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Buying

When purchasing used Amateur Radio equipment, please be aware of the following.

  1. To purchase regulated radio equipment you must be in possession of a valid license entitling you to own or operate said equipment.
  2. You might want to document the make, model , serial number , date of sale and the sellers particulars. (License number / call sign will be sufficient. )
  3. Ensure that the seller of the equipment you wish to purchase, has acquired said equipment by legal means and holds a valid license for it. ( Remember, it is illegal to be in possession of stolen goods. Many people have lost thousands of Rands when items proven to be stolen goods have been confiscated buy the SAPS. )
  4. Radio enthusiasts, for example SWL's, (not yet in possession of the relevant certificate but who may be studying for the RAE) who purchase a piece of transmitting equipment they are not yet legally entitled to possess or use but are working towards that end, must approach ICASA who will seal the equipment so that it cannot transmit and issue the owner with a permit to possess the equipment.

In other words, its up to you to make sure that the goods you purchase are not stolen and sold to you in a legal fashion. No one wants to loose their hard earned money.

Selling

This information will assist you as a Radio Amateur to sell or dispose of radio equipment legally in your possession, in a manner such as will be in accordance with the Radio Regulations.

  1. You may not sell your equipment to any person who does not hold a valid license for the particular equipment that is being sold.
  2. You will need to document the make, model , serial number , date of sale and the persons particulars. (License number / call sign will be sufficient. )
  3. The regulations stipulate that you must be in possession of a dealer license in order to sell , repair or distribute radio equipment.  However in the case of a amateur radio operator wanting to dispose of an item they will turn a "blind eye" as long as the sale is to a fellow amateur. It is up to the seller to ensure that the person buying the item is a valid license holder. In the case of companies or individuals selling on a regular basis at flea markets is a different story. ( They will be required to have a dealer license. )
  4. Any person whom has equipment capable of either receiving or transmitting needs to be licensed. A permit in the case of the PMG / ICASA is in actual fact a license as was set out in the government Gazette. The permit / license always has a annual fee attached to it.
  5. Radio enthusiasts, for example SWL's, (not yet in possession of the relevant certificate but who may be studying for the RAE) who purchase a piece of transmitting equipment they are not yet legally entitled to possess or use but are working towards that end, must approach ICASA who will seal the equipment so that it cannot transmit and issue the owner with a permit to possess the equipment.

In other words, its best to make sure you sell your equipment to a properly licensed individual. Remember, its the seller who is responsible for making sure that the buyer is permitted to have the equipment being sold / disposed of.


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