membership or license fees. Maybe that sort of incentive would help members to take this organization more seriously. But on other hand LARA and me as it’s founder can’t provide services that normal national Amateur Radio Association would.

Liberland currently is still internationally non-recognized county or entity that lacks access to its claimed territory. And unfortunately it seems that it will stay that forever.  LARA was formed in hope to unite HAMs that are interested in exotic, obscure places or an idea of a new country or nation and as part of that also its own Amateur Radio Society. As a long time close follower or part of the project named Liberland I have noticed that this original idea of new country has been steadily slipping away over years , so I began to lost interest in the project itself. Not that I wouldn’t like the original idea,  but it became something that I didn’t subscribe to. And in this state as Liberland currently is, I also didn’t want to make false promises to my ham community. It’s hard to lead and promote a part of a project which LARA is, if you are not aligned anymore with a project as a whole. That is also one of the main reasons why I wasn’t so responsive  to your application requests. I recognize that was wrong as you where having expectations and didn’t knew why they weren’t met.

I hope you now understand at least a part of position where LARA stands currently.
I will still respond to your requests for membership, but please understand that it can take some time to respond to them. As for licenses goes, I don’t know, if it’s fair to issue them, as they are practically useless. Issued callsigns are probably not legal to use on the air anywhere in the world, and since Liberland’s path has been leading away from original idea of statehood there is even less reason to have them. If you are anyway still interesting in getting callsign please write me I will see if there is enough of interest for 1L callsigns.

Best regards, 73,
Gregor Kocar, founder


First 1L licences has been issued!

It’s a pleasure to announce that first Liberland Amateur Radio licences has been issued to our 29 members. Congratulations to all and may your new callsigns serve you well.

As you probably know Liberland is still not fully recognized among other countries and isn’t member of ITU – International Telecommunication Union. Despite this fact our members are encouraged to follow international and local regulations that deal with radio communications. In order to receive a licence and with that a 1L callsign, member of LARA has to be licenced amateur radio operator in his home country or any other country, that is member of ITU. This ensures that people are already educated about technical and operational skills and knowledge that is needed in order to operate amateur radio station.

Liberland Amateur Radio licence is linked to existing amateur radio licence that operator already have, giving them 1L callsign and right to operate from Free Republic of Liberland.  Liberland Amateur Radio licence is only valid with presence of reference licence (previously existing one).

LARA provides Callbook where you can query 1L callsigns and check what is operator’s reference callsign. No other personal information is publicly available through callbook to preserve privacy of our members.

Liberland Amateur Radio licences are equipped with QR code that links to web service (cra.lara.ll.land) where  authenticity and validity of licence can be checked.

Licencees are encouraged to respect regulations and ham spirit while operating on the band.

Gregor Kočar, 1L4K
LARA manager