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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS Focus on VHF/UHF/Microwave Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads
South African COVID-19 Corona Virus Resource Portal: www.sacoronavirus.co.za

SARL TODAY! 

THE OFFICE AT THE NARC IS CLOSED DURING THE LOCK DOWN! Kelley is working from home!


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 artoday@sarl.org.za. Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.


Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 can be found

at https://sarlnewsbulletin.wordpress.com/



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.

 

WHERE? The first YOTA online event will take place on 28th May 2020 from 1800 UTC as a livestream and will take around one hour. The complete session will be recorded and available online at any time. Of course, the participation is free and open to anyone who wants to take part worldwide. We will share the link to the livestream one day prior to the event on our homepage and social media channels.

 


 

 

Call Books for 1926, 1927 and 1929 available inthe Call Book Archive.


SARL 95 BIRTHDAY CERTIFICATE

ZS95SARL will be on the air on Wednesday 20 May to celebrate the 95th birthday. Work ZS95SARL (and any other special call sign) on HF, VHF and UHF during the day and then submit a list of stations worked to secretary@sarl.org.za by 23:59 CAT on Sunday 24 May. Your PDF certificate will be e-mailed to you. The information required is your name, surname and call sign together with the time, call sign, name and frequency of the stations worked.

If you work FT12 (FT8 and FT4), please provide your computer's name! 


 


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 vhfnews@sarl.org.za. 

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 specrev@icasa.org.za and dkuhrau@icasa.org.za 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 admin@amsatsa.org.za 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 artoday@sarl.org.za   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 artoday@sarl.org.za and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at radiozs@sarl.org.za

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 admin@sarl.org.za with a copy to artoday@sarl.org.za


HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 30 May 2020 

DXCC Yearbook. The 2019 ARRL DXCC Yearbook, which includes the Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers and the Annual Listing, is available for viewing and/or downloading on http://www.arrl.org/dxcc. The Annual Listing of DXCC membership contains the callsigns and credited totals for new awards and endorsements during the calendar year period from 1 January through 31 December 2019. The DXCC Honour Roll includes those who are within 9 Entities of the "current" Entity count for Mixed, Phone, CW and Digital modes. As of 31 December 2019, there were 340 Entities on the DXCC List and entry level DXCC Honour Roll was achieved at 331. In order to appear in this Annual List, you must have made a submission during the 2019 calendar year and an active award total must have increased by at least one point. All active Honour Roll members appear automatically, regardless of a submission.

INDEXA Newsletter. The Spring 2020 issue (#129) of the International DX Association's Newsletter is now available for download on the INDEXA website https://indexa.org/newsletters.html. This issue reports on the September 2019 DXpedition to Western Kiribati (T30L) and Nauru (C21WW) conducted by the Latvian team of YL2GM, YL1ZF, YL2KA and YL3JA.

PIRATE ALERT. A station signing A52CP on 20 meters using FT8 has been showing up. This station is a pirate!

Guantanamo Bay, KG4. Miguel, W1SRR will be stationed at Guantanamo Bay "for a minimum of 9 months from June 2020 to March 2021" and in his spare time will be active as KG4MA. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF bands and especially 6 metres; he is learning CW and plans to give that mode a try. QSL route to be announced.

Germany, DL. Volker, DL1WH will be active holiday style as DL1WH/p from Sylt Island (EU-042) between 7 and 19 June. He will operate mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

France, F. Te Radio Club "Jean Bart" of Dunkirk (F6KMB) will be active as TM80DYN from 25 May to 8 June. QSL via F6KMB. The special call sign commemorates the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of 338,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk during World War II.

France, F. Michel, F8GGZ will be active as TM50PSG on 3 to 6 and 16 to 20 June and again on 23 to 28 July. The special call sign is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Paris Saint-Germain F.C., the most successful French professional football (soccer) club in history.

England, G. Look for GB2CDK to be active on 1-12 June to mark the 150th anniversary since the death of Charles Dickens (9 June 1870), the greatest novelist of the Victorian era whose works are still widely read today. QSL via operator's instructions.

Canada, VE. Although the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal has been cancelled, Jean, VE2JCW will be active as VE2SPEED between 1 and 30 June. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or direct to VE2JCW.

USA, W. The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum in Baltimore (MD) (http://www.k3nem.org/) will be active as W2W in commemoration of the anniversary of D-Day and the role of electronics in World War 2. Primary operation will be on 6 and 7 June, with additional operation possible on 3 to 5 and 8 to 10 June as operator availability permits. QSL direct to K3NEM.


Get your weekly copy of HF Happenings at www.sarl.org.za/hf_happenings.asp 

Daily frequency predications: https://spaceweather.sansa.org.za/products-and-services/frequency-predictions/daily-frequencies Bloemfontein - Cape Town; Cape Town – Durban; Cape Town – NVIS; Cape Town – Pretoria; Durban – Pretoria; Pietersburg – Pretoria; Pretoria - NVIS

7 day frequency predications https://spaceweather.sansa.org.za/products-and-services/frequency-predictions/public-service-information Hermanus – Antarctica; Durban - Cape Town; Port Elizabeth – Pretoria; Pretoria – Auckland; Pretoria - Cape Town; Pretoria – Durban; Pretoria – Frankfurt; Pretoria - New Delhi; Pretoria - New York; Pretoria - San Francisco 

Southern African Fauna and Flora https://zsfaunaandflora.wordpress.com/

Contacts with stations on the African continent count towards the SARL’s All Africa Award www.sarl.org.za/public/awards/awards.asp

Worldwide List of HF Beacons https://iaruhfbeacons.wordpress.com/ 


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS - FOCUS ON VHF with ZS6YZ 17 May 2020 

VHF, 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 and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - Send your record claim to zssixnk@gmail.com


Focus on VHF and Above 10 May 2020 

News on activities on the VHF and above bands is very scarce this week. 

At the time of writing this program, conditions along the West Coast are improving and Koos ZS3JPY has put out a request for the West Coast guys to make a concerted team effort on Saturday morning to try and see if they can get comms with Brazil on digital modes. Garry ZD7GWM also let Koos know that he will be on the air on FT8. 

It is also very heart warming to see that Koos ZS3JPY’s health is improving and that he is again becoming active along the West Coast. 

Inland the 46 Group are also busy on digital modes most mornings and anyone who wants to get their digital modes up and running should be on the air in the mornings and look out for Carl ZS6CBQ, Rickus ZS4A and the other regulars on the bands. Carl and Rickus will assist anyone who needs assistance to get the digital modes operational on the VHF and above bands. 

On Thursday evening a couple of the HAMNET Gauteng guys were on the air again with JS8Call. We did not manage to make contact on HF, but had good comms on VHF with vertical antennas. We again practised sending, receiving and relaying messages and trying out the different facilities that JS8Call provides. I even managed to improve my signal from behind the Magaliesberg by temporarily mounting my AMSAT SA Dual band Yagi antenna on the mast attached to my vehicle. Improved my signal into the West Rand by a whole 7dB. I previously reported that when we were working JS8Call that after a while of operating, our signals started to drift. This week, I ran a fan across the rear heatsink of the FT-857D and it appears to have helped, as the drifting was significantly better as well. 

Tell us about your long distance contacts on VHF and above at vhfnews@sarl.org.za 

Do you have a beacon on any of the VHF and above bands? 

We would like to request that all beacon owners send updated details of their beacons to Phillip ZS6PVT at zs6pvt@gmail.com. Phillip is the SARL Councillor responsible for Repeater Co-ordination and VHF/UHF Band Planning. 

There are two VHF beacons here on the Highveld that we need reception reports on. If you hear either of the following beacons, send us an email with the beacon heard, your callsign, your grid location, local time and the signal report to vhfnews@sarl.org.za 

ZS6JON on 144.440 MHz

ZS0BET on 144.425 MHz 

The Bethlehem beacon’s second antenna is currently pointing in the direction of Durban. We are looking for reports from KZN as well. 

Well that is all for this week. Let us know what interesting project you or your group are busy with at vhfnews@sarl.org.za. 

Focus on VHF and above is compiled, edited and presented for Amateur Radio Today by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ.`


Focus on VHF and Above 10 May 2020

 Audio version

The later half of this week again saw exceptional tropoducting along the West Coast and the guys certainly had a field day. Here is a report filed by our West Coast correspondent, Charles ZS1CF. 

Charles says” Our guys living at the coast are blessed with a phenomena called tropoducting. Tropoducting is formed when mist is building up and catching warm air.  A temperature inversion occurs and it forms a "tunnel" in which a VHF signal can travel vast distances.

We always monitor William Hepburn's tropospheric ducting forecast.

This is how it looked on Friday 8 May 2020:-

 

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We immediately knew that 2m contacts were possible, and Naz, ZS1NAZ contacted Gary ZD7GWM by telephone.  

At 15h00 local time Gary was on the air!!

The following stations made contact:-

1.         ZS1FC, Chris in Jacobsbaai

2.         ZS1NAZ, Naz in Goodwood Cape Town

3.         ZS3JPY, Koos in Kleinzee

4.         ZS1CF, Charles in Langebaan

5.         V51WC, Willie in Swakopmund

6.         ZS3CVB, Cobus in Port Nolloth

7.         V51HZ, Heinrich in Walvis Bay 

Listen to the exceptional quality of the QSOs

 

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Is it not incredible!!!  FM simplex over a distance of 3 000km with S9 signal reports!! 

West Coast greetings, Charles” 

Charles, many thanks for the great report of the activities along the West Coast and well done to everyone who made contacts with St Helena. Charles regularly sends in reports to VHF News for me to broadcast. 

Inland the bands were also good. Ronald ZS6RWC reported the Bethlehem beacon ZS0BET 59 on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning the Bethlehem beacon was reported S9+20 by Carl ZS6CBQ in Krugersdorp. Johan ZS6AWL also reported the ZS0BET beacon S2 in Klerksdorp.

Carl also reported hearing Marius ZS4MK S9+20. Neil ZS6NEB and Johan ZS6AWL, both from Klerksdorp, being reported 57 and 53 in Roodepoort by Koos ZS6KSG. 

Tell us about your long distance contacts on VHF and above at vhfnews@sarl.org.za 

For those VHF enthusiasts that play with SSTV, there is now new SSTV software called YONIQ. 

Eugenio Fernández EA1ADA reports that YONIQ, a modern version of the popular Slow Scan TV software MMSSTV, is now available. 

Eugenio says “we are excited to finally be able to offer the entire radio community the revamped MMSSTV with the nickname YONIQ also in English. 

Due to demand, we have prepared the YONIQ version in two languages, English and Spanish. It has been a laborious job but with surprising results” 

Some of the improvements that YONIQ offers include: 

• Both English and Spanish languages supported

• Equipment control through the Omni-Rig system

• Independent memory system

• Download data directly from QRZ.com

• Logbook compatibility with support for JTDX, WSJTX, etc

• Indication of the percentage of image sent and received

• Improved image reception settings

• Modern visual interface 

You can download YONIQ from the link  http://radiogalena.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/MMSSTV_YONIQ.zip 

Do you have a beacon on any of the VHF and above bands? 

We would like to request that all beacon owners send updated details of their beacons to Phillip ZS6PVT at zs6pvt@gmail.com. Phillip is the SARL Councillor responsible for Repeater Co-ordination and VHF/UHF Band Planning. 

There are two VHF beacons here on the Highveld that we need reception reports on. If you hear either of the following beacons, send us an email with the beacon heard, your callsign, your grid location, local time and the signal report to vhfnews@sarl.org.za

 ZS6JON on 144.440 MHz

ZS0BET on 144.425 MHz 

The Bethlehem beacon’s second antenna is currently pointing in the direction of Durban. We are looking for reports from KZN as well. 

Thank you Michael ZS4MJB from Kroonstad for your report on the ZS6JON beacon. Michael received the beacon 3/5 at 09:00 local tone on Saturday 8 May. 

Well that is all for this week. Let us know what interesting project you or your group are busy with at vhfnews@sarl.org.za.

Focus on VHF and above is compiled, edited and presented for Amateur Radio Today by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ.


Focus on VHF and Above 3 May 2020 

Audio version  

Today, we report on a new station that has come on the air on VHF from Vryburg in the North West. 

Rudi ZS3DT had finished the installation of his 10 element Yagi on his tower on 28 April 2020. The next morning at 06:00 UTC he tuned into 144.300 MHz USB beaming East from his QTH at grid KG23IB and heard someone on the air.

After moving the antenna around a bit, he managed to receive Pierre ZS4PF from Welkom, Michael ZR4MF from Bloemfontein, Dick ZS6BUN from Nigel, Neil ZS6NEB from Klerksdorp and finally Ronald ZS6RVC from Northcliff at 08:42 UTC with a S7-8. Rudy says all the reports received were good. 

The next day, on 1 May at 06:41 UTC Rudi made contact with Carl ZS6CBQ from Krugersdorp, receiving Carl a good 5/6. At 09:02 UTC he made contact with Andre ZS3AG from Kimberley. Rudi says “It is clear from above that inland conditions are good for long distance contacts on VHF. Distances will be influenced by change in temperatures early morning” 

Carl ZS6CBQ, also sent me a report and calculated the distances that Rudi worked:

ZS4PF  Pierre in Welkom  - 233km

ZR4MF Michael in Bloemfontein – 278 km

ZS6RVC  Ronald Northcliff Roodepoort – 334 km

ZS6BUN Dick in Nigel – 383 km

ZS6CBQ Carl Krugersdorp – 318 km

ZS3AG Andre Kimberley - 199 km 

Carl says “This morning 1st May, I worked Rudi at about 08:30, the signals were not as good as yesterday. His report was good readability 5 Signal strength S1 and he gave me S 5-6 on a peak. Ronald ZS6RVC was monitoring and he reported that Rudi was just in and out of the noise at his side.” 

Carl goes on to say “Rudi activated a new grid square for us KG23IB this will help in the next VHF/UHF contest. Maybe we can start thinking of changing our group name to The 346 VHF /UHF Long Distance Group.” 

Rudi is using a ICOM IC-910 and a 10 element Yagi. 

 

Well done Rudi, this is a great achievement and it is nice to see more and more amateurs exploring the VHF and above bands.

 

We reported in Focus on VHF and Above 24 March 2019 that Rudi ZS3DT from Vryburg was on holiday in Port Nolloth and was listening to Garry ZD7GWM with a handheld radio and an AMSAT SA Yagi. I think the VHF bug bit him there.

 

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Carl ZS6CBQ has also posted a link on the 46 Long Distance VHF/UHF WhatsApp group where one can download an Azimuthal map centred on your QTH. Very useful to know where to point your Yagi. The link is  https://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html

 

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Along the West Coast it looks like the conditions over this weekend was again good. Tom ZS1TA reported fog on the West Coast on Saturday morning.

 

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The Hepburn forecast agrees that conditions should be good.

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Monday evening and Tuesday morning should also be good along the West and South Coast of the Cape.

 

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Don’t forget to send your report on your long distance VHF and UHF contacts to vhfnews@sarl.org.za

 

Beacons are a great way to determine if the bands are open and that is one of the reasons that we develop and install beacons across the country.  A good beacon needs to be reliable. We do not always know whether beacons are running and in what direction their antennas are pointing. We simply think that if we do not hear a beacon that the conditions are bad, but it could be that the beacon is off air. We need to have a definitive list of beacons that are operational that needs to be actively managed. By this we mean that if your beacon is off the air then we need to know about as well.

 

We would like to request that all beacon owners send updated details of their beacons to Phillip ZS6PVT at zs6pvt@gmail.com. Phillip is the SARL Councillor responsible for Repeater Co-ordination and VHF/UHF Band Planning.

 

There are two VHF beacons here on the Highveld that we need reception reports on. If you hear either of the following beacons, send us an email with the beacon heard, your callsign, your grid location, local time and the signal report to vhfnews@sarl.org.za

 

ZS6JON on 144.440 MHz

ZS0BET on 144.425 MHz

 

The Bethlehem beacon’s second antenna is currently pointing in the direction of Durban. We are looking for reports from KZN as well. The VHF Work group who planned, built and installed the Bethlehem beacon are considering turning the antenna pointing to KZN towards the West where there seems to be more VHF activity. 

Well that is all for this week. Let us know what interesting project you or your group are busy with at vhfnews@sarl.org.za.  

Focus on VHF and above is compiled, edited and presented for Amateur Radio Today by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ.


 


MORSE CODE NEWS WITH ZS6MWS 

Four CW Contacts per Day Certificates

 The ZS-CW group have started a new initiative to get more people active on CW on all bands, this will get you a certificate at the end of the year. Make four CW contacts per day and qualify for the following certificates: 200 to 250 days - Bronze certificate, 250 to 300 days - Silver Certificate and 300 plus days - Gold Certificate. Send proof of your contacts by Excel log submission to Mike, ZS6MSW (zs6msw@gmail.com) or Andy, ZS6ADY (andyzs6ady@vodamail.co.za).

 Switzerland, HB9. HB40HTC and HB40HC are active for the Helvetia Telegraphy Club that is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. QSL via bureau and LoTW. A special activity programme - the HB Open CW Activity (HB-OCWA) Award - will be in place throughout the year to mark the anniversary, help activate the special callsigns and also "inspire amateur radio operators in Switzerland and elsewhere to increase CW activity on the HF bands. The intent of the award is to encourage and reward them for conducting sustained CW conversations rather than short-duration CW signal reports". https://hb-ocwa.ch/

Serbia, YU. Look for YT50SCWC by the Serbian CW Club to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Operation during 2020. QSL via YU1MM, direct or bureau, LoTW, Club Log OQRS.

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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.

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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 .

 
   

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