The Radio Society of Sri Lanka
The Radio Society of Sri Lanka was established in 1950. The RSSL was incorporated in 1990 as a company limited by guaranteed under the companies act. The RSSL has 210 members of which 120 are amateur radio license holders.
RSSL looks after the interests of Radio Amateurs in Sri Lanka and represents them in matters affecting them to Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Interior and other Authorities. RSSL also conducts classes for members who intend to sit Radio Amateur exam, outings, contests and field trips to enhance the knowledge of Amateur Radio and to promote fellowship among members. Members of RSSL meet once a month at a General Meeting where they exchange views on various matters related to amateur radio. RSSL Members also receive a free monthly newsletter. The annual membership fee is Rs.250 for a licensed member and Rs.150 for an unlicensed member, Rs.100 for students under 18 and US$25 for foreigners. Enrollment fee is Rs.200, except for Student and Overseas Members for whom there is no enrollment fee.
The Radio society of Sri Lankais a member society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which has the sector membership of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and is the recognized representative of the Amateur Radio and Amateur-Satellite Services at the ITU.
The RSSL hosts and maintains one of the IARU’s 18 worldwide High Frequency Beacons in Sri Lanka. The RSSL also operates two VHF repeaters in central part of Sri Lanka which give coverage to a major part of Sri Lanka. A VHF net is conducted daily at 1500 hrs UTC on one of the VHF repeaters. There is also a regular net on HF every morning on 7060 kHz. The RSSL also helps in many foreign amateur radio operators who visit Sri Lanka to operate from Sri Lanka by providing assistance in getting their guest operator licenses. As a Member Society of IARU, RSSL has given it’s continued support in safeguarding amateur radio privileges at world forums.
Any person interested in amateur radio and/or electronics can apply for RSSL Membership. Membership application forms may be obtained by sending a long self addressed stamped envelope to RSSL, P.O.Box 907, Colombo or downloaded from RSSL website.