Radio Amateur Exams
The South African Radio League (SARL) has been kind to assist the NARL by offering candidate Namibian Radio Amateurs to write RAE exams in Windhoek and as of March 2023 in Walvis Bay as well.
To be able to write exams in Namibia, you need to be a member of the NARL. See Membership page for the application form.
Exams are booked directly online via the South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) and the exam dates coincides with the published exam dates of the SARL. The registration fees must be paid to the SARL as instructed on the SARL website.
Also notify the NARL to make sure that they are aware of the registration. The NARL only handles the supervision of the exam at the Windhoek or Walvis Bay exam center.
The fees are as follows and should be paid to the SARL during the registration:
Adult Class-A R650.00
Junior Class-A R600.00
The Radio Amateur Exam (RAE) consists of 2 parts. First part is an legislative exam paper testing you knowledge about the Communication Act and the second exam paper test your Electronic and Radio knowledge.
Study Material for Legislative Paper
Study Material for Technical (Electronics and Radio) Knowledge Paper
Please refer to the South African Radio League's (SARL) Radio Amateur Exam (RAE) page on the SARL website. Look for the "SARL RAE Class A Study Guide - 2016 Effective for Oct 2016 exam and onwards" PDF downloadable file. (Do not use the older 2007 version.)
Since South Africa has been accepted as a signatory to and participant in the CEPT common amateur radio licence, passing the exam means you will be issued with Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC) based on the CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-02.
The HAREC Certificate is accepted by Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) for the issue of an ITU Assigned Region 1 Amateur Frequencies Spectrum Use License.
Study Material: Free (available to download above and on SARL Website via link provided).
Punctuality: Administration starts at least 30 minutes before the exam time stipulated in the registration. It is important to arrive early for the exam.
No of Exam Papers: 2 (Law and Technical) in 1 exam session.
Venue: Windhoek or Walvis Bay, Namibia
Practical: After written exam you need to demonstrate to the examiners how to setup a transceiver radio, ready to transmit and receive a signal.
On Passing Exam: You will receive a HAREC Certificate which CRAN will accept to issue a
Radio Amateur License valid only until the end of the year.
Should you need more information, please make use of the Contact Us page to get in touch with the NARL regarding examinations and the needed study material.
Last Updated: 09 March 2023
The RAE dates for 2023 are as follows:
1st semester RAE
2nd Semester RAE
Note: No late registrations will be accepted.