Amateur Radio Today and SARL NEWS
Listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. Get the transmission schedule here .
Sunday 11 March 2018
SARLNUUS met Irene Jan Kramer ZS6JRK Luister hier
SARLNEWS with Dave Reece ZS1DFR download/listen here
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV listen here or for more details click here
Are you planning to visit one of our neighbouring countries and need information about amateur radio operation? Visit http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/guest.asp for more information.
National Convention Accomodation - It is important that SARL members book your accommodation for the weekend as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. Farm Inn has various accommodation types available from Deluxe to Economy rooms at various rates. There is still ample accommodation available for the weekend and members are requested to mention that you are attending the SARL AGM when making your booking. Upon confirmation received this morning, it can be confirmed that there is still ample accommodation available over the weekend and members are urged to ensure you book your accommodation soon rather than later. Accommodation can be booked online at www.secure-hotel-booking.com/smart/The-Farm-Inn-Country-Hotel-Wildlife-Sanctuary/2PZ9/en/index?invalidateEngineCache=true or by phone on +27 12 809 0266/77
There is also various alternative guesthouse accommodation available around the immediate vicinity of the Farm Inn which can be used as alternative accommodation should you wish not to stay at the Farm Inn, to name but a few - Casa Flora Guesthouse http://casaflora.co.za/, The Links guesthouse http://the-links.co.za/, The Lakes Executive www.thelakeslodge.co.za/, Villa Africa www.villaafrica.co.za/, Peter’s Guesthouse www.petersguesthouse.co.za/. If you are planning to bring your caravan, you can try the Nkwe Resort www.nkwepark.co.za/
SDR Workshop at NARC to address Antenna issues -The next SDR workshop which was to be held at the NARC on Saturday 5 May 2018
March/Maart 2018 Radio ZS - Now available to all! Click here to download a copy
- The Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition in Cape Town
- Ham Radio "A Special Hobby"
- Bringing More Youth into our Hobby
- Die Oos-Transvaal Laeveld (OTL);
- Ultra-Light Portable Iambic Key (download this article)
- Learn CW (Morse Code) as a language and
- Cell Phone Headset Interface
IARUMS News February 2018 can be downloaded from http://www.sarl.org.za/public/monitor/monitor.asp. Also visit http://www.sarl.org.za/members/emc/emc.asp
EQUINOX CRACKS IN EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD: The vernal equinox is less than 10 days away. That means one thing: Cracks are opening in Earth's magnetic field. Researchers have long known that during weeks around equinoxes fissures form in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind can pour through the gaps to fuel bright displays of Arctic lights. Even a gentle gust of solar wind can breach our planet's magnetic defenses.
This is called the "Russell-McPherron effect," named after the researchers who first explained it. The cracks are opened by the solar wind itself. South-pointing magnetic fields inside the solar wind oppose Earth's north-pointing magnetic field. The two, N vs. S, partially cancel one another, weakening our planet's magnetic defenses. This cancellation can happen at any time of year, but it happens with greatest effect around the equinoxes. Indeed, a 75-year study shows that March is the most geo-magnetically active month of the year, followed closely by September-October--a direct result of "equinox cracks."
NASA and European spacecraft have been detecting these cracks for years. Small ones are about the size of California, and many are wider than the entire planet. While the cracks are open, magnetic fields on Earth are connected to those on the sun. Theoretically, it would be possible to pick a magnetic field line on terra firma and follow it all the way back to the solar surface. There's no danger to people on Earth, however, because our atmosphere protects us, intercepting the rain of particles. The afterglow of this shielding action is called the "aurora borealis."
DURBAN SDR Workshop well attended - over 30 delegates from across KZN attended the SDR workshop held in Durban on Saturday 3 March. It was hosted and arranged by the Highway Amateur Radio Club in cooperation with AMSATSA and the SARL. (Pic by Pravin Kumar ZS5LT)
Chris Burger ZS6EZ wins EE Publishers best technical article award - Chris Burger ZS6EZ , from the CSIR Meraka Institute won EngineerIT’s Best Technical Article Award for 2017 for their article “TV white space for South Africa” which was published in the October 2017 issue of EngineerIT. It was co-authored by and Dr. Moshe Masonta.
This article provides information on recent developments in policy formulation for TV whitespace wideband networks in South Africa as a solution for the ever-increasing demand for additional radio spectrum.
2018 National Convention and AGM - The 2018 SARL AGM Booklet is available for download. Go to the Members Only section of the web site to get all the information.
TAK-tenna antenna information required - We are looking for any owners and users of the TAK-tenna antenna willing to share information and operational experience for a test project to be conducted at the Paardefontein National Test Range on the outskirts of Pretoria. Although there is a lot of construction information available on the internet, a commercial model is now available with limited information. The commercial version will be formally tested later in the year at the National Test Range. If you have any information to assist with the test project, please contact L.P. Lindeboom on 083 629 1767 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Only 5 copies available
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com