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Sunday 23 October 2016
SARLNUUS met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC luister/laaiaf hier
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AMATEUR RADIO TODAY Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC download/listen here or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here
ICASA COUNCIL APPROVES MOU WITH SARL - This week the Council of ICASA approved the memorandum of understanding with the SARL. The memorandum replaces a very old MOU which was outdated and had expired. The purpose of the MOU is to establish the manner in which the Authority and the SARL will interact with each other to enable them, inter alia:
- to co-ordinate and harmonise the issuing of amateur radio frequency spectrum licences in South Africa;
- to establish a framework to conduct the radio amateur examination (RAE); and,
- to co-ordinate activities with respect to matters of common interest.
In terms of the MOU the SARL will set up a formal National Repeater and Beacon Managing Group in order to coordinate applications made for repeater and beacon station licences and a Joint Working Committee constituted by representatives of the Authority and the SARL, as nominated by the parties respectively, shall be established pursuant to this Agreement and shall function on an on-going basis. Arrangements are now being made by ICASA’s legal department for the formal signing of the MOU by SARL President and the Chairman of ICASA. The signed document will be made available on the SARL web pages.
Commenting on the MOU, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg said that the signing of the MOU will be an important milestone as it formalise the relationship between ICASA and the SARL.
Broadcasters, jammers wreak havoc on amateur radio frequencies
The ARRL reports the battle in the amateur radio 7 MHz band continues between Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia, which is said to be jamming the Eritrean broadcaster with broadband white noise
The problem for radio amateurs is that the battle is taking place in the 40 meter phone band — 7,145 and 7,175 MHz — with the jamming signal reported by the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) to be 20 kHz wide on each channel.
The on-air conflict has been going on for years; Ethiopia constructed new transmitting sites in 2008 and is said to use two or three of them for jamming purposes. The interfering signals can be heard in North America after dark.
According to IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, Radio Eritrea is airing separate programs on each frequency. He said in the IARUMS September newsletter that telecommunications regulators in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been informed, so they could file official complaints.
Read the full ARRL story at
IARU Region 1 Monitoring System latest news
ZS85VT - The Voortrekker movement celebrates its 85th birthday in 2016 and the call sign ZS85VT is used during special events. Thank you to every radio amateur who took the time to support the enthusiastic young people. We also thank every Voortrekker group, camp or activity that made time for amateur radio during their programme for CQ Hou koers. Twenty stations participated on 15 October. Will you be taking part in CQ Hou Koers 2017 and offer your help to your local Voortrekker group or radio club? Visit www.voortrekkers.co.za to find our more about the Voortrekker movement. Enquiries related to CQ Hou Koers may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
JOTA 2016 AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL!
After not having a coordinator, and the job being done with only a month to go, a total of 51 stations were active over the weekend; up from only 8 last year. 16 Amateur Radio stations were in operation through the weekend, with a few Scout groups running their first JOTA event from their own halls. Final numbers are coming in on the amount of participants, but Sandringham Scout Group held the largest event for the year with just over 230 Cubs, Scouts and Adults in attendance. Amateur Radio clubs and individual Hams assisted groups and districts to run their events. A full report back will be available in the November Radio ZS. Koos Fick, ZR6KF, SARL Youth coordinator gave a talk to the youth on Amateur Radio and Nico, ZS6QL, SARL President was in attendance to show support and answer any questions. Plenty interest from the youth on how to get licensed, which is a great step for the youth development within our great hobby.
Richard ZS6RKE, National JOTA JOTI Coordinator, Scouts South Africa expressed his thanks to all who assisted, and said “I hope that next year we can get more Hams involved with the youth.”
IARU AC. The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations. The AC held its annual in-person meeting on 7 and 8 October in Vina del Mar (Chile), immediately prior to the IARU Region 2 Conference. See www.iaru.org/news--events for the details.
AMSATSA SDR WORKSHOP: In association with the South African Radio League, AMSAT SA is holding a Software Defined Radio workshop at the NARC on Saturday 26 November 2016. Get details and registration information here
ICASA STARTS TYPE APPROVAL CONSULTATION PROCESS
On 20 September ICASA published a discussion document on Equipment Type Approval Exemption and has invited written representation with the closing date of 2 December 2016. Type approval is a very important issue for the amateur radio fraternity and has been on the agenda of the SARL/ICASA liaison committee for the past few years. Some two years ago the SARL submitted a document to ICASA asking that all amateur radio equipment, including homebrew equipment, be excluded from the regulations promulgated on 26 August 2013 which required that all radio equipment had to be type approved. The SARL will review its original proposals in terms of the ICASA discussion document, published last week. The SARL will also have preliminary discussions at the next SARL - ICASA liaison meeting scheduled for 17 October 2016. The Government Gazette is available on www.icasa.org.za. Radio amateurs are invited to provide input for review by the SARL Regulatory Working Group. Please send your input to email@example.com by 31 October 2016.
DECEMBER IS YOTA MONTH - From Thursday 1 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, the annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event takes place and YOTA stations will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other. This is an excellent opportunity to get young amateurs in their teens and early 20s to talk with their counterparts on the air
This is not a formal contest, but a way to get young people on the air and to let them realize that there are hundreds of other peers around the world that feel just the same as they do about the hobby. The main aim is to get our youngsters on the air and for them to make contact with youngsters all over the world. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs to run a demonstration at a local school or church or to gather together with our amateur friends at the club and display this great hobby to our South African youth!
The SARL will once again register as a Region 1 Member Society participant and obtain the special call sign ZS9YOTA that will be registered as an educational call sign for use by clubs and individuals during December. Details pertaining to bookings for the special call sign will be made available during November. For any additional information or possible questions please forward your e-mails to Koos, ZR6KF, at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL, at email@example.com. They will provide you with much more information and will answer any questions.
NINE NEW RADIO AMATEURS - Cameron Eales ZS6CYE (photo insert) the President of the High School Jeugland Radio Club - ZR6JRC is proud to announce that a group of 9 members passed the class B RAE last week Saturday after attending Saturday classes for a period of 10 weeks.
The high school youth club was founded in March 2016 and this is the first group to pass the class B RAE. Jeugland Radio Club is affiliated to the SARL and the club committee, in its entirety, consists of the youngster’s them-selves managing all activities. The group in no particular order are Nadia Fourie ZU6NF; Maryna Coetzer ZU6MC - Secretary; Tiaan Badenhorst ZU6BAD; Zhaques Labushagne ZU6ZJN; Ulrich Troskie ZU6ULI - Treasurer; Tiaan Harmse ZU6TRH; Cullen Bailey ZU6CUL – Vice-President; Dantè Eliott ZU6DJE and Dewald Harmse ZU6DRH. To the nine new radio amateurs welcome to the wonderful world of amateur radio. We wish them all the most enjoyable experiences in discovering all the various aspects of this great hobby and for the future that amateur radio can offer.
THE GEOMAGNETIC BLITZ OF SEPTEMBER 1941: Seventy-five years ago today, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater. The untold story of this remarkable event has just been published in a lively article by two space weather researchers.
2016 ARRL Handbook one copy available - One copy of 2016 and two copies of the 2015 ARRL Hambook are available. SARL members take 20% if you order this week.
The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has tone copy of 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