SOLAR WIND ADVISORY: Solar wind speeds are expected to increase later today or (more likely) tomorrow when Earth enters a fast-moving stream of solar wind. First contact could trigger a G1-class geomagnetic storm (60% chance, according to NOAA) and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle
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 February 2017
SARLNUUS met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC luister/laaiaf hier
SARLNEWS with Dennis Green ZS4BS download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Froenendaal ZS6AKV download/listen here or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here
South African Radio League Website Development - SARL President, Nico van Rensburg clarified the situation with regard to the League website. There have been a number of comments and statements made recently with regard to the League website. This statement serves to clarify the situation.
The current South African Radio League website is fully functional and serves the members as intended.
The Council is presently undertaking a review of the Information Technology systems used by the League to serve its members and the broader amateur radio community. Part of the review is to determine ways in which the League website and services on the website can be brought up to date and take advantage of the advances in the use of social media.
Council has established a working group to prepare a Requirements Specification setting out the South African Radio League IT requirements going forward. Council will consult with the Members before the specification is finalised and the go ahead given to begin the technical work of developing an updated platform.
The President also said that the Webmaster has been able to negotiate reduced hosting and service rates for the existing infrastructure until such time as a formal project plan with the appropriate costing has been put in place.
SDR workshop in Cape Town on 25 March 2017 - Following on a very successful symposium on Software Defined Radio held in Gauteng towards the end of last year a similar event will be presented by AMSAT SA in the Cape on Saturday 25 March 2017 at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
The programme includes topics relevant to amateur radio, and will provide some background on SDR. A practical approach of how to use readily available dongles in conjunction with your PC to set up a receiving system operational from the low MHz frequencies up to nearly 2GHz. will be described
To give attendees an insight into the development of such systems some of the software available to perform this task will be demonstrated. Hardware availability suitable for the development of embedded systems required for standalone transmitters and receivers will be introduced.
Looking at the rapid development of radio communication, and the future challenges within this field of technology, it is of importance for young as well as established Radio Amateurs to keep abreast thereof. More details and registration form soon
RSGB HANDBOOK NOW AVAILABLE IN SA- The new RSGB Radio Communication Handbook is now avaiable in South Africa. Also available are the ARRL 2017 Handbook (hardcover version) and Low Band DXing. For a list of books locally stocked and a mailorder from click here. SARL Members get up to 10% discount .
RAE Examination details for 2017 - It's the time of year again when clubs get ready to run RAE courses. This year sees a major change in the day of the exam. In the past, the exam was always written on Thursday evenings, but this year the RAE exam will be written on Saturday mornings starting from 10:00 to 13:00. This should make it easier for the candidates who can't always make the exam, due to work pressures.
The RAE dates for 2017 are as follows:
21 January 2017 - RAE registration process opens.
15 April 2017 - RAE registration closes.
20 May 2017 - RAE examination (Saturday morning)
14 July 2017 - RAE registration process opens.
16 September 2017 - RAE registration closes.
21 October 2017 - RAE examination (Saturday morning)
4 Bursaries available for under 26 to study for class A - If you are under 26 and planning to study for the Class A amateur radio examination there are bursaries available.. For more detail and application forms click here.
HAVE YOU PAID YOUR LICENCE?- You are advised to make sure that you have paid your amateur radio license for this year. If not it is recommended that you do it without delay. ICASA is not obliged to send out statements, the onus is on the license holder. If you have not paid for the 2016/2017 year, pay R559 and you are covered for this year and the next 4 years with no increases. The fee for the current 2016/2017 year is R134.
ICASA is in the process of implementing an ICASA Council decision to cancel all licenses that are not renewed within 30 days of 1 April. While still in the implementation planning stage make sure you have paid this year’s licence fee. Failing do so will mean that you may have to apply for a new license. You may just find that some else has applied and obtained your callsign.
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 email@example.com. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at firstname.lastname@example.org
Display (cameo) on home page - 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
Radio ZS Strip advertisement, 10 cm x 2 columns on top of the page - R100 pm - R500 for 6 months - R1 000 per annum
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (as above) - R550 pm - R2 700 for 6 months - R4 900 per annum
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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 email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org