@BOOK NOW FOR THE RTA PORT ELIZABETH - the next SARL Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday 4 October2014 at Magnetic Storm 15 Mangold Street Newton Park. Get full details here . Book now time is running out. Note the new venue
You could win t his by attending the RTA in Port Elizabeth. Nissei K-SM-9000 external S-Meter, suited to connecting to rigs such as the FT857D (requires just a simple plug change). Valued at around R500,00. Donated by ZS2BL's S.A. HAMSHACK
@SARLNEWS/NUUS 28 September 2014 - download here
IARU REGION 1 Conference
SARL President, Geoff Levey ZS6C, congratulating the newly elected IARU Region 1 President, Don Beattie.
The three South African Radio League delegates, Geoff Levey, ZS6C, Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT, and Riaan Greeff, ZS4PR, who attended the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Albena, Bulgaria, reports that real progress was made at the meeting on a number of topics that are of key concern to radio amateurs. This came from getting people together over several days and facing them with the realities that we need to protect our spectrum as well as address the declining numbers of active Radio Amateurs. It was heartening to see the real progress made by Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, the Region 1 Youth Coordinator in this latter respect.
The Conference reviewed the strategy of IARU Region 1, its finances and membership. Other matters reviewed includes the work of a number of permanent Committees, Working Groups and coordinators, including EMC, Political Relations, Emergency Communications, Youth, ARDF, Development of Amateur Radio in developing countries (STARS Working Group), Spectrum development and protection via ITU, CEPT and the World Radiocommunication Conferences (External Relations Committee), Intruder Watch, Space and High Speed Telegraphy.
Of particular importance was the amendment of the Terms of Reference for the EMC and Political Relations Committees that now provides a clear requirement for Region 1 to lobby at political, governmental and business levels on matters of EMC and related legislation and standards.
Conference also reviewed policy in the key spectrum areas of LF/HF and VHF/UHF/Microwave. Discussions extended over a range of areas, including band planning, contest, remote working and innovative developments in the areas of satellites and digital TV. The position on future World Communication Conferences was also discussed.
Conference considered and made recommendations in the areas of trans-border QSL management, responsible QSLing, malicious QRM, Youth Initiatives, copyright and article reproduction and CW procedures. A full report of the proceedings of the final Plenary will be published in due course on the IARU Region 1 web site at www.iaru-r1.org
The Region 1 Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy was awarded to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, for his meritorious service to amateur radio over many years. Gaston was the chairman of the Eurocom Working Group and then the chairman of the ARSPEX Working Group. Gaston, aged 87, has decided to step down as ARSPEX EG chairman. He received a standing ovation when the award was announced.
A new Executive Committee was elected during the Final Plenary of the 23rd IARU Region 1 General Conference. 43 member societies were present at Conference with 17 member societies represented by proxy. The South African Radio League held the proxy of the Namibian Amateur Radio League.
The Executive Committee for 2014 to 2017, who will start their term of office on 31 October 2014, are
President: Don Beattie, G3BJ
Vice President: Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR
Treasurer: Eva Thiemann, HB9FPM
Secretary: Dennis Green, ZS4BS
Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE
David Court, EI3IO
Oliver Tabakovski, Z32TO
Ivan Stauning, OZ7IS
Ranko Boca, 4O3A
The 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference will be held in September 2017 in Wildbad Kreuth, near Munich, Germany, hosted by the DARC. Thanks to the RSGB for this summary report. The conference was plagued by server breakdown and poor internet connectivity particularly during the last few days of the conference hence the lack of coverage on the SARL web for the last two days of the conference. Once settled back, the SARL delegates will prepare a full briefing. Watch this space for details
@ Jamboree on the Air and CQ Hou Koers. These two events will be on the air over the
weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October and hopefully you and your club have made contact with the local Scout Group, Guide Company or Voortrekker Commando and started the arrangements. If you are looking for a Scout Group near you, visit http://scouts.org.za/scouts-near-you/, for Girl Guide Companies, visit www.girlguides.org.za/old/index.php/regions and for the Voortrekkers, visit www.voortrekkers.org.za/Gebiede.htm or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do something special for the youth of our country. If you would like a special JOTA or CQ Hou Koers call sign, complete the ICASA application form, add a motivation and submit it via the South African Radio League
@THE VK6RIO AMATEUR RADIO SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT – The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DX-pedition, VC1T, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned on 144,950 MHz across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth. Read more here
@RTA KIT 2013 AND CD NOW AVAILABLE- Supplies of the RTA2013 SDR VFO kit and CD are now available for shipping. The kit and CD combo are available at R250 each including packaging and shipping. The CD alone is available at R70. Place your order now. The booking from is available here. There is a premium for non-members,