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RTA CAPE TOWN - last day to book for the RTA  in Cape Town on 1 November at the Cape Peninsula 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. Booking must close 7 am Thursday morning. 



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 


ARRL 2015 Handbook now available - the SA Amateur Radio Development Trust has a limited number of hardcover ARRL 2015  handbooks in stock. Get details and order form here. If you are attending the SARL RTA in Cape Town on  1 November and you order before 17:00 on Thursday 30 October the books can be collected  at the RTA. 

 SARLNEWS/NUUS26 October 2014

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HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 20 October 2014) 

Iran, EP. "Nearly three years of negotiations and a reconnaissance trip by Patrick ON4HIL to Tehran finally resulted in obtaining a legal license to operate with a team of ten people for  fourteens  days", reports. The team, including operators from Belgium, The Netherlands and Greece, will be active as EP6T (requested call sign) from Kish Island (AS-166), Iran around the last two weeks of January 2015. They plan to have four or five stations they will be active 24/7 on 160 - 10 metres CW, SSB and RTTY. Further information is expected in due course. 

CQ Contests Policy. On 17 October, CQ announced that it would no longer accept logs for any contest from Crimean stations using Russian-issued call signs. However, "in response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world,” on 21 October CQ reconsidered its decision."Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations  in  its  award  and  contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent  with  the  ARRL's  DXCC policy. Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.”  

DXCC News. ZS8A (Marion Island 2013-14) has been approved for DXCC credit. If you have had a card rejected in a recent application, please contact the ARRL DXCC Desk ( to be placed on the list for an update to your record. 

IOTA News: IOTA and Crimea. IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian call sign, or accede to any requests from programme participants for update of their records or changes of call sign and/or checkpoint that involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA Management regrets taking this action but it accords with practice adopted elsewhere. 

FT4TA, Tromelin Island. Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between 30 October and 10 November. They plan to have four stations on the air for 10 days, on 160 to 10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are – 1 826.5, 3 523, 7 023, 10 115, 14 023, 18 079, 21 023, 24 894 and 28 023 kHz

SSB – 3 790, 7 082, 14 185, 18 130, 21 285, 24 955 and 28 485 kHz

RTTY – 10 142, 18 099, 21 080, 24 912 and 28 080 kHz

6 m – 50 105/CW and 50 105/SSB


An online log will be available during the DXpedition. An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at For more details, visit

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (26 October 2014) 


THE AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE COVERS A WIDE FIELD OF TECHNOLOGIES – A large number of radio amateurs enjoy the excitement and thrill of working DX stations on HF and collecting QSL cards, while others like chatting on repeaters. The president, Geoff Levey ZS6C, feels that radio amateurs should also innovate, in other words experiment and explore some of the other fields of radio technology and help to advance amateur radio and keep it relevant.. This can be done without sacrificing your favourate interests in the amateur radio field. The ITU has allocated bands all the way to the top of the Microwave spectrum, i.e. 300 GHz, for use by the following radio services: Aeronautical, Amateur, Broadcasting, Fixed, Maritime, Mobile, Radio Astronomy, Radiolocation, Radionavigation, Satellite, Space operation and Research etc. The Amateur service in turn also covers many bands on VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF that feature many different propagation modes. There are specialized communication  systems such as EME and Satellite as well as the Digital modes where signals far below the receiver noise floor can be received. An innovated VHF/UHF contest in January 2015 may inspire more activity on these bands, and encourage more participation in other VHF contests too – WATCH THIS SPACE! 

INVITATION TO VHF/UHF INTEREST GROUP MEETING AND BRAAI – Over the past 7 months, we, as an interest group on Gauteng, have been applying a lot of effort by trying to create more interest and activity on the VHF and UHF frequencies. We currently meet on 144,300 MHz every Saturday and Sunday morning between 06:00 and 08:00 CAT. We also try to promote these neglected and poorly utilized bands, and we feel that the time is now right to have a UHF/UHF Interest Group Day as a prelude to the VHF/UHF contest to be held on 15 – 16 November 2014. We would like to invite all interested amateurs to participate in this Group Day, discuss VHF matters, and end off the day with a bring and braai where all fires are provided. Contact Person: Carl Minne, ZS6CBQ. Venue: West Rand Clubhouse, Eastern side of Kroton street South, WELTEVREDEN PARK. Date: 1st November 2014. Time: 10:00 – 15:00 CAT. 

COASTAL VHF NEWS – “Dave ZS5DJ in Ramsgate is back home and we worked each other on Monday night  (our sked night). 73 Peter, ZS2ABF”.   

“It would be good if the Coastal Group and the Jo'burg Group could work out some sort of sked / protocol / plan to try and link up. We have some guys with big mouths here, bigger amplifiers and antennas so long that you can walk halfway to ZS5 along the boom. Who in the Coastal Group can beam towards Johannesburg? 73 Dick ZS6BUN”.

This is Peter’s reply: “I have no rotator so I can’t point at Gauteng. I am permanently pointing at Durban with an Icom 290D, 20 Watts into a Naigai Nag144XI, which should give out 259 Watts into an 8 element Yagi (no masthead amp). I work Dave ZS5DJ on most evenings that we call, and it is about 350 km from East London with Tropo and convergence along the coast. Dave ZS5DJ, - Ramsgate, Hennie ZS2HC and John ZS2AH  - East London, have long Yagis, mastlead amps, foot warmers and rotators, they would be the beast to contact. Then of course there are the guys in Port Elizabeth. It would be nice to hear of coastal-inland contact between the groups. We only gave skeds at 20:00 CAT. The main sked night is Monday nights, but we come on other nights when the Hepburn Charts look promising”. 

EDGE OF SPACE BALLOON CARRYING AMATEUR RADIO – Students from Colorado and New Mexico plan to launch a balloon carrying three ham radio payloads into near-space on October 25, 2014, from Deer Trail, Colorado. The “AB0BX Spartan Space Sciences” mission involves students from several schools and school Amateur Radio clubs. If successful, EOSS-202 will carry seven student-designed payloads to an altitude of 100,000 feet (30,480 km). The plan calls for recovering the parachute-equipped balloon once it descends back to Earth. Onboard ham radio payloads will help to track the balloon during flight and recovery and also transmit telemetry during the mission. An ARRL news item.


WSPR DX ON 50 MHz HEARD BY ZS6GJG – Johan Visagie, ZS6AF, informed us: “Only Gideon (ZS6GJG) heard those two DX stations (KD4YDD & VAIXCD) on 6 metres , when band opens i listen WSPR on 50,293 MHz for signals. WSPR make contacts but not on voice even with 100 Watts, just goes to show quality of the demodulating properties of digital”. 


A WIRELESS CHARGING BOWL THAT CAN CHARGE MULTIPLE DEVICES – Intel is going to market a wireless charging bowl at the end of the year that can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Wireless technology could also be integrated into a table to charge a laptop, phone, headset and tablet etc. 


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 17 October 2014 

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2014: Contest Period: 0000UTC Saturday, Oct. 18 thru 2400UTC Sunday, Oct.19 -  You can operate whole 48 hours. Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28 MHz - MODE: Baudot only - Classes:          SOHP - Single Op, All Band, High Power (No Power Limit), SOLP - Single Op, All Band, Low Power (RF output is not greater than 100W), MO - Multi Op, All Band (permitted multi TX, No Power Limit) - There is no limitation to use any DX Cluster - Exchange: SOHP and SOLP : RST and Operator Age. 00 (zero zero) acceptable for YL and XYL.

MO  : RST and Callsign Holder's Age. If the Club Station :  RST and 99 - Cabrillo logs are required - The Cabrillo log should be attached as a file. The files must be named the participants callsign,  for example  JA1YCQ.cbr - Put the callsign in the "Subject:" line of the email,  for example  JA1YCQ  - Submit log to  - Deadline:            Logs must be received by October 31 2014 to qualify. 

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: Contest periods: 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday  18./19. October - Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz - To reduce interference with the participants of JOTA, contest operation is not allowed in the following contest-free sections - 80m: CW - 3560 - 3800 kHz, SSB – 3650 – 3700 kHz - 40m: CW - 7040 - 7200 kHz, SSB – 7080 – 7140 kHz - 20m: CW - 14060 - 14350 kHz, SSB – 14100 – 14125 kHz and 14280 – 14350 kHz - 15m: SSB – 21350 – 21450 kHz - 10m: SSB – 28225 – 28400 kHz -  Categories: Single operator, CW, low power, Single operator, CW, high power, Single operator, mixed, low power, Single operator, mixed, high power, Single operator, mixed, QRP, Multi operator, SWL, single operator - Output power: QRP = up to 5 watts (hint), low power = up to 100 watts, high power = more than 100 watts. 

The 2014 CQ World-Wide DX Contest SSB: Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday 25 October ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday 26 October - OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible - BANDS: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. CONTEST EXCHANGE: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). CW: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05) - All entries must be sent WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the contest: no later than 2359 UTC October 31, 2014 Resubmitting an entry after the deadline will result in it being considered as a late log. 

Ukrainian DX Contest: - Date & time: The 1st full weekend of November 1-2 of November - 12:00 UTC Saturday to 12:00 UTC Sunday - Bands: 1.8 - 28 MHz (excluding WARC bands) - Modes: CW, SSB - Contest exchange: For Ukrainian stations: RST(RS) + two letters (oblast abbreviation); For all other participants: RST(RS) + serial number starting from 001. List of ukrainian oblasts abbreviations: CH CN CR DN DO HA HE HM IF KI KO KR KV LU LV NI OD PO RI SL SU TE VI VO ZA ZH ZP - 

DARC 10-m-DIGITAL-Contest (Corona): Dates: the first complete weekend in November Sundays, from 1100 to 1700 UTC - Participants: All amateur radio stations and receiving stations (SWL) at home and abroad - Single Operator stations and Shortwave - Call: CQ TEST CORONA - Digits Exchange: RST + serial number from 001 

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Commercial Hamads 

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MEGE electrical control & automation
Mege electrical control & automation is in the business of designing and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of frequency drives, PLCs, mimic panels. Temperature controllers, thermocouples, RTDs, electric and gas ovens.  Gas detectors, hygrometers. Fire, heat and smoke detectors. Back-up generators. Solar panels, regulators. Earthing and lightning protection. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) at 082 330 3558, or 

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Patsau Communications
We supply and repair HF/VHF/UHF Radios. Antennas, cabling and accessories also available. Please leave your details on our site. Click  here and we will contact you.


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Radio Amateurs, or "Hams" use two-way radio communication to make contact with other radio amateurs all over the world. They are even able to use satellites and on occasion speak with astronauts. Radio Hams can do this from home or while mobile in cars, boats or on foot.

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.

mateur radio can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female, even the most severely disabled can make friends around the world from their own home. This hobby knows no boundaries.

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