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Ham Visitors to South Africa Able to Operate, Use Special Call Sign Prefix During World Cup


Through an agreement between the South African Radio League (SARL) and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, those radio amateurs who will be attending the FIFA World Cup in South Africa may use a special ZS call sign during the event. SARL is South Africa’s IARU Member-Society.

After registering with SARL prior to arrival in South Africa, hams may attach ZS10 to the front of their own call sign (i.e. ZS10/K1SFA) from June 11-July 11. Hams interested in obtaining permission to use ZS10/ must complete the form and e-mail it, along with a copy of their passport page showing the ham’s photograph and a copy of their current Amateur Radio license. Hams will need to keep a both a copy of the form and their license while in South Africa. The e-mail address is

In anticipation of the World Cup, SARL and its affiliated clubs have been using a special event call sign -- ZS10WCS -- since September 2009. SARL will provide a commemorative QSL card for those amateurs who work ZS10WCS. Direct QSLs must include a self-addressed envelope and one IRC or US $1. Amateurs may also QSL via e-mail to, but those hams sending an e-mail QSL will only receive an e-mail QSL in return, and not the commemorative printed QSL card.




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