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RADIO TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION  GAUTENG SYMPOSIUMS - Two RTA symposiums will be held in Gauteng.

On 23 August at the National Amateur Radio Centre at Radiokop (limited to 30 delegates) and on 13 September at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, ( 200 delegates can be accommodated) Get programme and booking form here Get the final programme for the NARC RTA here

Registration for the RTA at the NARC closes on Thursday 21 August. 


 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


@SARLNEWS/NUUS 17 August 2014 - download here  

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@CLUBS URGED TO DISCUSS IARU R1 CONFERENCE AGENDA ITEMS - The SARL will send three delegates to the conference, Geoff Levy ZS6C, Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT and Riaan Greeff, ZS4PR . Share with them how you believe they should vote at the conference. Send your input here.   To download the papers click 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 18 August) 

DXCC News. The July 2014 DX Advisory Committee Report (Doc #27), which was submitted by Arne Gjerning, N7KA, Chairman of the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC), to the ARRL Board of Directors (BOD) and Program and Services Committee (PSC), is now made public and contains some interesting subjects:

Remote stations - The DXAC favoured the proposed change of rule I.9,     stating, however, some distance limitation should be included for the remote station. Using an idea similar to that used for contest stations, establishing a distance of 200 km separation between the remote station and the operator’s home station location and that no part of a remote station can be located more than 200 km from any other part.

            Entity Criteria - The DXAC proposes that NO Change be made to the entity criteria at this time and any efforts presently in process for any entity to gain membership in the UN or the ITU be allowed to take its due course. This vote does not indicate a failure of the DXAC to reach a consensus. It does, however, represent the divided opinion of the DX community on this subject.

            For the complete report, go to 

GOLIST Business Decision. For years, the DXer's number one tool for QSL information has been John Shelton's, K1XN, "GoList". The following was announced by John this past week (12 August): "Hi Folks, - As you know, I have been having sight problems with the only eye that I have remaining. It is taking much longer this time to recover from this episode. In considering my health issues, I needed to and did make a business decision today. It was a very hard one to make.

As of today, the GOLIST is going 'FREE'.

I will continue to upload to the download page, the weekly data file and DX Alert. The download page will still require an access code. I will continue to sell the 'WIN EQF*' Logging software, the RAC Flying Horse Call Book CD.

I will accept donations via PayPal to help keep the web site up and running. A PayPal Donation button will be added to the Order page and Download page. A donation is appreciated but not mandatory.

You folks have supported Golist for many years and I appreciate that very much. That is what made this decision so hard. You guys are special and I wanted you to hear of the business change direct from me first. You now have access to GoData files for as long as I am able to produce them. The password you now use will remain active unless you ask me to change it. Thank you again for your support for all these years - John K1XN" 

A2, Botswana (C9 Cancelled). Frosty, K5LBU, has announced that the planned trip to Mozambique (C9) by Arnold, WB6OJB, and him has been cancelled due to medical problems with Arnold. However, Frosty will be going to Botswana (A2) in early September and is look for operators for a 4 - 7 days trip. If you are interested, contact him ASAP via e-mail at 

D4, Cape Verde. Fran, EA7FTR, will be active as D44KS from Boa Vista between 5 September and 10 October. Activity will be limited to his spare time (job commitments) on 40 - 6 metres using SSB and RTTY. QSL via EB7DX.

6W, Senegal. Sigi, DL7DF, will be on holiday with his XYL Sabine in Senegal between 1 and 13 November. He will operate as DL7DF/6W on all bands from 160 - 10 metres using CW, SBB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV as often as possible. The location is Somone at the coastline of Senegal near Dakar. He states, "But please do not forget. This time I'm on vacation with a little bid Ham Radio." QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the DARC Bureau. For more info and updates, see

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 10 August 2014) 


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. The purpose of this beacon in Perth is to detect possible openings on 144 MHz via Tropo Ducting across the Indian Ocean, which has never been accomplished before. It is currently the greatest terrestrial challenge for VHF radio amateurs, and is even more difficult than EME. The beacon will be chirp modulated, and its signal can be detected at – 50 dB below the noise floor with suitable chirp receiving equipment and a high gain Yagi array. The receiver will be linked to a computer network that can be accessed by subscribers in Australia and South Africa who would like to monitor results. The receiving station will be located in Port Elizabeth and co-ordinated by Mike Bosch ZS2FM. Our cost of the chirp equipment entails AU$1000 (R10 000) plus shipment to South Africa. On our side we have to provide the antenna Yagi array and the PC with server connection. Fortunately the antenna mast, with stainless steel guy cables, is already available. Keith Bainbridge, VK6RK, the spokesman for the Northern Corridor Radio Group in Western Australia, has been updated by ZS2FM. This is his reply: “Hello Mike. Glad to hear from you. Your end of the project is completed and waiting to be shipped to you so I'll let Phil VK6PH answer those questions. Justin (G0KSC) designed the antennas for us and let us buy them at a good price. They are here on my patio just waiting to go up when we get the word from you. Hopefully we can get things moving sooner rather than later, let’s face it, it’s not a fortune money wise, maybe SARL can contribute like the WIA did here? I just keep my fingers crossed these days!! Shipping won’t be that expensive, but I need to know from Phil just what size/weight we are talking about then we will get some prices. Hopefully it will happen this year. 73 Keith.” Several years ago a Port Elizabeth team, comprising Andre Botes ZS2ACP, Jim Francis ZS2JF and Mike Bosch ZS2FM ran a series of CW tests on 144 MHz with Bill Hosie VK6ACY, now ZS6CCY, at Perth but unfortunately not even a trace of a CW signal was received over this 8000 km sea path. (Read more in “New VK6RIO beacon on 144,950 MHz at Perth” on the VHF Forum). 

EME REPORT FROM PINE ZS6OB – From the pen of Jan “Pine” Pienaar, ZS6OB: Moon status on 10 August – Moonrise at 15:45 UTC, the distance to the Moon will be 356 900 km. The Moon is one day from perigee and is minus 11 degrees south of the equator. The sky temperature is 337 Kelvin and degradation is 2,34 dB. Wayne VK5APN EME expedition on 144 MHz to very rare grids in VK during 8 – 12 August: PF89, PF78, PG70, PG72 and PG63. Pine completed both QSO’s with Wayne in grids PF89 and PF78. Grid PF89 took almost 2 hours, as he started calling the EU stations were into the pile-up. There were as many as 16 stations seen calling him at the same time making it very difficult to be seen by Wayne. Eventually a gap was found among the traces and Pine completed the contact with Wayne only a few degrees before Wayne’s moonset. The next night it took Pine only a few minutes to get grid PF78 in the log. Allan ZS1LS also reported: “This evening I got Harry ZL2ADU for new DXCC #61 Then I worked YL2GD an UA1OEL both new grids. I called VK5APN but I realize now it is best to get to him before moonrise in EU. 73 Allan.” 

10 GHZ TESTS ON JT4f DIGITAL MODE – Rex VK7MO set up a portable station at Port Campbell Western Australia with 7 Watts into a 64 cm off-set dish. He established 1932 km contact on JT4f digital mode with David VK5KK using only 4 Watts into a 38 cm dish. He then extended his range to 2296 km when he hooked up with Dave VK5DZ at Torbay Hill, who was equipped with a 60 cm dish and running 10 Watts. 

NEW 70 MHz COUNTRIES – In 2015 Finland will be on 70,000 to 70,300 MHz There is an ongoing discussion with the French authorities for an allocation on the 70 MHz band. The DARC is trying hard to get a German allocation, and so far one of the users have given them the green light. However, they have applied for a temporary permit for 70,000 to 70,030 MHz with 25 Watts PEP. Finally EA9 Ceuta is now QRV on 70 MHz for a while. 

LOCAL VHF NEWS – Pine ZS6OB reported that ZS6CBQ’s group of VHF enthusiasts are still getting together every Saturday and Sunday morning on 144,300 MHz SSB from 06:00 till 08:00 CAT. Stations from Ermelo, Klerksdorp, Nigel, Vereeniging and Rustenburg are regularly on frequency. When conditions are good they also have stations from Bloemfontein reporting in. Everybody is welcome to join the activity even if you have only a vertical antenna. Koos ZS6BFD and Carl ZS6CBQ are planning to install vertical antennas for those equipped. Activity for the weekend 9 & 10 August was good with 12 stations on frequency on Saturday morning and 10 stations reporting in on Sunday morning. Just about every week new stations are added to the list. This weekend Pieter ZS6PTB from Kemptonpark reported in on Saturday and Sunday. Come and join us next weekend. 


LATE FLASH! ZS6WAB/b ON 70,025 MHz HEARD IN P.E. – On Saturday morning, 16 August at 07:13 CAT, the ZS6WAB beacon on 70,025 MHz CW at Polokwame was romping in here in Port Elizabeth for about ten minutes via Tropo Ducting. This was monitored by Ken ZS2OC, who saw MS traces of this beacon on the waterfall for the past week.

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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