SARL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS CLOSE 25 JUNE - Nominations for council are invited on the prescribed form and to be submitted with an Amateur Radio related CV by no later than 25 June to the acting secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on link in the notice above for more details.
To date the following nominations have been received: Etienne Naudé ZS6EFN; Shane Bailey ZS6ZSB; Dennis Green ZS4BS; Imile de Bruin ZS6IDB, Piet Badenhorst ZS6G, Dr Gary Immelman ZS6YI, Paul van Spronsen ZS1V, Louw Erasmus ZS6LME, Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT, Chris Turner ZS6GM, Frik Wolff ZS6FZ, Geoff Levey, ZS6C, Ronald Verweerd ZS6RVC, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, Nick van Duffelen ZR6AEZ, Jan van der Vyver ZS1VDC, Ettienne Vosloo ZS1AX..
If you cannot attend the SGM, please give your proxy to someone who will be attending. It is needed to get a quorum for this meeting.
SUNSPOTS VANISH ...AGAIN: For the second time this month, sunspots have faded away leaving the face of the sun completely blank. This signals an important transition in the solar cycle: Solar Minimum is coming. Visit Spaceweather.com to learn about the down-to-Earth effects of low sunspot numbers.
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 NEWS 26June 2016
Afrikaans met Imile de Bruin ZS6EDB luister hier
English with Dave Reece ZS1DFR Listen here
Amateur Radio Today with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC listen here or get more details 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.
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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 www.amateurradio.org.za for details and an orderform
ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - With 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 19 June 2016)
IOTA News: Deletion of Kingman Reef. "As forecast as a strong likelihood in the 2016 IOTA Directory (page 50), IOTA Management has decided to delete Kingman Reef (OC-096) from the IOTA list,
effective 29 March 2016. Kingman Reef lost its current DXCC status on that date, as it no longer
satisfied the criteria under which it was added.
IOTA Rule E.5.5 states that an island that qualifies for separate listing only because it is a DXCC entity will have a start and/or deletion date for credit in line with DXCC decisions and that in the event of an island DXCC entity being deleted, the IOTA group number will normally be archived and score credits moved on request to the IOTA group to which the island or islands are transferred. Kingman Reef is just such an island, and the transfer in this case is to Palmyra Atoll (OC-085).
Before the end of June, credits for OC-096 will be deleted from all records. In accordance with the rule, participants may claim credit with Kingman Reef QSOs for OC-085 if they need credit there - there are no date restrictions. To save questions, IOTA does not maintain a database of credits with deleted/archived IOTAs.”
The Spring 2016 Special Issue of the International DX Association’s Newsletter is now available for download at www.indexa.org/newsletters.html. This issue contains the story of VK9WA, Willis Island, November 2015 and a report by Roger Western, G3SXW, on some recent efforts in Europe to track down a source of deliberate QRM (DQRM).
Polish DXer 3Z9DX Reported Ready to Return to North Korea on a Moment's Notice
In the wake of a surprise "demonstration" operation from North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in December, Polish DXer Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX, is eagerly awaiting the call that will allow him to return to the most-wanted DXCC entity for another brief activation. Just when that will come could be anytime, however.
DX-World and The Daily DX report that Grzyb has received confirmation that North Korea will authorize a 5-day operation, and he is ready to roll as soon as he gets word, which will be on short notice, just enough time for him to book his flight, grab his gear and head off. DX World reported that no notice would be given prior to the P5/3Z9DX activation itself. There are other conditions: He may only operate on SSB and on one band - 20, 15 or 10 metres. No decisions will be made until Grzyb gets to the DPRK, however.
Over the course of his unanticipated 20 and 21 December 2015, activation, the first in more than a decade, P5/3Z9DX made nearly 785 SSB contacts, most of them on 15 metres. Nearly 600 of the contacts were with stations in Asia; P5/3Z9DX worked just 26 stations in North America. He has posted his log on ClubLog. The ARRL DXCC Department subsequently approved the P5/3Z9DX operation for DXCC.
Thanks to the Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com/ and DX-World http://www.dx-world.net/
VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 19 June 2016
# Link to SARL VHF, UHF & MICROWAVES DX TABLE Click here
THE PRIME PURPOSE OF THE SARL IS TO PROTECT AMATEUR RADIO IN THE RSA – The prime purpose of a Radio League is to protect Amateur Radio in its own country, and this fact shoud be conveyed to all radio amateurs. Wynand TY2CD confirmed this in his recent posting in the SARL Chat Forum where he stated that the actual value of the SARL, which should be toted to all, is:
The SARL is a recognised channel for negotiation on the status and regulations and privileges of Amateur Radio in South Africa with the South African regulatory authority for telecommunications, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).
The SARL is the national member society representing South Africa in the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
The SARL is to be vigilant in protecting amateur radio frequency allocations.
The SARL enables frequent amateur radio licence examinations.
The SARL facilitates reciprocal and guest licensing.
Scientific and educational collaboration with other organisations is to be promoted by the SARL.
For the SARL to continue to be recognised as the organisation that can be entrusted with the above, maximum SARL membership provides credibility to the SARL.
NEW VHF OPPORTUNITIES ARE ON THE HORIZON – We are now entering what could be called the Maunder Minimum, a period of minimum sunspots that could last several decades. F2 propagation that provided the DX on 50 MHz, during the peak of the Solar Cycle is now gone. But fortunately we have 26 amateur bands with many other types of propagation left to play with.
The ITU currently allocated the amateur radio service 12 amateur bands below 30 MHz in Region 1, covering just under 3,6 MHz total bandwidth, where the propagation on these bands is daily affected by the Sun. In contrast 14 amateur bands were allocated on VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF in the RSA with a total bandwidth of 23,6 GHz. So don’t pack your VHF equipment away as there is still a lot to experiment and explore!
TRANSATLANTIC NEWS – “At this stage we monitor Hepburn site for conditions and then we run tests according to that forecast. This past week I was runing 24/7 JT65b on 144,250 MHz towards PY as conditions looked very favourable but no decode yet on both sides. In August Marcos PY1MHz will move to the seaside again for running tests from the water edge. Yes we are all positive. Our WhatsApp group is growing with more and more supporters and participants as well. They have also started a WhatsApp group that side to promote 2m and VHF activity and the successes are there with 300-700 km contacts on SSB on a daily basis. Most VHF-ers on that side are also vertical but they are also noticing the benefits of horizontal polarization by getting longer distances, and they are slowly moving that way, but surely. It is interesting to see how they build and design antennas and place videos of results of a contact on Youtube, WhatsApp and Facebook, etc. So yes that is good news from both sides. 73 de Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ.”
EAST COAST VHF – An email arrived from Craig Smith, ZS5AV. He says: “I have Internet for now! Cleaned out years of stuff ……. just me now and two dogs. I have aluminium round tubes of 38, 32, 25, and 20 mm, also 5mm and 1Ž4 inch solid. I did make a 5,2 wavelength Yagi, but got bent when the tower went down. As I said, would like to make a Yagi with LFA design and insulate thru tube. Time is 16:40 ….. wind ….. (also in Natal) cold, and we had 14 mm rain on Friday night. Till later. Craig ZS5AV.”
Peter Tottle, ZS2ABF: “Monday night at 19:55 CAT I called as well as sent CW on 144,300 MHz, and heard quite loud noises sounding like a station off frequency. I could not clarify the signal so didn’t know if it was anybody.”
Hugo van Zyl, ZS5HV: “I have been calling on Sunday, Peter. Heard nothing on Monday, and Dave (ZS5DJ) did not experience the noise you heard.
ZS6 REPORT ON ZS1TWO BEACON ON 144,435 MHz – “On 13th June 2016 I monitored the Cape Town beacon on 144,435 MHz. On the first ping I set the dial frequency to give an audible tone exactly on the R26 message in WSJT mode FSK441. On my TS2000 this was 144,43387. I now have a ping counter by counting the times the R26 message is decoded. In a 3 hour period between 09:00 and 12:00 CAT I counted 178 pings which is roughly 59 pings per hour. The strongest ping was +14dB which if very audible, maybe equating to S3 to 4. It takes 6 pings to complete a MS QSO in FSK441. My conclusion from these results is that, assuming path reciprocity, MS communication by FSK441 between ZS1 and ZS6 with very modest stations running 50 Watts and 5 to 7 element Yagis could be quite easily achieved. Make a change from working thru' the Brakpan repeater, hey? 73 Dick ZS6BUN, 10km SE of Nigel KG43gm.”
“I have always maintained this Dick. Did tests in the early 90’s with a SK ham in Cape Town using high speed CW. Completed many 2 metre contacts with a 9 element Tonna antenna, 90 Watts from a TS-9130 and a homebrew FET preamp. 73 Etienne Swart, ZS6Y, KG33wu.”
THE DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER – Like the Eta Aquarids in May, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in July favours the Southern Hemisphere and tropical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. The meteors appear to radiate from near the star Skat or Delta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer. The maximum hourly rate can reach 15-20 meteors in a dark sky. The nominal peak is around July 27-30, but, unlike many meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids lack a very definite peak. Instead, these medium-speed meteors ramble along fairly steadily throughout late July and early August. An hour or two before dawn usually presents the most favourable view of the Delta Aquarids.
WINTER SOLSTICE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – On Monday, 20 June 2016, 22:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith, at Latitude: 23° 26' North, Longitude: 158° 03' West, directly over the Tropic of Cancer, resulting in the shortest day and longest night in the Southern hemisphere. A solstice happens when the Sun's zenith is at its furthest point from the equator, and its furthest distance from Earth (aphelion) that will occur on 4 July this year at 152 098 233 km. The ground speed of the Sun is currently 423,73 metres per second or 1532,6 km per hour over the Tropic of Cancer.
CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 14 April 2016
HOLYLAND CONTEST: Friday 15 of April 21.00UTC - Saturday 16 of April 2016 21.00UTC. Aim: To promote contacts between Radi o Amateurs around the globe and Israeli Hams. Modes: CW; SSB; Digital; Mixed: Exchange: Worldwide stations send RS(T) + QSO number starting with 001. Israeli stations give RS(T) and 'Area'. http://www.iarc.org/iarc/#HolylandContest
2016 YU DX Contest: Objective: To contact as many stations around the world, and prefixes starting with YT and YU as many as possible. Date and Time: April 16/17 – Saturday 21:00 -Sunday 04:59:59 UTC, Sunday 09:00 - Sunday 16:59:59 UTC. It’s obligatory to make pause from 05:00:00 UTC to 08:59:59 UTC. Mode, Bands: Only CW, all bands 1.8 - 28 MHz, except WARC bands. http://www.yudx.yu1srs.org.rs/2016/rules.html
ZS4 Sprint: Aim: This is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Free State and radio amateurs in Southern African countries. Date and Time: From 14:00 to 15:00 UTC Sunday 24 April 2016. Exchange: ZS4 - 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 details
SPDX RTTY Contest: Date: April - 23/24: Contest Period: 12.00 UTC Saturday , through 12.00 UTC Sunday. Bands: 3,5 - 28 MHz without WARC bands. Mode: RTTY: http://www.pkrvg.org/strona,spdxrttyen.html
Russian WW MultiMode: Mode: BPSK63, CW, RTTY and SSB: Date: from 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30th April till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1st May, 2016 . Bands: 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m. http://www.rdrclub.ru/news-radio/russian-ww-mm-contest/159-rus-ww-multimode-contest
Antique Wireless Association Valve QSO Party: Aim: The aim of the AWA Valve QSO party is to create activity on the 40 and 80 metre bands. It is a phone only contest using AM and SSB. Preferably, valve radios, or radios with valves in them may be used. No linear amplifiers may be used. Date and Time: AM QSO Party, 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Saturday 7 May and SSB QSO Party 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday 8 May. See “Blue Book”for details
His Majesty The King of Spain CW Contest: Dates: CW: 1200 UTC Saturday till 1200 UTC Sunday (May 21-22, 2016). Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meters, according the IARU Region 1 band plan. http://concursos.ure.es/en/s-m-el-rey-de-espana-cw/bases/
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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.
Amateur 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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