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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS Focus on VHF/UHF/Microwave The ZS CW Group SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads


The September 2022 Radio ZS is available for download. Go to the Radio ZS Download page - Menu on the left - Publications!

Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur EN IARU ed3 2 Jan 2009 - download your copy here. Ongelukkig is dit nog nie na Afrikaans vertaal nie.



18 September 2022 


SARL News with Rory Norton  listen here 

SARLNUUS in Afrikaans     luister hier

 Amateur Radio Today - Pogramme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by  Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV . The programme features news about amateur radio, reports on Hamnet, VHF and UHF, Satellites and HF plus teachnical features. One hour of Amateur Radio bliss. Listen or download here   

Transmissions: Sundays at 08:00 UTC on repeaters around South Africa including 145,750  and 145,725 MHZ in Pretoria. On HF 7 082 kHz by Louis, ZS5LP. Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3 620 kHz by Andy, ZS6ADY.

Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location. 

Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 to today can be found at

VHF Aircraft scatter - do not miss Focus on VHF in today's Amateur Radio Today. You can also read about it or listen to it by clicking this link.


SARL Taking Amateur Radio into the Digital AGE - Presentations made at the annual SARL symposium will be available on YouTube. 

Keynote address : Why Radio Amateurs should care about encryption  by  Dominic White ZS6HAK, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense. View here 

SDR Applications for Amateur Radio

Presented by Sylvain Azarian F4GKR President IARU-R1

View here 

Next Generation Beacon- update by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ  View here

South African VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table. The latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Compiled and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - send your record claim to  

SARL Next Generation Beacon fund stands at R30 150 - The crowd funding initiative to collect funds for the SARL next generation beacon programme was initiated by AMSAT SA.  During the past week R2000 was received from two donors. The fund moved f past the half way mark which is still far short of the R60 000 target required to finance a beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape.  


AMSAT SA and the SARL thank all who have thus far contributed. Help us make it happen by making your donation to the fund. Visit and make your contribution by clicking on one of the payment buttons for a R50, R250 or R1000 donation.  The button will take you to the Payfast website where you need to enter your credit card details. Please also add your callsign after your surname. 

Visit the  Next Generation Beacon web page for article, videos, updates. and a list of donors Click her

The SARL  Noise Floor Project - The presentation by Hans, ZS6AKV during the C7 - EMC meeting atthe Region 1 Virtual General Conference, can be seen here.

The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletters are available on and read it!

New Satellite Book now available - The new ARRL Amateur radio satellites for beginners is now available in South Africa. With the opening of e-commerce, Postnet is operating again and books can be sent to your nearest Postnet. You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you will find in Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners by Steve Ford

There are dozens of spacecraft in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole new world of operating enjoyment.

Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be! To order the book visit 115 pages plus index.


Guidelines for a non SARL member to use the SA-QSL system- Phone Kelley at NARC (011 675 2393) and check that your correct information is on the database – license number and e-mail address are important.

Click on SA-QSL system link (on the left-hand side of the web page) and then click on “Need to Register”. Follow the instructions on the screen. Your username and password will be e-mailed to you which you can use to logon in future.

SARL and not yet SARL Members are requested to check their Electronic QSLs on a regular basis.

2022 Advertising in Radio ZS and the SARL Web site

Radio ZS and the SARL web welcomes advertising. It is a source of information for readers. Send your advertisement for the League website to Hans, ZS6AKV at and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at

Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2022) Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement - R600 pm - R3 000 for 6 months - R5 000 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm - R400 for 6 months - R900 per annum

Terms and conditions

All contract advertisements content may be changed monthly on 5 working day notice

The rates are based on the complete supply of material in Jpeg unless otherwise negotiated. For artwork additional charges may apply as agreed. A design service is available at R400 per advertisement.

The content of the advertisements must comply with regulations and norms acceptable in South Africa

All advertisements are playable in advance by EFT to SA Radio League, ABSA, account no 4071 588 849 branch code 632 005

All correspondence and material must be sent to with a copy to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 24 September 2022 

Equatorial Guinea 3C. Ersoy, TA2OM has been active as 3C/TA2OM from Malabo, Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea since 19 September. He expects to stay there for one month, "maybe two". During his limited spare time, he can operate SSB and MGM on the HF bands. He has applied for a local call sign.

Madagascar ,5R. Francesco, IK6QON will be active holiday style as 5R8FG from Nosy Be (AF-057), Nosy Iranja (AF-057) and the city of Antsiranana in the northern part of the main island of Madagascar (AF-013) between 8 and 17 October. He will operate CW and SSB on the HF bands. QSL via IZ6BRJ.

New Zealand, ZL. ZL75WARC is the special call sign for the Whangarei Amateur Radio Club (ZL1AM) to celebrate its 75th anniversary from 1 October to 31 December. The club is located on New Zealand's North Island (OC-036), grid square RF74.

Christmas Island, VK9X. Stephen, VK3SN will be on Christmas Island (OC-002) from 24 September to 1 October. He will be active as VK9XX (the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club's call sign: on 80 to 10 m using SSB and MGM "most afternoons and evenings (local time)". QSL via EB7DX.

Italy, I. Pino I8YGZ, Alex IK8YFU, Luigi IU8GUK and Domenico IW8RAO will be active as ID9Y from Vulcano Island (EU-017) between 5 and 9 October. They will operate CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL.

Germany, DL. DR45HAAN is the special callsign for DARC's Ortsverband Haan (R24) to celebrate their 45th anniversary from 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2023. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau; direct cards via DL7ET.

Scotland, GM. Look for Graham, MM0GHM to be active as MM0GHM/p and MM0GHM/m from the Isle of Barra (EU-010) on 1-8 October. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

The Netherlands. PA - Operating as PF6SKCC, PG4I will be the Straight Key Century Club's "Brag Bonus Station" for the month of October. QSL via home call. See

Russia, RI41POL. Oleg, RD1A is participating in the North Pole-41 expedition to the Arctic onboard the "North Pole", a large self-propelled drifting research vessel replacing the drifting ice stations built on ice floes. In his spare time, he operates mainly CW as RI41POL. QSL via RN3RQ.


Welcome to The Southern African Morse Operators Club! 

We bring together and support amateur radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW). We offer free CW support to those who want to learn this special skill that reaches back to the very beginning of ham radio and remains vital today. Learning and operating CW is fun and you can do it!

This is a club for anybody that loves to use Morse Code (CW) or has a historical appreciation of it. Ham Radio operators, railroad telegraph buffs, or people who love technology are all welcome.

Yes, it may be almost 200 years old, but it is one of the best long distance radio modes and still heavily used by hams.

SARL Forum Active Topics
PARC swopshop  24/09/2022  11:35:14
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We will be there to welcome them...  23/09/2022  18:41:15
by: ZS1A
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by: ZS1NEU
SCAM WARNING  21/09/2022  16:50:04
by: ZS6AW
Amateur radio is for all ages  21/09/2022  10:23:00
by: ZS2DL
JS8Call User group?  20/09/2022  21:34:04
by: ZR1RM
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by: ZS1I
SCAM - WARNING  18/09/2022  22:12:58
by: ZS6AW
Kantronics KAM Plus  18/09/2022  21:24:25
by: ZS1SSM
News Bulletins  18/09/2022  11:19:01
by: ZS1YT

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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.

 Johan Keulder, ZS6CAQ

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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.
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lboat034a.gif (1979 bytes)SA Maritime Net

The South African Maritime Mobile Net provides weather reports and maintains contact with sailing vessels from around the coast and high seas.
The net operates 7 days a week.

There are two regular schedule times as follows:

  • 06:30 UTC and 11:30 UTC on 14 316 kHz high seas net.
  • 06:35 UTC and 11:35 UTC on 7 120 kHz coastal net - the net lasts approximately 30 minutes .
Visit the official SAMMNet Website or their facebook page for more information.

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