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SARLNEWS  with Rory Norton ZS1BL   listen/download here

SARLNUUS met Kevern Burger ZR2BK   Luister/laai hier af

Amateur Radio Today - Programme 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 technical features. One hour of Amateur Radio bliss. Listen/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, ZR4DJLAmateur 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.

Note when SARL website is not available programmes will be posted on 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 Draft 2024 SARL Contest Manual. The SARL Contest Working Group has released the Draft of the 2024 SARL Contest Manual for review and comment by the SARL Members. Comments must please be made by 23:59 CAT on Sunday 22 October and only sent to Rule changes made from the 2023 Contest Manual have been track changed to facilitate the review by the SARL Members. Where substantive changes have been made there is an indicative note.

The spring QRP contest is taking place on 14 October 2023. 

This is your last chance to add you name to the list of contestants for the year. Double your points by setting up a field station in your local park or walk a kilometre with an ultra light portable station to triple your points. Certificates will be issued for first, second and third place. All other contestants will receive participation certificates. Turn to page 66 of the 2023 SARL Contest Manual Version 1.1 for more information.

The October 2023 Radio ZS is available for download as well as the Radio ZS Index from 1925 to September 2023. 

Papers for the Region 1 General Conference. The documents for the 2023 General Conference are now published by committee folders on the IARU Region 1 conference website at  

C2 - Finances

C3 - Administration

C4 - HF Matters

C5 - VHF/UHF and higher

C7 – EMC

Please send your comments about the Papers to The Conference will be held in Zlatibor, Serbia from 1 to 4 November 2023. 

Make Space your next techno activity

 Book now for the AMSAT SA Space Symposium and make space your technology leisure time activity. The symposium will be held on Saturday 23 September on the BlueJeans platform video conference platform.

The theme “Make Space your techno leisure time activity” speaks to a variety of space related activities. AMSAT North America’s Burns Fisher WB1FJ will be one of the guest speakers talking about the various satellite projects sponsored by AMSAT NA and update the position of some their current satellites.  Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ will show some of the uses of the AMSAT SA dual band yagi, Hennie Rheeder ZS6ALN will show how to use a smartphone to track satellites, Hannes Coetzee ZS6BPZ will discuss a new comer’s approach to the OSCAR 100 geostationary satellite, Gary Immelman will talk about high resolution video on OSCAR 100 and Anton Janovsky will present the latest new developments on the AfriCUBE satellite project.  SANSA will make a presentation on the Space Weather Centre which opened in Hermanus last year.

The aim of the AMSAT SA Space symposium is to take amateur radio into space, encourage more amateur satellite operation, development, and research.

Registration is required and will be free but a voluntary donation to the AMSAT SA managed crowd funding campaign for SARL Next Generation Beacon fund would be appreciated.  Registration for the symposium is now open. Point your browser to, click on the registration link and complete the form. You will also find the donation link on the righthand side of the page.  The symposium will run from 09:30 to 15:00 SAST. 

To register click here and complete the form 

Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio. The Secunda Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the next BACAR or Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio on Saturday 14 October 2023 and invite Clubs and groups to participate. The CubeSat parameters are 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm plus 2 cm insulation and weighing no more than 500 grams. The mission parameters are “unlimited RF. Ideas include APRS, SSTV, FM audio repeater, RTTY, OBC telemetry, etc. Due to the early start, camping facilities are available, but must be booked at a nominal fee. For more information contact Christo Kriek, ZR6LJK on 082 907 9685 (after hours Please) or e-mail to register your payload.

HOW TO CONQUER THE SARL HF CONTESTS - the presentaton by Chris Burger ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube.Watch it here

Video of contesting with ZS6EZ now on YouTube. A recording of the SARL Contesting with ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube. Click here 

Pay your SARL Membership fees online using PayFast. Go to and select your membership category.

The SARL Bulletin Frequency to Change. After consideration, the Council has decided to move the SARL Bulletin frequency from 7,082 MHz to 7,105 MHz from Sunday 6 August 2023. The move is necessitated by interference from stations operating digital modes on 7,074 and 7,078 MHz USB which makes receiving the bulletin transmission difficult.

Interference from solar installations- As the South African public are realising that they are on their own and facing the many challenges of loads heading, self-generating electricity by households and businesses have become the norm. 

Generally, Radio Amateurs should not experience interference on HF or VHF from properly installed solar power installations but unfortunately it does occur when unqualified people do not install the system properly and use poor quality inverters and solar maximisers.

Often fitting ferrite beads and basic filters will solve the inference problem.

By design solar installations are not expected to radiate radio frequencies (RF) and cause interference as the necessary circuits suppress any RF radiation should be included in the design. There however are suppliers that will install equipment of inferior quality.  Solar installers are expected to issue COC’s, certificate of compliance, but these certificates generally only cover the electrical installation.

If a neighbour installs a solar system and it kills HF, there are two approaches. Point out to him or her that the installation is causing radio interference and that he should insist that his installer sorts out the problem. If that fails it is necessary  to send a written complaint with details of the interference to the manager of the local ICASA office. ICASA is fully quipped to do the necessary test and advise the owner of the installation to have the problem seen to or switch off his system.

The addresses of the local ICASA managers can be found on Please your copy your letter to the SARL at and Chris, ZS6GM at and keep the SARL informed of progress of the complaint.


During last week ICASA issued licence renewals for the 2023/24 licence year. Unfortunately, the notification to renew was sent out prematurely. At the time, the increase in fees had not been populated in the ICASA system and any invoice issued would have reflected an incorrect fee. The Authority therefore closed the renewal process. Any renewals paid on these notifications will be honoured by ICASA.

Licensees will receive another notification at the beginning of February in order for the renewal process to proceed. That annual increase is 6.9% and will be as follows: The fee for a one-year licence increases from R 166.00 to R 177.00; a two-year licence increases from R 317.00 to R 338.00; a three-year licence increases from R 455.00 to R 485.00; a four-year licence increases from R 579.00 to R 618.00 and a five-year licence increases from R 692.00 to R 738.00.

It is important to note that renewals need to be paid before Saturday 1 April 2023 as unpaid licences will expire after this date.

The 2023 SARL Contest Manual is available here

The 2023 Diary of Events is available here 

A Template - Constitution and Rules for an Amateur Radio Club - get a copy 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.

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.

2023 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 to Dennis, ZS4BS at

Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2023) 

Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS: R300 pm; R1 700 for 6 months; R3 000 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm – R300 for 6 months – R700 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

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 29 September 2023 

Tristan da Cunha, ZD9. Yuris, YL2GM left Cape Town on 15 September and the voyage was delayed by two storms; the vessel reached Tristan da Cunha on 27 September but was unable to land passengers until 29 September at 08.30 UTC. Look out for ZD9W on CW, SSB and MGM until 22 October.

Uganda, 5X. Members of the Czech DXpedition Team are active as 5X3K until 27 October. Activity is on 160 to 10 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and MGM. QSL via OK6DJ.

Uganda, 5X. Anders, SM0HPL is active again as 5X7W from Uganda until 27 October. He operates QRP with "weak but hopefully readable signals. Patience is needed on both sides!". QSL via M0OXO's OQRS; QSOs will be uploaded also to Club Log, LoTW and eQSL.

Rodrigues Island, 3B9. Andreas, DK6AS is active as 3B9/DK6AS. Activity is generally on 10 metres using CW. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

Ghana, 9G. David, AB0GC is active as 9G1SD. He is active in his spare time mostly on 12 metres using SSB. QSL to home call.

Timor-Leste, 4W. Satoshi, JH2EUV is active as 4W/JH2EUV from Dili until 13 October with activity in his spare time on 80 to 6 metres. QSL to home call.

Samoa, 5W. Livo, 9A7Y, Mladen, 9A2NA, Borut, S50B and Rolando, 9A3MR will be active as 5W0LM from today 1 October until 14 October. Activity will be on 160 to 6 metres using CW, SSB and some MGM. QSL via 9A3MR.

Vanuatu YJ. Chris, VK2YUS will be active again as YJ0CA from Port Vila (OC-035) Vanuatu from 22 October to 5 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. He will operate SSB on 40 to 10 metres, mainly between 21:00 and 10:00 UTC. QSL direct to home call.

Swains Island, KH8. A group of operators will be active as W8S from 4 to 17 October from Swains Island with activity on 160 to 6 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and MGM. QSL via LoTW.

Marshall Islands V7 - Lisa, KJ6GHN will be stationed on Kwajalein (OC-028), Marshall Islands for the next 3 to 4 years while she is on a permanent work assignment there. She will operate mainly SSB as V73ML in her spare time, mostly on Sundays and Mondays. QSL direct to Lisa M. Marks, PSC 701 Box 958, APO AP 96555, USA; she will also upload his log to LoTW and Club Log.

Montenegro, 4O. Members of Radio Club OK1OMG will be active as 4O1OK/p from various locations in Montenegro from 29 September to 8 October. They will be active on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 metres SSB and CW, possibly with some MGM. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), or via OK1VEI. See for more information.

Monaco, 3A. During October all Monaco amateur radio operators are allowed to use the special call sign 3A70ARM to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Association des Radioamateurs de Monaco. Activity may be on 80 metres to 10 GHz using all modes. QSL via operators' instructions.

France, F. Once again, the Radio Club de Nice will be active as TM8AB to commemorate the anniversary of the first transatlantic amateur two-way contact between Leon Deloy, F8AB and Fred Schnell, 1MO on 28 November 1923). Look for activity on 80 to 10 metres SSB, CW, SSTV and MGM during the weekends between 28 October and 10 December. QSL via F4KJQ.

Belgium, ON. The ONZ Oostkust Radioclub (ON6HC) will be active on all bands and modes as OR79CLM between 13 October and 12 November, with main operations taking place on 3 to 5 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 at

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 Amatorradioklubb in Longyearbyen (EU-026) between 11 and 16 October. They will participate in the Scandinavian Activity Contest as JW5X (QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, eQSL, or via LA5X). Outside the contest JW6VM will operate mainly CW, JW7XK will be on satellites, while JW9DL will operate SSB and MGM.

CW Operators - 21 May 2023 


This activity takes place between Saturday 27 May and Saturday 3 June 2023. There is no specific start or ending time. Your task is to order parts and build just one Radio, parts can come from different Amateurs, but it could happen that other amateurs do not have the items you are looking for. Also note that band conditions, the weather, QSB, QRM or an Eskom black-out could be a challenge.

Therefore, your aim is to have all the parts in one place within seven days, giving you time to accommodate the unforeseen anomalies just indicated. Parts ordered from other amateurs, must be shown in the comments section of the community logger. To be added to the logger you need a password, please e-mail Eddie, ZS6BNE at for that. E-mail Mike, ZS6MSW at for the parts list you will need. Happy shopping via CW.


Hierdie aktiwiteit vind plaas tussen Saterdag 27 Mei en Saterdag 3 Junie 2023. Daar is geen spesifieke begin- of eindtyd nie. Jou taak is om onderdele te bestel en net een radio te bou, onderdele kan van verskillende amateurs kom, maar dit kan gebeur dat ander amateurs nie die items het waarna jy soek nie. Let ook daarop dat band-toestande, die weer, QSB, QRM of 'n Eskom-kragonderbrekings 'n uitdaging kan wees.

Daarom is jou doel om al die onderdele binne sewe dae op een plek te hê, wat jou tyd gee om die onvoorsiene afwykings wat so pas aangedui is, te akkommodeer. Onderdele wat by ander amateurs bestel word, moet in die kommentaar afdeling van die gemeenskap-logboek gewys word. Om by die logboek gevoeg te word, benodig jy 'n wagwoord, e-pos asseblief vir Eddie, ZS6BNE by daarvoor. E-pos Mike, ZS6MSW by vir die onderdele lys wat jy benodig. Lekker inkopies via GG.

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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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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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