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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads


 # ZS9YOTA on the air -  for more details on how you can operate the special event callisgn scroll down



Koos ZR6TF






1st Polokwane Scout Group (ZR6PS)



Karel ZR6K


#SARL OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSURE- The National Amateur Radio Centre will close on 19 December for the holiday period and will reopen on 5 January 2015. The SARL extends its  best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year. Be radio active!

 #SARLNEWS/NUUS 14 December 2014

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 # Draft  Amendments to Radio Regulations- ICASA has published draft amendments to the radio regulations that were originally published on 31 March  2011. The amendments will impact on Amateur Radio. ICASA is following a consultative process inviting comments on the draft by 13 February 2015.  It is expected that the final revised regulations will be gazette at the start of ICASA's financial year on 1 April 2015. This is not a guaranteed date.

Some of the impact on radio amateurs is the increase in power on certain bands, limiting the age  of ZU licensees to 25 which means that when a ZU license holder reaches 25 years of age the license will be cancelled, and amendment to who may be in possession of  a continuous tuning receiver above 30 MHz.

The SARL will be  studying the draft amendments and invites radio amateur to do the same and send their comments to by 15 January 2015 for consideration by the SARL council when finalising the SARL comments to  ICASA

ICASA has also published draft propsed changes to the license fees.

To get more information and to download the Government gazettes click here On this page you will also find the ITU Handbook on Amateur and amateur-satellite services.

 #Here is your chance to get a young person hooked to amateur radio. For the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air seeking contacts with young amateurs  using "YOTA" as their call sign suffix. To date a total of 35 call signs  have been registered for the event, including ZS9YOTA,  YOTA stations will be seeking to make many contacts, so use this opportunity to connect young amateurs with their peers on the air world wide. 

Where is your club? 

The South African Radio League has been granted a special call sign, ZS9YOTA, to be used by young amateurs during YOTA month from 1 to 31 December 2014. Please note that the ZS9YOTA callsign is used primarily to put Youngsters on the Air. IARU Region 1 defines youngsters as people under 26.  

If you are 25 years old or younger, you are invited to apply to use the special call sign either as an individual or as a club station operated by young people. Send your request to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL at  Give up your twitter, Whats App and facebook  time and experience some real and great  communication. Slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Allocated slots will be shown on where you will find more detailed information and lots of other interesting information about YOTA 2014. When returning your ZS9YOTA log, include a photograph of yourself or group operating your station, in order to place it on the ZS9YOTA webpages. Clubs are encouraged to participate in this event and to make use of this opportunity to get young amateurs  together and use the ZS9YOTA call sign during December.  

AN ADDITIONAL BONUS - If you apply for the use of the ZS9YOTA  callsign and  a young amateur sends in a log with at least 10 contacts the greatest of all amateur radio handbooks will be awaiting a lucky winner. In January all logs will be entered into a lucky draw and the winner will receive the 2015 ARRL Handbook.edition.





5MHZ NEWSLETTER FROM Paul G4MWO - Down load the 5 MHZ newsletter (no 12) also look at the latest WSPR activity from ZS1  here

# SARL “NO TEAR KIT” GOES ON SALENow that all RTA’s for 2014 the SARL have taken place  the  “no Tears kit” goes on general sale. It is packaged with the RTA CD which includes all the construction details. The Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface kit is a fully isolated interface between a transceiver and computer. It comprises a complete USB to Serial module and a bi-directional audio link between the sound card and the transceiver.  Read more about it at The order form is also on available from the same web page. Shipping will start  from 24 November. 


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.  The Post Office is again delivering parcels. It is secure with a tracking number. Treat yourself to the best Chtistmas gift of all. Orders placed before 15 December will be posted free of charge.


HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 24 November 2014) 

6W. The Association des Radioamateurs du Senegal (ARAS) will conduct its annual expedition to the island of Goree (AF-045) on 5 – 7 December. The call sign will be 6V1A. QSL via operator's instructions. 

VQ9/VQ92, Chagos Island (Attention Prefix Hunters). Robert, N7XR, will be active as VQ9XR for his operations in 2014/2015. Activity will start on or about 3 December for approximately 3 weeks (19 December). Operations will be on 160 - 10 metres with a focus on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home call sign direct only. No Bureau or LoTW. Added Note: Robert may use the call sign V92XR instead, which gives the prefix hunters a new prefix. 

FT4TA Tromelin Slideshow. Flo, F5CWU, reports: "We are pleased to share with you some pictures of our mission 'Tromelin 2014,' FT4TA. During our stay on Tromelin, we have made thousands of photos and just selected few. At the same time, we are in the process of writing the stories for publication in various journals. A video of the expedition is being assembled. The data is being sent and it should be available early in 2015." Click on the link to see the photos

Real time Band Conditions Web Site The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (real time) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSOs. This information is NOT based on any software predictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA. 

Bouvet 2015/16. The "preliminary window" for the 3Y0F operation from Bouvet Island goes “from 17 December 2015 to 10 January 2016.” Plans are for a team of twelve to be active with six stations for two weeks. See 

IOTA News. The IT Team to take IOTA project development forward has now been appointed. It consists of Johan PA3EXX (Team Leader), Jim, G3VDB, Vincent F4BKV, Bob, MD0CCE, on the technical side with Cezar, VE3LYC, and Roger,G3KMA, representing the users. The focus will be on the development of online island credit submission (Paperless QSLing) as a new feature of the programme. The team have already started work with the aim of submitting the initial Project Proposal by the spring. 

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (14 December 2014) 


FORTHCOMING PEARS NATIONAL VHF/UHF CONTEST FOUR WEEKS FROM NOW – There are several interesting innovations in this contest. The prohibition of spotting or any other form of liaison during a VHF contest is being rescinded. This is in line with the new ARRL proposals when they discovered that many more long distance contacts could be made when it is known when and in what direction distant amateurs are transmitting. Another innovation is the introduction of a 144,400 MHz FM category with simple rules to inspire beginners as well as old-timers to experience the excitement of a VHF contest or just to have fun and promote VHF activity. Sponsors have been approached in the different divisions to donate a prize to the winner of this categpry. The list of sponsors will be published on the VHF Forum.

 *SPORADIC-E FROM NAMIBIA, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA OR FURTHER NORTH IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY – Turn your 50 MHz beam north from 12:00 CAT (noon) until about 14:00 CAT, and look for V5, Z2, 9J or DX stations further north. It has been known for a long time that unlike South Africa the countries further north experience regular Sporadic-E openings during the Es season in December and January. When the Band 1 TV stations were still on the air from Gweru and Kabwe, their FM sound channels were received almost daily at S9 plus in Port Elizabeth on 53,750 MHz and 53,760 MHz respectively. Since Es signals are very strong even low power stations can be effective. 

VHF NEWS FROM CAPE TOWN – Mike Kellett, ZS1TAF, sent us the following e-mail: “All is well in Cape Town! I must confess I have not put too much effort into VHF-ing as much as I should, but I am having lots of fun on the 10m band. I will however in the new year get myself up and going on 2m & 70cm SSB. I can't have any huge antenna's so I will have to settle for small Dual band Yagi's - I have decided to make my own antennas at a fraction of a cost when purchasing a ready-made antenna. As soon as I am up and about again on all the bands I will set up some skeds and try revive a bit of activity here in the Cape. Before I encourage others I need to have my station up and running! 

“I do plan to operate from home for the PEARS contest, unless I can encourage a small group from BARK, and put our clubs call sign out there. I will let you know what develops. BTW the local CPT bulletin on a Sunday morning gets broadcast on 144,300 MHz SSB...only vertical though, but might be worth listening out for.... 

“P.S. Roughly two weeks ago myself and ZS6BUN made a meteor scatter contact on 50.235 MHz ISCAT. Bear in mind I am using only a G0KSC Dual band antenna - 2el for 10m, and 2el for 6m. Took us a while, but we did it!  I have the software for Aircraft scatter, antenna, amp for 2m, but just need the rig...” 

NEW HORIZONS SPACECRAFT EN ROUTE TO PLUTO WOKE UP 9 YEARS AFTER HIBERNATION – NASA engineers woke up by radio their New Horizons spacecraft after hibernation of 1973 days in space, while it is en route to the planet Pluto. The spacecraft begins its exploration of Pluto in January at a distance of 260 million kilometres, and its closest approach to the planet will occur in July 2015. Pluto has five moons of which Charon is the largest.

 VISUAL DISPLAY OF GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER ON 13 & 14 DECEMBER 2014 – The radiant of this shower is located in the constellation of Gemini where the twin stars Pollux and Castor are the brightest. The constellation rises before midnight and you will be treated with a meteor display around 120 trails per hour. This is of course the ideal time to make meteor contacts on 50 MHz and 144 MHz, SSB, FM or digital. Don’t be alarmed a bigger rock with a diameter of 370 metres is heading our way, this asteroid will reach the Earth in three years time! 


SOUTH AFRICAN NANO-SATELLITE IS ONE YEAR OLD – The 1,2 kilogram TshepisoSat was designed and built by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) postgraduate students and launched from Russia last year. It has travelled more than 250 million kilometres around the Earth, and survived the radiation from the Sun as well as extreme temperatures. Normally more than half of the international CubeSats fail early in their missions. 

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 17 October 2014 

SARL Field Day Contest: Aim - To work as many stations as possible on all the HF amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17 and 12 m WARC bands) and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio. Date and Times - The contest will take place on the third full weekend November, between 10:00 UTC on Saturday to 10:00 UTC on Sunday (12:00 to 12:00 CAT). (16 and 17 November 2014).       Frequencies and Modes - HF amateur bands, excluding the WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 metre bands). Phone, CW and Digital (PSK and RTTY)

Phone, CW and Digital modes on a band are considered as separate bands. A station may be worked only once per band under this rule. All voice contacts are equivalent. All digital contacts are equivalent. Categories: (See contest manual for more details). There is no limitation to the number of transmitters or receivers that may be employed. The use of more than one transmitter at the same time on a single band-mode is prohibited. Call signs - Only one call sign per station is permitted. In the case of multi-operator stations using more than one transmitter, all operators shall use the same call sign. Exchange - RS(T) report, Number of transmitters, Field Day operating Class and Provincial Abbreviation.

SARL Forum Active Topics
Observational evidence of high-altitude meteor tra  19/12/2014  12:01:40
by: ZS6BTE
Pirates/qrm  19/12/2014  11:40:25
by: ZS6AF
Barlow Wadley  19/12/2014  11:17:28
by: ZS6BTE
Crystals  19/12/2014  11:00:26
by: ZS4JAN
5MHz Propogation Research 
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19/12/2014  10:45:20
by: ZS6A
K1N - Navassa Island  19/12/2014  09:43:17
by: ZS1AU
Worked All ZS Grid Squares  19/12/2014  09:40:24
by: ZS4BS

Commercial Hamads 

Battery Clinic Midrand: Car batteries; truck batteries; alarm/gate motor batteries; Intelligent chargers & other accessories; new or ‘Re-new’ batteries. Discounts where possible for Ham Radio operators. Contact Nigel (ZR6NGB) 011 028 1146, Email: 

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 

Your first choice for power supplies, swr meters, antenna tuners, HF, VHF and UHF antennas as well as antenna analysers and much much more. Check it all out at here Remember that SARL members get FREE postage on most orders over R700,00. T's & C's apply.

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.


Place your commercial hamads on the home page.  Book a six months space for R300 or 12 months at R500 prepaid with order   The advertisements will be  text only up to 60 words including address, telephone number and click through URL to advertisers' website and email address. Adverisement can be changed  Send your contact details to and we will contact you

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Tell me more  about Amateur Radio

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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 James Stephenson, ZS6MJS




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The entry level for the WAZS award is 100 different call signs. The programme has recently been expanded to include higher level endorsements, such as WAZS-200, WAZS-300, etc. Endorsements may also be obtained for specific modes, eg: CW, SSB, etc.
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The South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel.  There are two regular schedule times as follows:
  • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.

  • 11:30 UTC:  Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.


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