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SARL NATIONAL CONVENTION  2015 - Book now for the SARL National convention to be held in Bloemfontein, hosted by the Bloemfontein Amateur Radio Club.  Attend SARL@Home with four presentatons. Attend the 90th SARL Aniversary Awards Dinner with a great guest speaker.

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. 

Have you registered to attend the AGM? Are you planning to attend? If not, please  give your proxy to another member. Download the proxy form here 

Don't miss the big Amateur Radio Event of the Year. Don't miss the charm of the city of roses and a visit to the first digital planatarium in Africa

 Get all the details right here


5 MHZ ACTIVITY WEEKEND- The South African Radio League 5 MHz activity weekend will be held on 28 and 29 March. The first slot will be run each day from 06:00 - 08:00 Central African Time with the second slot from 18:00 to 22:00 Central African Time. This is an SSB activity on 5260 KHz and is only open to SARL members

Work as many members as possible on 5260 kHz. Send your logs to . Logs must include date, time in UTC, signal report given and received and your locator. Please mail your logs tby 3 April 2015


@SARLNEWS: Sunday 29 March 2015

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Amateur Radio Today 29 March 2015 listen here 
Note frequency changes check 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 9 March 2015) 

Malawi, 7Q. Joe, G3MRC, is once again active as 7Q7BP and is planning to participate in the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) between 14 and 15 March as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be using a Kenwood TS-480HXwith 200 watts, and several antennas, including a 5-bander Spider beam up 14 metres, an R-8 vertical  on a 6 metre pole, and a commercial multi-band dipole in an Inverted Vee configuration, centre at 14 metres, ends at 7 metres, running East/West. The length of Joe’s stay is unknown. QSL via LoTW or via home call sign. 

Canary Islands, AM890, (Special Event). Jose, EA8CNR, will be using the special call sign AM890CNR from Gran Canaria (AF-004) between 1 and 30 April. Activity is to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the IARU. Operations will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK, and JT65. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL (No BUREAU - No DIRECT). 

Eritrea, E3. Members of the SEISA/Foundation for Global Children are now active as E30FB [Same call sign as before-new license] until 17 March. The "Eritrea Project 2015,” is conducting their DXpedition from the capital of Asmara in Eritrea. They were heard around 15:00 UTC Friday 6 March on 10 meters SSB. The multi-national team of nine operators will use four transceivers consisting of two Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500 amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590 transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers. They are using beam antennas for the high bands (10 to 20 metres) and four verticals for the low bands (30 to 160 metres). They will try to work every area as much as possible. QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX 

Namibia, V5. Nigel, G3TXF, is planning to be active as V5/G3TXF from Omaruru during the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) between March 14-15th. His length of stay is not known. QSL via his home call sign or use ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and possible updates, see 

Namibia, V5. Tom, DM4TK, will be active as V5/DM4TK from Namibia between 21 March and 9 April. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands, SSB only. QSL via his home call sign. 

Lesotho, 7P. Lars, DM5LS will be active as 7P8LS from Lesotho on 7 to 12 March. He will be active on 160, 30, 17 and 12 metres. QSL via DM5LS, direct or bureau, and LoTW. Logsearch on Club Log. 


Read more in HF Happenings, available via e-mail

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (29 March 2015) 

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

THE SKA1 LOW ARRAY 50-350 MHz & MID ARRAY 350 MHz-14 GHz – The construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is now under way, with the Low Array in Australia and the Mid Array in South Africa. The SKA1 Low Array will consist of 130 000 antennas covering an area of 419 000 square metres, and a frequency range of 50 MHz to 350 MHz. The SKA1 Mid Array comprises 200 dishes over an area of 33 000 square metres and a frequency range of 350 MHz to 14 GHz.  


The SKA will be the world’s largest radio telescope. It will be built in two phases – SKA1 and SKA2 – starting in 2018, with SKA1 representing a fraction of the full SKA. SKA1 will include two instruments – SKA1 Mid and SKA1 Low – observing the Universe at different frequencies. 


Astronomers assess a telescope’s performance by looking at three factors – resolution, sensitivity and survey speed. With its sheer size and number of antennas, the SKA will provide a giant leap in all three compared to existing radio telescopes, enabling it to revolutionize our understanding of the Universe. 


AIRCRAFT SCATTER ON 10 & 24 GHz – When winter approaches we will still have two propagation modes that we could use daily on VHF, UHF and SHF, they are Aircraft Scatter (AS) and Tropo Scatter (TrS) but you will have to upgrade your station; the possible increase in power could be a great boon especially for the Tropo Scatter propagation mode. It will also be the peak season for Meteor Scatter (MS) which is less demanding.  


Lately quite a bit of interest has been shown in Aircraft Scatter on VHF and UHF, while the VK’s are already experimenting with AS in the SHF spectrum. Rex Moncur, VK7MO and David Smith, VK3HZ established a record distance of 903 km on 10 GHz and managed to reach 566 km on 24 GHz. 



“Hi from the Coastal Group. Not much has happened on VHF Radio this last week. Too much lightning and rain around in the evenings. Will call again next Monday evening 30th March on 144,300 MHz SSB. Regards, Peter ZS2ABF”.




ZS2X 50,007 MHz FSK Port Elizabeth 
ZS6TWB 50,044 MHz CW Polokwane
ZS6JON 50,050 MHz CW Krugersdorp
ZS1SIX 50,080 MHz FSK Cape Town 
ZS6JON 70,010 MHz CW Krugersdorp 
ZS4BFN 144,415 MHz CW Bloemfontein 
ZS6JON 144,440 MHz CW Krugersdorp
ZS6JON 432,460 MHz CW Krugersdorp
ZS6JON 1296,800 MHz CW Krugersdorp 


Please update the beacon list. 


GANYMEDE LARGEST MOON OF JUPITER – Ganymede is the largest moon of Jupiter and in the Solar System, and the only moon known to have a magnetosphere, and it displays aurorae at times. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was the first to discover an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, and this subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on the Earth’s surface. Scientists now estimate that the ocean is 100 kilometres thick – 10 times deeper than Earth's oceans – and is buried under a 150-kilometre crust of mostly ice, and releases methane plumes. It is thought that this deep underground sea could harbour life.

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


Full details :

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We supply and repair HF/VHF/UHF Radios. Antennas, cabling and accessories also available. Please leave your details on our site. Click  here and we will contact you.


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

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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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