Following discussions, Atsuo Sakuma, 5W1SA, has become the first resident
operator on the island to be issued with a special 5 MHz permission by the
Samoan telecomms regulator, OOTR, enabling him to operate over the frequency
band 5250 -5450 kHz.
Although 60m permissions have been available to visitors since 2011, these
had generally been the 5 US channels. The permanent amateur population in
Samoa has been low in numbers and currently Atsuo is the only resident
licensed operator, although he has lived on the island for 15 years, being
licensed since 1998.