AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF
Updated 18th JANUARY, 2015
The AGM was held successfully at Planning House, Lower Kabete Road, on Saturday 17th January, 2015. The Committee was re-elected en bloc for 2015 with the exception of Enrico Li Perni, 5Z4ES, as Technical Manager, who has left Kenya. A welcome visitor was James Archer, 5Z4FV, who has returned from the USA, and a new Associate member, David M. Mutonga, joined the society.
Congratulations to Markus, 5Z4/DJ4EL who made 9,450 contacts from Lamu and Late Islands in October. He had hoped for 10,000. His photographs can be seen at http://forum.ov-n47.de/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1667&start=15#p7796 .
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 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 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 hosted by Enrico Li Perni, 5Z4ES, has been taken over by Don Gardner, 5Z4DE, in Nairobi, as Enrico has left Kenya. It has been operating fairly satisfactorily again since 3rd December although it was very weak at one time on 18.1 mHz.
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.141.50 and the US Dollar at about Shs.85 at Forex Bureaux, but both rates are very variable.
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 (December 2014) exchange rates at Forex Bureaux for US$1 is around Shs.89 and £Stg.1 about Shs.138. 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 the Frequency Spectrum section, not Telecommunications. In case of any difficulty ARSK will send a copy of the new 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 -