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SARL NEWS - Listen to  the weekly SARL NEWS on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. Get the transmission schedule here .

Sunday 23 September 2018

SARLNUUS met Dennis Green ZS4BS Luister/laai af

SARLNEWS  with  Dave  Reece  ZS1DFR  listen/download 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, a weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen .

More details about Today's programme here . Transmissiontimes and frequency details click here

In today's programme: Hannes Coetzee ZS6BPZ talks about the Kletskous Integration workshop  held on 22 September 2018

 Radio ZS September 2018 - The 84 page September 2018 issue of Radio ZS is available for download.

Die 84 bladsy September 2018-uitgawe van Radio ZS is beskikbaar vir aflaai.

Click here to get your copy 

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.

YOTA 2018 WAS A MIND-BLOWING EXPERIENCEYOTA2018 was a mind-blowing experience, these were the comments from the participants who represented 23 countries in Europe and Africa. It was the first time that the event was held on the African continent and the first time attended by a large group of young people from African countries. Scroll down for more pics

The other first for YOTA was the train the trainer theme. While the participants had fun, learned more about amateur radio and experienced great technology first hand, time was spent on how to take that experience to other young people in their own countries. The future of Amateur Radio is our youth, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, SARL President said. “I believe YOTA 2018 made a major contribution to foster that”, he said. “The SARL will not sit back, we will take hosting the YOTA 2018 experience to develop local YOTA events to immerse more of our youth into amateur radio and the great technology that will drive amateur radio forward.” (Photo left the African group attending YOTA2018. Scroll down for more YOTA photos)

A special word of thanks Lisa Leenders PA2LS, the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chairman for choosing South Africa to host YOTA2018 and the trust she placed in us to present the event.  I would like extend a sincere thank you to the organising team, our members and sponsors for their generous contributions to deliver on our promise to make YOTA2018 the best YOTA ever. 

Finally, a word of thanks to every participant for your support and co-operation during the week, you were an awesome group of young people!


YOTA 2018

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Linking with science Two South African amateur radio associations, the South African Radio League (SARL) and AMSAT SA, are planning to launch an umbrella association that will link up with scientists in various electronic and physics disciplines to enhance research opportunities. Read full article here 

The latest VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table 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 - 27 July 2018. Updates to   

FOCUS ON VHF HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: Share your VHF activity and news with Focuson VHF and above. Brian Jacobs,ZS6YZ welcomes your input on Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to Send a photograph of your radio room, and antennas.

LOW SUNSPOTS TRY 16O M, you cannot be without this book - ON4UN's Low Band DXing -  Dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas, as well as an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160-metre ducting. A new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor. Chapters include 

  • Propagation
  • DXing on the Low Bands
  • Receiving and Transmitting Equipment
  • Antenna Design Software
  • Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions
  • The Feed Line and the Antenna
  • Receiving Antennas
  • The Dipole Antenna
  • Vertical Antennas
  • Large Loop Antennas
  • Phased Arrays
  • Other Arrays
  • Yagis and Quads
  • Low Band DXing from a Small Garden
  • From Low Band DXing to Contesting

CD-ROM included! The CD-ROM includes the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format as well as ON4UN’s software (Windows XP only), antenna modeling files, photographs and more.

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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 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 To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at

Advertising Rates

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 with a copy to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 24 September 2018 

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Southern African Fauna and Flora

Contacts with stations on the African continent count towards the SARL’s All Africa Award

Somalia, 6O. Ali, EP3CQ has been permitted to operate as 6O1OO from Mogadishu while he works for the United Nations in the African Union Mission to Somalia. Once set up, he plans to operate SSB on 20 and 15 metres (15:00 – 17:00 UTC during the week, 11:00 – 15:00 UTC on Friday and Saturday). QSL information and updates will be posted to's 6O1OO page.

Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), 3DA0. Gene, K5GS, relayed the following; dated 17 September. 3DA0AO Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) Cancelled, edited, "Due to circumstances beyond his control, Pista, HA5AO, will return to Hungary sooner than planned. He will leave his equipment in the country and return at a future date. Unfortunately, he is not able to get on the air or participate in his planned humanitarian projects. Donors to his project will receive a refund."

Libya, 5A. YL Elham, 5A0YL, is now active from Tripoli and was heard on 20 metres (14 280 kHz between 15:30 – 17:30 UTC). She is a new operator and is being mentored by Abubaker, 5A1AL. No other details are available, but we were told to watch

Rwanda, 9X. Members of the Italian DX Team, who will be active as 9X0T between 27 September and 10 October will also use a second callsign, 9X0Y, on FT8 only in the DXpedition mode. Again, suggested frequencies are:

CW – 1 826, 3 530, 7 025, 10 115, 14 030, 18 068, 21 030, 24 890 and 28 030 kHz

SSB – 3 775, 7 090, 14 260, 18 128, 21 260, 24 950 and 28 460 kHz

RTTY – 14 084 kHz (only)

FT8 – 7 056, 10 131, 14 090, 18 095, 21 091, 24 911 and 28 091 kHz. The team has prepared a brief, step-by-step manual for configuring the “Hound Mode” of the WSJT-X program which can be found on their Web page. QSL via I2YSB direct only. For more details and updates as well as a log search and an OQRS are available on

Malawi, 7Q. Don, K6ZO, will once again be active as 7Q6M from Embangweni Mission Hospital, in Northern Malawi, between 23 and 29 October. Activity will be on 160 to 10 metres. He will also be in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (27 and 28 October). QSL via K6ZO.

Tristan Da Cunha, ZD9. Steve, G4EDG, is now active as ZD9CW from Tristan da Cunha Island (AF-029) until 22 October. Activity will mainly be CW and RTTY, but some SSB too (No FT8). Operations will be on 40 - 15 metres and possibly 80 m later in the operation. He will also be in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest (29 and 30 September) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LZ1JZ. Steve will upload logs to LoTW during the operation if possible.

Mayotte, TO6. Members of the Czech DXpedition team (CDXP) should be active as TO6OK from Mayotte (AF-027) between 22 September and 4 October. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Focus will be on the lower bands but also on the new Digital modes. QSL via OK6DJ, OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see Also see their Face Book page for pictures

Reunion and Mayotte Islands, FR and FH. Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as FR/DJ7RJ from Reunion Island (AF-016) between 9 and 27 October and then as FH/DJ7RJ from Mayotte between 29 October and 6 November. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres with a focus on the lower bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW or ClubLog. Added Note - Stefan, DL9HAL, will also be with Willi on Reunion Island (but not Mayotte) working SSB and FT8.

Madagascar, 5R (Looking for Ops!) Alex, K2BB, announced this past week that he and his friend Paul, UU0JR, will be active as 5R8R (TBD) from Nosy Be Island (IOTA AF-057), Madagascar, between 19 and 29 November. Activity will be on 160 - 10 metres using CW, SSB and the digital modes. They will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (24 and 25 November) as a Multi-Single or possibly as Multi-2 entry (if they have enough ops...) Alex states, "We will have 2 stations... Radios, so far: Kenwood TS-590, Icom IC-7300, Elecraft KX3 just in case, Odyssey 2 SDR for fun, one radio will have an Elecraft KPA-500 amplifier, second station will be 100W.... Antennas, so far: 2 verticals covering 160, 80, 40 and 30 m, a Spiderbeam for 20 to 10 m and possibly a Beverage if we have enough space for it. We are renting a private villa which can accommodate 4 people - huge garden, swimming pool, kitchen, cook, beach access, you name it... Sounds like fun? Then join us! But make up your mind quickly. If interested, e-mail me directly at"

Senegal, 6V. John, 6W7JX, Ouzin, 6W1PZ, Tafa, 6W1KI, Jul, 6W1QL and possibly others will once again be active as 6V1A from Goree Island AF-045 between 7 and 9 December. Activity will be on CW and SSB on all bands using a FT-1000 and Icom 7300 with 150 watts into dipoles, G5RV/Kelemen. QSL info see

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS - FOCUS ON VHF with ZS6YZ 23 September 2018 


Focus on VHF and Above  23 September 2018

Audio version here 

In today’s tutorial we are going to talk about Noise on the VHF and above bands. 

I am involved with the SARL Noise Floor Monitoring project being run by the SARL and AMSAT SA. Here we are focussed on collecting noise data on the HF bands. While having a braai at my home, a couple of my fellow hams and I were discussing where we could setup a VHF field station which is fairly high, but every possibility we came up with was shot down because of noise. 

That got me thinking, how bad is the noise floor on VHF? 

When we teach the RAE classes we discuss the different types of noise, and that the influence of external noise becomes less as we go up in frequency. Internally generated noise becomes more important and that is the reason why we use Low Noise Amplifiers or LNAs on the VHF and above frequencies. 

After doing some basic research, it is clear that there is a growing concern about the noise floor on the VHF frequencies already. This is evidenced by the following reports:

In a report dated 10 November 2016 the “ RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault, G4SWX, pointed out that, earlier this year, Ofcom revised the noise-floor criteria used to calculate coverage areas for certain business radio users. The change from the previous figure of –104 dBm to –92 dBm “recognizes the increase in man-made noise in this part of the spectrum,” Regnault said. “The change resulted after surveys and pressure from business users of this part of the spectrum. Regnault said this should come as no surprise to users of 6 meters and 4 meters [70 MHz] in the UK, who already understand that the noise floor on those bands is primarily from man-made sources.

The noise floor mentioned in the RSGB report increased by 12 dBm, that is 16 times greater. That is significant. 

More recently the United States Coast Guard sent out a Marine Safety Alert on 15 August 2018 where they mention that “they have received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment).

Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps were found to create potential safety hazards. For example, the maritime rescue coordination center in one port was unable to contact a ship involved in a

traffic separation scheme incident by VHF radio. That ship also experienced very poor AIS reception. Other ships in different ports have experienced degradation of the VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by their LED navigation lights. LED lighting installed near VHF antennas has also shown to compound the reception.”

They also provide a simple test that can be done to determine if a marine vessel’s radio reception is possibly degraded due to LED interference. 

Well, just based on those two reports it is apparent that the noise floor is a problem on VHF as well. What is also interesting is that the same LED light sources that are a problem on HF, are a problem on VHF as well. 

I also found an article written by Joe Blaschka Jr WA7DJZ with the title “Is VHF Dead?” Here Joe talks about site noise level measurements that were made a various VHF sites. He notes that certain sites had a quiet noise level of -115 dBm where others were in the region of -100 to -90 dBm. This means that a signal being received at a site with a noise floor of -95 dBm needs to be 100 time stronger than the what is required at a -115 dBm site just to overcome the noise. So a 5 W hand held radio effectively now needs to put out 500 W to overcome the increase in noise. A lot of times these noise levels are not only at high sites, but at the users locations as well. Joe says that the increase in the noise level is a silent killer just like blood pressure and that there are no exercises or pills to cure the problem. 

The typical sensitivity of a VHF /UHF radio on SSB is 0.125uV (-125dBm) and on FM 0.2uV (-121dBm). 

I know of a number of high sites that have become very noisy over the last couple of years, not only on VHF, but UHF as well. I have been working hard to reduce the noise on HF at my monitoring station. I have had some successes, but there is still a lot of work to be done and it is not cheap as the ferrite needed to choke the RF noise needs to be imported and is not cheap either. Also, the thicker your power and RF cables are, the larger the ferrite chokes need to be. As for the noise levels on VHF, I know it is there and the squelch of my VHF rig is certainly turned up higher than before.


I wonder what is your experience locally about the increasing noise floor in the VHF and above bands. Why not write to us at and tell us about your experiences. Maybe we need to expand the scope of the Noise Floor Monitoring Project.  

Let us now look at some news about the VHF and Above bands... 

Put the date 20 October 2018 in your diaries and don’t miss out on what is going to be a very educational VHF and Above workshop at the National Amateur Radio Centre in Honeydew. There will be a nominal cost of R50 for SARL and AMSATSA members and R150 for non-members. It is planned to make a Skype link available to clubs who are interested in transmitting the event on their local repeaters. Clubs need to register with the organisers by 1 October 2018. Where available, PowerPoint presentations will be made available on the web prior to the start of the workshop. 

Registration has opened. Goto, download and complete the registration form and send it to along with your proof of payment. Closing date for registration is 17 October 2018.

Well that is all the VHF and Above news for this week. 

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above including information for the tutorial to

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 30 July 2018 

 SARL HF Phone, Digital and CW Contests: The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands. Dates: SSB - 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 5 August 2018, Digital - 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 19 August 2018, CW - 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 26 August 2018. Exchange: RS(T) and a consecutive serial number starting at 001. Log Sheets: Submit logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format and labelled “your call sign HF Phone or HF Digital or HF CW,” by 12 August 2018 (Phone), 26 August 2018 (Digital) and 2 September 2018 (CW) by e-mail to See Blue book for more info.

WAE DX Contest: CW: August, second full weekend Saturday, August 11, 2018, 0000 UTC until Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2359 UTC, SSB: September, second full weekend Saturday, September 8, 2018, 0000 UTC until Sunday, September 9, 2018, 2359 UTC. Bands: 3.5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz.  Exchange: A contest QSO can only be conducted between a European and a non-European station. The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001.

SARTG WW RTTY Contest: Date: Third full weekend in August 18 - 19 August 2018. Time: Three (3) separate periods: 0000 - 0800 UTC Saturday, 1600 - 2400 UTC Saturday, 0800 - 1600 UTC Sunday. Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m. Exchange: RST + QSO number, starting with 001.

SCC RTTY CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. OBJECTIVE: For amateur radio stations around the world to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible on HF bands using RTTY Baudot mode. Date: 12.00 UTC Saturday to 11.59 UTC Sunday (24 hours); in 2017 (26 - 27 August). BANDS: All amateur bands from 3.5 through 28 MHz, except WARC bands (80/40/20/15/10m). EXCHANGE: RST report and four-digit number of the year of operator's first ever official amateur radio licence irrespective from which station operation takes place or which Call Sign is used in the contest. All submitted logs in Cabrillo format must be uploaded from the Log Submission page no later than 48 hours after the contest (Tuesday 11.59 UTC).

Russian "RADIO" WW RTTY Contest: Start: September 1, 00:00 UTC -  September 1,  23:59 UTC Freq: 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m. Exchange: Russian participants consists of RST and two-letter symbol region (Russian Federation), Foreign participants is RST and the WAZ zone.

ALL ASIAN DX CONTEST: CONTEST PERIOD: Phone: From 00:00 UTC the first Saturday of Sept. to 24:00 UTC the next day (Sept. 1-2, 2018) BANDS: 160m(CW only), 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m. EXCHANGE:  For OM stations: RS(T) report plus operators' age, For YL stations: RS(T) report plus operators' age, but if the operator does not want to send her age, RS(T) report plus "00" (zero zero) can be sent.

SARL National Field Day: Aim- To work as many stations as possible on all the HF amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17 and 12 m bands). In doing so, to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Date and Times: 10:00 UTC on Saturday 8 September to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 9 September 2018. Frequencies and Modes: HF amateur bands, excluding the WARC bands. Phone, CW and Digital (PSK, FT8 and RTTY), Phone, CW and Digital modes on a band are considered as separate bands, A station may be worked only once per band under this rule. Exchange: The number of transmitters, the Field Day operating class and the Provincial abbreviation. The sending of a RS or RST is optional – it has nothing to do with the scoring. Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet labelled “your call sign NFD,” shall be sent by e-mail to  .The closing date for log submissions is 18 February 2018 and 9 September 2018. See Blue Book for details

SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest: Aim - The VHF/UHF Digital contest is a test of operator ability and station design. To promote Digital activity on the VHF/UHF and microwave bands. Dates and Times: 10:00 UTC Saturday 15 September to 10:00 UTC Sunday 16 September 2018. Exchange: Contacts must be two-way point to point. Stations shall exchange signal reports as well as their location e.g. (latitude and longitude or full six-digit Maidenhead locator or accurate area/address/location). Log sheets shall be submitted by 8 October 2018 by e-mail to See Blue Book for details

Africa All Mode International DX Contest: Aim - The objective of this all mode contest is to stimulate contesting from Africa. All participating stations worldwide may work any country during the contest period. African DXCC entities are defined as those valid per the ARRL DXCC AF listing published at the time of the contest. Date: 12:00 UTC on Saturday 15 September to 12:00 UTC on Sunday 16 September 2018. Both single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24-hour period. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres, in accordance with your country and specific licensing requirements governing the portion(s) of these bands that you may use. No contest QSOs are allowed on 12, 17, 30 or 60 metres. Modes: CW, RTTY and SSB. Contestants may elect to enter a single mode category (where offered – see “Entry Categories” below) or take part as a mixed-mode entrant. Mixed-mode entrants may work the same station once on each mode per band (see “Entry Categories” for more details). Contest Exchange: The exchange is your RS(T) (not checked during the log checking process), followed by an incremental serial number commencing at “001”.  Submissions and Deadlines: No paper entries will be accepted for contest or checking purposes. Entries must be submitted in Cabrillo format only and be received no later than 15 days after the contest – Monday 1 October 2018. Entries must be sent to See Blue Book for details

CQ WW RTTY Contest: September 29 - 30, 2018, Starts: 0000 GMT Saturday Ends: 2359 GMT Sunday. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones, countries, and W/VE QTHs as possible. BANDS: Five bands only: 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz.  CONTEST EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ zone number of the station location (e.g., 599 14). Stations in the continental USA and Canada also send QTH (e.g., 599 05 MA). See IV.C.3. below.

SARL Forum Active Topics
"Onkruid" beheer  24/09/2018  18:21:41
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Reel 2 : swop shop 
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by: ZS6AWL
1296Mhz (23cm) Activity 
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23/09/2018  21:35:21
by: ZS1YT
Come on NONE MEMBERS. ??? 
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BEACON PY1ESP/B 144290MHz CW  23/09/2018  02:37:28
by: PY1MHZ
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by: ZS5XT
Is daar belangstelling? 
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by: ZS1ST
ICASA change of address form  22/09/2018  08:15:56
by: ZS1PHD
Ducie VP6D  22/09/2018  07:43:50
by: V51B / ZS3B

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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.

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