AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF
Updated 1st AUGUST, 2014
Congratulations to Dennis Makhandia, Ben Muchimuti and Anthony Kagotho who have passed the IARE at the first attempt, and Anthony Kagotho has received his license as 5Z4OC.
Sadly this month we say goodbye to Charles, 5Z4EE, who is being posted back to the USA and will be retiring to Elko, Nevada, with the call NV7E.
Licensees should remember to renew their licenses, which were due on 1st July, and invoices were not received until well into July.
The regular Shack Meeting took place on 5th July. The beam antenna at the Shack has been straightened by the kind offices of Don 5Z4DE, and he is seeking out some 4-core cable to reconnect the rotator, which still unserviceable.
The new name, Communications Authority of Kenya, is being set up in the old CCK website and a revised and easier license application form has been published. The URL is www.ca.go.ke .
Some confusion has followed the recent publication by the CAK of changes in the Amateur license application form, and ARSK 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 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. 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 CAK.
The NCDXF beacon 5Z4B which was struck by lightning last year has been repaired but is subject to occasional interruptions. There are now problems with the antenna.
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.87 but they may be valued at a lot less. The Pound Sterling is presently valued at around Shs.147.00 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 (June 2014) exchange rates at Forex Bureaux for US$1 is around Shs.87.00 and £Stg.1 about Shs.147.00. 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.
CCK WEBSITE AND LICENSE APPLICATION FORM
The Communications Commission 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 case of any difficulty ARSK will send a copy of the new form by e-mail on request.
Licensing 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 -