We are grateful to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ARKEP), International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, Yasme Foundation Inc. and Project Goodwill Kosovo for assisting in the rebirth of Amateur Radio in Kosovo. Thank You!

KOSOVO CATCHING UP WITH LOST DECADES

Amateur Radio in Kosovo was reborn on September 12, 2012 when the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) adopted modern regulations governing the Amateur Radio (AR) Service. Project Goodwill Kosovo was instrumental in assisting in the process, while IARU Region 1 membership of December 9th, 2015, ultimately sealed Kosovo’s happy return. With a sense of great happiness, the original Amateur Radio Association of Kosovo (SHRAK) was reconstituted and was soon ready to proceed. Together with the uniquely large number of young people in Kosovo, an opportunity to do something special presented itself and was promptly seized upon. SHRAK teamed up with the University of Pristina, and Amateur Radio was added to the curriculum of the University’s engineering students. It was carefully geared as one of their English language courses. First-year students were targeted since Amateur Radio’s entry level categories nicely correlate to their studies. December 13, 2013 was an historic day as 52 engineering students took the fi rst ever AR exam at the University’s amphitheater. When the dust had settled, 50 of them were fully licensed to operate and to spread knowledge of our passion among their friends. The Dean of the University provided the newborn hams with permanent club facilities, and a unique success story was completed. As you walk down the streets of the glitzy Pristina, the statue of the country’s national hero, George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, is seen there. His legacy lies in national cohesion and cultural affi nity with Europe. Also in Amateur Radio, Kosovo is heading toward the future and joining the family of nations.

First airing of SHRAK

First airing of SHRAK