Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS) was established in 1979 in accordance with the provision of Law no. 24 of the year 1962 concerning clubs and public utility societies, proclaimed by Ministerial Resolution no. 140 of the year 1980.
Objectives of the Society can be summarized as follows:
1. Promoting amateur radio among citizens and organizing its practice in conformity with relevant laws.
2. Collaborating with the concerned authorities for laying down rules relating to the issuing of licenses and permits for practicing amateur radio relevant instruments within the framework of the international agreements regulating the use of radio amateur frequencies.
3. Establishing international human relations and friendships between radio amateurs in Kuwait and abroad in a manner introducing Kuwait and reflecting its development and rise.
4. Organizing local and regional contests between radio amateurs and participating in international contests arranged in this field.
5. Participating in conferences and symposiums of amateur radio held in Kuwait or abroad.
6. Training amateurs on how to use the radio sets and equipment and provide all instruments required for such a purpose.
7. Taking part in preparing technical staff for the purpose of providing human services in the event of emergency and rescue of sea vessels and aircraft etc.
ACTIVE MEMBERS Active membership is limited to Kuwaitis, of good conduct not less than 18 years old holding a Kuwaiti amateur radio license.
ORDINARY MEMBERS Ordinary membership is available to resident of Kuwait of good conduct not less 14 years old. They, like active members, have all rights and responsibilities except voting and candidacy for board of director membership.
HONORARY MEMBERS The Board may award honorary membership at its discretion to persons it deems able to help achieving KARS objectives.
APPLYING FOR MEMBERSHIP Application forms are available at KARS headquarters. They have to be completed by the applicants for consideration by the Board at its first regular meeting following the date of submitting the application. Rejected applicants may re-apply only after 6 months from date of rejection.
FEES There are two types of fees which are as indicated below: 1. Registration fees amount to KD 10 (Paid once). 2. Membership fees amount to KD 15 (Paid annually).
TRAINING COURSES KARS conducts theoretical and practical training courses for the purpose of promoting skills of members on principles of electronics, methods of operation, transmission etc. These courses qualify successful attendees to obtain license from the Ministry of Communication.
QUALIFYING EXAMS KARS organizes open examinations to radio amateurs having good background and notifies the Ministry of Communication that the person succeeding in the examination qualifies for obtaining a radio amateur license.
OTHER SERVICES KARS provides a great number of advanced radio sets at its headquarters to make it easy for members to practice their hobby. It also gives technical advice to amateurs on type of equipment, antenna, installation etc. There is also a library containing books as well as catalogues on radio. Postal office for receiving and dispatching is also available. There is a weekly meeting for discussing and exchanging ideas.