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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


SARLNEWS: Sunday 24 May 2015 

English with Dave Reece  ZS1DF  Download here

Afrikaans  met John Keulder.Luister hier

             Amateur Radio Today with ZS6AKV  listen here 

SARL LETTER - the SARLletter was mailed to all members  last Sunday. If you missed it, read it here .  In the May newsletter , read about the new SARL President, Tjerk Lammer elected as Honorary Life member, list of councillors, SARL@Home course  for young people to become a radio amateurs and more.



SARL@HOME 8 WEEK ZU PROGRAMME STARTS ON 23 MAY -Noel Hammond, ZR6DX and Graham Busse ZS6GL will be presenting an 8 week SARL@Home aimed at teaching scouts and other young persons to become radio amateurs and pass the class B examination.  The course will be presented on Saturday morning from 09:00 – 12:00 starting on 23 May.

During the 8 weeks, the students will take part in fun activity, they will operate on the air, build an antenna and set up and operate a field station on the lawns of the National Amateur Radio Centre. For more details send an email to or call him on 082 490 9934   

ISS CONTACT WITH SOL PLAATJE PRIMARY SCHOOL in Mmabatho - The historic contact between learners of the Sol Plaatje Primary school and the ISS took place on Saturday 2 May 2015 . I was an exprience of a life time that the learners will treasure for a long time Read more here and listen to the audio. 



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


@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 18 May 2015) 

The CQ WPX CW is around the corner... it takes to the air on the weekend of 30 and 31 May and is a 48-hour contest, although single operators only need to work 36 hours. The exchange is a RST report and a serial number and you can find the rules and previous results at

Pierre, ZS6A, asks the question “Who is going to take part? Seems to me like a good opportunity to play with QRP again...” Are you going to try it – you may be surprised by the results! Dust off that key or paddle and put in some practice. 

From the Dayton Hamvention 2 items 

There is a DXpedition to Mount Athos in the coming week. Gunars, YL2GD, Yuris, YL2GM, Jack, YL2KA, and Valer, YL3CW, will be active as SV2/YL7A from Mount Athos between Tuesday 19 May and Thursday 28 May. Low band activity will take place. More information and a web page will be announced soon. I hope they turn their antennas to Zone 38! 

At the SWODXA DX Dinner Banquet on Friday evening 15 May, the K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island was announced as "DXpedition of the Year"

 The Northern Cape ARC has released the results of the ZS3 Sprint and they will be published in HF Happenings in the coming week. They received 24 logs of which 21 were contest logs from ZS1, ZS2, ZS3, ZS4, ZS5 and ZS6 call areas. This must be a record for logs received the past 2 or 3 years.

What concerns me is the lack of ZU call signs in the logs submitted. Where are the ZU operators? 

Talking about contest results, no I have not seen the results of the April 2015 SARL 80 metre QSO Party. 

The Gambia, C5. Alan, G3XAQ will be active from Brusubi, The Gambia, as C56XA, from 16 May until 4 June 2015 with holiday style operation on the HF bands. Activity will include a Single-Op, All-Band, Low-Power entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest on 30 and 31 May. QSL via G3SWH - you can search the log and request QSLs at 

Look for brothers Alex, EA8/SQ9UM and Tom, EA8/SQ9C, to be active from the Canary Islands (AF-004) between 18 and 25 May. They will operate CW, RTTY, SSB and PSK on 40 to 6 metres. QSL via home calls. 

Harald, DF2WO will be active again as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 30 May to 30 June. He will operate QRS CW and PSK31 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL via M0OXO. 


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VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (18 May 2015) 

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

NEWS FLASH! D4C ON 144,426 MHz AT PJ4VHF 4686 KM. The band was open for 90 minutes as reported by Marcos PY1MHZ.  

NEW 2 METRE TRANSATLANTIC BEACON FROM IRELAND – A new 2 metre propagation beacon that automatically listens for and logs responses is on the air from County Cork in Ireland. Operated on behalf of Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) by Tony Baldwin, EI8JK. EI2DKH/b transmits JT65b on 144,488 MHz with a CW identification on every even minute. The station listens for responses on 144,155 MHz on every odd minute. Any call signs received are posted daily. During major meteor showers, the beacon will switch to FSK441 mode. The beacon’s power utput is 75 Watts to an array of 5 element Yagis at 60 metres above mean sea level and beaming due west from Sheeps head in IO51d

KENYAN AMATEURS ARE NOW ON 50 MHz – Following representations by the Amateur Radio Society of Kenya, the Communications Authority of Kenya has allocated 50 to 52 MHz to the amateur radio service. Authorization is on a Secondary, non-interference basis, and it has been made possible by the migration of television services from analogue to digital. Permitted power is 150 Watts DC input or 400 Watts PEP for A3E and J3E emissions.

REPORT ON VHF NET IN CAPE TOWN – Yeah there are quite a few stations interested down here. Already some of the guys have been improving there antennas and power outputs. It will be great when we work some stations further afield...I use a linear whenever I’m up on 144,300 MHz SSB, 80 – 100 Watts. Not huge power, but a little bit of extra punch. Those active so far were: ZS1AN, ZS1BSD, ZS1BVZ, ZS1CM, ZS1DJ, ZS1DV, ZS1FK, ZS1K, ZS1MJJ, ZS1PD, ZS1PDY, ZS1ROD, ZS1TAF and ZS1V. 73 de Mike ZS1TAF.”  

“Hello Mike, good to see regular activity in Division 1. Our weekly Net is still running well every Saturday and Sunday morning and report-ins vary from 5 to 15 stations. The trick is to keep the Net going each week. Always new stations testing and some regulars listening …. Keep it up. 73 de Koos ZS6BFD.” 

“Well done Mike you must just keep on going and don’t give up. Advertise your activity on bulletins and the Forum, it works! Dick ZS6BUN mentioned to me that there were nights and mornings in the past when he called CQ on 144,300 MHz SSB for hours and noboby answered. Now there is always somebody listening on 144,300 MHz. Carl ZS6CBQ.”  

IS THERE A REVIVAL ON 4 METRES AGAIN? – Gavin Spowart, ZS6BWW, asked the question: “I was wondering about the level of activity on the 4 metre band these days. Is there much or any?” Several amateurs have indicated that they are interested such as Ben Smit, ZS5QM, he says: “I did a full conversion on my FT-847 and now on 85 Watts. Still need to do the BPF, but will do that if there is any activity build up. Antenna wise, I put up a simple V antenna so as to have vertical and horizontal, as I believe there are several 4 metre mobile users around the Durban area. Heard nothing to date.” Please note that there is a weekly net running on Monday evenings from 19:00 CAT by Al Akers, ZS2U, at Port Elizabeth. They are operating on 70,200 MHz FM using horizontal beams and normally beaming west. They could turn their beams north after 19:45 CAT if requested.    


EXCELLENT NEWS BULLETIN FROM BORDER RADIO CLUB – Congratulations to the Border Radio Club at East London for their excellent Sunday morning bulletins at 07:45 CAT. It includes a regular and interesting feature by Chris Hundling, ZS2CH, dealing with the latest space and science achievements. The bulletin is relayed via the Grahamstown and Lady Slipper repeaters, where many Port Elizabeth amateurs listen to it and some report in after the bulletin. Keep up the good bulletin.



ACTIVITY ON 144 MHz SSB & DIGITAL – “The activity on 144,300 MHz SSB last weekend was good with stations on Saturday morning and 11 stations reported in on Sunday morning. Activity from Division 4 picked up with Rikus ZS4A from Bethlehem joining the group, Christo ZR6AUI was on the farm near Heilbron and Michael ZR4MF came in from Bloemfontein at the end. Most of the stations in Gauteng had trouble working Rikus with his Yagi at 7 metres from the ground. But knowing Rikus this will change soon. Getting him on 70 cm and 23 cm will take a bit more time. Rainy conditions to Michael difficult, but there are always aircraft on the route between Cape Town and Johannesburg helping out to exchange reports with ZR4MF. A few stations indicate that they are interested in trying out Digital modes. Ben ZS6ANZ and Johan ZS4SS are regularly on 144,265 MHz JT65b and we decided to use this frequency for Digital work in the future. So let us see if we can get a group together on Digital, this will be mostly for long distances. 73 Carl ZS6CBQ.” 

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 6 May 2015 

ZS3 Sprint – A fun activity between NC radio amateurs and Southern African countries.Time – 14:00 to 15:00 UTC .  Phone and CW and exchange is RST on the 40m band. Log sheets shall be submitted by 10 May and sent by e-mail to

9  and 10 May - AWA Valve QSO Party: To create activity on 40m and 80m on phone only using AM and SSB. Max power is 100W.  AM and SSB categories. 9 May –AM only – 13:00 to 17:00 UTC. 10 May – QSO Party on SSB only – 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Band - 40 metres: 7 063 to 7 100 kHz and 80 metres: 3 603 to 3 650 kHz. The log sheets must be submitted by 24 May 2015 to

30 – 31 May -  CQ WW WPX Contest, CW:  CW onlyon Bands - 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m. Time - 0000Z on May 30 to 2359Z on May 31. Rules @ 


31 May – SARL Digital Contest:- Aim -  Open contest to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the PSK31 / RTTY mode(s). Time - 13:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC  Bands: 80 metres (3 580 to 3 600 kHz), 40 metres (7 040 to 7 060 kHz), 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. Refer to (General Rule 16).  Contacts - A station may be contacted twice on each band once on RTTY, once on PSK31. Exchange - RST plus a sequential serial number starting at 001

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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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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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