Licensing information for Angola - D2

Prepared by: ON6TT-Peter & Alex - D25L (PA3DZN) & RK3BR (D2CR) Vlad, Steve - 9M6DXX
Status: Aug-95 & Nov -96 & Oct-97 & Oct 98, July '99 links added, 01, 08

Intro: The only way to get a license in Angola is to show a license from another country (any license). If you have the cash, licensing goes fast and without too much formalities. The addition shown below have been reflected to the text already.

PTT:
Dirreccao Nacional de Coreios Telecommunicacoes
FAO Director
Postal address:
Caixa Postal 1459
Luanda
Physical address:
Rua Frederich Engels 92-7 Luanda, (the "Mutamba building" 7th floor)
Tel: +244 2 33.83.52
Fax: +244 2 33.93.56
Email: info at inacom.og.ao
http://www.inacom.og.ao/

However, you don't deal with the National Director directly. The person to speak to is Mr. with Mr. Lucas or Mr. Otavio, (Head of Department, Frequency Management (telephone +244 222 338/fax +244 222 339 356)

Paperwork needed:
- Copy of your license
- Copy of your passport (including the page with your visa)
- a letter (in Portuguese) in which you request a license, the place where you will operate from (should be Luanda), your TRX + serial number, and listing all the frequencies and modes you wish to operate (Region 1). Also indicate the period for which you want the license.
The best way to get a license:
It is of little use trying to get a license before you arrive. Go to the PTT office found on the 7th floor where you turn left, then first door on your right lets you enter Mr. Oliveira's office. Although bringing an interpreter may be useful, Mr. Oliveira speaks reasonably English and in fact enjoys doing so. (The licence request should be in Portugese, though). Make sure all the required information and paperwork is at hand the FIRST time you visit Mr. Oliveira because that will allow for a speedy delivery of your licence (in my case, less than 24 hours!). In your licence request, write explicitely the frequency-bands you want to use (in accordance with Region-1 practice). When your licence is handed over, check carefully every detail (callsign, freq's, validity dates [typically one year], etc). I had mine redone twice (there is a price for speedy delivery!). D25L
Price:
negotiatable. Normal start price is about US$100 (payable in Kwanzas or in cash) for a year. Half a year is US$50. D25L says: When I asked for the licence fee (I had to ask for it as no-one else brought up the subject), I was informed it was for FREE.
Special calls:
you can suggest your own D2 + 2 letter suffix callsign. Normally this is accepted. For special occasions (be creative) a D3+ 1 letter suffix is issued. D25L: As to your VANITY callsign you can be very flexible. Prefix D2 or D3 followed by whatever you want (1 letter, another digit and a letter
etc). Just now they have computerized the licence document, and all it takes is filling in your name and callsign and then print. Then it goes for signature of the National Director, but this sometimes is obtained on the spot.
How long before you can operate?
Normally, you are allowed to operate from the moment you hand over your request for a license. You will have to come back to get the license paper. This normally takes a week or so. D25L succeeded to do it in less than 24 hours!
License restrictions:
- Power limit is negociatable, normally 100 to 150 Watts HF
- /P or /M or /A operations are not allowed. You can only operate from one fixed location
Customs:
I did not have any problems with customs, but some others did (even trying to get their equipment out of the country)
Useful local contacts:
D2EV - Helmut Vanedig (the German ambassador) tel QRL: 33.45.16
Places to operate from:
There are a couple of reasonable (but very expensive) hotels in Luanda. Most of them allow you to set up antennas (or at least hang wire antennas). Hotel Emperio (the QTH where D2EGH-D3X operated from) is ham-friendly, relatively cheap (US$80/night), have a generator, good food, is clean and safe.
Notes:
- TVI in the city of Luanda is almost a given fact. Keep a low profile
- Luanda is not a safe city. Again, keep a low profile
- Be careful if you have an HT with you.
Policemen or military like HTs

pcasier at innet.be 


Addition from Alex D25L (PA3DZN)
From: Alex_van_Eijk_at_DPKO-UNAVEM at un.org
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 96 19:42:14 EST
Veikko,

Thank you for providing the licensing abroad information. This was very useful when I came out here to Angola. Based on your web-site I was able to get a licence in no time, because I was immediately directed to the right person(s). However, I'd like to update the information which was originally provided by ON6TT so that others in the future can benefit even more.

1. Indeed your request has to be addressed to the PTT address, attention National Director Sr. Joao Beirao, given in your web site information. However, you don't deal with the National Director directly. The person to speak to is Mr. Domingos Carlos Oliveira, Head of Department, Frequency Management (telephone 244 2 338352/fax 339356, telex 3385 MINTEC AN). He is holding office in the same building (the "Mutamba building") as the National Director, and can be found on the 7th floor (not fifth) where you turn left, then first door on your right lets you enter Mr. Oliveira's office. Although bringing an interpreter may be useful, Mr. Oliveira speaks reasonably English and in fact enjoys doing so. (The licence request should be in Portugese, though). Make sure all the required information and paperwork (as per your web-site's information) is at hand the FIRST time you visit Mr. Oliveira because that will allow for a speedy delivery of your licence (in my case, less than 24 hours!). In your licence request, write explicitely the frequency-bands you want to use (in accordance with Region-1 practice). When your licence is handed over, check carefully every detail (callsign, freq's, validity dates [typically one year], etc). I had mine redone twice (there is a price for speedy delivery!).

2. As to your VANITY callsign you can be very flexible. Prefix D2 or D3 followed by whatever you want (1 letter, another digit and a letter etc). Just now they have computerized the licence document, and all it takes is filling in your name and callsign and then print. Then it goes for signature of the National Director, but this sometimes is obtained on the spot.

3. Price. Your information states US$100 is where you start "negotiating". When I asked for the licence fee (I had to ask for it as no-one else brought up the subject), I was informed it was for FREE.

I hope this information is useful in any way.

73, Gd DX Alex D25L (PA3DZN)


Date: Mon, 29 Sep 1997 21:00:40 +0100
From: "Alex C.J. van Eijk" <
dx_is at pi.net
>
Reply-To:
dx_is at pi.net

Subject: D2EV

Hello Veikko,

Just to further complete your info on D2, please note that the German Ambassador, D2EV, has left Angola in August 1997. At the moment of this writing, there are (at least) two other active stations: D2BB, and the other callsign is unknown to me, but he operates from MONUA 5th Portugese Signal Corps HQ/Vila Espa-Madiba ("Futungo" Area). Hope this helps.
73, Alex PA3DZN, ex-D25L
--
Alex C.J. van Eijk
Email:
DXIS at pi.net


Addition From: D2BB "mdm" <mdm at netangola.com>
October 1998

Dear Veikko, Just another little update for the Angolan section of this excellent web site. D2AI left the country and is now back in Portugal, signing CT4KO. By the way, D2EV (Helmut) is now 4S7EV in Sri Lanka. I hold the call D2BB, and anyone is welcome to give me a call at my office in Luanda and I will try to help with the license. My phone number is 343 092. I am the head of mission for Medicos del Mundo (Doctors of The World) in Angola, and our office is well known in the Bairro dos Combatentes (Rua Fernao Lopes 90). I operate a Drake TR7A with a 3 element beam and some dipoles. 73 & DX Fernando D2BB


Addition From: "Vladimir" < vlado at imail.ru >
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 15:55:39 +0300

Hi Veikko,

Thank you for carrying a large amount of of very useful information in your Web site. I have just received the Angolan amateur radio license, and your information helped me too. I gave my documents (according your info) to secretary on 21 December 2001, and the license was issued on 2 of January 2001.
To obtain the amateur license, I had to deal directly with Mr. Lucas or Mr. Otavio. Actually, the fee is about 120 140 USD for 6 month (paid in Dollars or Kwanzas, depending of exchange rate). You can pay via any bank office or in the Ministry, receipt is given. When I went to receive my license, I brought a One Kwanza Fiscal Stamp ("selo de 1 Kwanza"), which you can buy on the street near any exchange office.

If any questions, contact me via Email vlado at imail.ru.

Best regards,

Vladimir Eremeev (Yeremeyev)
73 de RK3BR, now also D2CR


DX Holiday D2 - Angola

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