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Sunday 18 November 2018
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, a weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technolog y hosted by with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen .
More details about Today's programme here. Transmission times and frequency details click here. In this week's programme listen to an interview with Tom vanden Bon about the Binary Space High Altitude Balloon launch.
Book now for the AMSATSA and SARL Workshop 24 November 2018 - Topics include: How to protect your station from lighting ,RF Noise Floor monitoring,Wireless Power Transfer the largest ever threat to amateur radio, How to identify noise from lights around the house and what light to buy. Get the full programe and registration form here.
BLACK FRDAY 23 November 2018 - Visit this website for black Friday specials from our advertisers, equipment, power supplies, books at give away prices. The SARL Black Friday opens at 22:00 on Thursday 22 November and will end at noon on Saturday 24. Don't miss the bargains!
South Africa elected to the ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board - South Africa was elected to the ITU Council and an ICASA Frequency spectrum manager, Mandla Mchunu was elected to the Radio Regulations Board at the Plenipotentiary Conference which is the highest decision-making body of ITU, the United Nations specialised agency for ICTs. Held every four years, the Conference is the key event at which ITU Member States build consensus on key international ICT issues, elect leaders for the Union's top posts, and decide on a roadmap for ITU's work over the next four-year period, including strategic and financial plans.
Member States of the ITU have unopposed re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General. Zhao, an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, will begin his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.
“We continue to connect the unconnected," says Zhao. “We are strengthening partnerships to implement our common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone everywhere."
Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General. He also served two elected terms as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability. Before that, he was a Senior Counsellor with TSB for 12 years.
Malcom Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected Deputy Secretary-General of ITU, Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay was elected Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, Chaesub Lee of Republic of Korea was re-elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau and Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau.
South Africa brings experience to RRB
Mandla Mchunu, has more than 20 years’ experience in Radiocommunications and Telecommunications. He was part of the team that made contributions to the development of the first South African National radio frequency bands re-planning exercise in 1996 and its subsequent revisions to the current National Radio Frequency Plan 2018. He served on the committees of the then Telecommunications Regulatory Associations of Southern Africa (TRASA) which developed the harmonised Radio Frequency plans for Southern African countries. He was part of a radio frequency spectrum coordinating committee which developed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with neighbouring countries dealing with crossborder radio frequency spillage of mobile networks. He has been part of a South African delegation to every ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC’s) since 1997.
The Radio Regulations Board approves Rules of Procedure, used by the Radiocommunication Bureau in applying the provisions of the Radio Regulations and registering frequency assignments made by the Member States. The Board also deals with disputes.
SARL VHF workgroup select a coordinator - Dick Coates ZS6BUN was selected as the Coordinator for the SARL workgroup. The formation of a VHF/UHF/Microwave workgroup resulted from discussions at the recent joint SARL/AMSATSA workshop held at the NARC. The workgroup met on Skype last week and agreed on two main initial initiatives to get the promotion of activity on bands above 30 MHz off the ground.
As a number of beacons are already operating in South Africa, it was agreed to prepare a comprehensive list and publish the information on the SARL web and in news. Dick is calling on beacon operators to send all the information to email@example.com.
The second initial initiative is to set up a two-metre beacon in the upper Karoo area. The workgroup will meet again on 15 November at 20:30. This is an open invitation to join the discussion. To participate make sure you have an updated version of Skype. If you have a proposal that you would like to discuss, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be distributed to all participants prior to the skype meeting, please also include your Skype name so that you can be connected.
ICASA Head Office has moved. They are now at 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion. The switchboard number is 012 568 3000/3001
The November 2018 Radio ZS is available for download - Click on Publications and then on Radio ZS download.
New sample edition of NZART Break-In magazine - New Zealand's national amateur radio society, NZART, has made the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of their magazine Break-In available as a free PDF. The magazine features the popular columns Digital Modes by Murray Greenman ZL1BPU and Satellite Orbits by Alan Cresswell ZL2BX. On pages 28-30 there is an interview with FT8 developer Joe Taylor K1JT. Download Jan/Feb 2018 PDF which includes Break-In from Jan 1928 by clicking on Publications and then on Radio ZS Download.
VHF/UHF WORKSHOP FIRED UP NEW ENTHUSIASM FOR BEACONS - Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ presented a paper entitled Beacon Coordination to gain maximum
benefit. In his paper he highlighted the need for setting up a proper coordinated beacon system which should include an automated monitoring system much like the HF noise floor monitoring system which automatically uploads data to a central server. Much discussion followed and it was agreed to set up a workgroup coordinated by a beacon coordinator.
Persons interested in joining the Beacon workgroup are invited to take part in a Skype discussion planned for Thursday 1 November at 20:30. To take part send your skype details to email@example.com by Wednesday evening 31 October 2018
Dick Coates ZS6BUN started the ball rolling by posting the following request.
“About 9 years ago a number of beacons/keyers were sent round the country by ZS6JON. Out of these I believe that just one is operational, in Cape Town, on 2m, managed by ZS1TAF (thanks Mike). Could the original recipients of this equipment please let me know if you still have this kit and I will make arrangements to collect it if it is not being used.”
He also asked for the following information
1) Who has ex PMR equipment that they would be prepared to sell/donate to a beacon project?
2) Who would be able to design / programme a RELIABLE keyer (CW) for such a beacon?
3) Who has access to a suitable location for such beacons bearing in mind we need to link the activity centres in all provinces. Beacons need to run 24/7, not be located at a station currently active on VHF/UHF and be capable of supporting a say 7 element yagi horizontally polarised.
Please respond to Dick by emailing him at Dick Coates firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com
There were many other interesting papers and discussions. For more tune, in on Sundays, to Focus on VHF and Above presented by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ on Amateur Radio today. The presentations are available on www.amsatsa.org.za . The next VHF/UHF/Microwave workshop will be presented at the National Amateur Radio Centre by AMSAT SA and SARL on Saturday 9 February 2019. Proposal for papers and presentations are invited and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by not later than 15 December 2018
HF, UHF and Microwave Record Table - the latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Click here to get a copy. Compiled by Mike Bosch, ZS2FM (SK) and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - latest version 25 September 2018. Updates to email@example.com
The VHF/UHF and higher Band Plan is also available for download from the same URL as the Record Table.
SARL ALTERNATIVE OFFICE NO - If you cannot get through to the SARL Office on 011 675 2393 an alternative number is 087-822-1464 office hours only.
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AMSAT SA Space Symposium papers - A number of papers are now availble for download. View here 1080
5 MHz Allocation world-wide in PDF 60 Metre Allocations World-wide
Amateur Radio License fee increase
ICASA has informed the SARL that the licence fee will be increased by 5.3% on 1 April 2018. The new fees will be
1 Year - R 141.00
2 Year - R 269.00
3 Year - R 386.00
4 Year - R 492.00
5 Year - R 588.00
ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2018/2019 period from 5 February 2018. Radio Amateurs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their license is up to date. If for some reason no invoice is received, check that ICASA has been informed of any address changes.
Avoid the hassles of having to renew each year, opt for a multi-year licence. Simply, when renewing pay the appropriate amount. On the EFT state 5 Year licence and your callsign. Also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the EFT payment.
ICASA Licence Fees - DO NOT pay the ICASA licence fee into the SARL bank account, all moneys wrongfully paid into the SARL account will be refunded less the bank charges associated with these transactions.
The correct account for your ICASA Licence Fee is NEDBANK Account number: 14 62 00 29 27, Branch Code: 146245 - Corporate Client Services – Pretoria and in the reference field type in your licence number and callsign.
2018 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. To place an advertisement in Radio ZS, contact Dennis, ZS4BS, at email@example.com. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at firstname.lastname@example.org
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - R500 pm - R2 500 for 6 months - R4 500 per annum
Commercial Hamad on home page - R60 pm - R300 for 6 months - R500 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
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 email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org