SARL ON-THE-AIR BULLETINS AND AMATEUR RADIO TODAY PROGRAMME 1 October 2023
SARLNEWS with Rory Norton ZS1BL listen/download here
SARLNUUS met Kevern Burger ZR2BK Luister/laai hier af
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 7 082 kHz by Louis, ZR4DJL. 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.Note when SARL website is not available programmes will be posted on www.amateurradio.org.za. Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.com
The Draft 2024 SARL Contest Manual. The SARL Contest Working Group has released the Draft of the 2024 SARL Contest Manual for review and comment by the SARL Members. Comments must please be made by 23:59 CAT on Sunday 22 October and only sent to email@example.com. Rule changes made from the 2023 Contest Manual have been track changed to facilitate the review by the SARL Members. Where substantive changes have been made there is an indicative note.
The spring QRP contest is taking place on 14 October 2023.
This is your last chance to add you name to the list of contestants for the year. Double your points by setting up a field station in your local park or walk a kilometre with an ultra light portable station to triple your points. Certificates will be issued for first, second and third place. All other contestants will receive participation certificates. Turn to page 66 of the 2023 SARL Contest Manual Version 1.1 for more information.
The October 2023 Radio ZS is available for download as well as the Radio ZS Index from 1925 to September 2023.
Papers for the Region 1 General Conference. The documents for the 2023 General Conference are now published by committee folders on the IARU Region 1 conference website at https://conf.iaru-r1.org/documents/.
C2 - Finances https://storage.iaru-r1.org/index.php/s/4nesfxnjTWmc4SK
C3 - Administration https://storage.iaru-r1.org/index.php/s/rECrCy4Qqc3qQjZ
C4 - HF Matters https://storage.iaru-r1.org/index.php/s/LEM9n8FXCKQZZtr
C5 - VHF/UHF and higher https://storage.iaru-r1.org/index.php/s/x2B9qpyCF3CANMi
C7 – EMC https://storage.iaru-r1.org/index.php/s/sLRzsLnzdwzkxWk
Please send your comments about the Papers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Conference will be held in Zlatibor, Serbia from 1 to 4 November 2023.
Make Space your next techno activity
Book now for the AMSAT SA Space Symposium and make space your technology leisure time activity. The symposium will be held on Saturday 23 September on the BlueJeans platform video conference platform.
The theme “Make Space your techno leisure time activity” speaks to a variety of space related activities. AMSAT North America’s Burns Fisher WB1FJ will be one of the guest speakers talking about the various satellite projects sponsored by AMSAT NA and update the position of some their current satellites. Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ will show some of the uses of the AMSAT SA dual band yagi, Hennie Rheeder ZS6ALN will show how to use a smartphone to track satellites, Hannes Coetzee ZS6BPZ will discuss a new comer’s approach to the OSCAR 100 geostationary satellite, Gary Immelman will talk about high resolution video on OSCAR 100 and Anton Janovsky will present the latest new developments on the AfriCUBE satellite project. SANSA will make a presentation on the Space Weather Centre which opened in Hermanus last year.
The aim of the AMSAT SA Space symposium is to take amateur radio into space, encourage more amateur satellite operation, development, and research.
Registration is required and will be free but a voluntary donation to the AMSAT SA managed crowd funding campaign for SARL Next Generation Beacon fund would be appreciated. Registration for the symposium is now open. Point your browser to www.amsatsa.org.za, click on the registration link and complete the form. You will also find the donation link on the righthand side of the page. The symposium will run from 09:30 to 15:00 SAST.
To register click here and complete the form
Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio. The Secunda Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the next BACAR or Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio on Saturday 14 October 2023 and invite Clubs and groups to participate. The CubeSat parameters are 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm plus 2 cm insulation and weighing no more than 500 grams. The mission parameters are “unlimited RF.” Ideas include APRS, SSTV, FM audio repeater, RTTY, OBC telemetry, etc. Due to the early start, camping facilities are available, but must be booked at a nominal fee. For more information contact Christo Kriek, ZR6LJK on 082 907 9685 (after hours Please) or e-mail email@example.com to register your payload.
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
Pay your SARL Membership fees online using PayFast. Go to https://mysarl.org.za/shop/ and select your membership category.
The SARL Bulletin Frequency to Change. After consideration, the Council has decided to move the SARL Bulletin frequency from 7,082 MHz to 7,105 MHz from Sunday 6 August 2023. The move is necessitated by interference from stations operating digital modes on 7,074 and 7,078 MHz USB which makes receiving the bulletin transmission difficult.
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 http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/licences.asp. Please your copy your letter to the SARL at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chris, ZS6GM at email@example.com and keep the SARL informed of progress of the complaint.
NEW RF SPECTRUM LICENSE FEES
During last week ICASA issued licence renewals for the 2023/24 licence year. Unfortunately, the notification to renew was sent out prematurely. At the time, the increase in fees had not been populated in the ICASA system and any invoice issued would have reflected an incorrect fee. The Authority therefore closed the renewal process. Any renewals paid on these notifications will be honoured by ICASA.
Licensees will receive another notification at the beginning of February in order for the renewal process to proceed. That annual increase is 6.9% and will be as follows: The fee for a one-year licence increases from R 166.00 to R 177.00; a two-year licence increases from R 317.00 to R 338.00; a three-year licence increases from R 455.00 to R 485.00; a four-year licence increases from R 579.00 to R 618.00 and a five-year licence increases from R 692.00 to R 738.00.
It is important to note that renewals need to be paid before Saturday 1 April 2023 as unpaid licences will expire after this date.
The 2023 SARL Contest Manual is available here
The 2023 Diary of Events is available here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.amsatsa.org.za 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 here
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 iaru-r1.org 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 www.amateurradio.org.za. 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.
2023 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 email@example.com.
Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2023)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org