Radio Amateur Exam (RAE)
Affiliated to the
South African Radio League
To legally operate an amateur radio station and acquire an internationally unique call sign, you are required to pass an examination and be registered and licenced with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).
CTARC recommmends a training course for new radio amateurs twice a year. The courses usually start in February / March and July / August, with the examination being written in May and October respectively. If you would like to join a course, then please e-mail us.
A licence can be obtained only after you pass the Radio Amateur Examination - or RAE. This is conducted twice a year in South Africa usually in April/May and October/November.
The exam is organised and conducted by the South African Radio League (SARL) under the auspices of ICASA. It is held at various test centres throughout the country.
There are two classes of licence qualifying one to become a radio amateur or ham:
Attending a course is not compulsory and home study is permissible. The examination, however, is compulsory in order to acquire an amateur radio licence.
To find out more about the RAE visit the site of the South African Radio League. You can also download the SARL RAE Manual from the SARL site. This manual follows the HAREC syllabus, a requirement for getting a licence in South Africa.
To be put in touch with the person offering the course in the Cape Town area, please contact the Secretary by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.