Licensing information for Ivory Coast - TU

Prepared by: ON6TT-Peter. Status: Dec-95

Updated by TU5EX-Didier. Status: June-99


Intro: If you have a foreign ham license, you will have no problems to get a license in Ivory Coast, but it takes a bit of time and quite some paperwork

PTT:
A.T.C.I.
Mr.Felix Kouame
Physical address:
Monitoring station in Marcory Sans Fil (suburb of Abidjan)
Tel: +225 34.59.86 (direct line to Mr.Kouame)

Paperwork needed:
- Copy of your license
- Copy of your passport (including the page with your visa)
- two passport-type pictures
- in three copies: a one page 'Fiche de Renseignements' and a four page 'demande d'autorisation'
The best way to get a license:
Contact the local hamclub: TU2FQ-Joel (club secretary) tel: 21.59.57 or TU2OP-Jean-Jacques tel QRL: 24.09.91 tel QTH: 24.21.23
They will send you the necessary papers, and help you through the application procedure, which normally involves a visit to the PTT, police and security offices. Felix Koame, the PTT licensing officer, is a ham too (TU2MV). If you pay him a visit, he might already allocate a call to you before you have the necessary papers. He is a real nice guy.
Price:
CFA25,000 (US$50) per year.
Special calls:
you can not pick your own suffix. For the first year, you will get a temporary license (TU4). After a year, you might get a permanent one (TU5)
How long before you can operate?
Normally, after a verbal agreement with Felix Koame, you can get on the air (off the record). The paperwork, with help from the local ham club, takes about one month.
License restrictions:
100W HF
Customs:
no problems experienced. As usual, you might have some minor discussions while bringing ham stuff in, but nothing that you can not talk yourself out of it
Useful local contacts:
The local hams are very helpful (see also above).
The mailing address for the hamclub is:
Association des Radioamateurs Ivoiriens
01 BP 2946
Abidjan 01
TU5EX - Didier Euzet helped me a lot:
tel QRL: 05.00.99 fax QRL: 26.06.73 e-mail: tu5ex@qsl.net
Places to operate from:
The ham club is open every saturday afternoon. It is on the estate of the PTT monitoring station in the Marcory suburb (Abidjan). There are also quite a lot of nice holiday resorts along the coast, which are begging for business. Most of them have no problem with ham activity.
Tips:
- bring your VHF HT. There are a couple of ham repeaters in Abidjan. (144.300 shift + 600)
- plenty of ham activity by locals. You might consider bring some second hand material, technical books etc.. with you and donate it to the club

on6tt e-mail : pcasier@innet.be

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