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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads

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BACAR 5 Launched and recovered successfully: After the second attempt BACAR 5 was successfully launched and recovered at around 13:00 near Ermelo.  After the first balloon was inflated, strong winds caused damage and the balloon burst. A second balloon was inflated, but failed to lift off all the payloads which totalled around 9kg. The balloon was decoupled from the payload and additional hydrogen was pumped in. At the second launch attempt the balloon surged up and soon disappeared from view. Some payload failed to operate while others seem to have developed problems. Kletskous' transponder operated fine while on the ground but failed to respond after take-off. The payload have all been recovered.  The data will be analysed and determine the problem area. The Kletskous transponder was still operation. It is suspected that something went wrong with one of the antennas. 

 Some of the Kletskous team  members at the launch Site

 

Dr Reginald Cingo School 

 Members of the Jeugland Amateur Radio Club


SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY - listen to  these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. 

Sunday 22 October 2017

SARLNUUS  John Keulder ZS6BXL   luister/laai hier af

SARLNEWS Dave Reece ZS1DFR download/listen here 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal  listen   here  or for more details click here 
Get your copy of the October 2017 Radio ZS here In this FREE issue we tell about the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference. We look at the Future of Amateur Radio and we learn more about the ZS3ZU Hammies. Find out about the ZS SOTA update and the Southern African Fauna and Flora. 

Read the Conference Report of the 24th IARU Region 1 General Conference here


SDR WORKSHOP CAPE TOWN 4 November 2017 - The workshop presented by AMSATSA in cooperation with the SARL  will be held at the Oakdale club  80 A, Bloemhof Road, Bellville, Cape Town on 4 November 2017. Get more details and booking form here  . The change of venue is due to problems on the CPUT campus. Coffee will be served . The restaurant  and bar will be open for lunch


 


 

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 radiozs@sarl.org.za. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at artoday@sarl.org.za

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HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS/6 21 October 2017 

Get your weekly copy of HF Happenings at http://www.sarl.org.za/hf_happenings.asp

Are you passionate about amateur radio? I am! 

FCC scraps Telegraph regulations. The FCC, continuing its drive to remove outmoded regulations and reduce the regulatory burden, has scrapped Telegraph regulations 

Reuters report the last Western Union telegram in the United States was sent in 2006 and the commission had stopped enforcing the rules in 2013. The FCC said in a notice it was removing “outmoded regulations” on telegraphs effective in November to “further our goals of reducing regulatory burdens, eliminating unnecessary rule provisions, and making the agency as efficient and effective as possible.”

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in May he wanted to remove outdated rules, striking irrelevant regulations as “just a matter of good housekeeping” and others that stand “in the way of innovation and investment that would benefit consumers.” 

QRP Marathon. The 2nd QRP Marathon ("not a contest, but rather a statistical game") started on 19 October and will run until 23.59 UTC on 30 November (42 days, as the marathon course is 42 kilometres). Complete information can be found at www.aegeandxgroup.gr/page.html

Sri Lanka, 4S. Once again Peter, DC0KK will be active as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka (AS-003) from 1 November to 25 March 2018. He operates mainly CW and digital modes. QSL via home call (direct or bureau) and LoTW; OQRS on Club Log.

Timor Leste, 4W. Thomas, OZ1AA will be active as 4W/OZ1AA from Dili (OC-148), Timor Leste between 1 and 7 November. He will be active on 40 to 10 metres with a focus on CW and some FT8. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via OZ1ACB.

Cuba, CO. Nelson, CO8NDZ and a large group of operators will be active as CO0CB between 26 and 30 October. They will be located at Cayo Bariay, where Christopher Columbus first made landfall in Cuba on 28 October 1492. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 metres CW, SSB and other modes. QSL via CO8NDZ (direct) and LoTW.

Azores, CT8. Babs, DL7AFS and Lot, DJ7ZG will be active as CT8/DL7AFS and CT8/DL7ZG from Sao Miguel (EU-003), Azores from 23 October to 10 November. They will operate mainly SSB and digital modes on 80 to 10 metres. QSL via DL7AFS, direct or bureau, and LoTW.

Solomon Islands, H4. Bernhard, DL2GAC will be active again as H44MS from the Solomon Islands between now and late November and again between late January and late May 2018. He operates SSB only. QSL via DL2GAC, direct or bureau.

Indonesia, YB. Special callsign YE16BATU will be active on the HF bands and 2 m between 8 and 12 November for the 16th anniversary of the city of Batu (Java Island, OC-021). QSL via Club Log's OQRS ("free or very low cost") or direct only to YB3MM.


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 22 October 2017 

# Link to SARL VHF, UHF & MICROWAVES DX TABLE Click here 


THE TERAHERTZ SPECTRUM – Most radio amateurs are only active on the bottom 30 MHz of the entire radio spectrum, which covers in total 300 000 MHz (300 GHz). Fortunately a number of amateurs also experimented on the VHF and UHF bands, while only a few ventured to explore the SHF and EHF bands up to 241 GHz. Radio astronomy, military, commercial stations either terrestrial or satellite, as well as radio scientists have investigated and/or occupied frequencies in the microwave spectrum. The top end of Microwave radiation overlaps the bottom end of the Deep infrared radiation, and for years nobody paid much attention to this Terahertz gap that covers 0,1 THz to 10 THz until they stumbled on to the unique properties of this submillimetre radiation. 

It was with great difficulty that they first produced a few milli watts of power on Terahertz. Water vapour in the air limits communications normally to about 10 metres, but it is not a problem in space or from the high altitude sites, such as the infrared telescope at Alma, Atacama, Peru. Terahertz can see through walls and is a substitute for X-rays without its radiation hazard, including many other uses. Radio amateurs have already pioneered two-way contacts in Germany and the USA above 400 GHz up to a maximum distance of 1,4 km. During the World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled for 2019 new frequency bands will be allocated from 275 – 450 GHz to the different radio services including amateur radio. 

THE SARL HALL OF FAME AND THE FORGOTTEN SK PIONEER – There are many Halls of Fame in the world including amateur radio, covering the various fields of achievements, where homage is paid to their early pioneers, some who are now Silent Keys.  A total of eight Silent Key members were inducted in the SARL Hall of Fame during 2016 and 2017, but the first licenced radio amateur and pioneer in South Africa, also a Silent Key, was overlooked. His name is William Edward Dixon Bennett (A3V, ZS4F, ZS4W, ZS5EG) and he wrote the first South African history of amateur radio spark transmissions before World War I under the title “Amateur Radio in Retrospect”, which was repeated in RADIO ZS starting August 1949. He is also featured in the prelude of Part 1 of the new series entitled “History of Amateur Radio from World War I to World War II” in the August 2017 issue of RADIO ZS. Dixon Bennett was also a founder member of the SARRL in 1925.  Let us honour this old-timer during the next round of the SARL Hall of Fame and show him the respect that he deserved. 

VHF NEWS – Scientists have predicted that global warming would affect weather conditions worldwide, and the weather in South Africa this year has confirmed it. The severe drought in the Western Cape, the wild fires along the southern coast and the more recent heavy floods in Durban, including the massive hailstorm in Johannesburg, have proven that our weather pattern has changed. We have even noticed it on VHF propagation where tropospheric propagation such as Tropo Enhancement and Ducting have been affected. Fortunately Tropo Scatter propagation is not affected by the weather, but one has to put up with deep QSB cycles and weaker signals. Hopefully things will change by the time the warmer months appear.

 BACAR-5 REPORT – According to Gavin ZS6BWW the first attempt to launch Bacar on Saturday morning 21st October failed caused by a hole in the balloon. During the next attempt the second balloon did not want to rise until more gas was added. Apparently the launch took place before 10:30 CAT and its cruising speed was later recorded over 100 km.

 

Carl ZS6CBQ reported that he managed to work ZR6AMC, ZS6TW and ZS6QL on the Parrot repeater on 433,550 MHz. Signal was 5/9+40 in Krugersdorp ZS4A could hear me in Bethlehem but he could not get into the Parrot. Also heard the Telemetry on 144,100 MHz 5/9+ 40. Nothing heard from Kletskous transponder. 

ASTEROID GRAZES PAST THE EARTH IN A NEAR MISS – A house-sized asteroid grazed past Earth Thursday 12 October, passing harmlessly inside the Moon's orbit, as predicted, to give experts a rare opportunity to rehearse for a real strike threat in future. Dubbed 2012 TC4, the object's passing allowed scientists to practice spotting incoming objects, predicting their size and trajectory, and tracking their passage with a global network of telescopes and radars. The asteroid flitted past around 05:41 GMT at less than 44,000 kilometres from Earth's surface – just above the 36,000 km plane at which hundreds of geosynchronous satellites orbit our planet. A spokesman of the European Space Agency’s Near Eart Object stated that this is exactly why they do this exercise, to not be surprised by these things, so they pretended that it was a critical object and the trial run was a big success. A radar system in Puerto Rico, for example, that keeps an eye on asteroids was out of service due to damage from the recent hurricane there. TC4 is on a 609-day loop around the Sun, it will return to Earth in 2050 and 2079. 

LATE FLASH! ZS4A Rickus and ZS2BK Andre were the first SA Sat Operators to work the new CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites (SSB) ,  and they are performing quite well with strong VHF down links.


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 13 October 2017 

Scandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

 

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible. Bands: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htmScandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible. Bands: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

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The South African Maritime Mobile Net provides weather reports and maintains contact with sailing vessels from around the coast and high seas.
The net operates 7 days a week.

There are two regular schedule times as follows:

  • 06:30 UTC and 11:30 UTC on 14 316 kHz high seas net.
  • 06:35 UTC and 11:35 UTC on 7 120 kHz coastal net - the net lasts approximately 30 minutes .

 
   

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