RADIO SOCIETY OF KENYA
POSTAL ADDRESS: P.O. Box 45681, Nairobi - 00100, KENYA
Updated 6th SEPTEMBER, 2016
We welcome Mark Beacham, VK3XB who has been licensed as 5Z4XB, and Joseph Ndungu who is now 5Z4MN.
The Shack water meter and stopcock have been stolen yet again and the washroom windows smashed, but the intruders did not gain entry and were probably driven off by the bees. A trespasser has made himself as shelter from poles and plastic sheeting at the back and out of sight. He has twice been moved out and it is hoped the Police may be able to catch him. The situation is disturbing and unless we can find some way to have it occupied and guarded it seems there will be no option but to sell it off. The Committee has it under review but suggestions will be welcomed.
The Annual General Meeting was held in Nairobi on 16th January as scheduled. The 2015 Committee was elected en bloc to continue in 2016 with the exception of the Net Controller, Wolfgang 5Z4WD, who is now QRT. Ted, 5Z4NU, is the Chairman and Secretary, and runs the newsletter, CAK communications and is by default the Sunday net controller as well; Hemant, 5Z4HP, is Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and Shack representative. Max 5Z4MR continues to represent STARS, STELAR and the IARU. Ted, 5Z4NU, retired as a Trustee and was replaced by David Mutonga, 5Z4DJ.
To avoid probable future legal problems with our land title and the bank account the name was reverted to the “Radio Society of Kenya.”
The CAK has granted us the use of the six metre band – 50 to 52 MHz, under the usual conditions, secondary usage and no interference. A request has been made for 4 meters, 70 to 70.5 MHz as well, without success, but the new 60 meter segment 5,315.5 kHz to 5,366.5 kHz is to be granted for Amateur use from early 2017. We already have the use of 40 meters up to 7,200 kHz but license documents and published frequency schedules may not have been updated.
Rick, 5Z4/M0LEP, ran the 5Z590IARU operation in December and made a most creditable 555 QSOs in rather poor propagation conditions.
Some confusion has followed the recent publication by the CAK of changes in the Amateur license application form, and RSK has made several submissions on the subject. After discussions with CAK it is now known that foreign applicants outside Kenya are required to have their passport and license photocopies certified by a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public, as before, but are NOT required to submit a sworn affidavit attesting to the validity of the documents. A visa was shown to be a requirement for visitors ((it has never been so) but it has been dropped as many visitors obtain them on arrival at the airport and it is simply not a feasible option for short term visitors who need to get their license before leaving home, not least for assistance with Customs and Security. All local applicants will be required to submit a sworn affidavit but will no longer need to have their documents attested. A recent meeting with CAK confirmed that the fee for Novice licenses remains at Shs.200 on application with the issue and renewals free, and it was also agreed that long term foreign residents should be able to apply for 5Z4 licenses instead of being limited to visitors’ licenses. Requests for amendments to the application form had still not been addressed by September.
The NCDXF beacon 5Z4B was hosted by Don Gardner, 5Z4DE, in Nairobi. It has been operating fairly satisfactorily but with some variations on different frequencies and the antenna was taken down for maintenance in December. It is now back on the air.
Applicants sending US Dollars for license payments should be aware that notes dated earlier than the year 2000 are often refused for exchange here. The Pound Sterling is presently valued at around Shs.150 and the US Dollar at about Shs.100 at Forex Bureaux, but both rates are very variable.
PAYMENT OF RSK DUES ETC.
Subscriptions become due on 1st January. Unless private arrangements can be made the advice of the Secretary or Treasurer should be sought on transmission of subscriptions in foreign currency. Western Union is one good transfer system, but naturally charges are quite high. Cheques drawn on foreign banks attract high charges, however. Current (December 2014) exchange rates at Forex Bureaux for US$1 is around Shs.100 and £Stg.1 about Shs.150 or less. Dollar notes under $10 are not popular and all rates vary daily (if not hourly) and should be checked.
PAYMENT OF LICENSE FEES
We have pressed for a fixed US Dollar fee for applicants from outside Kenya, to ease the variable exchange rate and remittance problem, but so far the CCK have been unable to accept this except to agree an interim standard fee of US$.50, which is very high.
CAK WEBSITE AND LICENSE APPLICATION FORM
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CCK) website may be seen at www.ca.go.ke and a copy of the Kenya Amateur Radio license application form should be downloaded from that site in the Frequency Spectrum section, not Telecommunications. In case of any difficulty ARSK will send a copy of the form by e-mail on request.
information available to us for Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda has been added
below the Kenya information on the Licensing page, for the benefit of potential
visitors to East Africa.
NB: These offices are completely separate from the Kenya authority and must be dealt with directly.
CUAGN SN! We look forward to working you on the air, seeing you here in person and hopefully in the not too distant future we may be able to assist and advise in getting visitors' licenses. Watch this space in case we get further good news for intending visitors.
As we say here: "Kwaheri ya kuonana!" - we'll be seeing you!
- 73, GD DX -