AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF
Updated 10th APRIL, 2014
The regular Shack Meeting took place on 5th April, the high point being the most generous donation to the Society of five dual band (VHF/UHF) HTs by Call Merritt, AB9D and Damion Junk, NG9I.
Five candidates have applied to sit the next IARE on 17th May.
Some confusion has followed the recent publication by the CCK of changes in the Amateur license application form, and ARSK was neither consulted nor informed beforehand. After discussions with CCK 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 as 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. The CCK website is to be edited as soon as possible but it may take some time and has still not been done. A recent meeting with CCK 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. Other issues such as our use of 6 metres is still under consideration by CCK.
The NCDXF beacon 5Z4B which was struck by lightning last year has been repaired but is subject to occasional interruptions.
Applicants sending US Dollars for license payments should be aware that notes dated earlier than the year 2000 are often refused for exchange here, but if accepted they are liable to a much reduced rate - the full rate is about Shs.86 but they may be valued at a lot less. The Pound Sterling is presently valued at around Shs.142.00 at Forex Bureaux.
PAYMENT OF ARSK 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 (November 2012) exchange rates at Forex Bureaux for US$1 is around Shs.85.50 and £Stg.1 about Shs.142. Dollar notes under $10 are not popular and all rates vary daily (if not hourly) and should be checked.
PAYMENT OF LICENSE FEES
pressed for a fixed US Dollar fee for applicants from outside
CCK WEBSITE AND LICENSE APPLICATION FORM
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) website may be seen at www.cck.go.ke and a copy of the Kenya Amateur Radio license application form should be downloaded from that site. In case of any difficulty ARSK will send a copy of the new form by e-mail on request.
information available to us for
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 -