# ZS9YOTA on the air - for more details on how you can operate the special event callisgn scroll down
1st Polokwane Scout Group (ZR6PS)
#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
# 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 www.hamradio.org.za 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 SALE - Now 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 www.amateurradio.org.za/RTA.htm. 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.