RTA CAPE TOWN - book now for the RTA in Cape Town on 1 November at the Cape Penisula University of Technology. Full details here. Learn about antenna modelling, find out how a magnetic loop antenna works, build a no-tears computer interface. See how telemetry is downloaded from Tshipsosat and much more.
ATTEND THE SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL AFRICA CUBESAT WORKSHOP IN CAPE TOWN - F'SATI invites radio amateurs and persons interested in satellites to attend the second International CubeSat workshop at CPUT Bellville Campus on 3 and 4 November. Registration is free. Get more details and a registration form here
@X-FLARE: Solar activity increased sharply on Oct. 19th when huge sunspot AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare. The blast produced an HF radio blackout on the dayside of Earth and it likely hurled a CME into space. Check http://spaceweather.com for pictures of the flare and more information about possible Earth-effects.
The 57th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the 18th Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) takes place over the weekend of 18 and 19 October. It is the largest Scouting event in the world, with close to a million Scouts participating across 160+ countries. JOTA-JOTI is the only event offering each individual Scout the experience that he or she really belongs to a worldwide Movement.
JOTA is the annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world make contacts with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to nearly every corner of the world. They then engage in live conversations with fellow Scouts or Guides across their country and around the world. JOTA is truly a Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared.
The use of amateur-radio techniques offers an extra educational dimension for Scouts. Many grasp the opportunity to discover the world of wireless radio technology and electronics. Tens of thousands of volunteer amateur radio operators assist the Scouts over the JOTA weekend with their expertise, equipment and enthusiasm.
Similar to JOTA, JOTI connects Scouts using computers over the Internet. Using proven techniques like text chat or even more sophisticated ones with live video connections. Units can choose to take part by radio, via internet or both, whichever they prefer.
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 www.iaru-r1.org
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 http://scouts.org.za/scouts-near-you/, for Girl Guide Companies, visit www.girlguides.org.za/old/index.php/regions and for the Voortrekkers, visit www.voortrekkers.org.za/Gebiede.htm or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,