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Charles NK8O sent us some informations about Tanzania. He operated from Tanzania as 5H3DX.


Dear friends, 

I am happy to send what information I can.

I generally stay at the hospital site (Children’s Hospital, Zinga) when I travel, so I have very little information regarding hotels or operating from them. 



Several major airlines fly to Tanzania. From the US, the fastest and easiest is generally to take flights through Delta/KLM, and connect in Amsterdam.  Air Emirates also flies to Tanzania.  Depending on final destination, major flights go to either Kilimanjaro International Airport, or Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar Es Salaam.  There are connecting flights to most areas of the country (and to adjacent countries) through Precision Air, Coastal Aviation, and fastjet.



A radio license in Tanzania is not difficult to obtain, but it can take time.  You must plan well in advance, because issuance can take 1-3 months.  Direct application is possible if you have a contact who can personally take the materials to TCRA, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, but in general is better to work through the Tanzanian Amateur Radio Club (TARC).  One must have a contact in Tanzania to obtain a license, and the TARC can act as the contact.  Currently Hidan Rico, 5H3HO is the trustee of TARC.  His contact e-mail is z5h3arc@gmail.com or z5h3h0@yahoo.com.  Hidan charges about €100 for this service, because it involves travel and several trips to and from TCRA office.  Licensing requires a copies of your home radio license, the front page of your passport, your visa, your itinerary including travel to and from Tanzania, and where you will be staying/operating, and the specifications sheet from your transceiver or gear.  Maximum allowable power in Tanzania is 100 WATTS, unless you have a special experimental license. 



Travel to Tanzania has few restrictions.  It is very wise to take malaria prophylaxis, and use insect repellant to keep the mosquitoes and flies away.  Yellow fever vaccine is NOT required, unless you stop in an area where the disease is considered endemic.  This includes stopovers in Kenya and other African countries.  One good development is that if you have ever had YF vaccine (and have the International Book to prove it), the vaccine is now considered valid for life.  Tanzania does abide by this rule. 



Climate in Tanzania is generally warm.  The farther south you travel, the cooler the temps might be in the winter.  It can also be cool at higher altitudes, such as Mzana, but the Lake Region is only 3 degrees south of the equator, and Zinga is only 6 degrees south.  There is a rainy season later in the summer and in the fall. 


Taking gear into Tanzania generally is not a problem.  I have never been stopped or questioned on the basis of my radio gear, but it is probably a good idea to have a copy of the receipts for your radio gear (if possible) and you must have a copy of your licenses, both home and Tanzanian.  If you will be stopping to operate in a other counties be sure to obtain proper authorizations.  CEPT countries make it easy; just be sure to carry your three-language printout of the CEPT agreement.  In general it is better to take radios in carryon luggage, rather than checking it.  Other items can be checked, such as power supplies and antenna materials. 



Power in Tanzania is 220-240 VAC, so be sure your equipment has appropriate settings, or obtain an appropriate transformer. 


(No information on HAM friendly hotels…)  I'm sorry


I travel to Tanzania yearly now.  2017 will be my 6th trip to Tanzania and 4th DX experience there.  I am primarily a CW operator, but I plan to add some digital modes on my next trip.  I operate from Children’s Hospital, Zinga when I have time away from other responsibilities.  Be prepared for large pile-ups, regardless of the mode you choose.


73,  Chas 5H3DX, NK8O, VE3ISD


We really appreciate your help. Thank you Charles!