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  @BOOK NOW  FOR THE RTA PORT ELIZABETH - the next SARL Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday 4 October2014  at Magnetic Storm 15 Mangold Street Newton Park. Get full details here . Book now time is running out. Note the new venue  

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@SARLNEWS/NUUS 28 September  2014 - download here  

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 IARU REGION 1 Conference

SARL President, Geoff Levey ZS6C, congratulating the newly elected IARU Region 1 President, Don Beattie.

The three South African Radio League delegates, Geoff Levey, ZS6C, Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT, and Riaan Greeff, ZS4PR, who attended the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Albena, Bulgaria, reports that real progress was made at the meeting on a number of topics that are of key concern to radio amateurs. This came from getting people together over several days and facing them with the realities that we need to protect our spectrum as well as address the declining numbers of active Radio Amateurs. It was heartening to see the real progress made by Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, the Region 1 Youth Coordinator in this latter respect. 

The Conference reviewed the strategy of IARU Region 1, its finances and membership. Other matters reviewed includes the work of a number of permanent Committees, Working Groups and coordinators, including EMC, Political Relations, Emergency Communications, Youth, ARDF, Development of Amateur Radio in developing countries (STARS Working Group), Spectrum development and protection via ITU, CEPT and the World Radiocommunication Conferences (External Relations Committee), Intruder Watch, Space and High Speed Telegraphy. 

Of particular importance was the amendment of the Terms of Reference for the EMC and Political Relations Committees that now provides a clear requirement for Region 1 to lobby at political, governmental and business levels on matters of EMC and related legislation and standards. 

Conference also reviewed policy in the key spectrum areas of LF/HF and VHF/UHF/Microwave. Discussions extended over a range of areas, including band planning, contest, remote working and innovative developments in the areas of satellites and digital TV. The position on future World Communication Conferences was also discussed. 

Conference considered and made recommendations in the areas of trans-border QSL management, responsible QSLing, malicious QRM, Youth Initiatives, copyright and article reproduction and CW procedures. A full report of the proceedings of the final Plenary will be published in due course on the IARU Region 1 web site at 

The Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy was awarded to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, for his meritorious service to amateur radio over many years. Gaston was the chairman of the Eurocom Working Group and then the chairman of the ARSPEX Working Group. Gaston, aged 87, has decided to step down as ARSPEX EG chairman. He received a standing ovation when the award was announced. 

A new Executive Committee was elected during the Final Plenary of the 23rd IARU Region 1 General Conference. 43 member societies were present at Conference with 17 member societies represented by proxy. The South African Radio League held the proxy of the Namibian Amateur Radio League. 

The Executive Committee for 2014 to 2017, who will start their term of office on 31 October 2014, are

President: Don Beattie, G3BJ

Vice President: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR

Treasurer: Eva Thiemann, HB9FPM

Secretary: Dennis Green, ZS4BS


Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE

David Court, EI3IO

Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO

Ivan Stauning, OZ7IS

Ranko Boca, 4O3A 

The 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference will be held in September 2017 in Wildbad Kreuth, near Munich, Germany, hosted by the DARC. Thanks to the RSGB for this summary report. The conference was plagued by server breakdown and poor internet connectivity particularly during the last few days of the conference hence the lack of coverage on the SARL web for the last two days of the conference. Once settled back, the SARL delegates will prepare a full briefing. Watch this space for details 

 Jamboree on the Air and CQ Hou Koers. These two events will be on the air over the

 weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October and hopefully you and your club have made contact with the local Scout Group, Guide Company or Voortrekker Commando and started the arrangements. If you are looking for a Scout Group near you, visit, for Girl Guide Companies, visit  and for the Voortrekkers, visit or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at Do something special for the youth of our country.  If you would like a special JOTA or CQ Hou Koers call sign, complete the ICASA application form, add a motivation and submit it via the South African Radio League

 @THE VK6RIO AMATEUR RADIO SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT – The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DX-pedition, VC1T, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned on 144,950 MHz across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth. Read more here

@RTA KIT  2013 AND CD NOW AVAILABLE- Supplies of the RTA2013 SDR VFO kit and CD are now available for shipping. The kit and CD combo are available at R250 each including packaging and shipping. The CD alone is available at R70. Place your order now. The booking from is available here. There is a premium for non-members,


HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 7 September 2014) 

DX Magazine's "2014 Most Wanted" Survey. Carl, N4AA, Editor of QRZ DX and The DX Magazine, reports: "The DX Magazine is celebrating its Silver (25th) anniversary this year. I am pleased to note that the first DX Magazine's Most Wanted Survey was reported in the October 1989 issue. It's been conducted every year since then, making this its 25th anniversary. Is that a record?? I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Most Wanted Survey is now on-line and ready for use and it will remain active until on or about 15 October. It was also published in the current issue of the magazine, which is in the mail at this time. Please pass along the information to your friends and encourage them to participate, so we can get the most input possible." The URL for the survey is 

XT, Burkina Faso. Ivaylo, LZ1CLM, is now active as XT2CML from Bobo-Dioulasso until 30 September. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment is a FT-857 with 100 w, into an off-centre Dipole 20 m long. QSL via LZ1CLM, direct or by the LZ QSL Bureau.

S7, Seychelles. Christian "Chris", HB9LCA, will be active as S79LCA from the Seychelles between 6 and 27 September. While there, he plans to activate three of Seychelles islands. Activity will be on 40 - 6 metres using mostly CW with some SSB, but no Digital modes. QSL via his home call sign, direct (see or by the Bureau.

TZ6BB QRT. Fernando, EA4BB/TZ6BB, informs OPDX: "I have been reassigned to Nigeria and I will go there next Monday (8 Sept 2014). I was kind of expecting this, though not so soon. This means, unfortunately, that TZ6BB will go QRT on Sunday evening (7 Sept 2014). I will still come back to Mali by mid November or so, for a few days, but my task then will be to dismantle the station, pack up all my things and then return to 5N land to stay. I will of course do my best to be on the air from there, but I need first to sort a license, QTH, station, etc. Not sure how long that is going to take but I'm afraid it won't happen overnight. I am leaving some of my radio equipment (including a nice HF transceiver) behind, here in Mali, as a little present to a local ham in the hope he will keep Mali active on the bands in the future. Let's see what happens." 

E3, Eritrea (Update/Press Release - Tentative schedules). Jay, JA1TRC, reports: "Zorro will leave Japan in the morning of Sunday 14 September, and scheduled to arrive Asmara on Monday 15 September at 03:15 local time (UTC+3). He plans to set-up the station/antenna after arrival at the hotel in the morning, or evening after a meeting. He will be occupied by full of meetings during Tuesday 16 to Friday 19. Very little chance for active.On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, there will be a good chance for him to be active about 20 hours max if he decides not to sleep. He plans to shut down the station in the evening of Monday 22 and leave the hotel at night. Then he will leave Asmara at 04:15 local time. He should be back in Japan at noon on Wednesday 24 September 2014." 

EF8, Canary Islands. Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (25 and 26 October) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to EA8URE. 

FR, Reunion Island. Operators Willi, DJ7RJ, and Sven, DJ2CW, will be active as FR/home call from Reunion Island starting 30 September. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW and SSB. Sven will only stay 8 October, while Willi will stay until 30 October. QSL via their home call signs. 

Lampedusa, AF-019. The IG9Y Lampedusa Contest Team will continue the fun of last year and enter in this year's CQ WW DX SSB and CW Contests from the same northern location on the Island of Lampedusa - Zone 33 (African Italy) with two international Multi/Multi teams of about 30 operators in total using the new call sign: IO9Y. All info can be found on the IG9Y-LCT Web site at IG9Y is a lone African Entity that counts in the CQ DX Marathon!

V5, Namibia. Sebastian, OE3SZA, will be active as V5/OE3SZA from Namibia between 29 October and 11 November. Activity will be SSB only running QRP with an Yaesu FT-817. QSL via OE3SZA, direct or by the OEVSV Bureau. 

ZD9, Tristan Da Cunha Island. Operators Paul, ZS1S, and Nigel, G3TXF, currently on the ship, "SA Agulhas II", will be active as ZD9ZS (SSB) and ZD9XF (CW) from Tristan da Cunha (AF-029) between 10 September and 3 October. QSL ZD9ZS via ZS1S and ZD9XF via G3TXF. There is a Tristan da Cunha "YAHOO Group List", and it lists the departure of the "SA Agulhas II" and its passengers at 

ZD9, Gough Island. A few sources are reporting that David, ZS1BCE (ex-ZS8Z), will be active as ZD9A from Gough Island (AF-030). David is apparently on the same ship, "SA Agulhas II", as Paul, ZS1S and Nigel, G3TXF are on, and is expected to take over the radio duties from Pierre, ZS1HF/ZD9M. His length of stay, bands and modes of activities were not mentioned. QSL via ZS1LS. 

C5, The Gambia. Operators Steve, G3VMW, Alan, G3XAQ, Mark, M0DXR and Iain,M0PCB will be active as C5X from the old "MW Radio Syd" site, near Banjul, between 15 to 26 January 2015. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK. The group also plans to do some activity in the CQ WW 160 m Contest. They will have two stations with Elecraft K3 radios with KPA-500 amplifiers using two Spiderbeams for HF, 160/80m verticals on an 18 m Spiderpole and dipoles/verticals for 40/30 m. QSL Manager is Charles, M0OXO. QSL via his OQRS, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded daily to ClubLog and LoTW.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (28 September 2014) 


RTA AT PORT ELIZABETH ON SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER 2014 – It will take place at Magnetic Storm, 15 Mangold Street, Newton Park P.E. The opening address will be at 09:15 CAT by the President of the SARL, Geoff Levey ZS6C. It will be followed by lectures from Prof. Ernest van Dyk – Solar Radiometric Data for the Public, Vincent Harrison ZS6BTY – Antenna Modelling with NEC2, Riaan Greeff ZS4PR – Digital modes as applied in amateur radio – how does it work, Frik Wolff ZS6FZ – The SARL Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface Kit, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV – The SARL 5 MHz Project – WSPR and early results, Riaan Greeff ZS4PR – Smartphones/devices and amateur radio applications, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV – Progress Report on SA AMSAT’s CubeSAT KLETSkous, and ending with General Discussion and attendance draw.  Pre booking is essential

MEERKAT STAGE OF THE SKA ARRAY – The MeerKat, comprising 64 dishes, is the first stage of the giant Square Kilometre Array that is currently under construction in the Karoo. Electromagnetic waves from cosmic radio sources bounce off the main reflector, then off the sub reflector, and are then focused into the feed horn, which is part of the receiver. Each receptor can accommodate up to four receivers and digitisers mounted on the receiver indexer. The main function of the receiver is to capture the electromagnetic radiation and convert it to a voltage signal that is then amplified by cryogenic receivers that add very little noise. Four digitisers will be mounted on the receiver indexer, close to the associated receivers. The function of the four digitisers is to convert the radio frequency (RF) voltage signal from the receiver into digital signals. Once the signal is converted to digital data, the digitiser sends this data via buried fibre optic cables to the correlator, which is situated inside the Karoo Array Processor Building, and then relayed to the main office at Cape Town. 

BACAR II TO BE LAUNCHED ON SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER AT 06:00 CAT – Christo Kriek ZR6LJK of the Secunda Amateur radio Club reports: “The first integration test of all the APRS trackers and telemetry transmitters were successfully done on Saturday (20th). All the ground station equipment for Secunda, Hartbeeshoek and Vryburg resolved all the telemetry and APRS packets. The day was successful. Due to the low PRS digipeater and IGate density in the Vryburg area, I would like to request Hams in the adjacent areas to also track the payloads as well. It is vitally important to retrieve the payloads since we have data loggers on-board from several schools in Secunda area. They need the data to complete their assignments.” Here are the payload frequencies as confirmed by Gert Botha ZS6GC: Main balloon: APRS Tracking 144.800 MHz FM. CW Telemetry 432,075 MHz FM. Sputnik CW 144,075 MHz FM. Ground stations 3,650 MHz, 7,080 MHz or 14,280 MHz, 2nd Balloon: APRS Tracking 144,800 MHz FM. RTTY 433,920 MHz USB / 50 Baud 500 shift ASCII 7.n.1 3rd Balloon: Remote Glider Webcam. (Read more in “BACAR II” on the VHF Forum). 

The above project marks the start of SPACEWEEK 2014, which commemorates the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, SPUTNIK 1, by Russia on 4 October 1957. 

COLD WEATHER SPELL SPOILED VHF ACTIVITY – The cold fronts that passed over South Africa this week spoiled VHF activity, as well as the VHF/UHF Expedition organized by Dick ZS6BUN at Soutpansberg. We were all expecting some good Tropo openings from him on 144 MHz to Divisions 1 and 2 that never happened. Even the regular Tropo Enhancement along the coast between East London and Ramsgate was down, although contacts were made via Tropo Scatter with deep QSB. But don’t despair warm weather is approaching. 

SPRING EQUINOX IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – On Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 04:29 CAT the Sun crossed the equator, which is known as the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere or the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, when the length of day and night is equal. During this and next week the MUF will peak on F2 and perhaps rise a little into the VHF spectrum. Likewise during this period the MF band on 160 metres could also provide DX operation two hours before and about one hour after sunrise. Give it a try, 

SDR HF & 6M ALL MODE TRANSCEIVER – Apache Labs produced their latest Anan-100D SDR type transceiver, which connects to your PC that has been programmed with the suitable software. Here are the technical specifications: 100 Watts RD100HHF1 Based 160M - 6M rugged Linear amplifier. Rugged Extruded aluminium housing, Weight: 4.5Kgs approx, Dimensions: 265.5mm (W) x 220mm (D) x 80mm (H). Combination of 7 LPF and 5 HPF Banks for front end Filtering (User Configurable as well). 6M  LNA. Dual Phase Synchronous LTC2208 16 Bit ADCs. Large 115K (EP4CE115) Cyclone IV FPGA. Supports 7 High performance Independent Receivers on a single ADC. Supports 2 Coherent Receivers using independent ADCs/antennas for beam forming/diversity. FPGA has enough space to add on multiple soft-core processors for stand-alone operation. On-board 128MB Flash. On-board 32Mbit Synchronous RAM. 

ANT-SIZE BATTERY-LESS RADIO – A Stanford engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to the receiving antenna – no batteries required! 


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 27 July 2014 

SARL HF Phone, Digital and CW Contests: The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa (General Rules 1.b.) as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands. Dates: SSB: 3 August 2014) / Digital: 17 August 2014 / CW: 31 August 2014). Times: SSB: From 13:00 to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT) Digital: 13:00 UTC to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT) CW: From 13:00 to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT). Frequencies: SSB:  14 125 to 14 300 kHz / 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz / 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz: Digital: 3 580 to 3 600 kHz / 7 040 to 7 060 kHz / 14 070 to 14 099 kHz: CW: 14 000 to 14 060 kHz / 7 000 to 7 040 kHz / 3 510 to 3 560 kHz: Categories:  Single Operator Single Band / Single Operator All Band / Multi Operator Single Band / Multi Operator All Band. Individual competitors and club stations are encouraged to compete. 

Worked All Europe DX Contest - The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE DX Contest. Times: CW: August, Saturday, August 9, 2014, 0000 UTC until Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2359 UTC. According to IARU recommendations operation should be avoided outside contest-preferred segments. No operation to take place on: CW : 3560-3800; 7040-7200; 14060-14350 kHz. Categories:

SINGLE-OP LOW (Max. output 100 watts - all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time).

SINGLE-OP HIGH (Output higher than 100 watts - all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time). MULTI-OP (Band changes are allowed every 10 minutes; this includes all activities of a main station, including QSO & QTC traffic and CQing). Off Times: Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period. Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be conducted between a European and a non-European station (exception: RTTY, see §12). The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band. 

SARTG WW RTTY Contest: Sponsored by the Scandinavian Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group. Date: 16 - 17 August 2014. Time: Three (3) separate periods: 0000 - 0800 UTC Saturday, 1600 - 2400 UTC Saturday, 0800 - 1600 UTC Sunday. Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m. Classes: Single Operator All Band / Single Operator Single Band / Multi Operator Single Band / SWL All Band / Single Operator All Band Low (max 100 Watts). Modes: RTTY only. Exchange: RST + QSO number, starting with 001. 

YO DX HF CONTEST 2014: Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR). Objectives: All the radio amateurs around the world are invited to make as many possible contacts with YO amateurs and other amateurs from different DXCC countries. Having fun and improving the operating skills in a fair play competition are the main objectives. Contest Period: Saturday 12:00:00 UTC – Sunday 11:59:59 UTC (24 hours). Date: August 30 – 31: Bands and Modes: From 80m to 10m, except the WARC bands, in the band segments corresponding to the selected mode (CW and SSB). The same station can be worked once in CW and once in SSB, in the appropriate band segments according to the IARU band plan. Categories:

SO-AB-CW-LP / SO-AB-CW-HP /  SO-AB-SSB-LP / SO-AB-SSB-HP / SO-AB-Mixed-LP /  SO-AB-Mixed-HP / SO-SB-Mixed (3,5; 7; 14; 21; 28 MHz, regardless the power) / MOST-AB-Mixed. LP – no more than 100 W output / HP – more than 100 W output. Exchange:

Foreign stations will transmit RS(T) + serial number, starting with 001. Romanian stations will transmit RS(T) + abbreviation of the county or BU for stations from Bucharest.

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Radio Hams have a full range or communication modes at their disposal. These include plain voice, Morse code, numerous digital computer modes and even graphical modes like television. As a licensed amateur radio operator you will be able to join in experiments using all these modes.

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