NEXT STEPS FOR SARL ICASA MOU and 5MHz - Current cooperation between the SARL and ICASA has far outstripped the original MOU between the two organisations and was last year brought up-to-date. However due to the restructuring of ICASA and various delays in amending the ICASA delegation of authority, the signing of the MOU was delayed. While the new MOU was agreed between the SARL and the ICASA licensing structure it had to go through a new review process including various departments. This process is now at the point where the MOU is on the agenda of the next ICASA Operations Committee. After approval it will then be submitted to the ICASA Council for final approval and signature.
In a parallel process the SARL recommendations for 5 MHz allocation presented to ICASA earlier this year, has now received approval from the frequency spectrum department and a document is in preparation for submission to the Operating Committee. The SARL proposal seeks the continued use of 5290 kHz for the WSPR propagation experiment and a secondary allocation of 100 kHz range which includes the WRC agreed range of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz and that the power allowed be 26 dBW. The SARL proposed 5350 – 5450 kHz which was the IARU proposal to WRC15.
At WRC15 South Africa and members countries of the African Telecommunications Union supported the proposal. The Russian block was opposed. A compromise was reached to allocate 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz. However many countries, including the Netherlands went ahead and gave their radio amateurs access to the proposed 100 kHz. The South African process is very involved and may well have to include a public consultation process.
SARL AND SENTECH MEETING REPORT BACK - During last week a delegation from Council of the SARL met with representatives of Sentech regarding the future hosting of amateur radio repeaters currently on their high sites. The SARL received a notice of cancellation of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the opportunity to negotiate a new electronic Communications Facilities Master Agreement.
Sentech introduced a facilities leasing policy with a financial budget to meet, which makes it difficult to provide services free of charge. To date repeaters were hosted on Sentech sites free of charge since the original Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in 1996. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss mutual cooperation and in particular the way forward regarding the continued use of Sentech sites for amateur radio repeaters. Both the Sentech and SARL delegates were satisfied with the discussions and a follow up meeting will take place once the action items agreed upon have been addressed including the necessary feedback received.
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 28 August 2016
SARLNUUS met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC luister/laaiaf hier
SARLNEWS with Dave Reece ZS1DFR download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC download/listen here or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here
SA YOTA 2016 TEAM TALKS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN AUSTRIA
The four young Radio Amateurs who represented South Africa at YOTA 2016 in Austria reported back about their experiences. They said they could not believe the tremendous technological development in amateur radio and how their European counter parts had embraced it. They also were amazed at the expert level of using CW as a communications mode. They met on Saturday 13 August at the NARC with the sponsors who assisted with making their visit possible ( with also a lot of financial support from their parents). With YOTA month coming up in December they encourage young Radio Amateurs in South Africa to brush up on their Morse code as with the declining sunspot cycle CW will again become a popular mode. The four, Koos ZR6KF, Michelle ZS6MEM, Rourke ZS6RDH and Ruben ZR6RJV, have great ideas about taking amateur radio to the youth at an excitingly higher level. They would not speak about it but said watch this space.
Left to right the SA YOTA 2016 team with their sponsors : Mario ZS6MAR, Noel ZR6DX (Hammies) SamZS6BRZ, Michelle ZS6MEM,Reuben ZR6RJV, Koos ZR6KF, Rourke ZS6RDH, Nico ZS6SRL, Renier ZS6HOT. Listen to Amateur Radio Today on 21 August for an interview with the four.
Visit www.hamradio.org.za for more on Youth in Amateur Radio
2016 ARRL Handbook is now available - The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has 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