Have you paid your licence? ICASA has published a list of unpaid licenses which will be cancelled unless paid by end of November 2015. Check here
NARC HOLIDAY CLOSURE - The National Amateur Radio Centre will be closed from 18 December and re-open on 5 January 2016. Order your frequency counter kit as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the holidays.
Visit the SARL Website for youth activity - download the Hammies latest Newsletter. Find out more about YOTA and how you can join the fun. Click here
VHF DISTANCES POSSIBLE ALONG THE EAST, SOUTH AND WEST COASTS OF SOUTH AFRICA – These VHF distances can regularly be covered via Tropo Ducting along the coast on 144 MHz, and under very favourable conditions also on 50 MHz. The distances are: Cape Town to Oranjemund = 620 km and Luderitz = 790 km. Cape Town to Port Elizabeth = 660 km and East London = 880 km. Durban to East London = 460 km and Port Elizabeth = 690 km. The longest distance recorded along the East coast on 144 MHz was between Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay over 840 km during Tropo Ducting propagation. Try early mornings after sunrise, or at night, or ahead of approaching cold fronts along the coast including inland. Read more in Mike Bosch ZS2FM weekely update here
SARL NEWS 22 November 2015
Afrikaans met Etienne Naude luister/laai af hier
English with Rory Nortin listen/download here
Amateur Radio Today listen/download here
December is Youngsters on the Air month! Once again for the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air looking for contacts using "YOTA" as their call sign suffix. YOTA stations will be seeking to make many contacts, so take this opportunity to connect young amateurs in their teens and twenties with their peers on the air
A special call sign, ZS9YOTA, has been obtained for use by young amateurs and the SARL has registered with the IARU for participation in the YOTA month from 1 to 31 December 2015. 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 Koos ZR6KF at email@example.com or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to all clubs or individuals. 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 2015. The website will be active from Monday. The schedule can be downloaded here
Please add a photograph of yourself or group operating your station, in order to place it on the ZS9YOTA page of the IARU R1 website when you book your slot for December.
A golden opportunity for clubs to run a demonstration at a local school or to gather together with our amateur friends, grab a pizza, enjoy a braai and let the youngsters make some QSO’s or possibly enjoys a great pile-up. Let’s us all showcase this great hobby to our South African youth!
ARiA Frequency Counter kit now available - The SARL ARiA frequency counter kit is now available by mail order or collection from the National Amateur Radio centre. There are two mail order options, via Postnet or post office small parcel service with tracking number.
The frequency counter exhibits several interesting features, like a maximum working frequency above 40 MHz, a 10 Hz resolution, low consumption (15 mA) and is easy to build. It is the ideal weekend project. The design is simple, given that most of the functions are implemented by the microprocessor which is supplied pre-programmed. For those who want to use the basic unit above the normal HF frequencies space for a pre-scalar IC circuit is on the PCB layout and in the Schematic layout. This IC is not included in the basic kit can be order at an additional cost. This kit is ideal to meet the requirements of the amateur radio regulations which require that every amateur has a reliable method of measuring the transmit frequency. Get the orderform here
ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - With the publication of the new radio regulations earlier this year, the much talked about age restriction for ZU license holders was implemented. 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 at 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 toenter 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. The Authority has announced that all persons over 25 years old can no longer renew their ZU licence from 1 April 2017. In a letter to the affected licensees, currently being mailed, ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in May or October 2016
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2016 Handbook will be here soon estimated price R1300. Watch this space
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.
Special for SARL members till 22 April R1040 plus R60 packaging and posting. Non member price R1250 plus P&P. Limited stock available Order now. Next shipment is expected to be up by 25% due to Rand value and increased shipping cost.
#RENEWAL OF AMATEUR RADIO LICENCES AND FORM B - Form B is no longer required. Amateur radio licenses are due on 31 March 2015 ICASAhas sent out reminders in January but the responsibility remains with the licensee to ensure that the license is paid. Unpaid licences will expire at the end of April.Radio amateurs also have the option to pay for 5 years. Simply send an email to email@example.com and advise him that you are converting to a 5 year license then when making payment, pay R500. This is a saving of R100 and protects the licensee against inflation increases which will be introduced from the 2016 license year. When paying ICASA please ensure that you quote your licence number and callsign..
5MHZ NEWSLETTER FROM Paul G4MWO - Down load the 5 MHZ newsletter (no 12) also look at the latest WSPR activity from ZS1 here