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The SARL Special General Meeting will be held on Saturday 30 July 2016 at the National Amateur Radio Centre, Gauteng.

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SGM - please advise the SARL if you are attendingThe SARL Special General meeting with be held at the National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 30 July 2016 starting at 10 am. Registration will start at 8 am. Only the items on the SGM agenda published on the web will be discussed.  The agenda is as follows: SGM administrative issues, update on the financial reports, the revised budget, appointment of an auditor, formal announcement of the new council, the ADF and a report on the Hall of Fame.  No other matters can be discussed at an SGM. If you are attending please send an email to to confirm your attendance, this will assist with the arrangements to accommodate everyone. The NARC has seating arrangements for 55 persons. Because of the short nature of the meeting no catering arrangements will be made. If you are not attending please give your proxy to someone who is attending

Strongest solar flare of 2016 - Departing sunspot complex AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23rd, twice, producing two strong solar flares in quick succession. The first @ 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter Scale of Flares. The second @ 0516 UT registered M7.6, making it the strongest flare of 2016 so far. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the flare's extreme ultraviolet flash:


YOTA-ISS CONTACT -In the Youngsters On The Air camp in Austria the first YOTA contact ever was made with the International Space Station. More than 100 young radio amateur from about 30 countries were attending this contact. 20 of the young Ham’s had the chance to talk to astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQThe contact was setup as a telebridge contact via VK4KHZ.



SARL HALL OF FAME NOW ON THE WEB - At the SARL Annual General meeting Awards Dinners the first inductees into the SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame were announced.  A short article on each person is now available on click here 

The SARL Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is on the agenda of the Special General Meeting. Tjerk Lammers ZS6P will explain the election process followed during the first round. He will also table a proposal  to amend the rules to allow for another 10 persons to be inducted at the next AGM. If approved the nomination process will open for the 1917 round shortly after the SGM.

STRIKE ACTION AT ICASA The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has informed SARL  that its staff will embark on an industrial action from Monday, 04 July 2016 until further notice. The spokesperson said that ICASA would like to assure all stakeholders that operations will still continue and that they intend to resolve all staff issues on an expedited basis to ensure that business is back to normal as soon as possible. UPDATE: the strike is now entering its second week. Rumours have it that the strikers have abondoned their Union and are now negotiating directly with ICASA Management.

 SARL NEWS 17 July 2016 

Afrikaans met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC  luister hier

English  with Dave Reece ZS1DFR  Listen here

Amateur Radio Today with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV listen here   or get more details here   . Amateurradio  sal volgende week weer terug wees. 

TIME RUNNING OUT FOR ZU LICENSEES OVER 25 TO UPGRADE TO CLASS A - With the publication of the new radio regulations last year, the much talked about age restriction for ZU license holders was implemented.  The Authority has announced that all persons over 25 years old on 1 April 2017 can no longer renew their ZU 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 


SARL JOINS WRC19 DTPS  WORKING GROUP - On invitation of  the Department of Telecommunication and Postal services (DTPS) the SARL has joined the National Preparatory Working Group for WRC19. The first meeting was held on 9 June 2016 in Pretoria.The working group discussed all the WRC19 agenda items. The SARL will participate in discussions of agenda item 1.7 and 1.1.

Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV will be the rapporteur for agenda item 1.1 which covers the consideration of an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1 in accordance with WRC15 Resolution 658. Resolution 658 invites ITU-R  to study spectrum needs in Region 1 for the amateur service in the frequency band 50-54 MHz taking into account sharing between the amateur service and the mobile, fixed, radiolocation and broadcasting services in order to ensure protection of these services.   

Agenda item 1.7 covers the study of the spectrum needs for telemetry, tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions and  to assess the suitability of existing allocations to the space operation service and  if necessary to consider new allocations, in accordance with Resolution 659 [COM6/19] (WRC-15).The SARL will support ICASA who are the African leaders for this agneda item.


2016/2017 SARL Subscriptions - Invoices for the 2016/2017 will be emailed to members  this week. Please pay your subscription as soon as possible. Please remember on EFTs and Bank deposits to include your name and callsign. To view the new rates click here.

 SARL ANNUAL REPORT  download here

The South African Radio League Hall of Fame -
the SARL Hall of  fame recognises South African licenced radio amateurs who have contributed significantly to amateur radio.  Its purpose is to recognise lasting contributions to the development of amateur radio and to preserve its history in South Africa.  An initial group of inductees was inducted at the 2016 South African Radio League National Convention. The first inductees are Brian Austin, G0GSF (ex ZS6BKW), Mike Bosch, ZS2FM, Chris Burger, ZS6EZ, Iris Hayes, ZS2AA (SK), Gary Immelman, ZS6YI, Tjerk Lammers, ZS6P, Dave Larsen, ZS6DN (SK), John Streeter, ZS1W (SK) and Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV.  Congratulations! (The picture insert:John Streeter who made the first ever radio contact between South Africa and The USA)


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 for details and an orderform 


ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25With the publication of the new radio regulations earlier this year, the much talked about age restriction for ZU license holders was implemented. 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).


HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 17 JULY 2016) 

ILLW reaches 300 registrations. The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend next month has more than 300 registrations so far from 35 countries. The prestigious 300th has been made by the QSY Society, K2QS, for the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse in the Hudson River in New York. Known as the Maid of the Meadows the octagonal wooden tower warns Mariners of the mud flats. Built in 1839 and historically listed the QSY Society K2QS will be activated mainly on 20 metres SSB. The fun-event is held on 20 and 21 August with all registrations and the guidelines on the website To date South Africa has 10 lighthouses registered.


St Paul Island, CY9. CY9C, the 19 to 29 August DXpedition to St Paul Island (NA-094) will set up two operating sites. Five operators, AA4NC, N2IEN, W2RE, WA4DAN and WW2DX, will be on the Northeast Point, a separate island where the lighthouse is located; the other six operators, K4ZLE, K5DHY, K8LEE, N0TG, N8AA and VA3QR, will at Atlantic Cove, the more traditional site for DXpeditions. They will be active on 160 to 6 metres SSB, CW, RTTY (with a dedicated station) plus 2 m EME and Satellite. Log search and OQRS for direct and bureau cards on Club Log; traditional QSL cards via WA4DAN (direct only). All pre-DXpedition donors who work CY9C will receive a QSL automatically. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW “no later than 3 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition". The website for the DXpedition is at


Minami Torishima, JD1_mt. Take, JG8NQJ expects to be back to the weather station on Minami Torishima (OC-073) for a couple of months starting on 19 July. He operates CW and RTTY as JG8NQJ/JD1 in his spare time. QSL via JA8CJY (direct) or JG8NQJ (bureau). QSL & LOTW Status. The final press release for last year's TX3X DXpedition to the Chesterfield Islands is dated 12 July. "OQRS direct confirmation requests are processed weekly. Requests received by mail are processed immediately and queued for mailing in the next weekly cycle. At this time, there are no pending direct card requests. All busted call and Not in Log requests have been researched and answered. The complete log was uploaded to LoTW on 16 April 2016. OQRS bureau requests and cards received via the bureau system were processed and bulk mailed from the United Kingdom to the worldwide QSL bureaus on 11 July 2016. We will continue to process OQRS, direct, bureau requests and research busted call / Not in Log requests as they are received. If you requested a direct card via OQRS or mailed a direct request and have not received your card(s) please email with the details of your QSO(s).”

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 17 July 2016 


THE ICY COLD WEATHER HAS AFFECTED TROPOSPHERIC PROPAGATION ON VHF – This is the coldest winter that we have experienced for many years with many cold fronts coming up from the cold South Atlantic Ocean and crossing the South and East Coasts. Under these conditions the air temperature recorded on the Earth’s surface gradually decreases as the altitude increases, when there are no layers of warm air present that can create temperature inversions, then Tropo Enhancement and Ducting cannot exist. Fortunately the warmer days will start coming back in August and for the next eight months or longer we will enjoy again very strong openings on Tropospheric propagation making very long distance contacts possible on VHF.  

HOW VHF ACTIVITY GOT A KICK-START AGAIN IN PRETORIA – Jaco Cronje, ZR6CMG, at Pretoris posted a very interesting article on the SARL VHF Forum. Here is an excerpt from it: “The vertical antenna is a good starting point to get a feeling for SSB. In the last few weeks various stations from the Pretoria area worked stations in Krugersdorp and Kempton Park on regular activity evenings, starting around 19:30 CAT on 145,500 FM vertical and then usually moved over to 144,300 MHz SSB to have QSO’s with the team in Kempton Park. The activities are usually on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The group has also experimented with horizontal polarized Yagis and was pleasantly surprised with the improvement it made on the distances they were able to work and receiving good reports that normally was very difficult to achieve with a standard vertical antenna. QSO’s between Pretoria and ZS6CBQ in Krugersdorp was difficult even though Carl ZS6CBQ was using a vertical 10 element Yagi. When horizontal antennas were installed and tested these stations managed to have wonderful QSO’s with signal reports of between 5/7 and 5/9. There is a clear indication that horizontal polarized antennas are providing further distances than what is achievable with vertical antennas. We are encouraging more operators to install small horizontal Yagis, or even a horizontal loop antenna and it will certainly open up a new world on VHF.” 


ZS1TAF LOOKING FOR DIGITAL SKEDS – “There were only Local contacts on 2m SSB this weekend past. I sent a message to the WhatsApp forum looking for interested parties to attempt a WSJT contact on 2 or 6m, but there were no takers. If anyone is interested, you can email me, WhatsApp me, phone me or send a message to this forum. 73 de Mike ZS1TAF. BBM: 7ae20e3e, email: Mobile & WhatsApp: 076 278 5622.”

QRM ON EME – An email arrived from Jan (Pine) Pienaar, ZS6OB, and he says: “On EME I have an enormous problem with power line noise here from a 132 KV power line  S9 plus ICASA will have a look for me next week - at the moment it is impossible to work any EME the QRM swamps all my reception even from the big guns - very frustrating. I hope the problem can be sorted out - what makes it more difficult, it is from power line that belongs to the Metro and not Escom.” 

THE GIANT RADIO TELESCOPE IN CHINA WILL BE SEARCHING FOR ALIEN RADIO SIGNALSThe Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) in Dawodang, Kedu Town, Guizhou Province, China is now completed, and will be commencing operations in late September, the US$180 million FAST telescope will become the most powerful single-dish radio detector in the world. Less than 6 years after the official start of the construction project, the last of 4,450 panels has been installed atop an impressive cable-net frame. When manipulated by actuators located at the base of the structure, the swarm of panels combine to form a single parabolic radio reflecting dish with a surface area the equivalent of 30 soccer fields. FAST will enable Chinese astronomers to jump-start many scientific goals, such as surveying the neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way, detecting faint pulsars, and listening to possible signals from other civilizations. Source: Chinese Academy of sciences.   

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 2 July 2016 

ZS5 Sprint: Date and Time: 14:00 to 15:00 UTC Sunday 3 July. Exchange: ZS5 - RS(T) and town name or abbreviation. Other - RS(T) and provincial or country abbreviation.  Frequency: A phone and CW contest on the 40-metre band CW: 7 000 to 7 040 kHz, SSB: 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz. See Blue Book for more details

DL-DX RTTY Contest -  Period: starts Saturday 2 July 11:00 UTC, ends 10:59 UTC Sunday 3 July. Mode:  RTTY. Bands: All bands 3.5 - 30 MHz (excluding 10, 18 and 24 MHz). Exchange: RST + QSO number, starting with 001.

DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest:   Dates:  3 July from 1100 to 1700 UTC. Call: CQ CORONA TEST.  Band: 10m only. Exchange:  RST + serial number starting from 001.

IARU HF World Championship: Dates: 9 July beginning 1200 UTC and ending 10 July 1200 UTC . Both Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. No contest QSOS on 12, 17, 30 or 60 meters. Exchange:  IARU member society HQ stations send signal report and official IARU member society abbreviation. IARU International Secretariat club station NU1AW counts as a HQ station. Members of the IARU Administrative Council and the three IARU regional Executive committees send “AC,” “R1,””R2,” and “R3” as appropriate. All others send signal report and ITU zone.

RaDAR Challenge: Date and Time:  00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 16 July. Bands: All amateur bands are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites. Modes – CW, SSB, AM, FM or any legal digital mode. QSOs via terrestrial FM repeaters should preferably not be used for the purpose of the challenge.  Exchange:  The RaDAR challenge requires more than a minimalistic information exchange. Accurate information exchange is considered more important than a large QSO count.  Call sign, name, RS (T) report, QTH and grid locator. The grid locator of six characters is acceptable but should preferably be accurate to 8 or 10 characters for higher position accuracy (especially for moving RaDAR stations).  See Blue Book for more details

SARL QRP Contest: from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC Saturday 16 July 2016. Modes: SSB and CW Power:  5 watts (PEP) output or less.  A station may be worked once per band per mode. Exchange:  RS(T) and Grid locator. See Blue Book for more details


ZS2 Sprint: Date and Time: 14:00 to 15:00 UTC Sunday 24 July 2016. Exchange: RS(T) and provincial or country abbreviation.  Frequency:  It is a phone and CW contest on the 40-metre band CW: 7 000 to 7 040 kHz, SSB: 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz.   See Blue Book for more details

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Design and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of ac drives, soft starters, dc drives. PLC, control stations, mimic panels. Earthing and lightning protection. Back-up generators, commercial, domestic and industrial. Fire, smoke and heat detection. Solar panels, batteries, inverters and regulators. Temperature controllers, RTDs, thermocouples. Gas detection. Hygrometers. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) @ 0823303558, or E-mail: .



Direct importer of a wide selection of SWR meters, H.F., V.H.F. and U.H.F. base and mobile antennas. Amateur radio transceivers, antenna analyzers, etc. Affordable shipping costs for out of town customers and subsidized shipping to SARL members. Check out all my amateur radio goodies here. 0720268909.


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General engineering, part remanufacturing  turning, milling, drilling.Specialised welding of steel, stainless steel, aluminium and cast iron.Gear repair and remanufacturing.Prototype industrial and automotive  parts and brackets made to specification,  Heavy duty antenna support and Mobile brackets including standoff brackets and antenna parts manufactured.Tower and tower part repairs also undertaken. Contact Willie Wright ZS6WC.0823351356.


Place your commercial hamads on the home page.  Book a six months space for R300 or 12 months at R500 prepaid with order   The advertisements will be  text only up to 60 words including address, telephone number and click through URL to advertisers' website and email address. Adverisement can be changed  Send your contact details to and we will contact you or call the NARC at 011 675 2393

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Radio Amateurs, or "Hams" use two-way radio communication to make contact with other radio amateurs all over the world. They are even able to use satellites and on occasion speak with astronauts. Radio Hams can do this from home or while mobile in cars, boats or on foot.

Radio Hams have a full range or communication modes at their disposal. These include plain voice, Morse code, numerous digital computer modes and even graphical modes like television. As a licensed amateur radio operator you will be able to join in experiments using all these modes.

mateur radio can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female, even the most severely disabled can make friends around the world from their own home. This hobby knows no boundaries.

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The entry level for the WAZS award is 100 different call signs. The programme has recently been expanded to include higher level endorsements, such as WAZS-200, WAZS-300, etc. Endorsements may also be obtained for specific modes, eg: CW, SSB, etc.
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The South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel.  There are two regular schedule times as follows:
  • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.

  • 11:30 UTC:  Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.


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