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The July 2024 Radio ZS and the Radio ZS Index are available for download. Click on Publications in the lefthand menu and select Radio ZS download.


AMSAT NA Software Developer visits NARCOn Saturday 20 July AMSATSA and the SARL hosted Burns Fisher from AMSAT NA who was visiting South Africa on  a Church choir outreach tour. Burns had requested to meet with the  AMSAT SA AfriCUBE development team during his visit. This was an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss development trends.

Burns was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his support of the AMSAT SA Space Symposiums.

Read more about his visit in Focus on VHF and Above 

Beacon update.  

Become part of the Next Generation Science Beacon Project by making a contribution to the beacon fund. The fund is administered by AMSATSA as their contribution. Click Here  to go to the easy credit card facility. It is handled  by payfast, a secure paymentplatform. You contribution will be acknowledged.(pic SARL Karoo beacon site)

 SARL sets up a Spectrum and Technology Workgroup  -With the publication of various Spectrum Policies and the imminent publication by ICASA of the equipment type approval policy, the Council of the SARL has decided to establish a Spectrum and Technology Workgroup which will be known by the acronym SARL STW.

The STW will coordinate the various previous initiatives such as the Technology Workgroup. The first tasks of the STW will be to develop a document to highlight opportunities for Amateur Radio in the recent gazetted Spectrum Policy for Economic Development. The STW will also coordinate the SARL’s participation in the SABS TC3 and TC74 EMC and Telecommunications technical committees, the WRC27 National Preparatory Workgroup (NPWG) and the IARU Region 1 EMC and Noise Monitoring (NMC) committees.  Another task of the Spectrum and Technology Workgroup will be to set up technology webinars.

The STW is inviting interested SARL and AMSAT SA members with an interest in the technology issues confronting amateur radio to join the STW.

The first meeting will be held on the AMSAT SA Webex platform on Thursday 4 July at 20:30.

Two SARL councillors, Karel Bezuidenhout (Jnr), ZR6K and Guy Eales, ZS6GUY are joining the STW as well as Brian Jacobs, ZS6ZY and Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV. The first meeting will be a general discussion, finding an administrator/ coordinator and developing a business plan.

Here is a real opportunity for the younger generation to contribute to Amateur Radio’s future and to gain valuable personal experience. Send an email with your contact details and your area of interest to

Pay your SARL Membership fees online using PayFast. Go to and select your membership category.


SARLNEWS  with Rory Norton ZS2BL Listen or download here

SARLNUUS  met Hannes Enslin ZS6JDE Laaiaf/luister hier

Amateur Radio Today - Programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by  Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV . The programme features news about amateur radio, reports on Hamnet, VHF and UHF, Satellites and HF plus technical features. One hour of Amateur Radio bliss. Listen/download here . 

Transmissions: Sundays at 08:00 UTC on repeaters around South Africa including 145,750  and 145,725 MHZ in Pretoria. On HF 7 115 kHz by Louis, ZR4DJLAmateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3 620 kHz by Andy, ZS6ADY.

Note when SARL website is not available programmes will be posted on Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location. 

Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 to today can be found at


PLEASE take note that it is YOUR responsibility to pay your license fee directly to ICASA.

The new fee structure is: 1 Year - R188,00; 2 Years - R359,00; 3 Years - R515,00; 4 Years - R656,00 and 5 Years - R784,00. The SARL highly recommends that you pay for a five-year license. This ensures you have a valid license for the next five years.

Payment must be made via EFT directly to ICASA using the following account: ICASA, Nedbank Corporate Client services; Account no: 14 62 00 29 27; Branch: 146245. Use your ICASA license number No “******-******” as the payment reference. Do not pay the ICASA fees to the South African Radio League.

If your licence is managed by the SARL, please follow the instructions as e-mailed to you by Noel, ZR6DX, the RAE Manager.

All other license holders must log into their account on the ICASA Customer Portal, click on the “Manage” button and then the “Renew” button; and select the number of years for the license period you want to pay for. The ICASA system will then send you an invoice, or you can click on “Invoice” and the invoice can be downloaded. You can then click on the “Pay” button and pay via you credit card, or you can do an EFT. Note, if via EFT then you must click on the “Upload Payment” button and upload the proof of payment. If the POP is not uploaded, then ICASA will not issue the new license.

The SARL cannot help you if the ICASA Customer Portal is slow or not responding. The SARL has got nothing to do with the ICASA system, which is a government system of the State Information Technology Agency. Be patient and try in the evenings or early mornings.

SARL/AMSAT SA display receives award at Science Forum South Africa 



The SARL– AMSAT SA display at the Science Forum South Africa 2023 was awarded a special mention award for the best display and audience interaction. The award was presented at the closing ceremony of the forum on Friday afternoon. Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV and Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ, who were responsible for developing and executing the display, received the framed certificate from the Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the department of Science and Technology and Innovation. The forum at the CSIR convention centre was attended by over 4000 delegates.

The joint display, with the theme Science in Amateur Rado, featured the AMSAT SA dual band yagi antenna, a proto type of the AfriCUBE satellite, the SARL RF Noise monitoring system and the SARL two metre Karoo beacon project.

The RF noise monitoring system output was displayed on a large screen showing in real time the RF noise level at the convention centre.  It was significate to see the drop in the RF noise level at night when all the LED lighting and computers were switched off.

Brian Jacobs manned the stand full time assisted at various times by Hans van de Groenendaal, Cameron Eales , Koos Fick and Ruben Jansen van Rensburg.

The event was a worthwhile experience and a great opportunity to show that Amateur Radio is just not another hobby but a true technology pastime.

The 2024 SARL Diary of Events is available - click on the link in the yellow block on the left.

HOW TO CONQUER THE SARL HF CONTESTS - the presentaton by Chris Burger ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube.Watch it here

Video of contesting with ZS6EZ now on YouTube. A recording of the SARL Contesting with ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube. Click here 

Interference from solar installations- As the South African public are realising that they are on their own and facing the many challenges of loads heading, self-generating electricity by households and businesses have become the norm. 

Generally, Radio Amateurs should not experience interference on HF or VHF from properly installed solar power installations but unfortunately it does occur when unqualified people do not install the system properly and use poor quality inverters and solar maximisers.

Often fitting ferrite beads and basic filters will solve the inference problem.

By design solar installations are not expected to radiate radio frequencies (RF) and cause interference as the necessary circuits suppress any RF radiation should be included in the design. There however are suppliers that will install equipment of inferior quality.  Solar installers are expected to issue COC’s, certificate of compliance, but these certificates generally only cover the electrical installation.

If a neighbour installs a solar system and it kills HF, there are two approaches. Point out to him or her that the installation is causing radio interference and that he should insist that his installer sorts out the problem. If that fails it is necessary  to send a written complaint with details of the interference to the manager of the local ICASA office. ICASA is fully quipped to do the necessary test and advise the owner of the installation to have the problem seen to or switch off his system.

The addresses of the local ICASA managers can be found on Please your copy your letter to the SARL at and Chris, ZS6GM at and keep the SARL informed of progress of the complaint.

A Template - Constitution and Rules for an Amateur Radio Club - get a copy here

Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur EN IARU ed3 2 Jan 2009 - download your copy here. Ongelukkig is dit nog nie na Afrikaans vertaal nie.

South African VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table. The latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Compiled and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - send your record claim to  

SARL Next Generation Beacon fund stands at R30 150 - The crowd funding initiative to collect funds for the SARL next generation beacon programme was initiated by AMSAT SA.  During the past week R2000 was received from two donors. The fund moved f past the half way mark which is still far short of the R60 000 target required to finance a beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape.  


AMSAT SA and the SARL thank all who have thus far contributed. Help us make it happen by making your donation to the fund. Visit and make your contribution by clicking on one of the payment buttons for a R50, R250 or R1000 donation.  The button will take you to the Payfast website where you need to enter your credit card details. Please also add your callsign after your surname. 

Visit the  Next Generation Beacon web page for article, videos, updates. and a list of donors Click her

The SARL  Noise Floor Project - The presentation by Hans, ZS6AKV during the C7 - EMC meeting atthe Region 1 Virtual General Conference, can be seen here.

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletters are available on and read it!

New Satellite Book now available - The new ARRL Amateur radio satellites for beginners is now available in South Africa. With the opening of e-commerce, Postnet is operating again and books can be sent to your nearest Postnet. You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you will find in Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners by Steve Ford

There are dozens of spacecraft in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole new world of operating enjoyment.

Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be! To order the book visit 115 pages plus index.

Guidelines for a non SARL member to use the SA-QSL system- Phone Kelley at NARC (011 675 2393) and check that your correct information is on the database – license number and e-mail address are important.

Click on SA-QSL system link (on the left-hand side of the web page) and then click on “Need to Register”. Follow the instructions on the screen. Your username and password will be e-mailed to you which you can use to logon in future.

SARL and not yet SARL Members are requested to check their Electronic QSLs on a regular basis.

2024 Advertising in Radio ZS and the SARL Web site

Radio ZS and the SARL web welcomes advertising, it is a source of information for readers. Send your advertisement to Dennis, ZS4BS at

Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2024) 

Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS: R300 pm; R1 700 for 6 months; R3 000 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm – R300 for 6 months – R700 per annum

Terms and conditions

All contract advertisements content may be changed monthly on 5 working day notice.

The rates are based on the complete supply of material in Jpeg unless otherwise negotiated. For artwork additional charges may apply as agreed. A design service is available at R400 per advertisement.

The content of the advertisements must comply with regulations and norms acceptable in South Africa

All advertisements are playable in advance by EFT to SA Radio League, ABSA, account no 4071 588 849 branch code 632 005.

All correspondence and material must be sent to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 20 July 2024 

Morocco, CN. Taking part in the annual Throne Day's celebrations, members of the Association Royale des Radioamateurs du Maroc (ARRAM) will be using the special prefix 5C25 from 25 July to 5 August: e.g. CN8NOA will be using 5C25NOA. The national society (CN8MC) will be running the Silver Jubilee special event station 5C25FT. Throne Day is a public holiday in Morocco that commemorates the enthronement of the incumbent monarch. Since 1999, it has been celebrated on 30 July.

Tanzania, 5H. Vlad, OK2WX will be active as 5H1WX from Mafia Island (AF-054), Tanzania from 18 September to 6 October. He will operate CW, SSB and digital on 80 to 10 metres. QSL via I8KHC. Detailed QSLing policy as well as other information on

American Samoa, KH8. Team KH8T (Robert K5PI, Amy KC5DJI, Don N5DD, Madison W5MJ and Keith VE7KW) will be active from Pago Pago (OC-045), American Samoa between 2 and 16 September. They will operate CW, SSB and digital on 80 to 10 metres (possibly also 160 and 6 metres, if conditions allow) with two stations. QSL via M0URX's OQRS. See for more information.

China, BY. Team BI4SSB will be active from Cheniu Shan Island (AS-135) between 25 and 28 July, IOTA Contest included. Before the contest they might be active on 6 metres (Grid OM94VX) and via IO-117 (Greencube). QSL via via BA4TB.

Russia, UA9. Despite it being mid-July, Baydaratskaya Bay is still choked with ice and the operation from the Marresal'skiye Koshki Islands (AS-089) will most likely have to be postponed until better times. Team RI8KK will try and be active from Levdiev Island (RR-06-42) or Torasavjej Island (RR-06-40) instead. Updates are being posted to

Italy I - Team IR3M will be active from Pellestrina Island (EU-131) on 28-30 July. QSL via the bureau and LoTW.

Sardinia, IS0. Dirk, DL1KVN will participate in the IOTA Contest as IS0/DL1KVN/p from the main island of Sardinia (EU-024). A "possible activation" as IM0/DL1KVN/p from Maddalena Island (EU-041) will depend "on the local conditions and especially on the family". He will operate SSB and CW on 40 to 10 metres. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.

Czech Republic, OK. OL88YL is the special call sign for a multi-national group of YL operators to be active from near Brno on 4-10 August. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via HB9FPM.

Germany, DL. Members of DARC's Ortsverband Greifswald (DL0HGW) will be active as DL250CDF from 1 August to 30 September. The special call sign marks the 250th anniversary since the birth of the painter Caspar David Friedrich, an icon of the German Romantic movement. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau, eQSL and LoTW. A certificate will be available, see for information.

France, F. Michel, F8GGZ will be active as TM24JOL between 26 July and 11 August and as TM24JPO between 28 August and 8 September for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, respectively. QSL via F8GGZ.
Several other call signs are expected to be active during the Summer Olympics, including
TM100OG operated by Team TM3P; QSL direct to F5PYI
TM17JO operated by Jean-Claude, F1HOM from Re Island (EU-032); QSL via the bureau
TM2024JO operated by members of Radio Club d'Esquerdes. QSL via F5KAI.
TM24PRS operated by F4DTO and F4GFE; QSL via F4DTO
TM36JO operated by members of the Association des radioamateurs de l'Indre; QSL via the bureau, or direct to F5OHM
TM37JO operated by F4ENK, F4ERS, F5CWU, F5SQM and F6FYA; QSL via F5CWU's OQRS (
TM40JO operated by members of the RadioPole Associatif REF-40 (F4KLM); QSL via F6DZU and LoTW
TM73JO operated by F6HQP; QSL via the bureau, LoTW, QRZ Logbook
TM8JOP operated by Yves, F8LLA, one of the 45,000 volunteers who will support the Olympics

Sweden, SM. OZ0J, OZ2ELA, OZ3ACB and OZ9U will be active as SM/OV2E from Senoren Island (EU-138) between 25 and 29 July. They will operate CW, SSB and digital (maybe RTTY) on the HF bands and possibly 6 metres and will participate in the IOTA Contest. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), eQSL, LoTW, or via OZ0J.

Greenland, OX. Emil, DL8JJ will be active again as OX/DL8JJ from Greenland between 26 July and 15 August. In his spare time, he will operate CW (10 watts, battery powered) from the base camp at Tasiilaq (NA-151) and from various locations on the main island (NA-018).

Canada, VE. Pierre, VK3KTB will be active again as VY0ERC from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club station on Ellesmere Island (NA-008) from 21 July to 7 August. When time permits, he will be active on 20, 15 and 10 metres and maybe also 17 and 12 metres. He operates SSB, CW and digital modes. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

Nicaragua, YN. Rafael, NN3RP will be active holiday style as YN2RP from Nicaragua between 25 July and 20 August. He will operate SSB, CW and digital on 40 to 10 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to NN3RP.


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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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Worked All Grid Squares (WAGS) 

You definitely know about the SARL Worked All ZS award, but do you know about the WAGS award... the South African Worked All Grid Squares award? The land mass of South Africa is completely contained within 83 four-character grid squares and the aim of the WAGS award is to involve amateurs in a fun activity to collect at least one contact from each of the 83 grid squares.

The WAGS Awards start from the achievement of having worked 25 grid squares, all the way up to 83 grid squares worked, the challenging ZS WAGS Full House Award. There is no stipulated period over which you must make the contacts and there are awards for both Activators and Hunters plus various specialist categories. Please visit the WAGS website at for full details.


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AMSATSA Space Symposium

The AMSATSA Space Symposium 2024 date is announced. AMSATSA has announced the date for its 2024 Space Symposium. It will be on online event on Saturday 14 September. This is the first call for papers to be considered for presentation at the event. The theme of the event is "Space the frontier towards a rewarding technology pastime." Prospective authors are invited to submit a short summary of their proposed paper in MS word format by 31 July 2024 to Presentations are typically 20 - 30 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Participation in the event is free but registration is required. Registration will open on 1 July with details posted on

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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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lboat034a.gif (1979 bytes)SA Maritime Net

The South African Maritime Mobile Net provides weather reports and maintains contact with sailing vessels from around the coast and high seas.
The net operates 7 days a week.

There are two regular schedule times as follows:

  • 06:30 UTC and 11:30 UTC on 14 316 kHz high seas net.
  • 06:35 UTC and 11:35 UTC on 7 120 kHz coastal net - the net lasts approximately 30 minutes .
Visit the official SAMMNet Website or their facebook page for more information.

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