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SARL SUBMITS FURTHER DOCUMENTATION ABOUT TYPE APPROVAL - The SARL submitted further documentation about Type Approval to ICASA in response to the discussions at the public hearing which took place last month. The SARL has maintained its position that equipment built by an amateur in pursuit of his or her hobby should be exempted from any type approval requirements. As far as commercial equipment is concerned, the SARL proposed that equipment that conforms to the ETSI standards for equipment used by radio amateurs and already approved by the EU or the FCC be exempted from any further type approval in South Africa.  Document can be found here

The SARL Council is pleased to announce that Kelley Heslop, the newly appointed Office Administrator started work.  Kelley was welcomed at the NARC by Nico, ZS6QL, Geoff, ZS6C, and Nick, ZS6NCK, on her first day.  Thank you in advance to everyone assisting to make Kelley’s introduction to the world of Amateur Radio and her role as Office Administrator a smooth and pleasant experience.

Kelley, we wish you all of the best in this new endeavour. We assure you of our assistance in settling into your new appointment.



SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY - listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. 

Sunday 22 January 2017 

SARLNUUS   luister/laaiaf hier

SARLNEWS   download/listen here

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC download/listen   here  or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here  

RAE Examination details for 2017 - It's the time of year again when clubs get ready to run RAE courses.  This year sees a major change in the day of the exam. In the past, the exam was always written on Thursday evenings, but this year the RAE exam will be written on Saturday mornings starting from 10:00 to 13:00.  This should make it easier for the candidates who can't always make the exam, due to work pressures.  

The RAE dates for 2017 are as follows:

 1st semester

21 January 2017 - RAE registration process opens.
15 April 2017 - RAE registration closes.
20 May 2017 - RAE examination (Saturday morning) 

2nd Semester

14 July 2017 - RAE registration process opens.
16 September 2017 - RAE registration closes.
21 October 2017 - RAE examination (Saturday morning) 

AMSAT SA TO HOLD SECOND SDR WORKSHOP AT NARC  -  Turn your laptop into  a 24 MHz - 1.7 GHz receiver. AMSAT SA is holding a half day SDR workshop in association  with the SARL at the NARC on 18 February 2017. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will install a VHF/UHF RTL dongle  and program it to become a VHF/UHF receiver covering 24 MHz - 1.7 GHz. The workshop will be presented by Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC and Cor Rademeyer ZS6CR.

Date: 18 February 2017  9:30 - 12:00. Venue: SARL National Amateur Radio centre, Sender Technology Park, Octave Street, Radiokop, Roodepoort. 
Register before 11 February 2017. Details and form click here

 4 Bursaries avaiable for under 26 to study for class A -  If you are under 26 and planning to study for  the Class A amateur radio examination there are bursaries available.. For more detail and application forms click here. 

RSGB HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE IN SA- The new RSGB Radio Communication Handbook is now avaiable in South Africa. Also available are the ARRL 2017 Handbook (hardcover version) and Low Band DXing. For a list of books locally stocked and a mailorder from click here. SARL Members get up to 10% discount .

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR LICENCE?- You are advised to make sure that you have paid your amateur radio license for this year. If not it is recommended that you do it without delay. ICASA is not obliged to send out statements, the onus is on the license holder. If you have not paid for the 2016/2017 year, pay R525 and you are covered for this year and the next 4 years with no increases.  The fee for the current 2016/2017 year is R126. 

ICASA is in the process of implementing an ICASA Council decision to cancel all licenses that are not renewed within 30 days of 1 April. While still in the implementation planning stage make sure you have paid this year’s licence fee. Failing do so will mean that you may have to apply for a new license. You may just find that some else has applied and obtained your callsign. 

Note that all ICASA offices will be closed from 15 December and reopen on 3 January 2017 

SARL and ICASA sign MoU- Tuesday 29 November 2016 was an historic day for the South African Radio League. After many years of discussions with the Independent Comn heremunications Authority  a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.   The MoU replaces a very old and outdated MoU. The delay in finalising the MoU was mainly because of the restructuring of ICASA. The MoU establishes the manner in which the Authority and the SARL will interact with each other to enable them, inter alia:

·         to co-ordinate and harmonise the issuing of amateur radio frequency spectrum licences in South Africa;

·         to establish a framework to conduct the radio amateur examination (RAE); and

·         to co-ordinate activities with respect to matters of common interest.

In the photograph: Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, President of the SARL and Peter Zimri, ICASA Councillor who signed onbehalf the the acting Chairperson of ICASA. 

The December 2016 issue of the IARU Monitoring Service Newsletter can be found at and/or

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS/7P8DG (updated 21 January 2017) 

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Next Saturday, 28 January, you can participate in the Summer QRP Contest. The QRP contest is intended to be fun activities to promote QRP operation between radio amateurs. Using homebuilt equipment or operating as a portable/field station and using temporary antennas is encouraged, but is not a requirement. The contest runs from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC with activity on SSB and CW using 5 watts (PEP) output or less. See the 2017 Blue Book for more details!

The BARTG RTTY Sprint runs from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 28 to 12:00 UTC on Sunday 29 January. Activity is on 80 to 10 metres and the exchange is your serial number. Please note that for 2017 there are changes to the rules of all BARTG contests, so visit their web site.

Peru, OA. The Peruvian authorities have issued the call sign OA0MP for use from the 'Machu Picchu' Antarctic Base on King George Island in the South Shetlands until 31 March. Two members of the scientific team will operate during their spare time on 20 and 40 m SSB. QSL via OA4O.

USA, W. The “KB7QPS Air, Space and Technology Operating Event” will "commemorate   man's  historical  milestones  in  air,  space,  and technology  over  the  last  400 years"  by  operating  twelve  1x1 call signs  during  2017. The first one is N7R (19 to 23 January) celebrating "Three Generations of Mars Rovers"; it will be followed by W7J (2 to 6 February) for the “Discovery of Jupiter’s Galilean Moons". See for complete information. QSL direct to KB7QPS.

Kaliningrad, UA2. Special call signs R1336FO and R680FBO will be active from 20 January to 20 April for the 680th anniversary of the city of Chernyakhovsk (formerly known as Insterburg), Kaliningrad. QSL via R2FBO.

Kazakhstan, UN. UP28UA and other twelve special call signs representing the  various sports  (UP28UAS, UP28UBA, UP28UCL, UP28UCS, UP28UFS, UP28UIH, UP28UNC, UP28USB, UP28USJ, UP28USK, UP28USS and UP28UST) will be active from 28 January to 8 February for the XXVIII Winter Universiade (the World University Games organized by the International University Sports Federation) to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. See for information on the award programme. Paper QSLs via DL8KAC (direct); electronic  QSLs will be available on

Mauritania, 5T. Jean, 5T0JL (ON8RA) will be active again (CW only) as 5T0ITU on 1 February. The special call sign will be used during ITU events, in this case the 7th meeting of CWG-LANG (the ITU Council Working Group on the use of the six official languages of the Union). 5T0ITU will be active on several other occasions during 2017. See  for Jean's activity calendar and make sure to comply with his operating plans. QSL direct to ON8RA.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 10 January 2017 


THE PEARS NATIONAL VHF/UHF CONTEST THIS COMING WEEKEND – The PEARS National VHF & UHF Contest takes place this weekend from 18:00 CAT on Friday 20 January until 14:00 CAT on Sunday 22 December 2017. The express purpose of this national contest is to encourage long distance operation between different Divisions countrywide on the VHF and UHF bands. We have been informed that amateurs from all six divisions will be active during the contest, which includes Division 3 on the West Coast for the first time, as well as Namibian stations. Field stations as well as Rovers, which is a very popular category in the USA, both operating from high sites will hopefully keep the bands alive during the day via Tropo Enhancement and possibly Sporadic-E propagation. Tropo Ducting could be at its best in the early mornings and at night especially on 144 MHz making very long distances possible. Please make an effort to participate in the contest, help to advance amateur radio, and make it more exciting for everybody. Good luck with the contest and let’s hope the weather won’t interfere.  

DIGITAL TESTS ON 50,230 MHz FSK441 – Bernie ZS4TX posted the following digital report from Paul ZS6NK that covered Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) mornings. He heard and answered: ZS1LS, ZS2EZ, ZS5HV, ZS5J, ZR6AUI, ZS6BTE, ZS6BUN and ZS6JON. He worked the following stations: ZS2ACP, ZS2EZ, ZS4TX, ZS6A, ZS6BTE and V51PJ.

Paul says his site is very quiet, ZS6JON/b is in on Tropo most of the time, around 12:00 to 16:00 CAT in and out, last night 519 to 539 continuously. He is running WJST V10 (R6088) and although the bursts are massive it is not decoding at all. Bernie’s best Tropo signal on JT65a was –8 dB, worst –21 db. Loudest FSK was +15 dB and there were many. Paul’s bakkie is parked on a high spot on the farm for I-net and he says the Sun is burning the @#$%^&* out of him, 1635B and a mild 37C, and 73 from the hot spot.

DIV 5 GROUP TO JOIN DIV 2 GROUP ON MONDAY EVENINGS – Hugo van Zyl, ZS5HV, at Scottburgh says he will remind Lee ZS5LEE (Durban), Craig ZS5CD (Durban), Brad ZS5BG (Pinetown) and John ZS5J (Richardsbay) to join the Monday evening East Coast net run by Peter Tottle, ZS2ABF, from East London. He suggests that VHF amateurs should join the WhatsApp group of Mike ZS1TAF, Cell 076 278 5622. Some members in this group are: FR5DN, ZS5LEE, ZS4TX, ZS4A, ZS6OB, ZS6JON, ZS2BK, ZS1LS, ZS5HV, V51PJ, ZS5CD, ZS5BG, ZS1TAF, ZS1CM, ZS4BS, ZR6AUI, ZS6TW, ZS1LCD and ZR1AIK. Posting that you are calling on a specific frequency will definitely get you a response.

VHF NEWS FROM CAPE TOWN – Mike ZS1TAF reports: “I was monitoring , but no digital  signals my side. Most active on 6 metres in Cape Town is: ZS1TK – SSB and FM, ZS1ALJ – SSB, Digital and FM, ZS1SA – SSB, ZS1LS – Allan has everything, and ZS1TAF – SSB and FM, awaiting FT-879 repairs, then I will be back on Digital.

"The 50,080 MHz ZS1SIX beacon is currently off the air. Once CPUT re-opens in January Rassie ZS1YT will investigate why the beacon is off the air. I am monitoring the 50;044 MHz and 50,050 MHz beacons. 73 Mike ZS1TAF.”

WATCH OUT FOR SPORADIC-E OPENINGS ON 50 MHz – We are now in the peak period where Sporadic-E propagation could appear on the 50 MHz band. So keep an eye on the beacons up north and take note that the Es cloud slowly drifts from an easterly to a westerly direction. This means that ZS6TWB/b on 50,044 MHz will become audible first, followed ny ZS6JON on 50,050 MHz and later V51PJ on 50,300 MHz will appear. Strong Es openings have been recorded on 26th December 2016 as well as on New Years day and several stations were worked.

MYSTERIOUS RADIO SIGNAL TRACED TO DWARF GALAXY – Astronomers have pinpointed the location of mysterious signals which have puzzled experts and fuelled suggestions they represented signs of alien life since the first powerful cosmic radio blast was detected over 15 years ago. The first of such signals, a 5-millisecond radio burst dubbed the Lorimer burst, was discovered in archived data taken in 2001 by the Parkes radio dish in Australia. Since then, more than a dozen fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been detected in telescope data. The nature of these radio wave blasts is to last for just a few milliseconds, occurring as one-off events with just a single burst recorded from a single location. They can emit as much power as 500 million suns.

Until now these elusive FRBs have never been traced to their origin and scientists have been left baffled by the strange signals. New research published in Nature, focusing on the only fast burst known to repeat – FRB 121102, has shed light on the intriguing phenomenon. FRB 121102 was first detected in 2012 in the constellation Auriga and has re-emerged a number of times since then. A team of astronomers used a number of radio telescopes to detect multiple bursts of FRB 121102 and narrow down its location. The Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the European VLBI Network across Europe were used in the process. They discovered the bursts originated from a dwarf galaxy some 3 billion light-years from Earth and emit faint radiation in both radio and visual wavelengths. The Gemini North telescope in Hawaii was used for a follow up observation and showed that the galaxy was less than one-tenth the size and has only about 1 percent of the mass or our Milky Way Galaxy.

LATE NEWS! A 432 MHz NET IS PLANNED IN GAUTENG FOR 2017 – “Conditions South of my QTH in Krugersdorp was quite good this morning (Sat. 14/01/2017) on 144,300 MHz. Andre ZS3AG in Kimberley was 5/8 at times, Pierre ZS4PF 5/9+10 and Rickus ZS4A 5/9+20. Unfortunately there were no Bloemfontein stations on the air. I am also very happy with my SSB contact on 70cm (432 MHz) with Andre ZS3AG. My longest distance so far on 70cm, 418 km. Reports were 5/5 and 5/4. Andre is using a 24 element Yagi with 50 Watts. On my side I have a 38 element M2 Yagi, 250 Watts and receive pre-amp. An attempt to work Rickus ZS4A on 70cm was not successful but I could hear his CW just above the noise. My plans for this year is to get a regular group on 70cm for long distance contacts to be established, so listen on 432,200 MHz for us over weekends from about 06:00 CAT. Regards Carl ZS6CBQ.”


German regulator acts on radio interference

In 2016 the German communications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) took decisive action against 6 000 devices causing radio interference 

Google English translation of DARC post: 

In 2016 the Federal Network Agency's testing and measuring service identified more than 6000 radio disturbances and eliminated them
The number of radio disturbances remained constant compared with the previous year. "Our test and measurement service detects radio interference and resolves its cause. Ever more diverse radio applications make the investigation and resolution of disturbances more complex, "explained Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

"The testing and measuring service makes an important contribution to consumer protection and ensures efficient and interference-free use of the frequency spectrum," adds Homann. The causes of radio interference have changed significantly in recent years. The number of radio disturbances is continuously declining. Frequent audible and visible effects of such radio interference are a rattling of radio or streaks on the TV screen. Disturbances in the broadband data transmission in the telephone and cable networks, however, in the case of household-related radio applications (W-LAN, Bluetooth, CB radio) and in mobile communications are increasing. In particular, new and innovative radio applications make it difficult to isolate and eliminate the cause of disturbances. For example, mobile radio transmitters can be impaired by defective or uncomfortable satellite receiving systems.

Interference with safety-relevant radio applications, such as the radio traffic of rescue services, the fire brigade and the police, or airborne radio interference, present a considerable danger to the public. The test and measurement service of the Federal Network Agency is to be able to quickly spot the causes of radio interference With specialists and special measuring technology at 19 locations in Germany. The radio interference detection is available around the clock. The Bundesnetzagentur advises and clarifies in each individual case whether a disturbance processing on site is necessary and whether charges must be levied if necessary.

In addition to radio interference processing, the test and measurement service controls, for example, frequency usage, the implementation of supply obligations in mobile communications and the observance of limit values ​​for electromagnetic environmental compatibility. Further information on radio interference and the contact details of the radio interference acceptance are published at

(Source: Press release Bundesnetzagentur)


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 15 January 2017 

South African Radio League Summer QRP Contest. Aim: The QRP contests are intended to be fun activities to promote QRP operation between radio amateurs. Using homebuilt equipment or operating as a portable/field station and using temporary antennas is encouraged, but is not a requirement. Date and time: 12:00 to 15:00 UTC Saturday 28 January 2017. Modes: SSB and CW. Power: 5 watts (PEP) output or less. Frequency: The first hour is limited to the 40 m band only, the remaining two hours the contesters are free to use any HF (non-WARC) band as they see fit. Comply with the contest-preferred segments as detailed in the general rules. It would be advantageous to use the standard QRP calling frequencies as the starting point. Exchange: RS(T) and Grid locator. See the 2017 Blue Book for more details!

Antique Wireless Association CW Activity Day. Aim: The aim of the CW Activity Day is for participants to contact as many amateurs as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands. Date and Time: 13:00 – 15:00 UTC on Sunday 5 February 2017. Frequencies: 14 000 to 14 060 kHz; 7 000 to 7 040 kHz and 3 510 to 3 560 kHz.Exchange: RST, operators name and Grid Square locator. See the 2017 Blue Book for more details!

South African Radio League National Field Day. Aim: To work as many stations as possible on all the HF amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17 and 12 m WARC bands). In doing so, to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio. Date and Times: 10:00 UTC on Saturday 11 February to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 12 February 2017. Frequencies and Modes: HF amateur bands, excluding the WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 metre bands) Phone, CW and Digital (PSK and RTTY). Phone, CW and Digital modes on a band are considered as separate bands. A station may be worked only once per band under this rule. Exchange: Number of transmitters, Field Day operating class and Provincial abbreviation. A RS(T) report is optional. See the 2017 Blue Book for more details!

South African Radio League Digital Contest. Aim: To establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the PSK31/RTTY mode(s). Date and Time: 13:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC on Sunday 26 February 2017. Bands: 80 metres (3 580 to 3 600 kHz), 40 metres (7 040 to 7 060 kHz) and 20 metres (14 070 to 14 099 kHz). PSK31 is preferred at the lower end of the specified frequencies; RTTY is preferred at the upper end of the specified frequencies. Please note that USB must be used at all times. Exchange: RST plus a sequential serial number starting at 001. See the 2017 Blue Book for more details!

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Design and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of ac drives, soft starters, dc drives. PLC, control stations, mimic panels. Earthing and lightning protection. Back-up generators, commercial, domestic and industrial. Fire, smoke and heat detection. Solar panels, batteries, inverters and regulators. Temperature controllers, RTDs, thermocouples. Gas detection. Hygrometers. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) @ 0823303558, or E-mail: .



Direct importer of a wide selection of SWR meters, H.F., V.H.F. and U.H.F. base and mobile antennas. Amateur radio transceivers, antenna analyzers, etc. Affordable shipping costs for out of town customers and subsidized shipping to SARL members. Check out all my amateur radio goodies here. 0720268909.


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General engineering, part remanufacturing  turning, milling, drilling.Specialised welding of steel, stainless steel, aluminium and cast iron.Gear repair and remanufacturing.Prototype industrial and automotive  parts and brackets made to specification,  Heavy duty antenna support and Mobile brackets including standoff brackets and antenna parts manufactured.Tower and tower part repairs also undertaken. Contact Willie Wright ZS6WC.0823351356.


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

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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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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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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 .


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