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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads



The AGM notice and Agenda as well as financial reports are available on the home page for SARL members. Click on Members only button  in the green bar on  the top right of this page. 


STOP PRESS - New Frequency Spectrum Regulations published by ICASA yesterday afternoon afford Radio Amateurs increased power on many amateur bands. The SARL  will review the new regulations and provide a summary in the next few days. The Government Gazette is available here

SARL members can download individual sections of the regulations such as section 23 pertaining to amateur radio, annex H and I about amateur spectrum and Section 7 about general regulations. Click on the members only tabe at the top right of this page. - another SARL member benefit

@SARLNEWS: Sunday19 April 2015 

English with Dave Reece  Download here 

Afrikaans  soon

Amateur Radio Today12 April 2015  with Hans van de Groenendaal  listen here


@SARL 90 - Here is the complete schedule







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  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

HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 30 March 2015) 

IOTA Honour Roll. The 2015 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been posted on the IOTA website at and on the IOTA Manager's website at It is noticeable how scores are now beginning to bunch, closing in on the top position at 1 110 groups. One hundred and sixty-eight record-holders have scores over 1 000 and 484 over 750 which is the number required for the IOTA Plaque. 

ZS4, Orange Free State. Dennis, ZS4BS, will be active as ZS4AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicle) from the 2015 Stars of Sandstone at the Sandstone Estates north of Ficksburg from 1 to 12 April. Activity will depend on the programme of the SA Armour Museum as Dennis is driving the Olifant Mk 1B tank. Dennis is looking at activating Vialima Mountain, ZT/FS-004 or Pandora, ZT/FS-005 during this time – this is the GMA reference numbers. The will be a special QSL card available – sent your QSL to receive one. QSL via the SARL electronic QSL system is also okay, but no special QSL card. 

ZD8, Ascension Island. Steve, G3ZVW, will once again be active as ZD8N from Georgetown, Ascension Island (IOTA AF-003) between 9 and 21 April. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and digital modes using 100 watts and wire antennas. This will be a work trip, so activity will be evenings, weekends and early mornings. QSL via his home call sign, by the Bureau or direct. 

D4, Cape Verde. Peter, SM6MCW, is now active as D44TBO from Cape Verde.The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on 30, 20, 15, 12, 10 meters on CW. QSL via SM6MCW. 

D4, Cape Verde. Alexander, HB9FDT, will be active as D44TDK from Santa Maria, Sal Island (AF-086), between 16 and 24 April. Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters. QSL via his home call sign. 

VQ9, Chagos Islands. Reports indicate that Bob, DU7ET, is now based at Diego Garcia (AF-006) for the next three months and is now active as VQ9ET. Activity has been on 17 meters CW using a FT-857D and into a simple antenna. Look for him to be on the air again starting in April. QSL via DU7ET. 

S7, Seychelles. Stan, EI6DX, will be active as S79OWZ from Mahé Island (AF-024) between 7 and 18 July. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. Equipment is a K3 transceiver with an ACOM 1000 amp into a CrankIR vertical with elevated radials installed on the beach. QSL via RX3RC, via the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, watch 

ZL7, Chatham Islands. Operators John, ZL1BYZ, David, ZL1DK and John, ZL1ALZ, will be active as ZL3E from Kaingaroa, Chatham Island (OC-038), between 3 and 15 April. Activity will be on with two stations, 40 to 10 meters and using CW, SSB and RTTY. Internet access permitting logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily, and LoTW after initial log checking on their return to Auckland. The preferred QSL route is via ClubLog's OQRS for both direct and Bureau requests. Direct QSLs are via ZL1ALZ: John Balsillie, 48 Fraser Road, Pokeno 2471, New Zealand. Log enquiries go to John, ZL1ALZ at Log search 

ZL7, Chatham Islands. Alain "Al,” F8FUA (aslo 5U7NU, 9J2AE, TZ6NU, XT2BR, Z21KM), will once again be active as ZL7/F8FUA from Chatham Islands (OC-038)


between 7 and 13 May. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This will be a light operation using a K3 and a Buddipole. There will be NO Internet access in the "shack". He will upload log to LoTW and ClubLog whenever possible. Paper QSL cards are not printed yet (expected in April 2015). No need to send your QSL card before April! QSL via F8FUA, direct (w/SAE + 2 USDs or 1 IRC [new one!]), by the Bureau or LoTW. NO eQSL!

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (12 April 2015) 

# Link to SARL VHF, UHF & MICROWAVES DX TABLE Click here  

RESULTS OF SARL VHF & UHF CONTEST - Carl Minne, ZS6CBQ, supplied us with the following results and comments. He reported that 11 logs were received from Divisions 3, 4 and 6 and 210 contacts were made. The longest distance worked between ZS4/ZS6WT and ZS3AG was 431 km on 144 MHz. More FM contacts were made than in previous contests, as well as long distance contacts despite conditions that were not of the best. Attention was also given to Aircraft Scatter. 

No logs were received from Divisions 1, 2 and 5. No digital contacts were made during the contest.There were some negative comments: “Waste of time” and Unfair Contest!” (It is quite clear that those who made such statements are not very familiar with VHF contests or its purpose. You should do a lot of listening and frequently call otherwise every body is only listening and think the band is dead. There were very poor weather conditions along the East coast. Several stations were on in Port Elizabeth including ZS2ACP on digital in the early mornings but they did not hear anything at all. ZS2AH reported from East London that he could not hear a single signal even at night). 

“My opinion is that there is a serious problem if all the Hams in RSA cannot unite on the VHF/UHF bands during contests. The PEARS contest results and the logs that were submitted are proof that there can be a substantial amount of activity in Divisions 1 and 2. Digital activity is there to make use of more propagation methods and to make very long distance contacts when SSB is limited to about 450km. Contests are the ideal opportunity for the stations in the North and South to work together to promote analogue and digital activity. Carl ZS6CBQ”. (Read more in “Results of VHF/UHF Contest 21-22 March 2015” on the VHF Forum). 

THE RSGB’s WEEKLY NEWS REPORT FROM GB2RS – A team of amateur radio astronomers from around the world have been making observations of hydrogen spectra using the G4NNS EME system near Andover as an L band radio telescope. By studying hydrogen spectra it is possible to gain insights into the shape and motion of our galaxy. It is the unexpected motion of the galaxy that gave rise to the discovery of dark matter. As part of British Science Week, between 13 and 22 March, the observatory will be open twice daily for live observations and a presentation of how the galaxy’s shape and motion can be revealed using radio astronomy. This event is free but as space in the shack is limited, it must be booked in advance by e-mail or phone. 

VHF REPORTS –“Hi all. No TX last night 6th April on 144,300 MHz SSB, as we had Rain, Rain and more Rain. Therefore, I did not waste my electricity. Peter ZS2ABF”. 

John ZS6JON have send a complete beacon to the guys in Durban a few weeks ago .... I thought it would be up and running by now. 11 Stations on the 144,300 MHz net this morning 11th April. 73 Carl”. 

NASA ROVER CURIOSITY’s SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ON MARS – 1. Mars could have held life. Thanks to Curiosity, scientists found that ancient Mars had the right chemistry to support living microbes. 2. Evidence of ancient water flows. Curiosity found rocks believed to have been smoothed and rounded by ancient water flows. 3. Curiosity detects dangerous levels of radiation. Curiosity detected radiation levels that exceed NASA’s career limit for astronauts. 4. No methane no life? NASA noted that Curiosity has not found a single trace of methane in the Martian atmosphere, decreasing the odds that there is life on Mars. However, Curiosity recently detected methane spikes in Gale crater. 5. Significant geological diversity found on Mars. Scientists were surprised by the variety of soil and rock that they found in Gale crater where Curiosity landed.        



CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 6 March 2015 

ARRL International DX Phone Contest - 7 and 8 March - Phone: First full weekend in March (March 7-8, 2015). Contest Period: 48 hours each mode (separate contests). Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday.

Full details

All Africa All Mode DX Contest – 14 to 15 March 2015 – Aim: The objective of this all mode contest is to stimulate contesting from Africa. All participating stations worldwide may work any country during the contest period, but QSOs with radio amateurs from Africa is encouraged as reflected in the higher points being awarded in the scoring mechanism. African DXCC entities are defined as those valid per the ARRL DXCC AF listing published at the time of the contest. Date:From 12:00 UTC on Saturday 14 March to 12:00 UTC on Sunday 15 March 2015). Both single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24 hour period.  Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres -  Modes: CW, RTTY and SSB.

Rules –

RSGB Commonwealth Contest - RSGB HF General Rules - Date: 14-15 March 2015. The 2nd full weekend of March in each year. Time: 10:00 - 10:00UTC. Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28MHz. Activity is normally concentrated in the lower 30kHz of each band. Mode: CWn- Exchange: RST plus serial number. HQ stations will additionally send HQ, which must be logged.

Full details -

SARL VHF/UHF/Microwave  Contest - 21 and 22 March 2015 – Aim:VHF/UHF contests should be the test of operator ability and station design. The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun. Dates and Times: From 10:00 UTC on Saturday 21 March to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 22 March 2015. The contest starts and ends at the beginning and end on the hour. Use time signals from a reliable source.

All details :

CQ WPX Contest - SSB: March 28-29, 2015. - Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday
Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday


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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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  • 11:30 UTC:  Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.


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