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SARL YOUTH NET Sunday - The SARL Youth Net will meet Sunday 11 October at 16:00 on 7070 KHz. Join Koos ZR6KF will discuss plans for the December 2015 youth month and how to participate and enjoy the fun.  Youth on the Air or YOTA is an international event aimed at bringing young couple together on the ether waves  the during the month of December. 


ARiA2015 -   The auditorium is in the ABC building, opposite the building where the RTA was held last year.

Stellenbosch University Student   to work  on the reduction of mass of the Kletskous space frame - Deon Coetzee, ZR1DE a keen DIY enthusiast, set out to develop the space frame and built several prototypes. The last one which showed the most promise, it features a fold-out mechanism for the solar panels and a release mechanism for the antennas, had one problem – it weighed too much.

With a mass of nearly 500 grams it takes up 35% of the allowable mass of 1,33 kg. 

He took the problem to Dr. G A Oosthuizen in the industrial engineering department at Stellenbosch University just in time for the allocation of final year projects for their students. Francois Oberholzer was allocated the project and set out examining Coetzee’s design – investigating how the space frame could be made lighter but would still have the required mechanical strength to withstand the harsh launch conditions on its journey in space. Read more

Francois Oberholzer


SARLNEWS: Sunday 4 October 2015

English with  Denis Green ZS4BS listen here

Afrikaans  me tEtienne Naude ZS6EFN.Luister hier

Amateur Radio Today  with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV  clickhere

HAMNET PLANNING A NATIONAL EXERCISEHAMNET is planning a national 24 hour communications exercise late October 2015.  This  is the fourth edition of the HAMNET Communications Exercise, which was previously held as a  "Winter Exercises" The exercise will be held from 12:00 on the 24 October until 12:00 on 25October 2015.As in the past teams will consist of at least of  4 members, of which the leader and at least half the team must be  HAMNET  members. Teams may deploy themselves at any location and HAMNET are again hoping to activate as many Disaster Centres as possible. Entries will be accepted on a "first come, first serve basis" for locations, to avoid having teams too close to one another. Teams are encouraged to find locations that are of some interest and remote to their normal points of operation.  

The theme of the exercise will be “black out" where all stations are required to 
operate all activities off the grid. This will include radio equipment, lighting, cooking and any other related activities. Remember that this is not a competition or contest, the exercise is held to afford teams an opportunity to learn about their capabilities and very importantly their short comings.

“In the past we used a point allocation system which has been abandoned in favour of a total outcome evaluation”, organiser Grant Southey said.  “The overall success will be judged on how teams co-operate with each other. Another new concept this year will be the "priority" messaging. At various times a random team will have to get a message through to another team. The messages and times will not be disclosed before the start of the competition and the teams must use all resources at their disposal (except telephones or cell phones) to get the messages through to another team. “ 

The organisers are trying to create a fun environment within which teams can operate to experiment with their equipment and test their capabilities and practice their emergency communications protocols. After the exercise a report should be submitted with the experiences of the teams, containing information including their location, team members, and equipment used as well as a recording what they felt worked for them and what they feel they need to improve on. “We hope to send out a questionnaire afterwards to help assess the organising and help to improve future exercises.” Grant said The closing date is the end of September to allow the organisers to make their final preparations and distribute the information packs to team leaders. The entry form must be completed and sent to Grant, here to download form  



ARIA KEYNOTE ADDRESS - The ARiA keynote address by SAIEE President, Andre Hoffmann can now be downloaded or listened to on the SARL Members only home page.

If you missed the ARiA at the NARC there is an opportunity to attend the Pretoria  event on Saturday 19 September at the Innovation Hub. Full details   here,


The Cape Town event will be held on  10 October at CPUT more details soon. 

NEW SARL SECRETARY EMAIL ADDRESS - the scretary's email address has been changed to 

 The SARL Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface kit is no longer available. Sold out.





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 5 October 2015) 

5X, UGANDA. Jay, K4ZLE, informs that he will be active as 5X2A from three different locations in Uganda (Kampala, Jinja and Lira) between 10 and 19 October. However, operating will be secondary and hours of operation can be in the evenings and/or early mornings Uganda time (18:00 to 20:00 UTC and 03:00 to 05:00 UTC). Operations will most likely be on 40 to 17 metres using CW, maybe RTTY. Equipment is an Alinco DX70TH with EDX2 (HF Auto Antenna Tuner) running 100 watts into an end fed wire in trees, etc., w/counter-poise. QSL via his home calls ign, by the Bureau or LoTW.

Cape Verde islands, D4. A team of eight operators will be active as D4D from Boa Vista (IOTA AF-086), between 17 and 24 October. They will operate SSB, CW and RTTY on 80 to 6 metres. QSL via EB7DX. 

St Helena Island, ZD7. Oliver, W6NV, will be active as ZD7W from IOTA AF-022 between 14 October and 2 November. He will operate CW and SSB on 160 to 10 metres and will participate in the Worked All Germany CW and CQ WW DX SSB Contests. QSL via W6NV and LoTW. 

Coetivy Island, S7, IOTA AF-119. In a little over six weeks from now, the S79C team will be on air from Coetivy Island (a new one for IOTA). "Planning and logistics are now complete" and the team's aim is "to work all corners of the globe using a combination of verticals and Hexbeams placed near the waters edge.” The timeframe, 16 to 23 November, has been chosen “to maximise propagation paths to all geographical areas.” Donations are still gratefully accepted and advance donors will be rewarded with a free QSL. See  for information and follow the team on Twitter (@af119). 

Kenya, 5Z. Manfred, DK1BT, Sigi, DL7DF, Reiner, DL7KL and Frank, DL7UFR will be active as 5Z4HW from Kenya between 4 and 18 November. Activity will be on 160 to 6 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Equipment consists of two K2 transceivers K2, two OX1000 power amplifiers, an 18 m lowband vertical, a 40 m and a 30 m loop, a Spiderbeam for 20 m through 10 m and a 5 element yagi for 6 m. Pilot station will be Bernd, DF3CB. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. Also, look for operators to possibly sign 5Z4/home calls. For more details and possible updates, see 

Mozambique, C9. Marko, N5ZO, will be active as C92ZO during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (28 and 29 November) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to OH0XX. 

Tromelin Island, FT4. The Tromelin Island 2014 video is now available on YouTube at This is in addition to the book, which can be read online at, in French and at for the English version. 

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (4 October 2015) 

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

COMMERCIAL ANDREWS DISH SUITABLE FOR 5,7 GHz AMATEUR BAND – Pierre Holtzhausen, ZS6PJH, of Pretoria recently came into possession of an Andrews Dish antenna Model UHX8-59W similar to the type used in microwave networks.  He has long term plans to use this on the amateur radio SHF bands. This is a 2,4 metre diameter Ultra High Performance Shielded antenna and dual polarized. Band One: 5,925 – 7,125 GHz, and Band Two: 5,725 – 5,850 GHz which almost covers the 5,650 – 5,850 GHz amateur band. The gain of this antenna is around 41 dBi. The current Tropo SARL record on the 5,7 GHz band SSB stands at only 151 km as established by Ivo Chladek, ZS6AXT, and John Sygo, ZS6JON, in 2003. The SARL EME record was recorded between Ivo ZS6AXT and W7CNK on CW in 1999 over a distance of 14 745 km. What has happened to all those dishes used by the GPO on their countrywide microwave network during the pre-satellite era? 

CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NINE AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITES – Nine Chinese satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads were launched on 16 September 2015 at 23:00 UTC, separating from the Long March launch vehicle about 15 minutes later. China Amateur Satellite Group CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, has said that four of the microsatellites and two of the CubeSats included in the launch have been designated as XW-2A through XW-2F. The other three satellites — a CubeSat, a nanosatellite, and a picosatellite — carry the designations CAS-3G, CAS-3H (LilacSat-2), and CAS-3I (NUDT-Phone-Sat), respectively. All of the new satellites have downlinks on 2 meters and uplinks on 70 centimeters. Satellite enthusiasts have been enjoying the sudden surfeit of spacecraft to work. 

THE SECUNDA BACAR III BALLOON LAUNCH – The Secunda BACAR III balloon was launched at 06:34 CAT on 3rd October 2015. It reached a maximum height of 33 212 metres at 07:50 CAT before the balloon burst. Pravin Kumar, ZS5LT, reports: “I worked the parrot repeater from New Germany Nature Reserve, KG50ke, using an arrow antenna and my FT817 set to 3 Watts (really small battery pack). I had two full QSO’s (ZS6BWW, ZR6LJK and a Div. 4 station came in but was lost) then the parrot repeater went down, seeming like it was resetting. Any further QSO’s were impossible. The signals from the repeater when it was on was a solid S9+20 dB. I did not get any RTTY on 434,650 MHz USB/LSB – zero signal present, I dont know if it was on. Well done anyway guys, was the ayload recovered? Gavin ZR6LJK it was good to work you from KG50ke to your QTH KG43bt, a distance of 484 km with 3 Watts!”

FIRST TEP REPORT OF THE SEASON – Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, says: “Seems there was a TEP opening last night. I listened around 7:30 pm SAST but heard nothing. IK0TA 50,050 MHz ZS6JON/b 18:12 on 28 Sept. 419 in JN61 South Africa EA5/G3XG etc. Several other reports from Portugal (VHF DXer): ‘Hi Ian, hearing the ZS beacons on 50,044 and 50.050 MHz tonight. Cameroon E2 noisy one and the 2 E4’s around also.’ Question – did anyone in ZS hear anything last night on 6m? Strange propagation. Ian ZS6BTE.” 

GOOD VHF SIGNALS BETWEEN ZS2 & ZS5 – “Hi from East London. I had a phone call last night Wed. 29th from Dave, and was told/asked to get on to 144,300 MHz SSB. I heard John ZS2AH in E.L. talking to Dave ZS5DJup the coast in Ramsgate Natal. I broke in and joined the QSO. Signals were ranging from 59++ down to just hovering in/out of the noise. The RX signal strength varied between John and I and we are only 6 km apart, John being the one nearest the sea. It shows that RX conditions are very variable depending on your exact location/height. It is not always who has got the largest antenna. John has the larger aerial, but I was copying Dave far better. Then at other times in the past, John copied Dave better than I. Sometimes Ducting seems to only hug a narrow strip along the water edge. So keep calling and trying you never know who you may hear. Cheers Peter ZS2ABF.” 

ZSEFN IS LOOKING FOR A VHF/UHF SSB TRANSCEIVER – Etienne Naude, ZS6EFN, is looking for a used but in good working condition VHF/UHF all mode transceiver. Can anyone help? His Cell Number is 082 553 0542.


LATE NEWS! DUBUS EME INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 – Results by DL8HCZ 144 MHz Digital only, 8/9 Aug. 2015. Place, Call, Setup, QSO, Multi Points.  

1. RU1AA 16x14 GS35 117 102 11934.

2. OK1DIX 8x14 3K 106 91 9646 

2. W6YX 4x5wl 1K5 106 91 9646 

4. HF0AA (Op SP4MPB) 102 88 8976

5. SM4GGC 4x14 1K 97 80 7760 

6. NT0V 4x4wl 1K5 66 61 4026 

7. RN4AT 4x17 1K 66 56 3696 

8. LA8KV 4x15 KW 42 39 1638 

9. DL7UDA 2x10 GS35 27 27 729 

10. DH1WM 4x9xp 600w 26 26 676 

10. UA1OEJ 1x18 400w 26 26 676 

12. ZS6OB 4x20xp 1KW 26 25 650 

13. YL2GD 4x12 600w 24 23 552 

14. RA9QAW 2x9V 200w 13 13 169 

15. RA9LR 4x15H 1K 11 165 

16. LZ5GM 4x7H 500w 8 8 64 

17, RN6MA 2x14 100w 7 6 42 

18. K4MSG 2x9 260w 5 5 25  


Jan “Pine” Pienaar, ZS6OB, skryf: “Hier is 'n brokkie nuus net vir interessantheid. ZS60B was een van die 3e kleinste stasies wat deelgeneem het, al die ander stasies het met groter antennas stelsels en groter krag meegeding. ZS6OB is ook die lokale verspreider vir die DUBUS Internasionale Tegniese tydskrif, Lokale amateurs wat die tydskrif in 2016 wil ontvang kan my kontak voor die einde Desember 2015. ZS6OB plaas ook van tyd tot tyd artikels in die DUBUS tegniese tydskrif oor lokale ZS AMA aktiwiteite in die RSA. As daar ook radio amateurs in Suid Afrika is wat aktief  met AMA [EME] aktiwiteite besig is kan hulle my gerus kontak ek sal graag die inligting in Dubus laat publiseer.”

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 18 September 2015 

SARL VHF/UHF Contest: 19 - 20 August 2015 - Contest Periods: The contest starts and ends at the beginning and end on the hour. Use time signals from a reliable sourceBands: 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cm, 1.2 GHz -  Exchanges: The contest exchange consists of the call signs, signal report and six-digit grid locator. See Contest Manual for more information 


Scandinavian Activity Contest CW: Starts 12:00:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59:59 UTC Sunday. Frequency bands: The 3.5 – 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 MHz frequency bands may be used according to the IARU HF Band Plan. On 3.5 MHz, transmissions below 3510 kHz on CW are not allowed. Contest exchanges: The contest exchange consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001).

BARTG SPRINT 75: 1700Z-2100Z, Sep 20. BANDS: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 Metres amateur bands. All band entry only. EXCHANGE: 3 or 4 digit Serial number only. (No RST – This is a SPRINT contest) e.g. 001 or 0001 or 199 or 1024.



SARL 80m QSO Party: Aim: is to create an interest in and activity on the 80 m band. It is a phone only contest. Date and times: From 17:00 to 20:00 UTC on Thursday 1 October 2015. Frequencies: Only frequencies in the segment 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz may be used. Exchange: Call sign, RS signal report and operators name. See Contest Manual for more details

SARL Forum Active Topics
SARL DX Hall of fame - Poll  10/10/2015  10:46:35
by: ZS6A
2015 Chesterfield Islands Dxpedition TX3X 
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10/10/2015  10:22:48
by: ZS6ARF
BAND CONDITIONS. !!!!!!???  10/10/2015  08:51:49
by: V51PJ
KP5 to be activated  10/10/2015  08:16:59
by: ZS6AF
AO-85  10/10/2015  08:07:51
by: ZS6AF
Commercial French Radio  10/10/2015  07:38:30
by: ZR6DHC
So we're back to 400 watts?  09/10/2015  19:29:28
by: ZS6ALP

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Light Engineering Works

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.

MEGE electrical control & automation

Mege electrical control & automation is in the business of designing and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of frequency drives, PLCs, mimic panels. Temperature controllers, thermocouples, RTDs, electric and gas ovens.  Gas detectors, hygrometers. Fire, heat and smoke detectors. Back-up generators. Solar panels, regulators. Earthing and lightning protection. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) at 082 330 3558, or 


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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Tell me more  about Amateur Radio

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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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 South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel.  There are two regular schedule times as follows:
  • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.

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


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