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10 October 2022 


SARL News with Dennis Green ZS4BS listen here 

SARLNUUS in Afrikaans met Hannes Enslin ZS6JDE    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

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

Please do not panic if the SARL News Bulletin does not arrive in your mailbox - Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 to today can be found at THE BULLETINS FOR 2 OCTOBER 2022 HAVE BEEN UPLOAD!

ITU News. Member States of the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, have elected Doreen Bogdan-Martin as the organization's next Secretary-General. The election took place during ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania on 29 September. Ms Bogdan-Martin will assume office on 1 January 2023. She will be the first woman to lead ITU in its 157-year history, and only the third Secretary-General to hold an amateur radio license. She is KD2JTX.

 Proposed Next Generation Radio Frequency Spectrum Policy - The Minister of Communication recently published the draft next generation frequency policy and has invited comments. Amateur Radio is mentioned in the passing.  It was published in the Government Gazette on 6 September with a final date for comment within 30 working

The SARL is currently studying the document for opportunities to increase the visibility of amateur radio by highlighting the contribution amateur radio is making to technology advancement and its contribution to the knowledge economy of South Africa. You are invited to study the policy and make input.  Send your input to by 28 September 2022.  The draft policy can be downloaded here

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.


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 - 30 September 2022 

Equatorial Guinea, 3C. Effective 26 September, 3C3CA is the call sign that Ersoy, TA2OM will be using during his stay on Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea. He was previously active as 3C/TA2OM. In his limited spare time, his computer operates mainly FT8. QSL via TA2OM.

Malawi, 7Q. Don, K6ZO will be active again as 7Q6M from Malawi between 19 October and 29 November. He will be active on 160 to 6 metres and will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB and CW Contests. QSL via LoTW, or direct to K6ZO.

Austral Islands, FO/A. Haru, JA1XGI will be active as TX5XG from Raivavae (OC-114), Austral Islands between 2 and 9 November. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and other MGM on 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 m. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau and LoTW; otherwise QSL via Club Log's OQRS or direct to JA1XGI. See for more information.

Sardinia, IS0. Marco, IS0BSR will be active as IM0B from the island of San Pietro (EU-165) from 22 October to 5 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL only via LoTW.

Germany, DL. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, DARC Ortsverband Syke (DK0SY) will be active with special DOK "50i25" from 1 October until 31 December. On 2 October the DK0SY operators will take part in the DLFF Activity Day and be active as DF0WFF and DF0DFF from Nature Reserve DLFF-0188. QSL via the bureau.

France, F. Michel, F8GGZ and other operators will be active as TM100BBC between 10 and 24 October to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (18 October 1922). Activity will be on all modes, including EME and DMR C4FM. QSL via F8GGZ, direct or bureau.

France, F. The Association des Radio Amateurs de la Cote d'Emeraude will be active as TM8R from 27 October to 6 November for the 12th "Route du Rhum," the 3 000-mile single-handed transatlantic yacht race between Saint-Malo (France) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe). QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via F5BNJ.

Belgium, ON. The ONZ Oostkust Radioclub (ON6HC) will be active on all bands and modes as OR78CLM between 14 October and 13 November, with main operations taking place between 4 and 6 November. The special call sign's suffix stands for Canadian Liberation March, the annual event that celebrates the liberation of the Belgian town of Knokke on 1 November 1944. QSL via the bureau. A certificate will be available

The Transatlantic Centenary Tests. The Radio Society of Great Britain will be hosting an international amateur radio activation on the HF bands to celebrate the centenary of the achievement of amateur transatlantic communication during the Transatlantic Tests that were held between 1921 and 1923.
In anticipation of this centenary celebration, the RSGB have renewed five call signs which they held in the 1920s.
* G5WS: used by the RSGB from Wandsworth, South London, 5WS was the call sign of the first European amateur radio station to be heard across the Atlantic during the third Transatlantic Tests (24 December 1922).
* G5AT: 5AT was the RSGB HQ call sign, activated in the fourth Transatlantic Tests of December 1923 and successfully heard in North America.
* G6XX: activated in the fourth Transatlantic Tests, 6XX was given a special permit to use an input power of 1 kW.
* G6ZZ: used on 5 July 1924, 6ZZ was the call sign of the "Scotch Express" on its journey from London to Newcastle; it was the first experiment in operating an amateur radio station from a moving railway train.
* G3DR: historic call sign, previously held by the RSGB as GM3DR for use in the Scottish Highlands.
Look for G5WS, G5AT, G6XX, G6ZZ and G3DR (England), GD5WS (Isle of Man), GI5WS (Northern Ireland), GJ5WS (Jersey), GM5WS (Scotland), GU5WS (Guernsey) and GW5WS (Wales) to be activated between 1 and 31 December. QSLs via M0OXO's OQRS and LoTW. A series of awards will be available; full details will be published on

Svalbard, JW. Look for JW7XK (QSL via LA7XK and LoTW), JW9DL (QSL via LA9DL and LoTW) and JW6VM (QSL via LA6VM) to be active from the Svalbard Amatorradio Klub (JW5E) in Longyearbyen (EU-026) between 5 and 10 October.

Falkland Islands, VP8. Garry, ZC4GR (2M1DHG) has been active as VP8DLB from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (SA-002) since 23 September and will remain there "until December before returning to Cyprus". QSL via EB7DX.

USA, W. Special event stations N0F, N1F, N2F, N3F, N4F, N5F, N6F, N7F, N8F and N9F, plus KF2IRE and VE3FIRE (Canada) will be active on 9-15 October for the Fire Prevention Week 2022. QSL cards for any of the FPW stations should be sent direct to Fire Prevention Week Special Event, c/o Siemens Fire Safety USA, 8 Fernwood Road, Florham Park NJ 07932, USA. See for more information on the event.


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.

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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.

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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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