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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


@BOOK NOW  FOR THE RTA PORT ELIZABETH - the next SARL Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday 4 October2014  at Magnetic Storm 15 Mangold Street Newton Park. Get full details here Note the new venue  


IARU AND ESSAY COMPETITION - Read about the Essay competition results and the recently awarded IARU Outstanding Young ham of the year award here



The SARL was once again elected to serve on committee C2.  I will be representing the SARL on C2. )Finance)

I have attended the STARS-WG meeting. STARS-WG is quite impressed with the SARL/SADC agreement although it is clear that there is currently no AR organisations in most of the SADC countries.  SARL will have to re-think the SADC agreement and possibly open it to any amateur in SADC country (maybe even countries more north) in order to get activity/participation from amateur operators in other parts of Africa. STARS president/chairman is stepping down and finding a new chairman seems to be quite a challenge.

I have arranged with Taffa to meet with other African delegation members during a special session tomorrow to discuss various ideas/proposals to get AR alive in Africa! - Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT



@SARLNEWS/NUUS 21 September  2014 - download here  
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20 and 21 September 2014

SARL members are invited to take part in a 5MHz activity weekend dedicated to propagation research. The activity is focussed from 13:00 – 20:00 on each day and comprises various activities during designated time slots. The activity is open to all SARL members and to all radio amateurs living permanently outside the borders of South Africa.

The activity is devised into two segments, a serious segment for the first 30 minutes of the hour which comprises of listening to and logging the beacon signals on 5250 kHz  using WSPR, and during the second half hour a fun component making as many contacts as possible on 5260 kHz.Participants who send in logs take part in a  lucky draw. Get detailshere 

Jamboree on the Air and CQ Hou Koers. These two events will be on the air over the

 weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October and hopefully you and your club have made contact with the local Scout Group, Guide Company or Voortrekker Commando and started the arrangements. If you are looking for a Scout Group near you, visit, for Girl Guide Companies, visit  and for the Voortrekkers, visit or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at Do something special for the youth of our country.  If you would like a special JOTA or CQ Hou Koers call sign, complete the ICASA application form, add a motivation and submit it via the South African Radio League

 @THE VK6RIO AMATEUR RADIO SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT – The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DX-pedition, VC1T, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned on 144,950 MHz across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth. Read more here

@RTA KIT  2013 AND CD NOW AVAILABLE- Supplies of the RTA2013 SDR VFO kit and CD are now available for shipping. The kit and CD combo are available at R250 each including packaging and shipping. The CD alone is available at R70. Place your order now. The booking from is available here. There is a premium for non-members,


HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 7 September 2014) 

DX Magazine's "2014 Most Wanted" Survey. Carl, N4AA, Editor of QRZ DX and The DX Magazine, reports: "The DX Magazine is celebrating its Silver (25th) anniversary this year. I am pleased to note that the first DX Magazine's Most Wanted Survey was reported in the October 1989 issue. It's been conducted every year since then, making this its 25th anniversary. Is that a record?? I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Most Wanted Survey is now on-line and ready for use and it will remain active until on or about 15 October. It was also published in the current issue of the magazine, which is in the mail at this time. Please pass along the information to your friends and encourage them to participate, so we can get the most input possible." The URL for the survey is 

XT, Burkina Faso. Ivaylo, LZ1CLM, is now active as XT2CML from Bobo-Dioulasso until 30 September. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment is a FT-857 with 100 w, into an off-centre Dipole 20 m long. QSL via LZ1CLM, direct or by the LZ QSL Bureau.

S7, Seychelles. Christian "Chris", HB9LCA, will be active as S79LCA from the Seychelles between 6 and 27 September. While there, he plans to activate three of Seychelles islands. Activity will be on 40 - 6 metres using mostly CW with some SSB, but no Digital modes. QSL via his home call sign, direct (see or by the Bureau.

TZ6BB QRT. Fernando, EA4BB/TZ6BB, informs OPDX: "I have been reassigned to Nigeria and I will go there next Monday (8 Sept 2014). I was kind of expecting this, though not so soon. This means, unfortunately, that TZ6BB will go QRT on Sunday evening (7 Sept 2014). I will still come back to Mali by mid November or so, for a few days, but my task then will be to dismantle the station, pack up all my things and then return to 5N land to stay. I will of course do my best to be on the air from there, but I need first to sort a license, QTH, station, etc. Not sure how long that is going to take but I'm afraid it won't happen overnight. I am leaving some of my radio equipment (including a nice HF transceiver) behind, here in Mali, as a little present to a local ham in the hope he will keep Mali active on the bands in the future. Let's see what happens." 

E3, Eritrea (Update/Press Release - Tentative schedules). Jay, JA1TRC, reports: "Zorro will leave Japan in the morning of Sunday 14 September, and scheduled to arrive Asmara on Monday 15 September at 03:15 local time (UTC+3). He plans to set-up the station/antenna after arrival at the hotel in the morning, or evening after a meeting. He will be occupied by full of meetings during Tuesday 16 to Friday 19. Very little chance for active.On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, there will be a good chance for him to be active about 20 hours max if he decides not to sleep. He plans to shut down the station in the evening of Monday 22 and leave the hotel at night. Then he will leave Asmara at 04:15 local time. He should be back in Japan at noon on Wednesday 24 September 2014." 

EF8, Canary Islands. Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (25 and 26 October) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to EA8URE. 

FR, Reunion Island. Operators Willi, DJ7RJ, and Sven, DJ2CW, will be active as FR/home call from Reunion Island starting 30 September. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW and SSB. Sven will only stay 8 October, while Willi will stay until 30 October. QSL via their home call signs. 

Lampedusa, AF-019. The IG9Y Lampedusa Contest Team will continue the fun of last year and enter in this year's CQ WW DX SSB and CW Contests from the same northern location on the Island of Lampedusa - Zone 33 (African Italy) with two international Multi/Multi teams of about 30 operators in total using the new call sign: IO9Y. All info can be found on the IG9Y-LCT Web site at IG9Y is a lone African Entity that counts in the CQ DX Marathon!

V5, Namibia. Sebastian, OE3SZA, will be active as V5/OE3SZA from Namibia between 29 October and 11 November. Activity will be SSB only running QRP with an Yaesu FT-817. QSL via OE3SZA, direct or by the OEVSV Bureau. 

ZD9, Tristan Da Cunha Island. Operators Paul, ZS1S, and Nigel, G3TXF, currently on the ship, "SA Agulhas II", will be active as ZD9ZS (SSB) and ZD9XF (CW) from Tristan da Cunha (AF-029) between 10 September and 3 October. QSL ZD9ZS via ZS1S and ZD9XF via G3TXF. There is a Tristan da Cunha "YAHOO Group List", and it lists the departure of the "SA Agulhas II" and its passengers at 

ZD9, Gough Island. A few sources are reporting that David, ZS1BCE (ex-ZS8Z), will be active as ZD9A from Gough Island (AF-030). David is apparently on the same ship, "SA Agulhas II", as Paul, ZS1S and Nigel, G3TXF are on, and is expected to take over the radio duties from Pierre, ZS1HF/ZD9M. His length of stay, bands and modes of activities were not mentioned. QSL via ZS1LS. 

C5, The Gambia. Operators Steve, G3VMW, Alan, G3XAQ, Mark, M0DXR and Iain,M0PCB will be active as C5X from the old "MW Radio Syd" site, near Banjul, between 15 to 26 January 2015. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK. The group also plans to do some activity in the CQ WW 160 m Contest. They will have two stations with Elecraft K3 radios with KPA-500 amplifiers using two Spiderbeams for HF, 160/80m verticals on an 18 m Spiderpole and dipoles/verticals for 40/30 m. QSL Manager is Charles, M0OXO. QSL via his OQRS, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded daily to ClubLog and LoTW.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (21 September 2014) 


BREAKING NEWS! DX CONTACT WITH REUNION ISLAND ON 144 MHz – On Sunday night 14 September 2014 Dave ZS5DJ heard the FR5DN beacon from Reunion Island on 144,418 MHz JT65b at 19:50 CAT with signal strength –13 dB. He gave a call to FR5DN and Phil came back immediately and completed a digital QSO within 30 minutes.  John ZS2AH reported that he heard the piccolo tones from FR5DN on SSB twice that evening on 144,418 MHz at about 20:45 CAT and again at 21:15 CAT. The Hepburn Forecasts indicated good Tropo Ducting across this sea path. Glenn ZS2GK made the first-ever contact with Phil FR5DN on 15 August 2008 on SSB and FM, and a year later also on JT65b. On 9 and 13 February 2010 a spate of digital contacts were made with FR5DN by Andre ZS2ACP (3247 km), Peter ZS2ABF (3005 km), Glenn ZS2GK (2875 km), Dave ZS5DJ (2713 km), Derek ZS5Y (2655 km). During this period Peter ZS2ABF established a record analogue SSB distance with FR5DN (3005 km) followed by John ZS2AH (2998 km). 


LOCAL VHF/UHF NEWS – Carl ZS6BCQ says that activity on 144.300 SSB is still busy in Gauteng with 11 stations reporting in this morning (13 Sept). Andre ZS6XXX and Sidney ZS6SID were Mobile in Kemtonpark area and signals of 5/5 were received in Krugersdorp. Conditions were good with Jerry ZS6BTL coming in 5/6-8 over a distance of 17 km and Neil ZS6NEB also 5/6 on vertical from Klerksdorp. Sunday morning was hectic !!!  stations were reporting in from all directions and the rotator was working overtime between East and West. From the West in  Division 3 we had Christo  ZS3R in Hartswater 352 km  and Andre ZS3AG from Kimberly. Then from the East Jan ZS6HA from Ermelo  was booming in with a 5/9 signal over a distance of 227 km. Then back to the West again Jerry ZS6BTL was 5/6 from Gardau with his half a 2BCX antenna. And from Klerksdorp Neil ZS6NEB was 5/7. In total we were 13 stations on frequency. It was difficult to keep everybody in the QSO and a group of 7 stations were on Skype where we co-ordinated QSO’s with far stations. Johan Visagie, ZS6AF, reports that on Saturday night 13 Sept. propagation suddenly got very good. “I suddenly started to hear the 439,200 MHz repeater up in Limpopo, 145,600 MHz and the 145,700 MHz repeaters. Even this morning 10:00 the 700 was S9+60 dB. Had a lovely chat with Madeira ZS6BQP in JHB (?) and ZS6BFF in Lydenburg while I was in Nelspruit. Also had a chat with ZS6AW, via 600 to 700, amazing how VHF can work.” 

THE EME SCENE BY ZS6OB – John ZS6JON reports that the work on the antennas and all the infrastructure for their planned EME expedition to Zimbabwe is progressing fine – we wish him and the Z21EME team well and will be looking forward to contact them via the Moon as well as on Tropo. The expedition to Cyprus 5B/PE1L with Rene, Chris and Johan have been very active and they have completed QSO’s with 225 stations on 144 MHz and 27 on 1296 MHz. John ZS6JON was the 1st ZS to complete a EME QSO with the 5B/PE1L followed by Alan ZS1LS and Pine ZS6OB. Moonset today 14th Sept. will be at 07:50 UTC. The distance to the moon today will be at 385,200 km at moonset and will be increasing - moon at 6 days past perigee. Declination today is at 0.35 degrees north of the equator - The moon position will continue moving further north of the equator. 

COASTAL VHF NEWS – Ken ZS2OC at Port Elizabeth informed us that on 11 September he worked Peter ZS2ABF and Hennie ZS2HC at East London, and also hooked up with Dave ZS5DJ in Ramsgate on 144,300 MHz SSB. Dave ZS5DJ reports: “At 20:00 CAT heard ZS2ABF 5/2 and later 5/7. ZS2AH was also on freq. 144,300 MHz USB. From my QTH in Ramsgate copied CW from ZS5QM Ben so turned my beam to PMB and worked Ben 5/5 going up to 5/9 No other stations heard then turned back to Peter ZS2ABF and finished the QSO with him and closed down at 20:30 CAT. Peter ZS2ABF says: “Conditions along the coast have gone from good to bad, up and down and very unsettled. Last night (17th) was hopeless with only Dave ZS5DJ heard in the noise, and QSO's were not possible due to only a few words being heard now and again. Hennie ZS2HC and John ZS2AH was on here in East London but they both heard nothing.” What is happening in Cape Town? 

WEST RAND AMATEUR RADIO CLUB VHF DAY – We are also busy to organize a VHF day and the venue at the West Rand Amateur Radio Club is booked for 1st November. The get together will be a run-up to the SARL VHF/ UHF contest on 15 and 16 November 2014. The meeting will be informal with a ‘bring and braai’.  More information will be available soon when invitations will be sent out to the Clubs and News bulletins. 73 Carl ZS6CBQ.” 

TEP NEWS – There has been TEP activity - Paul ZS6NK reported that local beacons have been heard in Europe and there have been some local activity. Braam ZS6AE confirms that the 50 MHz band was open every night last week where Sunday evening 14 September was the best. Stations worked: IK, 4X, TJ, 9K, FR4, EA, 5B4, YO, S50, SV and weak TY. SV1SIX/b was in until 21:12 UTC. Bernie ZS4TX says that TY1AA will again look for ZS on 50,103 MHz CW tonight at 19:00 UTC. 


“Dick ZS6BUN - for your hard work and good results (55) on 2m – 459 Km
Willem ZS6WAB - Massive and solid sigs of 59 + - 268 Km
Michael - ZR4MF - up to 57 at times – 367 Km
Danie - ZS4JJ - was battling to copy and no contact-sri – 368 Km
Jerry - ZS6BTL - solid contact as usual 59 – 178 Km
Niel - ZS6NEB - massive improvement on horizontal 59+25 – 133 Km.
And also to all the other regular VHF'ers for being there today.

We will be on again tomorrow morning for some more sheer pleasure.
73 de Koos du Plessis, ZS6BFD – KG33vu.”

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(14 September)SPRING IS BRINGING STRONG TROPO OPENINGS ON VHF & UHF – It is springtime in South Africa and already good Tropo openings are appearing on VHF and UHF. Tropo Enhancement over 400 km and country-wide Tropo Ducting is possible from now on, and throughout the summer months on frequencies from 50 MHz to 10 GHz. It is also the time when Tropo Ducting can cover thousands of kilometres across the oceans especially on 144 MHz with 100 Watts and a high gain beam antenna. Last week strong Tropo openings, lasting up to an hour, have been recorded along the east coast resulting in S9 plus QSO’s. Signals from Ramsgate (Division 5) were also copied in Port Elizabeth (Division 2), which is a distance of almost 600 km. So watch out for Tropo openings also along the southern and western coasts of South Africa. Tropo propagation often occurs inland too, but you’ll have to pay particular attention to a high barometric pressure that just start to fall, which indicates the formation of a temperature inversion. Tropo ducting is present most mornings across the country an hour or two after sunrise. The Hepburn Forecasts are very useful to predict Tropo Ducting across the sea to our neighbouring islands or beyond, but is not always accurate for forecasts along the coast. It is definitely not applicable on the mainland.


FORTHCOMING DX-PEDITION ON 144, 432 & 1286 MHz – Dick Coates, ZS6BUN, reminded us about his DX-pedition to the Soutpansberg on 20 – 21 September 2014. He will be operating a TS2000 with 100 Watts into a 9 element  Horizontal Yagi on 144,300 MHz, 50 Watts into a horizontal 23 element Yagi on 432,200 MHz, and 10 Watts into 44 element horizontal Yagi on 1296,200 MHz. The operating schedule for Saturday morning: 06:00 – 08:00 CAT 2m, and 08:00 – 09:00 CAT 70cm. Sunday morning: 06:00 – 08:00 CAT 2m, and 08:00 – 09:00 CAT 23cm. The QTH is the Mountain Inn Hotel in the Soutpansberg, just north of Louis Trichardt and the locator is KG47xa.


WHAT IS DIGITAL MOBILE RADIO (DMR)? – Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) is a digital radio standard specified for professional mobile radio (PMR) users developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and first ratified in 2005. This standard has been widely adopted by radio manufacturers and users. Products built to the DMR standard also comply with the FCC mandates in the United States for the use and certification of 12.5 kHz and 6.25 kHz narrowband technology. Designed as a low cost entry level radio system for commercial use, consequently DMR is not classed as a mission critical or critical communications platform. A situation further compounded by vendors introducing proprietary standards over and above the limited ETSI DMR standards list and nulling interoperability between different vendor offerings. All repeaters in a DMR network have great voice quality, great coverage, and use less than 1/3 the channel bandwidth of a traditional analog FM repeater with twice as many voice channels! 


VHF REPORTS FROM EAST LONDON – John Bryson, ZS2AH, at East London says in his e-mail: “I would like to update you on our nightly 2 metre activities. Last night, Sunday 7th September, conditions were strange I copied Dave ZS5DJ at S9 a really good signal no QSB, but Peter ZS2ABF could only copy Dave with no signal strength. This was very strange because he and I normally receive Dave at similar signal strengths, although sometimes he even copies Dave at a stronger signal strength. The weather was warm and calm yesterday, the barometric pressure was high about 1018 hectopascals. Regards and 73 John.” Peter Tottle, ZS2ABF, reported the following coastal news: “Poor conditions on Monday night, 8th September, due to the sudden cold front that hit us. Ben ZS5QM’s Morse keyer was heard (from Hilton) and Dave ZS5DJ (Ramsgate) was hovering in the noise, but he could hear me using his masthead preamp. Conditions were very poor on Tuesday night 9th September, and Dave ZS5DJ was mostly sitting in the noise, and Ben’s Morse was not heard.”


THE TEP SEASON HAS STARTED – Here is some good news for 50 MHz DX operators in the northern parts of South Africa. Braam Devenier, ZS6AYE, reported that a TEP opening occurred to IK land on 6 September 2014 at 18:00 UTC.


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 27 July 2014 

SARL HF Phone, Digital and CW Contests: The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa (General Rules 1.b.) as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands. Dates: SSB: 3 August 2014) / Digital: 17 August 2014 / CW: 31 August 2014). Times: SSB: From 13:00 to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT) Digital: 13:00 UTC to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT) CW: From 13:00 to 16:30 UTC (15:00 to 18:30 CAT). Frequencies: SSB:  14 125 to 14 300 kHz / 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz / 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz: Digital: 3 580 to 3 600 kHz / 7 040 to 7 060 kHz / 14 070 to 14 099 kHz: CW: 14 000 to 14 060 kHz / 7 000 to 7 040 kHz / 3 510 to 3 560 kHz: Categories:  Single Operator Single Band / Single Operator All Band / Multi Operator Single Band / Multi Operator All Band. Individual competitors and club stations are encouraged to compete. 

Worked All Europe DX Contest - The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE DX Contest. Times: CW: August, Saturday, August 9, 2014, 0000 UTC until Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2359 UTC. According to IARU recommendations operation should be avoided outside contest-preferred segments. No operation to take place on: CW : 3560-3800; 7040-7200; 14060-14350 kHz. Categories:

SINGLE-OP LOW (Max. output 100 watts - all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time).

SINGLE-OP HIGH (Output higher than 100 watts - all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time). MULTI-OP (Band changes are allowed every 10 minutes; this includes all activities of a main station, including QSO & QTC traffic and CQing). Off Times: Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period. Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be conducted between a European and a non-European station (exception: RTTY, see §12). The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band. 

SARTG WW RTTY Contest: Sponsored by the Scandinavian Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group. Date: 16 - 17 August 2014. Time: Three (3) separate periods: 0000 - 0800 UTC Saturday, 1600 - 2400 UTC Saturday, 0800 - 1600 UTC Sunday. Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m. Classes: Single Operator All Band / Single Operator Single Band / Multi Operator Single Band / SWL All Band / Single Operator All Band Low (max 100 Watts). Modes: RTTY only. Exchange: RST + QSO number, starting with 001. 

YO DX HF CONTEST 2014: Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR). Objectives: All the radio amateurs around the world are invited to make as many possible contacts with YO amateurs and other amateurs from different DXCC countries. Having fun and improving the operating skills in a fair play competition are the main objectives. Contest Period: Saturday 12:00:00 UTC – Sunday 11:59:59 UTC (24 hours). Date: August 30 – 31: Bands and Modes: From 80m to 10m, except the WARC bands, in the band segments corresponding to the selected mode (CW and SSB). The same station can be worked once in CW and once in SSB, in the appropriate band segments according to the IARU band plan. Categories:

SO-AB-CW-LP / SO-AB-CW-HP /  SO-AB-SSB-LP / SO-AB-SSB-HP / SO-AB-Mixed-LP /  SO-AB-Mixed-HP / SO-SB-Mixed (3,5; 7; 14; 21; 28 MHz, regardless the power) / MOST-AB-Mixed. LP – no more than 100 W output / HP – more than 100 W output. Exchange:

Foreign stations will transmit RS(T) + serial number, starting with 001. Romanian stations will transmit RS(T) + abbreviation of the county or BU for stations from Bucharest.

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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.

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