A Sign of the Times- South Africa Cancels 2,100 Amateur Radio Licenses

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SARL.jpegI was talking with some like-minded friends at a local Hamfest recently, drifting conversations between topics as is the standard when catching up. We started talking about Hams in Venezuela, what can be implied by what they don’t say, Cuba and the new restrictions the government has placed on its amateurs, and finally, just a tad bit on clandestine radio operations. This morning this story came across by usual news blotter and it’s disturbing to say the least.

Usually during severe government instability with a coming crackdown, Amateur Radio licenses are one of the first things to get pulled- the narrative must be controlled, with any potential communications between dissident groups being cut. The previous amateur allotments are then heavily monitored for traffic by anyone other than ‘authorized users’. Now to what degree the repression can be maintained is anyone’s guess. But when the president of your nation…

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