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Amateur Radio Alive and Well in Turkey

Contrary to erroneous reports making the rounds on various Internet sites, no amateur radio licenses were suspended or revoked in Turkey in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

“There is no amateur radio license revoked in Turkey, and amateur radio operators are operating normally,” said Aziz Sasa, TA1E, the president of Turkey’s International Amateur Radio Union member society TRAC. “The reports on amateur radio licenses being revoked by the Supreme Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) are unconfirmed and speculative. RTUK is not a regulatory body of amateur radio,” Sasa added. His entire statement has been posted to the TRAC website.

The erroneous reports cite a release from RTUK, which oversees broadcasting. Amateur Radio and other wireless industries are regulated by BTK, a separate agency. Three stations in Turkey were reported heard on 10 meters last week during an opening to Central Europe — TA1BM, TA1PB, and YM7TEN/B.

IARU member society TRAC has not been closed, nor has its website been blocked or shut down.

Original story credit:  The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League)