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SARL Membership Subscriptions 2022/2023

Ordinary Member and Overseas Member R500,00 All the other classes - No change! See AGM Booklet! The invoices will be sent out as soon as the RAE process is completed. Membership fees due from 1 July 2022.


NOTE  Programmes are also available  on  

SARL News with Herman Erasmus ZS6CTA   listen here 

SARLNUUS in Afrikaans met Irene Myburgh ZS6IEA Laai hier af/luister

 Amateur Radio Today - Pogramme 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 teachnical features. One hour of Amateur Radio bliss. Listen or download here  (After8 am Sunday) 

Transmissions: Sundays at 08:00 UTC on repeaters around South Africa including 145,750  and 145,725 MHZ in Pretoria. On HF 7 082 kHz by Louis, ZS5LP. Amateur 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.

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 https://sarlnewsbulletin.wordpress.comHamSatSA

A reminder to send in your entry in our Satellite Telemetry decoding competition ( Tell us your satellite adventures, even if you were not successful in decoding a signal. Mini prizes available for a good story. Entries over this weekend, 14 and 15 May will also still be accepted. Send your entry to

A new competition is starting next week! Have fun on the satellites!


We want your ideas to change us! Amateur Radio is about fun, radio communications, technology, experimentation, self-training and friendship. Do you have a mind-blowing idea you would like to share with the community?

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 is inviting you to come with a game changing idea, which could lead to more licensed radio amateurs. Make a team, share your idea, present your proposal and bring this to reality. This is the time for change in amateur radio and we are looking for you! The best proposals will be rewarded, don't miss this opportunity!

The challenge - Do you have a revolutionary idea that you would like to share with the amateur community? What do you think will be appealing and leading to more fun altogether? The HAMChallenge is a call for ideas: the best proposal will be rewarded and brought to life!

Applicants must submit an abstract of their idea with short biography and a brief motivation statement, by e-mail to before 1 June. A committee will review the different proposals and preselect the best ones in their opinion for further consideration at this time by 10 June. The participants will then have 15 more days to prepare a more detailed presentation of their idea to be presented in person or virtually during HamRadio 2022 in Friedrichshafen. Read more in the SARL Communication sent out on Thursday 5 May 2022.

Radio ZS May 2022 is available for download. Read about the Monster! Go to Publications on the lefthand menu and click on Radio ZS downloads.

 NARC TELEPHONE - The Telkom line at the National Amateur Radio Centre is not working. The ONLY number to use is 087-822-1464! DO NOT use any other number.

SARL Taking Amateur Radio into the Digital AGE - Presentations made at the annual SARL symposium will be available on YouTube. 

Keynote address : Why Radio Amateurs should care about encryption  by  Dominic White ZS6HAK, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense. View here 

SDR Applications for Amateur Radio

Presented by Sylvain Azarian F4GKR President IARU-R1

View here 

Next Generation Beacon- update by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ  View here


AMSATSA has announced the date for the association’s 2022 Annual Space Symposium. It will be held on Saturday 23 July 2022.  The current planning is to present it as a virtual event on the Blue Jeans platform. There remains a possibility that it may be a hybrid event including a parallel  physical face to face symposium in Johannesburg.

Experience over the past two symposiums have shown that virtual events offer the opportunity to participate to many more people. This is likely to remain like this as the cost of travel and accommodation is unlikely to return to more affordable levels any time soon.

The theme of the symposium is “Space, the next frontier for expansion of amateur radio”. The symposium programme will cover topics at the entry level  of how to set up an inexpensive satellite station, how to get the most out of a hand-held transceiver to explore satellite communication and a  more advanced level to doing space research with your own space weather station and how to get involved in building satellites.

Proposals for papers are invited. Each slot is 20 – 30 minutes plus a 10-minute Q&A period. The closing date for proposals is 31 March 2022. Authors will be advised of acceptance of their paper by mid-April. Final presentations in word and PowerPoint will be required by 1 July 2022. For more information send an e-mail to

The 2022 SARL Diary of Events and 2022 Contest Manual is available

The IARU HF Band Plan Review (Radio ZS October 2021) can be found here. 

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.


Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology - The SARL hosted a very sucessful synposium on 12 April 2019 in Stellenbosch.  It was attended by over 60 delegates. The symposium was supported by contributions from  RF Design, Comtest, F'Sati, Giga Technology and AMSAT SA. The powerpoint presentations are available for download here. Download while still available .

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.

2022 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 for the League website to Hans, ZS6AKV at and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at

Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2022) Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement - R600 pm - R3 000 for 6 months - R5 000 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm - R400 for 6 months - R900 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 with a copy to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 21 May 2022 

Guinea, 3X. 3X1A is the new call sign issued to Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, previously active as 3X2021. He has been stationed in Conakry, Guinea since September 2021, and expects to remain there for quite some time. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.

The Gambia, C5. Gerard, F5NVF, Abdel, M0NPT, and Luc, F5RAV will be active as C5C from Kololi from 22 May to 8 June. Activity will be on 80 to 6 metres using CW, SSB, FT8, FT4 and on Satellite QO-100. On May 29, they plan to be active as C5B from Bijol Island, IOTA AF-060, from 08:00 to 16:00 UTC. QSL direct to F5RAV.

Angola, D2. Mikalai, UT6UY is working in the hospital in Cabinde. He is active as D2UY in his spare time on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres using mostly CW. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator's instructions.

Sao Tome and Principe, S9. Ryan, K0EFW is active as S9EFW until the end of May. Activity is on 40, 20, 15, and 10 metres using SSB. QSL to home call.

Japan, JA. Take, JI3DST will be active again from Shodo Island (AS-200) between 15 May and 4 July. He will operate SSB and CW as JI3DST/5, JJ5RBH and JS6RRR/5. The QSOs will be made available for both Club Log and LoTW Matching on the IOTA website.

Indonesia, YB. YB8HZ, YB8DKL, YC8AQY, YC8BNZ and YC8ES will be active from Pulau Sapuka Besar (OC-247) between 27 and 29 May. Plans are to be active on the HF bands and 6 metres.

Mongolia, JT. Andrey, R9YU and Gennady, R5QA are active as JV0YU from the Bayan-Olgii province until June 10. Activity is on 160 metres to 70 centimetres using CW, SSB, and FT8. QSL via RW6HS.

Russia, UA. Commemorating the 117th anniversary since the birth of Mikhail A. Sholokhov (the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature), special call signs R117MS and UE37MS will be active on 23-29 May during the 37th edition of the Sholokhov Spring Festival. A certificate will be available on QSLs via RQ7L.

France, F. For the 70th year the Association des Radioamateurs de la Sarthe (F6KFI) will operate a special event station for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Look for TM24H between 29 May and 12 June, with activity on various bands and modes (SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK, FT8). QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via F6KFI.

France, F. Special call sign TM61TC will be activated between 30 May and 4 June celebrating Claude Chappe's invention of the optical telegraph, the first practical telecommunications system of the industrial age. QSL via the bureau.

Mexico, XE. Special event station XI8RM will be active between 19 and 28 May during the 8th edition of the Rally Maya Mexico. Activity is expected to take place on 80 to 6 metres SSB, FT8 and FT4 from Cancun (19 to 21 May, grid EL61), Chiquila (22 and 23 May, grid EL61), Uxmal (24 to 26 May, grid EL50) and Riviera Maya (27 and 28 May, grid EL60). QSL via EA5GL and LoTW. See for more information.

Turks and Caicos, VP5. VP5/K4BAI and VP5/K4QPL will be active from Providenciales (NA-002), Turks and Caicos, between 24 and 31 May. QSLs via home calls. They will participate in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest as VP5M (QSL via LoTW, or direct to K4QPL).


Welcome to The Southern African Morse Operators Club! 

We bring together and support amateur radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW). We offer free CW support to those who want to learn this special skill that reaches back to the very beginning of ham radio and remains vital today. Learning and operating CW is fun and you can do it!

This is a club for anybody that loves to use Morse Code (CW) or has a historical appreciation of it. Ham Radio operators, railroad telegraph buffs, or people who love technology are all welcome.

Yes, it may be almost 200 years old, but it is one of the best long distance radio modes and still heavily used by hams.

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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 or call the NARC at 011 675 2393

What is Amateur Radio ? 

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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An interesting operating goal

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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