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National Amateur Radio Centre Closed for the holidays.

The NARC will be closed from Friday 14 December for the Christmas holidays and will be open again from Monday 7 January 2019. 


Sunday 9 December 2018 

SARLNUUS met  Anette Jacobs ZR6D  Luister/laai af

SARL NEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL  listen/download 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, a weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technolog y hosted by with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen .

More details about Today's programme here. Transmission times and frequency details click here.    

INVITATION TO THE 2019 SARL DAY OF THE RADIO AMATEUR - In terms of Rule 11 of the Rules of the South African Radio League, you are formally invited to attend the 2019 SARL Day of the Radio Amateur that will take place over the weekend of 12 to 14 April 2019 at the Datavoice House Auditorium and the Protea Hotel by Marrottt in the Techno Park, Stellenbosch and the Stellenbosch Golf Club. The Boland Amateur Radio Club (BARC) is hosting the 2019 SARL AGM and the Annual Awards Dinner. For more details about the AGM, motions and nominations for council visit the Member’s Only Page. Click on the button at the top right of this page. More details about the Technical symposium will be posted soon.


Many Days still available. Book your slot now

IARU Region 1 - December 2018 YOTA Month ActivityAn activity for young people  during the month of December when several youngsters from  IARU member countries will become active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the call signs. From Saturday, 1 December  to Monday 31 December 2018 international YOTA stations will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other. This event is aimed at young people and is a golden opportunity for clubs to get youngsters who are interested in or want to find out more about Amateur Radio on the air.The SARL has registered the call sign ZS9YOTA on the IARU R1 website as an educational call sign for use by clubs and individuals during this December.

To reserve a slot to use the ZS9YOTA callsign on a daily basis or for information please contact Noel ZR6DX via email at or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL at Schedule is available here Updated 5 Dec) and the rules here. Looking forward to hear our younger generation active on the air working DX during this month!

Announced participating stations include 4O18YOTA, 5H3YOTA, 6V1YOTA, 9A18YOTA, AO1YOTA, AO5YOTA, AP3YOTA, DF0YOTA, EG2YOTA, ET3AA, GB18YOTA, HA6YOTA, HB9YOTA, HG0YOTA, II3YOTA, II5YOTA, LY5YOTA, OE0YOTA, OH2YOTA, OL18YOTA, OM18YOTA, ON4YOTA, PA6YOTA, PD6YOTA, R18YOTA, SH9YOTA, TF3YOTA, TM18YOTA, WK1DS/YOTA, YT18YOTA, YU18YOTA, Z30YOTA, Z39YOTA, Z60YOTA, ZL6YOTA and ZS9YOTA. QSLs via Club Log's OQRS or direct to M0SDV. Information on the event and the awards can be found at 

The December 2018 Radio ZS is available for download - Click on Publications and then on Radio ZS download.

CALL FOR PAPERS AMSAT SA has issued a call for papers for the 2019 Space Symosium which will be held in the Gauteng Area on Saturday 16 March 2019. Radio Amateurs and the Industry are invited to submit proposals for papers.Send a synopsis of a paper proposal to The theme of the conference is “Space Science with Amateur Radio”. For sponsorship opportunities send a mail to

2018 AMSAT SA Space Symposium papers - A number of papers are now availble for download. View here 

ZS6DN now licensed to the SARL The ZS6DN HF beacon, part of the NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Project, is now licensed in the name of the SARL. The beacon is installed on the SALBU farm in Irene, Pretoria. It was for decades looked after by the late Dave Larsen. On his passing a few years ago the family agreed that the SARL should take over the callsign and that the beacon will remain on the farm with ZS6GE as the custodian. It took a long time to have the callsign transferred to the SARL but after several approaches to ICASA it has finally happened. Each beacon in the system transmits once on each band once every three minutes, 24 hours a day.

A transmission consists of the callsign of the beacon sent at 22 words per minute followed by four one-second dashes. The callsign and the first dash are sent at 100 watts. The remaining dashes are sent at 10 watts, 1 watt and 100 milliwatts. At the end of each 10 second transmission, the beacon steps to the next higher band and the next beacon in the sequence begins transmitting. Visit 

ICASA Head Office has moved. They are now at 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion. The switchboard number is 012 568 3000/3001

VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table - the latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Click here to get a copy. Compiled by Mike Bosch, ZS2FM (SK) and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - latest version 25 November 2018. Updates to 

LOW SUNSPOTS TRY 16O M, you cannot be without this book - ON4UN's Low Band DXing -  Dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas, as well as an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160-metre ducting. A new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor. Chapters include 

  • Propagation
  • DXing on the Low Bands
  • Receiving and Transmitting Equipment
  • Antenna Design Software
  • Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions
  • The Feed Line and the Antenna
  • Receiving Antennas
  • The Dipole Antenna
  • Vertical Antennas
  • Large Loop Antennas
  • Phased Arrays
  • Other Arrays
  • Yagis and Quads
  • Low Band DXing from a Small Garden
  • From Low Band DXing to Contesting

CD-ROM included! The CD-ROM includes the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format as well as ON4UN’s software (Windows XP only), antenna modeling files, photographs and more. Now R950.  Delivery via Postnet R120. Special offer  for September and October 2019 free postnet delivery

Amateur Radio License fee increase

ICASA has informed the SARL that the licence fee will be increased by 5.3% on 1 April 2018. The new fees will be 

1 Year   -              R 141.00

2 Year   -              R 269.00

3 Year   -              R 386.00

4 Year   -              R 492.00

5 Year   -              R 588.00  

ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2018/2019 period from 5 February 2018. Radio Amateurs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their license is up to date. If for some reason no invoice is received, check that ICASA has been informed of any address changes. 

Avoid the hassles of having to renew each year, opt for a multi-year licence. Simply, when renewing pay the appropriate amount. On the EFT state 5 Year licence and your callsign. Also send an email to with a copy of the EFT payment.

ICASA Licence Fees - DO NOT pay the ICASA licence fee into the SARL bank account, all moneys wrongfully paid into the SARL account will be refunded less the bank charges associated with these transactions.

The correct account for your ICASA Licence Fee is NEDBANK Account number: 14 62 00 29 27, Branch Code: 146245 - Corporate Client Services – Pretoria and in the reference field type in your licence number and callsign. 

2019 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 To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at

Advertising Rates

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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All contract advertisements content may be changed monthly on 5 working day notice

The rates are based on the complete supply of material in Jpeg unless otherwise negotiated. For artwork additional charges may apply as agreed

The content of the advertisements must comply with regulations and norms acceptable in South Africa

All advertisements are playable in advance by EFT to SA Radio League, ABSA, account no 4071 588 849 branch code 632 005

All correspondence and material must be sent to with a copy to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 8 December 2018 

Get your weekly copy of HF Happenings at 

Southern African Fauna and Flora A list of lighthouses for Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa has been added.

South African SOTA 

Contacts with stations on the African continent count towards the SARL’s All Africa Award

Chad, TT8KO. Ken, LA7GIA has posted the complete story of his unfortunate DXpedition to Chad at

Israel, 4X. Four special callsigns are expected to be active from 25 to 29 December from different locations: 4X19HNY from Jerusalem, 4X2XMAS from Kfar Nahum (Capernaum), 4X3XMAS from Caesarea and 4X9XMAS from Latrun. QSL via LoTW and eQSL only.

Israel, 4X. Several operators from the Holy Land DX Group will be active as 4X0M from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Masada starting around 07:30 UTC on 4 January until around 06:00 UTC on 6 January. They will operate CW and SSB with two stations on 80 to 10 metres. QSL via IK2DUW.

Palestine, E4. Elvira, IV3FSG will be active again as E44YL from Palestine between 8 and 18 December. She will operate SSB, RTYY and FT8. QSL via Club Log's OQRS or via IK3GES.

Antarctica. Felix, DL5XL is active again as DP1POL from the German research station "Neumayer III", Antarctica (AN-016) until February 2019. In his spare time he operates mainly CW and digital modes. QSL via DL1ZBO (direct or bureau) and LoTW.

Mariana Islands, KH0. Chie, 7L3PFH will be active again as KH0TG from Tinian, Mariana Islands (OC-086) from 26 December to 1 January. She will operate CW and SSB on 160-20 metres. QSL direct to JL1UTS.

Austria, OE. The Vienna International Centre Amateur Radio Contest DX Club ( will be active as 4Y1A between 7 and 11 December for the International Civil Aviation Day and as 4U1XMAS between 12 and 31 December. These ones count for Austria for DXCC and for the Vienna International Centre for the CQ DX Marathon. QSLs via UA3DX, direct or bureau.

Slovenia, S5. Special event station S511PMC will be active from 6 December to 6 January 2019 to promote the PMC Contest, sponsored by the Radio Club Slovenj Gradec (S59DCD). All QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau. The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities was established in 1988 to recognize and encourage the role and responsibility cities have in creating a culture of peace. The PMC Contest, promoting contacts between stations located in the Peace Messenger Cities and the rest of the world, will be held on 5 and 6 January (see for complete information).

Green Keys Night. The Greenkeys online group is dedicated to the restoration and use of vintage mechanical teleprinters and related equipment (the term "greenkeys" itself refers to the colour of the keys on Teletype machines) The group has announced that the first-ever Green Keys Night (GKN) will be held concurrent with the Straight Key Night on 1 January 2019 from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC. This is an event, not a contest, and participants are encouraged to call "CQ GKN" and simply make enjoyable, conversational RTTY QSOs. "The use of mechanical teleprinters is preferred, or simply get on the air with the oldest equipment you can scrape together - no brag tapes/files, no pre-recorded messages, but have a real conversation by hand typing it keyboard to keyboard. But even if you don't have any old equipment, do get on the air and have some fun QSOs the old fashioned way!" E-mail Jeff, WK6I ( for more information.



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Focus on VHF and Above 9 December 2018 

There is no tutorial this week, but I am sharing some ideas that will hopefully stimulate some thought and activity.

Firstly, I have had enquiries about previous tutorials and have seen questions on the forums regarding information that was covered in previous tutorials. We commit to making the previous tutorials available in text and audio format as soon as possible. In the meantime if there is specific information that you would like that we have already covered in a tutorial, then please drop an email to, and we will help you. If we have not yet covered it in a tutorial, then we will write a short tutorial about it. 

There is a question on the SARL Forum about frequencies and skeds for the different VHF and above modes posted by Andrew ZS2PA. Few responses have been given. Not everyone is a regular on the forum and as a result it could take some time before an appropriate response will appear.

Peter ZS2ABF and Dave ZS5DJ use 144.300 MHz USB horizontal for voice. They have a weekly SKED on Monday evenings around 19:45 – 20:00. 

The 46 Long Distance Group that comprises mostly amateurs from divisions 4 and 6 are also active on 144.300 MHz USB and 432.200 MHz USB. This group is very active with members regularly on the air in the mornings and evenings, and they use WhatsApp to let each other know that they are on the air and in which direction they are pointing. Here again the best folk to talk to is Carl ZS6CBQ and Rickus ZS4A. Their emails are correct in the SARL callbook. 

Likewise, if you are interested in doing long distance VHF and above communications, and the other VHF and above enthusiasts do not know that you are listening and calling and their antennas are not pointed in your direction then there is also a problem. Again, let us know at that you are on the air, and we can try and get you connected. 

How about letting us at VHF News know what frequencies are being used by the folk who are actively doing long distance communications and the times you are on the air. We can publish it over the air and on the SARL homepage so that others who may be interested in joining in know what frequencies and modes are in use.

At the recent VHF workshop that was held earlier in the year, Dick ZS6BUN showed an RSGB video with the title “Regular 3000+Km Contacts on 144MHz by Meteor Scatter + Tropo”. Tom ZS1TA also mentioned the video in his article in the December Radio ZS about his record contact with Gary ZD7GWM. What was interesting about this video was the discussion around the long distance records and how they were possible. John G4SWX explained that the records were most likely a combination of Meteor Scatter and Tropo Ducting. The video is on the RSGB website under the 2015 RSGB Convention videos, but can only be viewed if you are a RSGB member. I have found a PDF of the presentation on the web. The link is Very interesting reading. 

Now here is a challenge. The tropospheric ducting in the South Atlantic is very active. What about the inland VHF enthusiasts finding a way to exploit multiple VHF propagation modes and make a QSO with St Helena Island?

For the guys interested in building their own antennas, there is an excellent handbook that can be downloaded for free from Poynting Antennas. To add it to your library point your browser to Thank you, Thomas ZS1TE for providing this information. 

Let us now have a look at some news about the VHF and Above bands... 

Peter ZS2ABF reports from the South East coast “Hi there, Due to the poor 2m forecast for our coast line, Dave and I did not expect much last Monday 3rd Dec. We were surprised when we got contact on our first call. Poor quality with QSB, but we were able to make comms. We will not be up next Monday as Dave is busy. We have agreed to give a call on the following Tuesday 11th Dec at our usual time. Hope to see you on frequency.”

The VHF working group has a Skype meeting every 2 weeks and is progressing well with the quest to get a beacon operational in the centre of the country in the vicinity of Van Der Kloof. A suitable site is being sought. A radio and a keyer are also being finalised. If you would like to join the VHF working group at their next meeting on 13 December at 20:30 local time, then send and email with your Skype name to 

The next VHF/UHF/Microwave workshop will be presented at the National Amateur Radio Centre by AMSAT SA and SARL on Saturday 9 February 2019. Proposals for papers and presentations are invited and should be sent to by not later than 15 December 2018. 

Put the date 9 February 2019 in your diaries and come and enjoy the presentations provided and the knowledge shared. You will be surprised and the number of old hands who attend these workshops, eager to learn something new. That is the beauty of our wonderful hobby. There is always something new to learn and experience. 

Well that is all the VHF and Above news for this week. 

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above including information for the tutorial to

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 14 October 2018 

Makrothen Contest Rules: Date and Time: The contest takes place on the second full weekend of October each year. The next contest dates are Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2018, with three separate periods: Saturday 00:00-08:00 UTC and 16:00-24:00 UTC and Sunday 08:00-16:00 UTC.  A station may participate in all three periods. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs as possible during the three periods of operation using RTTY. Bands: Only the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands may be used. Exchange: Send the first 4 characters of the “Maidenhead Grid Square Locator” (grid locator) for the station QTH (i.e. FM19, JO41 etc.).  No RST report is required.

Oceania DX Contest CW:  08:00 UTC Saturday 13 October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 14 October 2018. In most of Oceania (West of the date line), the contest starts on Saturday evening and finishes on Sunday evening. Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. Exchange: RS(T) plus QSO serial number starting at 001.

Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year. Starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Aim of the contest: 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. Contest exchange: exchange consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001).

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest:  DARC has the honor to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2018: 20./21. October:  Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. To reduce interference with the participants of JOTA, contest operation is not allowed in the contest free sections.  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).

CQ World-Wide DX Contest SSB: October 27-28 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. CONTEST EXCHANGE: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05).

RaDAR Challenge: The RaDAR “Challenge” is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations. RaDAR operators are encouraged to be self-sufficient during each challenge, with not only power supply and communications equipment but food, water, protective clothing and shelter. Date and Time: 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 3 November 2018. Bands and Modes: All amateur bands are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites. Modes – CW, SSB, FM or any legal amateur radio digital mode. 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 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 VHF/UHF Analogue Contest: Aim: The VHF/UHF contest is a test of operator ability and station design. To promote activity on the VHF/UHF and microwave bands. The general rules covered in pages 4 – 9 of the SARL Contesting Manual (Blue Book) are to be followed. Dates and Times: 10:00 UTC Saturday 10 November to 10:00 UTC Sunday 11 November 2018. Exchange: Contacts must be two-way point to point. Stations shall exchange signal reports as well as their location, e.g. (latitude and longitude or full six-digit Maidenhead locator or accurate area/address/location). See Blue Book for more details

Worked All Europe DX Contest RTTY:  DARC invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE DX Contest. Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 0000 UTC until Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2359 UTC. Bands: 3.5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Off Times: Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period. Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO or QTC is logged. Exchange: The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band.

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST: OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world(DX) to contact JA stations in as many JA prefectures + JD1 islands as possible. For amateurs in Japan to contact DX stations in as many DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible. CONTEST PERIOD: Start Sat. 0700 -Sun. 1300UTC  November 10  - 11. BANDS: 3.5/7/14/21/28MHz. CONTEST EXCHANGE:  JAs   : RS(T) + Prefecture number(01 to 50), others: RS(T) + CQ Zone number.

LZ DX Contest: Date and period: 12:00 UTC on Saturday till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 17-18 November 2018. Bands and modes: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters HAM radio bands on both CW and SSB modes. It is necessary to observe IARU band plan. Exchange: For non-LZ entrants: RS(T) + ITU zone, For LZ entrants: RS(T) + 2 letters district abbreviation which is derived from the district the entrant operates from.

South African Radio League Newbie Party: Aim: This is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become active. Date and Time: 08:00 to 20:00 UTC 24 November 2018. Exchange: RS and phonetic character found in the table below:

Less than 6 months       Alpha

One year          Bravo

Two years        Echo

Three years      Golf

Four years        India

More than 4 years         November

See Blue Book for more details

CQ World-Wide DX Contest CW: November 24-25 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. CONTEST EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).

Ten-Meter RTTY Contest: Object: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY on the 10 meter band. Any station may work any other station.  The recommended baud rate is 45.45 baud with 170 Hz shift. Date and Contest Period: Sunday of the first full weekend of December 0000-2400 UTC. (December 2, 2018). Exchange: United States: RST + State, Canada: RST + Province, DX: RST + Consecutive serial number, starting with 001.

ARRL 10-Meter Contest: Object:  For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 meter band. Date and Contest Period: Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday (December 8-9, 2018). All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period. Contest Exchange: W/VE stations (including Hawaii and Alaska) send RS(T) and state or province (District of Columbia stations send signal report and DC). DX stations (including KH2, KP4, etc) send RS(T) & sequential serial number starting with 001. Mexican stations transmit RS(T) and their state. Maritime mobile stations send RS(T) and ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3).

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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.

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