SUID AFRIKA SE EERSTE MIKRO SATELLIET
Sunsat - Vrydag 23 Februarie 2024 was dit 25 jaar nadat die mikro-satelliet Sunsat gelanseer is. Sunsat was deur die Universiteit Stellenbosch gebou en Suid-Afrika se eerste satelliet in die ruimte. Baie van die wat betrokke was by Sunsat was radio amateurs en van hulle was ook lede van die Boland ARK. Henry Chamberlain, ZS1AAZ was baie betrokke. Baie amateurs het gebruik gemaak van Sunsat vir kommunikasie. Luister Sondagaand om 19:30 na RSG, Sterre en Planete, as Sias Mostert ons meer vertel van Sunsat.
ICASA LICENCE FEES
The SARL has engaged with ICASA about the new ICASA licence fees for the licence year 1 April 2024 to 30 March 2025. ICASA has indicated that the electronic system must be updated with the new fees, then the process of generating the invoices will begin. Licence holders will be notified by e-mail when their invoices are ready to be downloaded from the ICASA Customer Portal. As soon as the SARL gets a copy of the new licence fees, it will be communicated to members.
The February 2024 Radio ZS and the Radio ZS Index are available for download. Click on Publications in the lefthand menu and select Radio ZS Download.
The 2024 National Convention
The Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre (CTARC) will be hosting the 2024 SARL National Convention at the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, corner of Melbourne and Coronation Roads in Cape Town. The accommodation at the Hotel costs R1 500 per room per night and includes breakfast - it is a double room. Bookings must be made by contacting Miranda at Reservations on 021 448 4123 and tell her you are booking a room for the SARL Conference. This will ensure you pay the special conference price.
There will be a welcoming cheese and wine function, hosted by CTARC in the hotel pub area from 17:00 to 19:00 on Friday evening 19 April. From 09:00 to 13:00 CAT on Saturday 20 April, the Annual General Meeting will be held in the conference room at the hotel. Tea and coffee will be served. The Annual General Meeting will be a face-to-face meeting with streaming. Lunch will be for your own arrangements.
Saturday afternoon will be at leisure and a shuttle bus has been arranged to take delegates and partners, significant others, etc., to the V&A Waterfront. There will be a small charge for this. The CTARC Clubhouse will be open that afternoon from 14:00 until 16:00 for any delegates who wish to visit the CTARC clubhouse in Rondebosch. ZS1TK's 'RF Café' will be open for refreshments. Transport can be arranged if necessary.
Saturday evening is the Gala Awards Dinner. Arrival at 18:30 for 19:00. This year it will be a three-course buffet dinner with tea and coffee included. The dress is smart casual. The cost for the Awards Dinner is R300 per person and bookings must be made with Kelley at the NARC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay your Dinner fee into the SARL Bank Account and include the proof of payment with your booking. No payment – no booking!
Register for the SARL National Convention at https://forms.gle/iFMfeRUESfwx8y3N9. Proxy forms will made available once the Convention Booklet has been issued. The Pretoria AGM hold the attendance record – I wonder if the Western Cape can beat them? See you in Cape Town in April!
SARL announces date of the annual Technical Symposium - The SARL 2024 Technical symposium will take place on Saturday 6 April 2024. To facilitate country wide participation with both local and international speakers the forum will be held virtually on a video platform with free access to all SARL and AMSAT SA members. . The symposium precedes the SARL National Convention which will be hosted by the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre from 19 – 21 April 2024.
This is the second call for proposals for papers. A paper should be between 20 – 30 minutes long when presented and may include PowerPoint slides as well a short video and audio clips. Proposals for papers should reach the organisers by not later than 15 February 2024 in MS Word format. Mail proposals to email@example.com .
SARL ON-THE-AIR BULLETINS AND AMATEUR RADIO TODAY PROGRAMME 18 February 2024 2024
SARLNEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL listen/download here
SARLNUUS met Chrito de Witt ZS3CDW Laaiaf/luister hier
Amateur Radio Today - Programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV . The programme features news about amateur radio, reports on Hamnet, VHF and UHF, Satellites and HF plus technical features. One hour of Amateur Radio bliss. Listen/download here
Transmissions: Sundays at 08:00 UTC on repeaters around South Africa including 145,750 and 145,725 MHZ in Pretoria. On HF 7 115 kHz by Louis, ZR4DJL. Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3 620 kHz by Andy, ZS6ADY.Note when SARL website is not available programmes will be posted on www.amateurradio.org.za. Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.
Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 to today can be found at https://sarlnewsbulletin.wordpress.com
SARL/AMSAT SA display receives award at Science Forum South Africa
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE AWARD PRESENTATION HERE
The SARL– AMSAT SA display at the Science Forum South Africa 2023 was awarded a special mention award for the best display and audience interaction. The award was presented at the closing ceremony of the forum on Friday afternoon. Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV and Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ, who were responsible for developing and executing the display, received the framed certificate from the Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the department of Science and Technology and Innovation. The forum at the CSIR convention centre was attended by over 4000 delegates.
The joint display, with the theme Science in Amateur Rado, featured the AMSAT SA dual band yagi antenna, a proto type of the AfriCUBE satellite, the SARL RF Noise monitoring system and the SARL two metre Karoo beacon project.
The RF noise monitoring system output was displayed on a large screen showing in real time the RF noise level at the convention centre. It was significate to see the drop in the RF noise level at night when all the LED lighting and computers were switched off.
Brian Jacobs manned the stand full time assisted at various times by Hans van de Groenendaal, Cameron Eales , Koos Fick and Ruben Jansen van Rensburg.
The event was a worthwhile experience and a great opportunity to show that Amateur Radio is just not another hobby but a true technology pastime.
The 2024 SARL Diary of Events is available - click on the link in the yellow block on the left.
HOW TO CONQUER THE SARL HF CONTESTS - the presentaton by Chris Burger ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube.Watch it here
Video of contesting with ZS6EZ now on YouTube. A recording of the SARL Contesting with ZS6EZ is now available on YouTube. Click here
Pay your SARL Membership fees online using PayFast. Go to https://mysarl.org.za/shop/ and select your membership category.
Interference from solar installations- As the South African public are realising that they are on their own and facing the many challenges of loads heading, self-generating electricity by households and businesses have become the norm.
Generally, Radio Amateurs should not experience interference on HF or VHF from properly installed solar power installations but unfortunately it does occur when unqualified people do not install the system properly and use poor quality inverters and solar maximisers.
Often fitting ferrite beads and basic filters will solve the inference problem.
By design solar installations are not expected to radiate radio frequencies (RF) and cause interference as the necessary circuits suppress any RF radiation should be included in the design. There however are suppliers that will install equipment of inferior quality. Solar installers are expected to issue COC’s, certificate of compliance, but these certificates generally only cover the electrical installation.
If a neighbour installs a solar system and it kills HF, there are two approaches. Point out to him or her that the installation is causing radio interference and that he should insist that his installer sorts out the problem. If that fails it is necessary to send a written complaint with details of the interference to the manager of the local ICASA office. ICASA is fully quipped to do the necessary test and advise the owner of the installation to have the problem seen to or switch off his system.
The addresses of the local ICASA managers can be found on http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/licences.asp. Please your copy your letter to the SARL at email@example.com and Chris, ZS6GM at firstname.lastname@example.org and keep the SARL informed of progress of the complaint.
NEW RF SPECTRUM LICENSE FEES
A Template - Constitution and Rules for an Amateur Radio Club - get a copy here
Ethics and Operating Procedure for the Radio Amateur EN IARU ed3 2 Jan 2009 - download your copy here. Ongelukkig is dit nog nie na Afrikaans vertaal nie.
South African VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table. The latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Compiled and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - send your record claim to email@example.com
SARL Next Generation Beacon fund stands at R30 150 - The crowd funding initiative to collect funds for the SARL next generation beacon programme was initiated by AMSAT SA. During the past week R2000 was received from two donors. The fund moved f past the half way mark which is still far short of the R60 000 target required to finance a beacon in the Karoo and the Western Cape.
AMSAT SA and the SARL thank all who have thus far contributed. Help us make it happen by making your donation to the fund. Visit www.amsatsa.org.za and make your contribution by clicking on one of the payment buttons for a R50, R250 or R1000 donation. The button will take you to the Payfast website where you need to enter your credit card details. Please also add your callsign after your surname.
Visit the Next Generation Beacon web page for article, videos, updates. and a list of donors Click here
The SARL Noise Floor Project - The presentation by Hans, ZS6AKV during the C7 - EMC meeting atthe Region 1 Virtual General Conference, can be seen here.
The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletters are available on iaru-r1.org and read it!
New Satellite Book now available - The new ARRL Amateur radio satellites for beginners is now available in South Africa. With the opening of e-commerce, Postnet is operating again and books can be sent to your nearest Postnet. You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you will find in Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners by Steve Ford
There are dozens of spacecraft in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole new world of operating enjoyment.
Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be! To order the book visit www.amateurradio.org.za. 115 pages plus index.
Guidelines for a non SARL member to use the SA-QSL system- Phone Kelley at NARC (011 675 2393) and check that your correct information is on the database – license number and e-mail address are important.
Click on SA-QSL system link (on the left-hand side of the web page) and then click on “Need to Register”. Follow the instructions on the screen. Your username and password will be e-mailed to you which you can use to logon in future.
SARL and not yet SARL Members are requested to check their Electronic QSLs on a regular basis.
2024 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. Send your advertisement to Dennis, ZS4BS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2024)
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS: R300 pm; R1 700 for 6 months; R3 000 per annum
Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm – R300 for 6 months – R700 per annum
Terms and conditions
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. A design service is available at R400 per advertisement.
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 email@example.com