TROPO DUCTING SEASON STARTS ACROSS INDIAN OCEAN – The Tropo Ducting season across the Indian Ocean usually starts during the month of August and stretches to October, and again during the month of February depending on weather conditions. These openings via Tropo Ducting have been recorded between the East Coast of South Africa and Reunion Island on 144 MHz and 432 MHz on both analogue and digital. It all started on 14 August 2008 when Glenn ZS2GK heard the FR5DN beacon from Reunion Island, and established contact with Phil on 144,401 MHz SSB and FM, a distance of 2875 km. The next year in September they worked each other again on 144 MHz SSB and FM as well as JT65b On 9 February 2010 Andre ZS2ACP established 144 MHz JT65b record with FR5DN over a distance of 3247 km, and on 7 October 2015 Andre ZSBK set up a SSB record with FR5DN over 3245 km. On 11 September 2011 Derek ZS5Y worked FR5DN for a first on 432 MHz digital and repeated a contact on 144 MHz. During this period a South African 103 MHz FM station was copied in Reunion Island at good strength.. During the interim period contacts were also made with Reunion Island by Peter ZS2ABF, John ZS2AH, Dave ZS5DJ and Lee ZS5LEE. The FR5DN beacons are currently operating on 144,4180 MHz JT65b for Tropo tests beamed at RSA, and 144,4220 MHz JT4g for TEP tests - ZS2FM
SARL HF Digital Contest- the contest is on the air Sunday afternoon (21 August 2016)from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC with RTTY and PSK31 on 3 580 to 3 600 kHz, 7 040 to 7 060 kHz and 14 070 to 14 099 kHz. The exchange is a RST report and a consecutive serial number starting at 001. Digital contacts count 2 points. Get all the rules in the 2016 Blue Book. Submit your log in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format and labelled "your call sign HF Digital," by 28 August 2016 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
SARL AND SENTECH MEETING REPORT BACK - During last week a delegation from Council of the SARL met with representatives of Sentech regarding the future hosting of amateur radio repeaters currently on their high sites. The SARL received a notice of cancellation of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the opportunity to negotiate a new electronic Communications Facilities Master Agreement.
Sentech introduced a facilities leasing policy with a financial budget to meet, which makes it difficult to provide services free of charge. To date repeaters were hosted on Sentech sites free of charge since the original Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in 1996. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss mutual cooperation and in particular the way forward regarding the continued use of Sentech sites for amateur radio repeaters. Both the Sentech and SARL delegates were satisfied with the discussions and a follow up meeting will take place once the action items agreed upon have been addressed including the necessary feedback received.
SARLNUUS: SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY - listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs.
Sunday 21 August 2016
SARLNUUS met John Keulder ZS6BXL luister/laaiaf hier
SARLNEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV download/listen here or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here
SA YOTA 2016 TEAM TALKS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRIA
The four young Radio Amateurs who represented South Africa at YOTA 2016 in Austria reported back about their experiences. They said they could not believe the tremendous technological development in amateur radio and how their European counter parts had embraced it. They also were amazed at the expert level of using CW as a communications mode. They met on Saturday 13 August at the NARC with the sponsors who assisted with making their visit possible ( with also a lot of financial support from their parents). With YOTA month coming up in December they encourage young Radio Amateurs in South Africa to brush up on their Morse code as with the declining sunspot cycle CW will again become a popular mode. The four, Koos ZR6KF, Michelle ZS6MEM, Rourke ZS6RDH and Ruben ZR6RJV, have great ideas about taking amateur radio to the youth at an excitingly higher level. They would not speak about it but said watch this space.
Left to right the SA YOTA 2016 team with their sponsors : Mario ZS6MAR, Noel ZR6DX (Hammies) SamZS6BRZ, Michelle ZS6MEM,Reuben ZR6RJV, Koos ZR6KF, Rourke ZS6RDH, Nico ZS6SRL, Renier ZS6HOT. Listen to Amateur Radio Today on 21 August for an interview with the four.
Visit www.hamradio.org.za for more on Youth in Amateur Radio
2016 ARRL Handbook is now available - The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has the 2016 ARRL Handbook in stock. Also amongst new arrivals is the McGraw Hill Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. Visit www.amateurradio.org.za for details and an orderform
ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - From 2017 amateurs over 25 years old who hold a ZU license cannot renew their licence. ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in October 2016. That will be the last opportunity.
The revised regulation stipulates that persons under 20 years old can write the class B examination and if successful can hold a ZU or class B license until 25 years old after which, if they would like to continue with Amateur Radio, have to sit the class A examination to qualify for a class A (ZS/ZR license).
During the discussion stage of this new regulation the SARL was requested to approach ICASA to review their decision, which the SARL did on two occasions when ICASA invited comments on their proposal. ICASA strongly believes that the class B license prime purpose was to create opportunities for young people to enter Amateur Radio and based on that premises implemented the new regulation.
The SARL requested ICASA to allow a reasonable period for ZU licences over 25 to upgrade. ICASA agreed to this and set the final date as 31 March 2017.. If you are over 25 and still hold a ZU do not loose out. Write the October examination. Tutorial materials is available free of charge. Download here