Licensing information for Western Samoa - 5W

Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke & OK1KT - Vrata & David Stanley & OH3UU/OH2BCV/5W0UU - Risto & AH6HY/5W0DF - David
Status: Jan-96 & July '98, July '99 links, Apr '02, Jan '04, May '06

Intro: If you have a foreign ham license, you will have no problems to get a license in Western Samoa. Office works quickly and efficiently.

PTT:
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)
Private Mail Bag, Samoa Tel
Apia, SAMOA
Attention: Fa'afetai Karanita Ah Kuoi
MONITORING AND SPECTRUM MANAGAMENT DIVISION

Email: fak@samoa.ws
Fax +685-24671
Phone
+685-26117 or 26709
Only 5 digit of phone numbers and area code 685.
Physical location:
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
(MCIT)
2nd Floor, CA & CT Plaza
SAVALALO

Paperwork needed:
1. Certified copy of your license certificate
2. Certified copy of your passport
3. Equipment details and specifications
4. Proposed location of operation while in Samoa
5. Date of arrival and departure from Samoa

The best way to get a license:
Send the application in free form to the Director. If the fee is included the license comes to you by post in about two months. The license is valid for a year. The office does good and nice work. See addition below.
Price:
65 Tala
Special calls:
Ask for it otherwise it will be your initials
License restrictions:
All HF bands incl. 1800 - 2000 kHz, max power 100 W.
Customs:
no problems
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:
Western Samoa, Hotel Accommodation Index
and touristic info Destination Independent Samoa and Manumea homepage and Samoa Homepage and Talofa Lava Samoa
Local hotels, guest houses
Tips:

Oh2mcn@sral.fi 


DX Holiday 5W - Western Samoa
Samoa's Uncut Jewel: UPOLU- thanks. David Stanley and Finding Samoa


Addition From OK1KT on 10 Jul 98 12:08:37 +0200 (CET)

Hi Veikko,

As I promissed before our DXPedition hereby I would like update info concerning the 5W license. We had asked license separately in advance and obtained it without any problem. One member of the crew decided on the island to ask for a new license so we went directly to the main post office (close to the main street of Apia) and it took 20 mins to get it. Price is the same - 15 Tala ( USD = 2.6 Tala) and they prefer the suffix corresponding to the first letters of your name.

To the "places operate from" - we can recommend the Kitano Tusitala Hotel in Apia where we had a lot of space for antennas (back yard) beside tennis courts. We have checked nearly all hotels in Apia but we returned to Kitano Tusitala after recognizing it as the best one. The room was well equipped with small bar (daily refilled) and good air conditioner. No problems with electricity (except the plugs [maybe the English or Australian one, buy one when you see one, OH2MCN] - but abt 200 m off the hotel is a shop where we bought all needed).

I am ready to answer any question if need.

73, Vrata OK1KT

"Vaverka Vratislav" vaverka@army.cz


Addition From: "John Ahlbom" < john.ahlbom@pp.inet.fi >
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 16:54:56 +0200

I was particularly interested in 3D2 and 5W, where (my wife) and I visited in February 1997. I had no problems in obtaining licenses 3D2NZ and 5W0AC. Applications sent to telecommunications authorities about six months before the trip were processed with efficiency. I had been advised to pick up the 5W0AC license at the Telecommunication Office at the Main Post Office in Apia upon arrival. There the license was, as promised. They did not issue a requested 5W1NZ call, but instead a "0" (foreigner) call with a two letter suffix, derived somehow from family and given name (in my case middle initial) initials! 15 Talas were paid and off I went. The Western Samoa venue was the "Samoan Village Resort", some 30 minutes away from Apia, where we were firing up from an ocean front cottage or "fale" N:o 1, a very comfortable dwelling for (then) USD 85 per night. The resort included some 10 fales, one secluded one dedicated for honeymooners! 220 V AC was arranged for us upon request. Ample room for wire antennas was available. Local AC outlet plugs are a must; I connected a three-pin local plug to a 4-position (grounded) European el-outlet cord and was equipped for the connecting of my Kenwood TS-50, Icom PS-85 PSU and el-bug. Local electricity in 5W was 110 V AC, which I was not using during my trip. End fed wires and a wire GP, with two radials took me around the world with only 100 W.


Addition From: Dave AH6HY <ah6hy@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 7 May 2006 
Subject: 5W license update

Hi Veikko:

To be added to your 5W license info page from my operation as 5W0DF April-May 2006.

License fee is now ST$65. After contacting Fa'afetai by email, he said he needed all of following items sent to him at least two weeks prior to my arrival:

1. Certified copy of your license certificate
2. Certified copy of your passport
3. Equipment details and specifications
4. Proposed location of operation while in Samoa
5. Date of arrival and departure from Samoa

Send above items to the following address:

***************************************************

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)
Private Mail Bag. Samoa Tel
Apia, SAMOA

Attention: Fa'afetai Karanita Ah Kuoi
MONITORING AND SPECTRUM MANAGAMENT DIVISION

***************************************************

I asked Fa'afetai to email me when he received the items, and he complied. He said that I can pick up the license in person at the MCIT office in Apia after arrival in Samoa and pay the ST$65 license fee there. The MCIT office address for license pickup is:

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
(MCIT)
2nd Floor, CA & CT Plaza
SAVALALO

Telephone: (685) 26117

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 0800 ~ 1635 Hrs

Everything was very smooth!

Operated from the Vaiala Beach Cottages on the north shore, east part of Apia. Very ham friendly location with perfect takeoff angles to anywhere in the northern hemisphere!

Any further questions, do not hesitate to ask:

David Flack AH6HY/5W0DF
email: ah6hy@yahoo.com 
home page: http://ah6hy.htohananet.com 


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