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Inspire young people to take up amateur radio - JOTA JOTI 2019 will be held on the weekend of the 18 to 20 October. This is the largest Scouting event of the year with around 2 million Cubs, Scouts and Guides taking part. Richard Hooper is looking for amateurs to assist with running stations for the events. A simple field station at your local Scout hall, or within a Scouting district is all that is required. Over the last 3 years, we have seen a 400% growth is stations; predominately in Division 6. 

No need to run the whole weekend either, as most of the activity is on the Saturday. If you are keen to get Youth involved in Amateur Radio and give back to your local Scouting community, please contact Richard and he will assist with getting a local troop in contact. Email Richard at


Sunday 16 June 2019

SARLNUUS with John Keulder ZS6BXL luister/laai hier af 

SARLNEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL Listen/download here

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

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

Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur Radio Today is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3620 kHz by Andy Cairns ZS6ADY. Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.  The SARL thanks Andy for coming forward to do the weekly relay. The SARL is inviting more amateurs to come forward to become relay stations. Send your details to 

SARL/AMSAT SA VHF WORKSHOP -  Horizontal vs Vertical antenna polarisation – the debate  Check new date 20 July 2019.  Dick Coates ZS6BUN has carried out extensive technical paper research and reviewed experiential data from world-wide resources and will present his findings and share his own experiences at the workshop. Jan "Pine" Pienaar ZS6OB will talk about Antennas, the most important link in VHF communication and discuss what is really important to look out for. 

Other discussions at the workshop include: Update on the Bethlehem and Karoo two metre beacon projects, the West Coast propagation phenomena, and three quick fire   10-minute sessions covering the Reverse beacon project, increasing levels of the HF noise floor a growing concern and why VHF and UHF have an important future in Amateur Radio.  

The workshop will be held at the SARL National Amateur Radio Centre from 08:30 and ends at 13:30.  Midmorning light refreshments will be served. The registration fee is R50 for SARL and AMSAT SA Members and R100 for non-members. To register get and download the programme click here

The June 2019 Radio ZS is available for download - go to Publications on the menu on the left hand side and click on Radio ZS download.

Only 455 copies of the May 2019 Radio ZS have been downloaded.

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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.

2019 RSGB Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon -The RSGB is pleased to invite all radio amateurs across the world to join us in celebrating the Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales in 2019.  We are organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon for the duration of the competition.

2019/2020 Amateur Radio License fee increase

ICASA has informed the SARL that the licence fee will be increased by 4,7% on 1 April 2019. The new fees will be 

1 Year   -              R 148.00

2 Year   -              R 283.00

3 Year   -              R 406.00

4 Year   -              R 517.00

5 Year   -              R 617.00  

ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2019/2020 period from 4 February 2019. 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.

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. 

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. Now R950.  Delivery via Postnet R120. Special offer  for September and October 2019 free postnet delivery

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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

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Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - R550 pm - R2 750 for 6 months - R4 750 per annum

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All advertisements are playable in advance by EFT to SA Radio League, ABSA, account no 4071 588 849 branch code 632 005

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HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 15 June 2019 

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

Worlswide List of HF Beacons 

The International Lighthouse weekend in August. To date 5 South African Lighthouses appear in the listing on The Cooper Lighthouse in Durban and the Slangkop lighthouse, the Cape Agulhas lighthouse, the Green Point Lighthouse and the Roman Rock lighthouse in the Western Cape. I have heard rumours that the two lighthouses at Saldanha will also be activated in August. There will once again be the 2019 South African Lighthouse Award available for working the various lighthouses.

WRTC 2022. The Qualification Standings for World Radiosport Team Championships 2022 are available on Last updated with the CQ WW WPX SSB 2019 Contest claimed scores, "the Qualification Standings show unofficial points and rankings based on files and communications received from each Contest Organizing Committee", Carlo De Mari, IK1HJS says. "Claimed scores, if available, will be considered until official scores are available. The WRTC 2022 Organizing Committee reserves the right to modify the qualification process to correct errors or provide clarification. Any change will be announced on the WRTC 2022 website. Questions regarding the qualification standings may be submitted to"

Chile, CE. The Grupo YL Zona Norte will operate special call signs CB1SOL (from Iquique) and CB2SOL (from Coquimbo) between 1 and 7 July to mark the solar eclipse that will occur on 2 July. Two teams of YL operators (CE1RFI, CE1RFN, CE1WZM, CA1NCQ and CE2PJH, CA2BRJ, CA2GIV, CA2MEM) will be active on all bands. QSL for both callsigns via CA2MEM.

Palestine, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH ( will be active again as E44WE from Palestine starting on 6 July. He plans to operate SSB, FT8 and/or RTTY on 80 metres (3569 kHz, during the last 2 weeks), 30 m (10145 kHz), 20 m (14095 and 14270 kHz) and 6 m (50317 and 50124 kHz, during the first 2 weeks). QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), or via home call.

Spain, EA. The Asociacion de Radioaficionados de Padron (ASORAPA) will operate special event station AO50MOON between 1 - 30 July to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. QSL via EA1RCI, direct or bureau.

Spain, EA. URE San Fernando (EA7URF) will participate in the official celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the Earth, started in 1519 under the lead of Ferdinand Magellan and completed in 1522 by Juan Sebastian Elcano. Ten special event stations will be active over the next three years, each of them representing a milestone of the voyage. The first one will be AM500SEV, which will be active between 10 and 18 August to memorialize the departure of the expedition from Sevilla on 10 August 1519. QSL via EA7URF (bureau or direct), LoTW and eQSL.

Laos, XW. Bruce, 3W3B will be active again as XW4XR from Laos from 26 June to 7 July. He will operate CW, FT8 and RTTY on 40 to 6 metres. QSL via LoTW or via E21EIC.

Market Reef, OJ0. DS4EOI, JE6HIB, JH4RHF and W5XU will be active as OJ0O from Market Reef (EU-053) between 17 and 24 August, including participation in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on 17 and 18 August. QSL via OE1ZKC.


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 - latest version 10 June 2019. Updates to

Focus on VHF and Above 9 June 2019

 Audio version

We have previously in tutorials spoken about the various propagation modes. 

Bernie ZS4TX sent VHF news an email this week with some great information which I’m going to use as an introduction to how do you identify what VHF mode of propagation you may be experiencing and what it sounds like on the radio. 

The ZS5KT beacon is being heard very well in Bloemfontein. Bernie says “I have been hearing the ZS5KT 144.420 CW beacon from grid KF50MF in grid KG30BX almost all the time during the few days I have been monitoring since I was alerted about the beacon being active.” The ZS5KT beacon has a 9 element Yagi with an output of 25W and Bernie has a 4 x 14 element Yagi array. The distance between KG30BX & KG50MF is 483.55 km. 

Bernie also attached two screen shots with an audio recording at about the time the screenshots were taken. You need listen carefully and sometimes it may be difficult to hear the changes in the signal, but it will get easier over time.



Bernie says “On the first recording you will hear a short meteor burst at the beginning followed by the normal troposcatter signal. 


Recording 1



On the second recording you will hear the signal enhancement for a few seconds as typically caused by aircraft scatter. The 2nd screenshot of the WSJT waterfall clearly shows the stronger signal and doppler shift caused by the aircraft scatter.


Recording 2 

In the first recording Bernie sent you probably did not recognise the meteor burst. So what do meteor scatter bursts sound like? 

Here is a recording of more pronounced meteor scatter pings recorded during the Leonids meteor shower in 2002. You will clearly hear the pings when the ionisation of the air takes place and then a burst of radio activity being reflected or scattered by the ionisation. 



Here is another recording of some meteor scatter bursts 



and lastly one of two short FSK441 meteor scatter reflections


If you now again carefully listen to the recording sent by Bernie, you will recognise the meteor burst.


Thank you Bernie for this information and thanks to EA6VQ for providing the other MS recordings.


The screenshots and recordings are available on the SARL web page.


Next week we will listen to another VHF and above propagation mode. 

Now for some VHF and above news.

For those of you who like to play with Slow Scan TV or SSTV, the Raspberry Pi magazine, MagPi has a very nice article that describes how to set up a Raspberry Pi and a RTL-SDR dongle to receive SSTV pictures from the International Space Station. Follow the link 

The ISS regularly transmits SSTV images on the downlink frequency of 145.800 MHz. To find out when the ISS will be making SSTV transmissions keep an eye on the Amateur Radio on International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV blog page at 

Talking about satellites, Lightsail-2 is scheduled for launch June 22 and will have a Beacon on 437.025 MHz 

LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.

This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit. LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 22, 2019, and they will attempt the first, controlled solar sail flight in Earth orbit. 

LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demonstrate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch. 

After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2's four dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.

The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.

For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should raise LightSail 2's orbit by a measurable amount. 

LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular orbit.

At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon. 

Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps data. 

Beacon information is available at:

Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at: 

The VHF workshop will take place on 20 July 2019 at the National Amateur Radio Centre in Honeydew.

The main topic will be: Which is better, Vertical or Horizontal polarisation?

Come to the VHF workshop and listen to what Dick ZS6BUN has to say  about Vertical vs Horizontal propagation.

We are also privileged have a presentation by Jan Pienaar ZS6OB or "Pine" as we all know him, and he will talk about Antennas, the most important link in VHF communication and discuss what is really important to look out for.

There will also be feedback on the progress of the two new beacons, a discussion on the West Coast propagation phenomenon and some quick fire sessions on the Reverse Beacon Project, a growing concern regarding the HF noise levels and why VHF and UHF has an important future in Amateur Radio.

The registration fee is R50 for SARL and AMSAT SA Members and R100 for non-members. For registration and the agenda go to either the AMSAT SA website at or the SARL website 

Looking forward to seeing you there. 

The next meeting of the VHF Work Group will be via Skype at 20:00 on 27 June 2019. If you want to join the VHF Work Group, send us your Skype name to and we will add you to the call.  

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to


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