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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads

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It’s that time of year again where we aren’t exactly sure why we’re celebrating Black Friday in South Africa but we’re definitely not complaining about all the deals!

Apparently it marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season in Europe and the USA, a sale of the year event!

We have SARL membership up for grabs for R99-00.

This is membership until 30 June 2018 the end of the SARL financial year.

For Friday only and only via an EFT payment. Forward your proof of payment of R99-00 with your callsign as reference to admin@sarl.org.za

An excellent opportunity to join the SARL


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SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY - listen to  these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. 

Sunday 19 November 2017

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AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC listen   here  or for more details click here 


ZD7VC TO RUN A 144 MHz BEACON ON ST. HELENA ISLAND – Bruce Salt, ZD7VC, is willing to operate an omnidirectional 144 MHz beacon on St. Helena Island. Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, will supply the transmitter and antenna, and Marcos PY1MHZ in Brazil is constructing the keyer. Pieter needs some extra donations in the form of solar panels etc, and a donation towards airfreight costs. This will open up a new VHF world across the Atlantic for the West Coast and even inland. The first Airlink service from South Africa has just inaugurated the new airport built on top of a mountain sponsored by Britain.  Please contact Pieter V51PJ for further information.  


SDR Workshop in CT well attended - Following on the first SDR Conference hosted by CPUT in Belville, a second Workshop was arranged by AMSAT SA in conjunction with the SARL. This took place on Saturday the 4th of November this year, at the conference venue of the Oakdale Club in Bellville.

The general principles of SDR, spelled out at the first conference, was put into practice at this Workshop. Here participants were introduced to the set-up of the now very popular RTL-SDR dongle as a receiving module in conjunction with a PC. The required software packages for the manipulation of the received RF signals were supplied ready for use on a memory stick, and a step by step process were followed by Johan, ZS1RX and George, ZS1GFL, in explaining all that was necessary for the setup of the system. It did not take long before spectrum and waterfall displays appeared on the laptop screens.

As with our previous conference, radio amateurs active in the well-established small satellite space industry in the Western Cape, were also in attendance. This further strengthened our ties with the broader space community where communication by means of software systems are becoming the norm.


SARL SUBMITS 5 MHZ Propagation Report to ICASA - The report covers observations using WSPR and Propagation  charts covering April to June 2017. The report was compiled and edited by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV with input from Stewart Moss ZS6SGM  and Vince Harrison ZS6BTY. Download it from here


 

What to do if your licence has been cancelled - Your first action must be to contact ICASA to determine your exact situation. The SARL does not have this information. See ICASA contact details click here.

Before following up with ICASA please have the following information available:  Licence number,  Copy of your most recent licence received,  Proof of payment of any payments made. If a cancellation is found to be as a result of an ICASA error - the licence will be re-instated.

However where this has been due to a payment oversight ICASA is taking a hard line and will require you to re-apply for a new licence. For more information on licensing and payment of licences click here to download a comprehensive doocument 


RADIOZS -The November 2017 issue of Radio ZS is available for download from the Members Only section.

The 3DA0MB EME Expeditiion, click here 


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 radiozs@sarl.org.za. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at artoday@sarl.org.za

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HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS/3 18 November 2017 

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Are you passionate about amateur radio? I am! 

Mauritania, 5T. Fawaz, A92AA and Obaid, A61M will be active as 5T1A and 5T1R from Nouakchott, Mauritania between 20 November and 20 December. QSLs via A92AA. Between 1 and 7 December they will be joined by Ahmed, 5T2AI (9K2AI) and be active as 5T5TI (https://5t5ti.blogspot.com/) from Tidra Island (AF-050). They will operate SSB and FT8 on 40 to 10 meters. QSL via NI5DX (direct only), plus LoTW; logsearch on Club Log.

Togo, 5V. John, N9MDH is active as 5V1JE from Lome, Togo until around the end of May 2018. He operates digital modes and some SSB on 80 to 10 m, with a focus on 30 and 20 metres. Plans are to upload the log to LoTW.

Uganda, 5X. Andy, DL3YM will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as 5X8B from Uganda, probably in the SOAB LP category. QSL via LoTW or home call (direct only, as he will confirm all QSOs automatically via the bureau).

Cyprus, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM will be active as ZC4MK from Avdimou Beach, UK Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus between 5 and 12 December. QSL via home call, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW.

Canada, VE. The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 December 1917. The blast devastated the Richmond district of Halifax, killing 2 000 people and injuring more than 9 000. Commemorating those tragic events, the Halifax ARC has been issued the special call CK100VDA for the period 2 to 10 December. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau and LoTW; direct cards should be sent to VA1YL.

India, VU. Datta, VU2DSI will be active as AU2JCB from 23 November to 11 December to celebrate the birthdate of Indian physicist and radio pioneer Jagadish Chandra Bose. Look for activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via VU2DSI (direct).

Suriname, PZ. Four members (AA7A, G4FON, G4IRN and KY7M) of the Voodoo Contest Group (http://voodoocontestgroup.com/) will be active as PZ5V from Suriname between 19 and 28 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via M0URX's OQRS and LoTW.

Antigua, V2. Bud, AA3B will be active again as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between 22 and 27 November. Main activity will be during the CQ WW DX CW Contest; outside the contest he might give RTTY a try. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, eQSL or via AA3B (direct or bureau).

Equatorial Guinea, 3C0L & 3C1L. Yuris, YL2GM and Kaspars, YL3AIW have uploaded the last part of their 3C1L log to Club Log, this log contains 43 612 QSOs with 14 811 unique calls. About 1 400 QSOs were made on 9 and 10 October, the rest from 27 October to 12 November. While on Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea they operated CW (77,41%), SSB (17,83%) and RTTY (4,76%). Between 13 and 25 October they were active as 3C0L from Annobon Island (AF-039). They made 32 447 QSOs with 11 783 unique calls on CW (79,87%) and SSB (20,13%). QSL for both operations via ClubLog's OQRS (direct or bureau), or direct to YL2GN; email requests for bureau cards can be sent to yl2gn@lral.lv. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW in six months' time.

Liberia, 5L3BI. The 5L3BI team are now able to share the actual difficulties they encountered during their attempt of activating Baiyah Island (AF-111), "Had we failed? Yes. Had we escaped without any injuries or harm? Yes. Did we make the right decision? Yes. Will we attempt it again in the future? No", they say, because "after experiencing and witnessing so much of local customs, none of the team are prepared to put themselves into this situation again". The full story is well worth a reading, and can be found on https://dx-world.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/5L3BI-story-pdf.pdf.

"We are ever so thankful to those DX Groups, Foundations and individuals who have already requested for us to keep their donations and to use towards the expense of this project. We also invite anyone who has made a donation and would like it returned to please contact us (dxer59@gmail.com) in the first instance so we can make arrangements to repay it as soon as possible".


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 19 November 2017 

# Link to SARL VHF, UHF & MICROWAVES DX TABLE Click here 

FREQUENCY OR WAVELENGTH? – What is the correct term to use in modern times, is it frequency or wavelength? In the 1920’s when AM broadcasting started all radio dials were only calibrated in wavelengths, and radio amateurs operated only on wavelengths measured in metres. This continued until 1927 when the International Telegraph Union (International Telecommunications Union) held the first International Radiotelegraph Convention of Washington. This is where they allocated the frequency bands with the wavelengths for the five official radio services, Broadcasting, Maritime Mobile, Fixed, Mobile and Amateur. Somewhere along the line the ITU and the IARU dropped wavelengths, and all their bandplans are only given in frequency of megahertz, ICASA has adopted the same method in their bandplans. If we compare the frequency bands with the wavelength bands we find quite a number of errors, for example the 7 MHz band is actually in the 41 metre band, while 21 MHz band is in the 14 metre band next to the 13 metre shortwave broadcasting band. Today all dials of receivers or transceivers are only calibrated in frequencies. 

WATCH OUT FOR NEW REUNION ISLAND STATION FR8QP ON 144,300 MHz – Vincent ZS6BTY informed us about a new VHF member on the Forum. He is Alain FR8QP on Reunion Island, who is 69 years old, retired and passionate about VHF transmission and reception, but he is not fluent in English and uses a translator. His antenna is pointed daily to South Africa and listens on 144,300 MHz and is equipped for RTTY, JT65, FT8 and CW. 

Philippe FR5DN has been worked regularly on 144 MHz and also on 432 MHz during the past number of years along the East Coast of South Africa. So Alain you should have no problem in working South African stations during a good opening on Tropo Ducting. 

WEATHER CONDITIONS ALONG THE EAST COAST ARE POOR AGAIN –  On Monday evening (13 Nov.) ZS2FM listened for John ZS2AH at East London but could not hear a trace of his signal. John did not hear anything either as a thunderstorm was raging in their area. On the previous evening ZS2AH was just audible above the noise in Port Elizabeth on 144 MHz Tropo Scatter with QSB, but no QSO. Tropo Scatter requires a high gain Yagi antenna and at least 100 Watts of power, but is normally present when there are no openings on Tropo Enhancement or Ducting. 

NEWLY DISCOVERED EXOPLANET COULD BE HOME TO ALIEN LIFE – Whether life exists beyond Planet Earth is still a mystery – but if aliens really are out there, there's a good chance they'll be found on Ross 128b. The newly discovered exoplanet seems to have all the right qualities for extra-terrestrial existence. That's according to findings by astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla site in Chile, which discovered the exoplanet using the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) instrument Details of their remarkable discovery are explained in a paper which is scheduled to be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Among those details, you'll find that Ross 128b isn't just any old exoplanet. 

For starters, Ross 128b's host star, referred to as a “quiet” M dwarf by the study’s authors, has been very kind to the exoplanet. The seven-billion-year-old star's rotation has slowed through the years, meaning it doesn't subject Ross 128b to powerful stellar flares like younger, faster-spinning stars do. This increases the chances for the exoplanet to provide a hospitable environment for things (or people, or aliens, or whatever) living on its surface. But the benefits of Ross 128b don't end there. It also orbits at just the right distance from its parent to allow astronomers to believe it could host liquid water, depending on its atmospheric conditions. Hopefully the mystery of alien life will be solved if the SKA can pick up alien radio signals when it comes on stream in 2024.


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 13 October 2017 

Scandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

 

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible. Bands: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htmScandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible. Bands: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

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