GEOMAGNETIC STORM TODAY: As predicted, a high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth's magnetic field today. Since it arrived on 27 September the stream has sparked G1- and G2-class geomagnetic storms and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. NOAA forecasters say the storms could intensify today (28 September) as the stream reaches peak speeds in excess of 700 km/s.
DECEMBER IS YOTA MONTH - From Thursday 1 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, the annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event takes place and YOTA stations will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other. This is an excellent opportunity to get young amateurs in their teens and early 20s to talk with their counterparts on the air
This is not a formal contest, but a way to get young people on the air and to let them realize that there are hundreds of other peers around the world that feel just the same as they do about the hobby. The main aim is to get our youngsters on the air and for them to make contact with youngsters all over the world. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs to run a demonstration at a local school or church or to gather together with our amateur friends at the club and display this great hobby to our South African youth!
The SARL will once again register as a Region 1 Member Society participant and obtain the special call sign ZS9YOTA that will be registered as an educational call sign for use by clubs and individuals during December. Details pertaining to bookings for the special call sign will be made available during November. For any additional information or possible questions please forward your e-mails to Koos, ZR6KF, at email@example.com or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL, at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will provide you with much more information and will answer any questions.
SARLNUUS: SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY -listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs.
Sunday 25 September 2016
SARLNUUS met John Keulder ZS6BXL luister/laaiaf hier
SARLNEWS with Dennis Green ZS4BS download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC download/listen here or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here
NINE NEW RADIO AMATEURS - Cameron Eales ZS6CYE (photo insert) the President of the High School Jeugland Radio Club - ZR6JRC is proud to announce that a group of 9 members passed the class B RAE last week Saturday after attending Saturday classes for a period of 10 weeks.
The high school youth club was founded in March 2016 and this is the first group to pass the class B RAE. Jeugland Radio Club is affiliated to the SARL and the club committee, in its entirety, consists of the youngster’s them-selves managing all activities. The group in no particular order are Nadia Fourie ZU6NF; Maryna Coetzer ZU6MC - Secretary; Tiaan Badenhorst ZU6BAD; Zhaques Labushagne ZU6ZJN; Ulrich Troskie ZU6ULI - Treasurer; Tiaan Harmse ZU6TRH; Cullen Bailey ZU6CUL – Vice-President; Dantè Eliott ZU6DJE and Dewald Harmse ZU6DRH. To the nine new radio amateurs welcome to the wonderful world of amateur radio. We wish them all the most enjoyable experiences in discovering all the various aspects of this great hobby and for the future that amateur radio can offer.
THE GEOMAGNETIC BLITZ OF SEPTEMBER 1941: Seventy-five years ago today, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater. The untold story of this remarkable event has just been published in a lively article by two space weather researchers.
Jamboree on the Air 15 – 17 October - Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE is the newly appointed National JOTA JOTI Coordinator for SCOUTS South Africa. JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) is in its 59th Year, and amateurs and Clubs are needed to assist with setting up HF stations for either a day or the full weekend for Scout Groups around the country. This great annual event takes place on the 15 - 17 Oct 2016 which really increases youth interest in our hobby. Please contact Richard, ZS6RKE at email@example.com or on 0828015006 for all related information including a list of Scout groups in your area.
Spring QRP Contest
On Saturday 1 October, you can participate in the South African Radio League's Spring QRP Contest. The contest will be run from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC with CW and phone activity on 160 to 10 metres using 5 watts or less. During the first hour, stations may only operate on 40 metres; thereafter they may use the other HF contest bands.
The exchange is an RS or RST report and your grid locator. Each QSO counts one point, but please check the rules in the 2016 Blue Book for the multipliers. Send your log and summary sheet by midnight on 9 October to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember the photo of your station in action that must be sent with your log.
2016 ARRL Handbook one copy available - One copy of 2016 and two copies of the 2015 ARRL Hambook are available. SARL members take 20% if you order this week.
The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has tone copy of the 2016 ARRL Handbook in stock. Also amongst new arrivals is the McGraw Hill Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. Visit www.amateurradio.org.za for details and an orderform
ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - From 2017 amateurs over 25 years old who hold a ZU license cannot renew their licence. ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in October 2016. That will be the last opportunity.
The revised regulation stipulates that persons under 20 years old can write the class B examination and if successful can hold a ZU or class B license until 25 years old after which, if they would like to continue with Amateur Radio, have to sit the class A examination to qualify for a class A (ZS/ZR license).
During the discussion stage of this new regulation the SARL was requested to approach ICASA to review their decision, which the SARL did on two occasions when ICASA invited comments on their proposal. ICASA strongly believes that the class B license prime purpose was to create opportunities for young people to enter Amateur Radio and based on that premises implemented the new regulation.
The SARL requested ICASA to allow a reasonable period for ZU licences over 25 to upgrade. ICASA agreed to this and set the final date as 31 March 2017.. If you are over 25 and still hold a ZU do not loose out. Write the October examination. Tutorial materials is available free of charge. Download here