The Office at the NARC is closed during the Lock Down period. Kelley is working from home and you can contact her on email@example.com and/or 087 822 1464.
AMAZING CONTACTS ON 46 YEAR OLD AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE - Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ reported in his weekly "Focus on VHF and Above" that there is no doubt that this hobby of ours is the greatest scientific hobby on earth. There is so much to do and experience. The possibilities are endless. Two recent activities reminded me of this again.
Tom Ambrose ZS1TA, from Cape Town has recently reported AO-7 contacts. Why is this remarkable? There are plenty of satellites up there!
Well, the satellite was launched on 15 November 1974 which is 46 years ago. Technology has progressed dramatically since then. The satellite went silent due to a faulty battery in 1981. That was 7 years after launch which was a good life for a satellite designed to be operational for 3 years. In 2002, 21 years since it went silent, one of the shorted batteries became open circuit and the spacecraft was able to operate off it’s solar panels again. It can operate while in sunlight so its operation is intermittent, but it is still being reported almost daily since January 2020. Read more, listen to contact and view video here
SARL ON-THE-AIR BULLETINS AND AMATEUR RADIO TODAY PROGRAMME 31 May 2020
SARLNEWS in English with Herman Erasmus here
SARLNUUS in Afrikaans met Irene Myburgh luister/laai hier af
Note Amateur Radio Today will be on 145,725 MHz from Pretoria . Andy ZS6ADY will transmit on 145,750 MHz
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, SARL's weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/listen here
ARTODAY for 31MAY2020 now available
Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3620 kHz by Andy Cairns ZS6ADY.
Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.
Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 can be found
SOLAR MINIMUM, INTERRUPTED: Yesterday, in the pits of the
deepest Solar Minimum of the Space Age, the sun unleashed a flurry of solar flares. One of them, an M1-class explosion, was the strongest flare in nearly 3 years. The source of the activity is now turning toward Earth as it rotates into view over the sun's northeastern limb:
The question now: What is it? Early views of the emerging active region suggest that it is a relatively small sunspot surrounded by a vast field of magnetic froth (plage). The magnetic polarity of the region marks it as a member of new Solar Cycle 25.
The sunspot might already be decaying. If so, the flares will subside just as the region turns toward Earth, and the quiet of Solar Minimum will resume. It is too soon to say for sure.
YOTA online – livestreams of session #1
To listen to the first session which was live on YouTube on 28 May with close to 90 participates from most parts of the wordl, Follow the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzSsYo_nkgQ&t=575s
WHAT is YOTA online? The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a newly developed program called “YOTA online”. In these monthly gatherings we will try to bring the YOTA feeling towards the online community and spread the word that there is youth in ham radio. A YOTA team consisting of active youngsters will present different topics, while answering questions from the community. There will also be a section where different recent YOTA event hosts will be able to present the highlights, while also giving participants the opportunity to share stories. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the group presenting. At the end of the event we will also do a prize raffle amongst all participants.
WHY? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all planned YOTA events until September 2020 had unfortunately been cancelled or postponed. This included, for example, the Summer Camps in IARU Regions 1, 2 and 3, as well as Subregional Camps, Youth Contest Programs, and our presence at the HAMRADIO 2020 in Friedrichshafen. Taking this into account and the fact that lots of youngsters want to join YOTA activities each year gave us the idea to create an interactive format to gather youngsters online on a regular basis.
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 www.amateurradio.org.za. 115 pages plus index.
The 1820 British Settlers. The ZS1820S call sign celebrates the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.
The call sign will be active during 2020 on various bands and modes. QSL is via the bureau to ZS2EC, also via LoTW, ClubLog and QRZ. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1820_Settlers
Approval of Matters due to Postponement of the 2020 SARL Annual General Meeting
310 Members out of 1 622 Members cast their vote, 19,1%!
Motion 1 - Approve un-audited interim accounts of income and expenditure and balance sheet as at 31st December
Agree: 293; Disagree: 7; Abstain: 10
Motion 2 - Approve proposed budget for the ensuing year - 2020-21
Agree: 296; Disagree: 4; Abstain: 10
Motion 3 - Approve proposed subscriptions for the following year - 2020-21 (There is no change in the subscriptions from last year - a 0 % increase.)
Agree: 300; Disagree: 4; Abstain: 6
Motion 4 - Approve election of auditor for the ensuing year 2020-21
Agree: 304; Disagree: 2; Abstain: 4
The May 2020 Radio ZS is available for download. Read on page 37 about the Backyard on the Air SOTA and POTA activity for 1 May 2020.
RAE postponed to Saturday 27 June 2020
RAE Registration extended to 31 May 2020
Thank you to everyone for all your efforts during this time for proceeding with the RAE. In order to give candidates more time and to facilitate HF assessments, it has been decided to move the examination date to Saturday 27 June 2020. Hopefully, this will give added time for revision and for the completion of the HF assessment process. A request is made to the radio amateur community to be on air to help the RAE candidates make the required number of contacts for the HF assessments – dates and times from the individual clubs will follow closer to the time. Together, we can make the RAE a resounding success.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries. Stay healthy. Noel Hammond, ZR6DX RAE Manager
Due date for the Renewal of Radio Frequency Spectrum Licences extended https://www.icasa.org.za/news/2020/due-date-for-the-renewal-of-radio-frequency-spectrum-licences-extended
Monitor VHF beacons and contribute to science- Monitoring beacons is an excellent way to determine how VHF propagation conditions change over a period of time. While in the planning stage the SARL beacon group have not yet progressed to an automated beacon monitoring and reporting system. “We are not quite there yet with the beacon reporting Bot on Telegram”, Focus on VHF and above presenter, Brian Jacobs said. “In the meantime you can assist us by listening for the beacons and sending your reports to email@example.com.
The beacons that the group is interested in are:
ZS6JON on 144.440 MHz
ZS4AFV on 144.415 MHz
ZS0BET on 144.425 MHz
Please record the following information: Beacon heard, your callsign, your grid location, local time and the signal report and local weather information available. This will help us to get a better idea of the propagation.
Official QO-100 International Emergency Frequency - In order to coordinate potential emergency communications during the actual or any other crisis, the following frequency will be assigned as international emergency frequency on QO-100 NB Transponder:
Downlink: 10489.860 MHz
Uplink: 2400.360 MHz
SSB channel: max. 2.7kHz bandwidth . All users on QO-100 are encouraged to monitor this frequency, but keep it clear for emergency traffic!
2020/21 Amateur Radio License fee increase
On Wednesday 5 February, ICASA informed the SARL that in accordance with the CPI document published by Stats SA on 22 January 2020, the average CPI for 2019 is 4.1% which will be the percentage increase of ICASA fees. Please note that these fees will only be implemented from 1 April 2020 and all licences issued in the remainder of the 2019/2020 licence year will be required to pay the pro rata fee calculated on the old fees. The radio frequency spectrum fees will therefore increase to the following:
Minimum fee or 1 year licence – R 154.00.
The multi-year licences will increase as follows:
2 year licence – R 294.00
3 year licence – R 422.00
4 year licence - R 537.00
5 year licence – R 642.00
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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with a copy of the EFT payment. 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 call sign.
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.
AMSAT SA NEW SPACE SYMOSIUM DATE - The annual AMSAT SA Space symposium date has changed to Saturday 11 July 2020. While the call for papers is ongoing till the end of February, AMSAT SA is pleased to announce that Burns Fisher WB1FJ, of AMSAT NA will delivery two papers at the symposium: Fox-in-a-box, Fox telemetry reception using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi and a J-pole antenna including a discussion on the optimal positioning for a J-pole antenna for satellite reception and an overview of what is in orbit currently and expected in the near future and their features.
Prospective authors are invited to propose other papers by submitting a brief synopsis to firstname.lastname@example.org before 28 February 2020.
Report interference and unauthorised use of amateur frequencies - If your transmission or repeater is interfered with by an unlicensed person (s), note as much detail as possible and report the case for investigation to the ICASA regional office in your area. By policing the amateur bands and reporting transgressions by non-licensed persons we protect the future of the amateur radio spectrum. Send a copy of your email to email@example.com to allow the SARL to monitor how wide-spread the problem is. For a list of ICASA Regional managers and contact details visit http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/licences.asp or click here.
Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology - The SARL hosted a very sucessful synposium on 12 April 2019 in Stellenbosch. It was attended by over 60 delegates. The symposium was supported by contributions from RF Design, Comtest, F'Sati, Giga Technology and AMSAT SA. The powerpoint presentations are available for download here. Download while still available .
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.
2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at email@example.com.
Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2020)
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com