Licensing information for Chad - TT

Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke & AB4ET/G3KQL - TT8DFC / KE3TD - Dennis
Status: March 1998, July '99 links added, July 2003

Intro: The Republic of Chad is now issuing amateur radio licenses to overseas visitors who have a valid license from their home country. I have two engineers who visit Chad regularly and who have been issued licenses within the last six months.

Monsieur le Directeur Général
L'Office Tchadien de Régulation des Télécommunications
Gestion Nationale des Fréquences
BP 1484
N'Djamena, CHAD

tel: 235 52 12 50
fax: 235 52 13 43
Point of contact: Mr. Emile Aboud

Paperwork needed:
*         A letter in French to the Director General of OTRT, address noted above.
*         Two recent passport type photos.
*         Copy of the applicant's passport.
*         Copy of the applicant's amateur radio license.
*         17,700 Central African Francs (CFA), approx. US$31  at  July 2003 exch. rate

I was able to complete these requirements on one visit to the office, and the signed acknowledgement from the Director General was ready in 48 hours.

Mr. Aboud advised me that I could operate when the acknowledgement from the Director General was in hand.  Unless the applicant speaks French, it would be best to take an interpreter along.

The best way to get a license:
In both of the cases I am aware of the applicants held US licenses and both were given callsigns in which the suffix was their initials e.g. TT8JHM is Jim Menefee W4KKY. Because of the poor infrastructure and mailing service in Chad it is highly recommended that the application be walked through the Ministry of Communications by someone in the country rather than trying to apply by mail from overseas.

I am currently working in N'Djamena, Chad for two weeks. I decided to bring along my portable DX station based on the positive information you provided for the ARRL website.  Thanks for your good work, it's a wonderful service to hams worldwide.

approximately 31 US dollars
Special calls: see above
How long before you can operate?
License restrictions:
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:
Chad is a somewhat unstable country and things change from time to time. I applied for a license during my visits there about ten years ago and although the Ministry of Communications were not a problem the application was turned down by the Ministry of the Interior on the grounds of "security" . They did not know what amateur radio was and did not care. It was foreigners operating radio transmitters without direct government control and they did not want to know anything about it.

I am pleased that times have changed and hope to be licensed myself on my next visit. I hope this will be useful in updating your web site information for this country.

John Weatherley AB4ET/G3KQL

johnlw at

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