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SARL NATIONAL CONVENTION 2016 - The SARL National Convention will be held  from  22 -  24 April 2016 in the Vaal triangle. The convention will be hosted by the Sasolburg Amateur Radio Club. More details will be announced soon. Reserve the date in your diary.

SARL YOUTNET NEXT SUNDAY- The  monthly SARL youthnet will be held on Sunday 14 February 2016, Valentines's day! It starts at 17:00 on 7070 kHz. All young radio amateurs are invited  to join. Unlicensed young people may participate on the air under supervision of a licensed amateur. Clubs here is your chance to woo the youth in your area. There will be a lucky draw from the log the following day. Only amateurs  younger than 25 years old are eligible for the draw.  The prize ... find out next Sunday.

SARL NEWS 7 February 2016

Afrikaans met Etienne Naude ZS6EFN luister/laai af hier
English with Dennis Green ZS4BS listen/download here

Amateur Radio Today with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC  listen/download here  or get more details about the programme and transmission times and frequencies here

SARL HALL OF FAME - The Hall of Fame recognises South African licensed radio amateurs who have contributed significantly to amateur radio. The  onjective of the SARL Hall of fame is to recognise lasting contributions to the development of amateur radio and to preserve its history in South Africa. Nominations to the Hall of Fame must be submitted in the form of an essay outlining the person’s contribution. The inclusion of photographs is strongly encouraged.  Deadline extended till 29 February 2016. Get more details here

SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM 2016This is the first call for papers for the annual SA AMSAT Space Symposium to be held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria on Saturday 28 May 2016. A brief synopsis for a proposed paper should be sent to by 31 March 2016. The theme of the conference is “Make Space Sciences your leisure time


 New 5 MHz allocation for amateur radio agreed  at WRC15- New allocation for amateur radio service in the frequency band 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz will maintain stable communications over various distances, especially for use when providing communications in disaster situations and for relief operations.  The South African Radio League has worked closely with ICASA and carried out propagation studies on two frequencies licensed by ICASA for this purpose.

It is not clear when the new allocation will be made available an replace the two frequencies that ICASA  allocated to members of the SARL. The current two licensed frequencies are 5260 and 5290 KHz . The SARL is meeting with ICASA on

 29 January 2016 for a workshop to consider various aspects of amateur radio licenses.  Access to the 5 MHz band will be one of the agenda items.  The current license has been extended to  21 February 2016


2016 ARRL Handbook  is now available - The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has the 2016 ARRL Handbook in stock. Also amongst new arrivals is the McGraw Hill Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. Visit for details and an orderform 

ARiA Frequency Counter kit now available - The SARL ARiA frequency counter kit is now available by mail order or collection from the National Amateur Radio centre. There are two mail order options, via Postnet or post office small parcel service with tracking number.

The frequency counter exhibits several interesting features, like a maximum working frequency above 40 MHz, a 10 Hz resolution, low consumption (15 mA) and is easy to build. It is the ideal weekend project. The design is simple, given that most of the functions are implemented by the microprocessor which is supplied pre-programmed. For those who want to use the basic unit above the normal HF frequencies space for a  pre-scalar IC circuit is on  the PCB layout and in the Schematic layout. This IC is not included in the basic kit can be order at an additional cost. This kit is ideal to meet the requirements of the amateur radio regulations which require that every amateur has a reliable method of measuring the transmit frequency.  Get the orderform here  Special for SARL members - order before 5 December and get an additional discount of 10%


Have you paid your licence? ICASA has published a list of unpaid licenses which will be cancelled unless paid by end of November 2015. Check here 


Visit the  SARL Website for youth activity - download the Hammies latest Newsletter. Find out more about YOTA and how you can join the fun. Click here


ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25With the publication of the new radio regulations earlier this year, the much talked about age restriction for ZU license holders was implemented. Persons under 20 years old can write the class B examination and if successful can hold a ZU or class B license until 25 years old after which, if they would like to continue with Amateur Radio, have to sit the class A examination to qualify for a class A (ZS/ZR license).

During the discussion stage of this new regulation the SARL was requested to approach ICASA to review their decision, which the SARL did at two occasions when ICASA invited comments on their proposal.  ICASA strongly believes that the class B license prime purpose was to create opportunities for young people toenter Amateur Radio and based on that premises implemented the new regulation.

 The SARL requested ICASA to allow a reasonable period for ZU licences over 25 to upgrade. ICASA agreed to this.  The Authority has announced that all persons over 25 years old can no longer renew their ZU licence from 1 April 2017. In a letter to the affected licensees, currently being mailed, ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in May or October 2016  



HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 8 February 2016) 

News from the DXCC Desk. The 2015 TT8AMO operation from Chad has been approved for DXCC credit. 

There is a video available of the November 2015 S79C Coetivy island DXpedition on YouTube. Team member PA3EWP made the video. Visit to view the video. 

Activity from South Georgia started on 29 January around 14:45 UTC. The latest log update on Club Log (at 13:50 UTC on 4 February) showed 62 306 QSOs with 17 968 unique call signs. On 4 February, the team went QRT for a few hours, as they needed to repair antennas and tents that were damaged by the wind. Today, 7 February, they are on 17 m SSB specifically for those who need South Georgia as an All Time New One. VP8SGI is expected to close down on 8 February at sunrise. Log inquires should be send to after the operation ends. 

The full VP8STI log (54 642 QSOs) has been uploaded to Club Log and the OQRS has been turned on. Any log inquires should be send to 

History of Morse keys video. Accomplished author Ian Poole, G3YWX, has just completed a video about the history of the Morse key. We all know that the Morse key has undergone considerable development since the first Morse telegraph messages were sent. The video describes many different keys and keyers. At less than six minutes in length, it can be seen on YouTube at 

As you have heard in the League news bulletin, next weekend is Field day weekend. To add to the fun here is news of two more contests for that weekend. The first of this year's CQ Worldwide Worked All Prefix Contests is RTTY, which is held for the entire 48 hours of the weekend of 13 and 14 February. There are too many categories to list, so please check the contest website for more information. Using the 80 to 10 m, the exchange is signal report and serial number. 

Another contest on the same weekend with numerous categories is the PACC, a Dutch contest. A CW and SSB event runs for 24 hours from 12:00 UTC on Saturday. Using 160 to 10 m, the exchange is a signal report, serial number and Dutch stations send their Provincial code as well. 

Martin, DL3ASM is back in Afghanistan with the NATO-led ISAF mission. He will be using his T6SM call sign from Camp Marmal until the end of March. QSL to his home call. 




VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 1 February 2016 

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

PEARS VHF & UHF CONTEST LOGS MUST BE IN BY 15 FEBRUARY – Based on logs so far received there were almost a total of 600 contacts made from Divisions 2, 4, 5, 6, and V5 on all the bands and categories. But it appears that many participants were reluctant in submitting logs. To make it easy you may submit your log sheet in any form, we will sort it out and calculate the distance. Even if you have not made high scores your log still contains interesting data about the distribution of VHF amateurs and the propagation that can only be recorded during a VHF contest. Of course, it will be also a nice way of saying thank you for arranging a VHF contest. The deadline is 15 February 2016 and just email your logs to 

THE ZS1MM BEACON ON 144,414 MHz IS NOW ON THE AIR AT BREDASDORP – For the first time a VHF beacon is covering the southern coast to indicate Tropo Ducting propagation from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and East London with all the towns in between. It was erected by Leon Korkie, ZS1MM, at his QTH in Bredasdorp, and operates on a frequency of 144,414 MHz CW and radiates a bi-directional horizontally polarized signal from a dipole. Dick ZS6BUN reported hearing a meteor ping from the beacon at 12:30 CAT on Monday 1st February. So watch this beacon during meteor showers beyond the skip distance of around 500 km, or Tropo Ducting along the coast. More reports will be appreciated. 

VHF NEWS –  Peter Tottle ZS2ABF: “Hi from East London. Again last night it should have been good, but it was bad. At 20:10 CAT I just heard ZS5HV for the first time R3/S0. I managed a few words then back into the noise again. ZS5DJ then appeared, but also very poor. What’s happening, conditions are supposed to be great, and nothing off the back of the beam. Thr best forecast is tonight Monday. I will be on as usual, but I expect more to happen. During the weekend I did hear some very faint CW on 144,300 MHz .” 

Andre Shaw ZS1AN: “Ek wil net laat weet, kondiessies langs die weskus was goed vir simplex FM. Ons kon Koos ZS3JPY werk in Kaapstad, ek was gelukkig om dit op 145,500 MHz uit die mobile te doen terwyl ek bestuur op die N1.”




Peter Tottle ZS2ABF: “Last night I was on frequency and the only stations heard were ZS2HC (local),

ZS2BK (P.E.), ZS5DJ (Ramsgate). Even then, the two long distance stations were in/out of the noise. What can 

I say, the exciting good propagation weekend that had been predicted turned out to be a damp squid, or was it 

that no one was on board ? Very disappointing on the whole. One good thing did come out of it, and that was

I worked ZS5HV 20 km out of Durban for the first time. That is the thrill of working the high frequencies,

you never know quite what will pop out of the ether. Yesterday I listened out for the ZS1MM beacon on

144,414 MHz but nothing heard. I listened now, Tuesday 09:50 CAT, still nothing.” 

Mike Kellett ZS1TAF: ”Nice comms earlier this week. Multi-stations in Cape Town worked ZS3JPY on simplex 145,475 and 145,500 MHz FM vertical polarization. I myself had to quickly install a 5-el vertical Yagi in order to work him directly from my home QTH 478 km. Where Andre ZS1AN worked him from his mobile 488 km. Unfortunately V51B was not available to attempt a contact. The 6m net on Tuesday night only had 3 stations, and 2m SSB net had the same on Thursday.” 

Willie Wright ZS6WC: “I have been using a HY gain TH5MKII on six meters with very good results, and these tests were done with Christo ZR6AUI an ardent VHF experimenter.” 

Vivian Dold ZS6VD: “Is there any 50 MHz group in Gauteng similar to the 144,300 MHz group and if so, what times / date and frequency do they use?”


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 5 January 2016 

UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest - Date 9 January 2016, 12:00 UTC until 10 January 2016, 12:00 UTC. Mode: BPSK63 only. Bands 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meter, in the segments recommended by the IARU for this mode. Power: Maximum power  output 50 W (5 W for QRP).

DARC 10m-Contest: 1. Contest period:  0900-1059 UTC 10th January 2016. Band and modes: CW : 28.000 to 28.190 kHz, SSB: 28.300 to 28.700 kHz.

Pears VHF/UHF Contest: Date: 15 – 17 January. See contest manual for details.

LZ Open Contest: Date and Time 18.00 to 22.00 UTC (4 hours total time).  January 15. Bands and Mode: 3.5 and 7 MHz, CW Exchange: Six figures: the serial Nr of the QSO and the serial Nr of the last corespondent's QSO. RST is not required. First QSO exchange: 001 000 .

Hungarian DX Contest: Date and time: Saturday 12:00 UTC to Sunday 11:59 UTC. 16-17th January. Frequencies: 1,8 - 28 MHz (no WARC bands). The recommendations for IARU Region 1. Bandplan have to be obeyed. Modes: CW and SSB.

SARL QRP Contest: Date: 23 January. See contest manual for details

BARTG RTTY SPRINT: Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 metres Stations may be contacted again on other bands. Multipliers: All DXCC countries and JA, W, VE and VK areas count as multipliers. Multipliers and continents count only once in the contest regardless of band. Exchange: 3 or 4 figure Serial number only. (No RST – This is a SPRINT Contest) e.g. 001 or 0001……..or 199 or 1024.


UBA DX Contest: Periods: SSB - January 30 - January 31, 2016. Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10
Contest call and exchange: CW "TEST UBA" - SSB "CQ UBA". Exchange: ON stations: RS(T) + serial number starting from 001 + Belgian province.
The province is part of the exchange and must be mentioned in the                         log. DX stations: RS(T) + serial number starting from 001.

French HF Championship: Contest period • CW: Last full weekend in January.  0600 UTC Saturday; ends   1800 UTC Sunday. Bands and modes: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 m.  Contest call CQ REF.  Exchange F stations  send RST+Dept (or Prefix for overseas French stations) Ex for F6XXX: 59(9) 75 Ex for FM5XX: 59(9) FM. Non-F stations send RST + serial number (beginning with 001).                                                                                     

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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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  • 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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