SARL NEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY
Listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs.
Sunday 21 January 2018
SARLNUUS Anette Jacobs ZR6D luister hier/laai af
SARLNEWS Rory Norton ZS2BL download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV listen here or for more details click here
LISTEN FOR THE LU1ESY BALLOON - AMSAT-LU (Argentina) has launched a Sk tracker 20m HF WSPR pico balloon. The payload is a totally solar-powered and was launched on a long duration super pressure balloon. It will be in South Africa’s RF range in the next few days. The Callsign, LU1ESY, is transmitted at the 6 minute mark. A telemetry field is transmitted at the 8 minute mark with a callsign beginning with a "1". The flight prediction map is showing a direct pass over South Africa. The WSPR frequency is 14.956 MHz. Reports to email@example.com. For flight map click here
ZS30SRC celebrates 30 years of Amateur Radio in Secunda!
The Secunda Amateur Radio Club, ZS6SRC, is celebrating its 30th anniversary from 20 to 28 January with a week of DXing on six HF bands using the special call sign ZS30SRC.QSL via the operators instructions.
Dedicated radio stations for each band with their own beam will be setup at the Highveld Sailing Club at Trichardsfonteindam. Radio amateurs from South Africa and SADC countries are invited to join the week and spend time operating each station. Participants are invited to camp and braai with members of the Secunda team. The Club will erect the stations and antennas just bring your tent and food and join the celebrations. The aim is to make at least 3000 local and DX contacts per band during the period. It is an optimistic target and you are invited to make it happen and enjoy a week of amateur radio fun.
For more information, please contact one of the following persons using text messaging or Whatsapp Gert Botha at 082 771 0663 or Lucas Swart at 082 314 3265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By 1988 the number of Radio Amateurs in the Secunda area had increased from 4 to 12, enough licensed radio amateurs to form the South Eastern Transvaal Branch of the SARL. In 1992 the South Eastern Transvaal Branch at a special AGM voted to become the Secunda Amateur Radio Club obtained the call sign ZS6SRC.
HAMMIES CLASS-B RAE COURSE
The Hammies ARC, ZS6ZU, will be running a Class-B RAE course starting on Saturday morning 27 January at the NARC at Sentech, Radiokop. All interested youngsters aged between 10 and 15 are invited to participate in this exciting event. Classes will be held every Saturday morning from 09:00 to 12:00 CAT and will be complemented by electronic projects and other fun activities. This is a great opportunity to get the youth involved in technology and amateur radio. For further information contact Noel Hammond, ZR6DX, at email@example.com or Graham Busse, ZS6GL, at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRETORIA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO HOST THE SARL NATIONAL CONVENTION 2018
The Pretoria Amateur Radio Club will be presenting the 2018 SARL National Convention at the Farm Inn Country Lodge (www.farminn.co.za/) at Silver Lakes in Pretoria East over the weekend of 13 to 15 April. The Club will be hosting a large flea market on Saturday 14 April with various other stalls and exhibits.
To date two Council nominations and one motion has been received. Four nominations have been received for the Jack Twine Award, one nomination for the Barney Joel Trophy, one nomination for the Arthur Hemsley 2 m trophy and one nomination for the SAATI Award.
Nominations for SARL Awards, nominations for Council and motions for discussion at the 2018 AGM (14 April 2018) must be submitted to the SARL Secretary by midnight on Wednesday 31 January 2018 by e-mail to email@example.com. Visit the AGM Information page at www.sarl.org.za/members/agm/AGMMembers.asp for the relevant documents.
The following documents will be found at the above URL
Nomination for Honorary Life membership
Nomination for Willie Wilson Gold Badge
Nomination for Jack Twine Award
Nomination for SARL Opearting Awards
Nomination for Radio ZS Awards
Nomination to serve on Council
Guideline for motions
2018 ARRL HANDBOOK - The Handbook has been extensively updated, and includes significant new content. Each chapter has been authored and edited by experts in the subject.
“For the new ham…you will be amazed at how quickly you become familiar, not only with the theory, but also with the practical aspects of radio – from long waves to microwaves.
For the experienced ham…you’re in for a surprise and delight when you see the extent of the latest revisions. This edition is the most comprehensive revision since the 2014 edition.“ For more details click here
EXCITING CHANGE FOR AMATEUR RADIO TODAY - In December the SARL announced exciting changes for the SARL Magazine programme, Amateur Radio Today. From 21 January, the programme will be in English only and will have an expanded subject content with the main focus on technology and activities that drive the growth of Amateur Radio, not just in South Africa but also on the African Continent and surrounding islands. The new format will also meet the IARU’s call to focus on the development and expansion of Amateur Radio in Africa and will become more in line with Sentech expectation that the programme must focus on technical development and encourage experimentation. Old favourites such as the Hamnet, satellite and HF reports will remain a main feature. There will be a new feature weekly featuring VHF activities edited by Mike Bosch ZS2FM as well as amateur radio news from around the world in “Focus on the world”.
Amateur Radio Today is inviting persons with an interest in editing and presenting inserts or become an anchor presenter to send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact details.
Dawie Conradie, ZR6DHC, who co-produced the programme with Hans van de Groenendaal will be taking a break to spend more time on family and work matters. He told SARL President, Nico van Rensburg that once things have settled down he will return to the fold. “I would like to thank Dawie for his many years of dedication to the programme and look forward to working with Dawie in future on Amateur Radio Today and Amateur Radio in Aksie,” Nico said.
It was envisaged that Amateur Radio in Aksie would shift to an earlier slot between 9.30 – 10 am local time and still be available for download on the SARL Web. However, Dawie and his colleagues have decided to take a short break to refocus on the programme. Dawie told SARL news that they will be back with Amateur Radio in Aksie soon. Details will be announced in SARL News.
The IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF Newsletter - No 76 is available for download. It contains a report of the work done by the Region 1 VHF/UHF Committee since the 2017 Region 1 General Conference.
The DUBUS Magazine - The magazine for the serious VHFer and up. The subscription for DUBUS is due again. The cost for 4 copies will be R 365.00 - The distributors have decided to give DUBUS to us at a very low price.
If you are interested in receiving the magazine, contact Pine, ZS6OB, at email@example.com as soon as possible, he needs to notify the distributors of expected numbers from ZS by the end of January 2018.
January Radio ZS
PARC hosts the 2018 SARL National Convention
ZS6DN and the Northern California DX Foundation Beacon Network
HF Hula-hoop Antenna
RaDAR – 160 m end fed half wave antenna
The Triple Trapper Inverted Vee for 80, 40 and 20 metres
VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF News
FM Satellites: Good Operating Practices for Beginning and Experienced Operators
Weekend Antennas no 6: A Coax-Fed Dual-Band Doublet
History of Amateur Radio, part 6
CQ Contest – January
The Museum Piece
MySARL: The “ham” fisted lawyer – playing with the miracle of radio
A Call for Your Opinion… What Direction to Take?
Small Transmitting Loop Antenna for 14/21 MHz
and the Back page
HF NOISE MONITORING PROJECT WORKGROUP FORMED - At the SARL/AMSAT SA SDR workshop held at the NARC on 18 November 2017 an initial workgroup was formed to support and plan the SARL HF Noise monitoring project. Members of the group are Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, Dick Coates ZS6BUN, Tamsana Semele ZS6MOZ, Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC, Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ and Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL.
At the NARC SDR Workshop Anton Janovsky demonstrated the HF monitoring software and showed how to receive images from weather satellites using a dongle. The next Gauteng SDR workshop is planned at the NARC for 20 January 2018. The Cape Town date will be announced soon. A workshop in the Durban area is also under consideration.
2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at email@example.com
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - 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
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