Not Logged in
The South African Radio League
The National Association for Amateur Radio in South Africa
Proudly serving Amateur Radio since 1925

Member Logon Members Only
Callsign: Password: Forgot your password...? Click here.
Forgot your password?       Having problems logging on? Click here for Help.

Amateur Radio in Action Symposiums

Amateur Radio Today - weekly news
SARL Antenna Defence Fund
Propagation Research 5MHz/472 kHz
Media Resources
SARL Diary of Events
Radio Amateur's Examination

>> Examination numbers

>> Examination Results
SA-QSL service


What is Amateur Radio?
Today′s Events
There are no events today.

Upcoming Events
August 6
August 6
August 6
August 9
August 13

Previous Month August 2015 Next Month



SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads


ARiA2015 -  Book now for the Amateur Radio in Action symposiums in Gauteng, Get programme here, Booking forms:NARC 22 August 2015  and   Innovation Hub Pretoria 19 September2015 Not the NARC is limited to 35 person. The Innovation Hub can accommodate 200 person. For regular updates and to check your booking  go the ARiA page here

SIX NEW RADIO AMATEURS - At a special examination held on Saturday 2 August 2015  at the NARC, six young persons (between 10 and 15) passed the class B examination  and received their ZU callsigns.   The students are all part of the Hammies Amateur Radio Club which was official formed on Saturday,. The club is part of the SARL@home activity and will meet regularly at the National Amateur Radio Centre in Johannesburg for projects. New courses will be presented in the near future. Congratulations to the new ZU's. Listen to Amateur Radio Today or read the story in more detail here tomorrow.


 Front row left to right:  Nathan Busse ZU6X; GLen Bailey ZU6G; Connor Middleton ZU6CM;  Front row left to right:  Nathan Busse ZU6X; GLen Bailey ZU6G; Connor Middleton ZU6CM;  Back Row left to right: Graham Busse ZS6GL; Neo Masimirembwa ZU6SM; Dylan Middleton ZU6DRM; Robert van der Meulen ZU6BOB; Noel Hammond ZR6DX

BLOEMFONTEIN 5 MHZ BEACON ENHANCES THE SARL PROPAGATION RESEARCH PROJECT - The South African Radio League SARL propagation research project is based on a number of automated beacons using a program called “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter” (WSPR). During the July the scope of the project was greatly enhanced when a beacon was installed in Bloemfontein.  The Bloemfontein beacon is a complete system that was developed by Paul de Kock ZS6EHG of the Kempton Park Amateur Radio Technical Society. Paul developed a standalone system based on the Arduino hardware and software.

Paul experimented with the code and besides generating WSPR signals it also includes a brief transmission in Morse code which enables persons who do not have the WSPR software to identify the beacon. The beacon network transmits on 5 290 kHz Click here to read full article (PDF)

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


Youngsters On The Air 2015 off to a great start - 5th Edition of Youngsters On The Air started last Saturday in Marina di Massa, Italy. This year for the first time also teams outside Europe –Oman, Tunisia, South Africa– travelled to the YOTA event. All activities are organized by ARI and handled by ARI Tuscany Regional Committee. 

The youth had already the opportunity to take part in a US license exam, tasted food and drinks from all countries and listened to a presentation from the Italian DXpedition team in Africa. Follow the youngsters on They are actively posting blogs, pictures and movies. Or try to make a QSO with II5YOTA. This special callsign is active till 25th of July.

SARLNEWS: Sunday 2 August  2015 

English with Denis Green ZS4BS  listen here

Afrikaans  met Erienne Naude ZS6EFN .Luister hier

Amateur Radio Today with ZS6AKV listen here. 


Radio ZS July 2015. The July edition of Radio ZS is now available. Download it here

 Read about Opportunities and Possibilities, Contesting in July and August, Simple Arduino Morse Keyer, The Bloemfontein ARC, Operating Amateur Radio from Hotel, Fast Scan TV at the Border Radio Club, 70 MHz (4 metre) Delta Loop , ½λ vertical for 70 MHz Die BHF Kwartgolf Antenna, Visiting Ean, ZS1PR, Attenuator as Mismatch Test Load, Rookie Amateur Radio, Youngsters on the Air 2015, SARL QSL Bureau and the Whaddon Mk VII "Paraset" .  

Why are their handprints on the Hubble telescope? Watch a science cast video here (warning 230 meg file)


The SARL Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface kit again available - The SARL has a small quantity of the USB transceiver interface kits available. The cost of the kit for SARL members is R480 plus R70 for packing and postage by parcel post and R120 via Postnet to Postnet.  The kit does not include a CD but instructions will be available on the SARL web pages in the members’ only section.  Members who order before 2 July may collect their kits from the NARC the following Monday.  Get the orderform here




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 3 August 2015) 

The New DXer's Handbook - 2nd Edition. If you are a new amateur radio operator or shortwave listener, then you'll find Bryce Anderson's, K7UA, introduction to DXing of particular interest. Entitled 'The New DXer's Handbook', there are plenty of tips and techniques explained in a simple and straightforward way. And Bryce is to be congratulated for making the book available free-of-charge to all amateurs.

            You can read a review and find details on downloading the e-Book at the Mount Evelyn DX Report

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will be held on 15 and 16 August and I see on the entry list that 14 South African lighthouses will be active. Germany leads the list with 69 lighthouses.

The South African lighthouses are Cape Infanta, Cape Agulhas, Green Point, Cape Town, Dassen Island, Milnerton, Danger Point, Cape Hangklip, Seal Point, Donkin Reserve, Cape Recife, Cooper Lighthouse, North Sands Bluff, Green Point KZN, and Tugela Bluff.  

The second leg of the National Field Day takes place over the weekend of 12 and 13 September – about 6 weeks away. What are you and your club planning? A bunch of Bloemfonteiners is planning a weekend in Lesotho for Field Day. Start you planning now. 

Rwanda, 9X. Bjorn, LA9IAA is now active as 9X0AA. He has been active on 20 meters using CW around 20:00 to 22:30 UTC. QSL to home call. 

South Sudan, Z8. Massimo, Z81B has been active on 17 meters using SSB around 16:00 to 17:00 UTC. QSL via IZ0EGA. 

Lesotho, 7P. Brendon, ZS4BM, Frans, ZS4FM, and Warren, ZS4W, their families and some friends will be visiting Malealea Lodge in Lesotho over the long weekend of 8 to 10 August (to celebrate Brendon’s birthday). Brendon says 7P8BFN and 7P8BM will be on the air during the weekend holiday style. QSL via ZS4BM 

Comoro  Islands, D6. Ken, LA7GIA will be active as D67GIA from  Moroni,  Comoro  Islands (AF-007) between 14 and 23 September. Plans are to be active on 40 to 10 metres CW, RTTY and some SSB. QSL via home call, direct only. Logsearch on Club Log. Further information at  

Equatorial Guinea, 3C (Update). Ken, LA7GIA, will be active as 3C7GIA (pending) from Malabo Island (AF-010) between 12 and 23 November (not 10 to 22 October as first announced). Activity will be on 40 to 10 metres using CW, SSB and RTTY. There is a slight chance for 80 m depending on conditions. Equipment will be a TS-480SAT with an Ameritron ALS 500m into a Mosley Mini 32 ASP (2 element beam 20/15/10 m), Mosley TW 22 M (2 element beam 17/12 m), Hygain AV640 and G5RV 80 to 10 m wire antennas (backup). QSL via LA7GIA direct ONLY (SAE and 3 USDs). Please note, NO IRC, NO Bureau QSL. Bureau QSL will not be answered. For updates, check

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (2 August 2015) 

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

THE ICY WINTER WEATHER AFFECTED AMATEUR VHF ACTIVITY – The cold fronts that passed over South Africa caused flooding and heavy snowfalls in parts of the country. It appears that even the most brave did not switch on their VHF rigs. There were no VHF reports for a few days. 

SEE THE ZS6BTE PAGE ON QSL.NET – The content on the page of Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, at makes an interesting read. It can be accessed via
Ian is currently using a Heath SB220 linear on 50 MHz and 70 MHz with a Dual Band Yagi for 50 MHz and 70 MHz.

NAMIBIAN VHF BEACON BEAMING TO BRAZIL – Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, confirmed that his beacon V51VHF on 144,429 MHz is currently beaming at PY1MHZ in Rio de Janeiro, i.e. 260 degrees. Between the beacon and the sea there is only desert dunes that covers a distance of about 100 km. Pieter says he would like more V5 Hams North to become active on VHF. PY1MHz is still beaming his VHF beacon on 144,290 MHz at the west coast of Southern Africa.

CAPE TOWN BRAVED THE COLD WEATHER – According to Mike Kellett ZS1TAF, they had a nice turnout last Thursday evening (23rd). His horizontal antenna is down at the moment, but will have one up in a week or two. Running vertical at the moment. The following stations were logged: ZS1K, ZS1GVW, ZS1V, ZS1DDK, ZS1TK, ZS1WWW, ZS1AN, ZS1CM, ZS1PDY, ZS1SG, ZS1AX and ZS1TAF. 

Mike says that most are using vertical antennas at the moment with output powers varying from 5 – 50 Watts on average. He is constructing a 5 element Yagi 1,5 metres long that should be  up and running by the end of Saturday. Mike also advertised for an all mode 2 metre rig but no response. So for now he is using his FT857 with a 100 Watts amplifier, its not a big station but it’s a start. He will build a larger Yagi at some stage but needs simple designs. 

ACTIVATING SO-50 SATELLITE – There was a lengthy discussion by Eddie Leighton, ZS6BNE, and others on the VHF Forum about the switching tones for the SO-50 satellite. To switch on the satellite 74,4 Hertz tone is required and you need 67,0 Hertz tone to transmit. The uplink is on 145,850 MHz FM and downlink on 436,800 MHz FM. According to Eddie it can be worked with a handheld and a small dual band Yagi. 

AN EARTH-LIKE PLANET, KEPLER-452b HAS BEEN DISCOVERED – NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a G2-type star like our Sun, which is 1,5 billion years older, 20% brighter and 10% larger in diameter. The planet orbits its sun in 385 days in the Goldilocks zone where liquid water flows, and is located 1400 light years from us in the constellation of Cygnus. 

FLEA POWER TESTS ON 241 GHz (1,2 mm) – DL2AM and DL6ASO conducted 100 micro Watts tests on 241 GHz over a distance of 2 km, with a low noise diode type HSCH9161 in the receiver. The current IARU Region 1 record stands at 5,5 km and was established by DL2AM and DL2GWZ on 13 January 2010.   

FLY-BY OF PLUTO & ITS MOON CHARON – Photos sent back to Earth during the fly-by of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have revealed high icy mountain ranges, ice flows consisting of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and methane that indicate geological activity. The planet is also surrounded by a hazy atmosphere, consisting of hydrocarbons that broke down from methane gas. Charon is the largest moon of five, it features a deep depression with a mountain peak inside, including some craters on the surface. The other four moons are named Nix, Hydra, Stycs and Kerebos.

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

SARL Forum Active Topics
New APRS I-Gate in Pretoria  04/08/2015  23:41:51
by: ZS6IO
So You Are running 1kw  04/08/2015  22:59:57
by: ZS2CX
ZS6BV Ultralight portable  04/08/2015  20:18:04
by: ZS6BV
Top Band contest results  04/08/2015  18:23:36
by: ZS6AW
40 MHz operation  04/08/2015  16:44:45
by: ZS6BTE
sota  04/08/2015  16:07:34
by: ZS2HC
144.300 SSB Sked 
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14
04/08/2015  12:09:55
by: ZS2ABF

Commercial Hamads 

Triple Trapper Inverted Vee/ Dipole
·     Trapped dipole for 80, 40 and 20 metre bands 

  • No tuner required
  • Stainless steel hardware for long life
  • Less than 30 metres long – fits in a small city lot
  • Strong 2.5 mm copper wire – built for Cape winds
  • 1 to 1 Balun included rated at 150 watts
  • Ready for use, just connect your RG58 coax and hang it up
  • Ideal for home, portable or emergency operation
  •  R1, 200 including postage, a fraction of the price of imported units. 

Contact Rob on 082 551 5423 or for photos or spec sheet.


Direct importer of a wide selection of SWR meters, H.F., V.H.F. and U.H.F. base and mobile antennas. Amateur radio transceivers, antenna analyzers, etc. Affordable shipping costs for out of town customers and subsidized shipping to SARL members. Check out all my amateur radio goodies here. 0720268909.


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

What is Amateur Radio ? 

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.

Random Photo from the Call book.

 Geoffrey Ronald Levey, ZS6EPC



 Click here to visit website 



Click here to go to the Kevtronics web 

Visit the ZS2BL's SA Hamshack page by clicking here


Worked All ZS award
An interesting operating goal

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.
Click here for more information...

lboat034a.gif (1979 bytes)SA Maritime Net
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.


Copyright © 1997-2015    South African Radio League
This page last modified: 26/7/2015