ET3AA is back


On 30 May 2011 the reopening of the club station of EARS, our Ethiopian member society took place. Professor Doctor Heiko Schroeder, Head of the Technical Faculty of the University of Addis Ababa and Hans Blondeel Timmerman, President of IARU Region 1 cut the ribbon. Donations from STARS and others helped to enable the revival of ET3AA. Led by Sid ET3SID the club installed their shack and built antennas on top of the roof of the Technical Faculty of the University of Addis Ababa. Not an easy job, because before they could safely install equipment in the shack they had to repair the roof with flame and tar. To be allowed to do this they had to repair the water pumps of the fire extinguishing system that had not been used for almost 15 years. The team did a great job fixing it all and they now look at a station crowned by their “dream beam”, a 17 element 6-30 MHz log-periodic antenna that once belonged to one of the Embassies in Addis and that was saved from the scrapyard.

By the end of July more than 25 club members will take the Radio Amateur Exam. Among the candidates are many young students and all hope to receive their individual licenses soon. Unfortunately Ethiopian Security still controls the licensing system. I am afraid that more work has to be done to convince the authorities that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and that in principle they are good Ethiopians who deserve their government's confidence. Another hurdle to overcome is the examination fee of 25 UK Pounds, a one month's salary in Ethiopia. Club members plan to have an activity week. Green stamps that come with the QSL cards will be used to pay for their RAE. The mail to their new P.O. Box is safe.

The opening was shown on the national television and the club received a great number of applications for membership.