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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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LM RADIO ON 702 KHZ RECEIVED VIA LIGHTNING SCATTER

Rickus De Lange, ZS4A, at Bethlehem conducted some interesting Lightning Scatter tests on 30 November 2017, while a thunderstorm was raging near the border of Swaziland about 291 km northeast of him and beaming his 12-element Yagi at it. He recorded a Fast Graph of WSJT-X on 144,250 MHz MSK144 where lightning flashes produced spots on the chart. He did a musical transmission on the frequency and then asked Carl, ZS6CBQ, to listen for him without success. Rickus then changed to AM broadcasting stations and ended up listening to the 702 kHz commercial station when he heard the studio presenter's voice clearly for about 8 seconds before it suddenly disappeared. ZS4A feels that this experiment worked; now the 50 and 144 MHz tests are lying ahead.


IARU Region 1 - December YOTA Month - An activity for the youngsters during the month of December when several youngsters from member countries will become active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the callsigns.

From Friday, December 1 to Sunday December 31, 2017 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 a special callsign ZS9YOTA on the IARU R1 website as an educational callsign for use by clubs and individuals during December.

To reserve a slot to use the ZS9YOTA callsign on a daily  basis or for information please contact Koos ZR6KF via email koos.zr6kf@gmail.com or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL zs6ql@mweb.co.zaThe Schedule is available here (Updated on 14 December 2017)and the rules here. Looking forward to hear our younger generation active on the air during this month!


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

Sunday 10 December 2017

SARLNUUS Anette Jacobs ZR6D luister/laai hier af

SARLNEWS Dennis Green ZS4BS   download/listen here 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV listen   here  or for more details click here 


December Radio ZS

Festive Greetings / Feestyd Groete
PARC hosts the 2018 SARL National Convention
SARL Awards and Trophies
MySARL
5L3BI Baiyah Island AF-111NEW
The Southern African Fauna and Flora programme
The 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase
VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF News
IARU notes progress toward 50 MHz Region 1 allocation
2018 CQ DX Marathon
History of Amateur Radio, part 5
CQ Contest – December
The Museum Piece 40 and 80 m Portable Trapped Dipole
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 Grenendaal 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. 


PRETORIA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO HOST THE SARL NATIONAL CONVENTION 2018

The 2018 SARL National Convention and AGM will be hosted by the Pretoria ARC over the weekend of 13 to 15 April 2018.

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. Send it to secretary@sarl.org.za. Visit the AGM Information page at www.sarl.org.za/members/agm/AGMMembers.asp for the documents.


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ZD7VC TO RUN A 144 MHz BEACON ON ST. HELENA ISLAND – Bruce Salt, ZD7VC, is willing to operate an omnidirectional 144 MHz beacon on St. Helena Island. Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, will supply the transmitter and antenna, and Marcos PY1MHZ in Brazil is constructing the keyer. Pieter needs some extra donations in the form of solar panels etc, and a donation towards airfreight costs. This will open up a new VHF world across the Atlantic for the West Coast and even inland. The first Airlink service from South Africa has just inaugurated the new airport built on top of a mountain sponsored by Britain.  Please contact Pieter V51PJ for further information.  


SARL SUBMITS 5 MHZ Propagation Report to ICASA - The report covers observations using WSPR and Propagation  charts covering April to June 2017. The report was compiled and edited by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV with input from Stewart Moss ZS6SGM  and Vince Harrison ZS6BTY. Download it from here


What to do if your licence has been cancelled - Your first action must be to contact ICASA to determine your exact situation. The SARL does not have this information. See ICASA contact details click here.

Before following up with ICASA please have the following information available:  Licence number,  Copy of your most recent licence received,  Proof of payment of any payments made. If a cancellation is found to be as a result of an ICASA error - the licence will be re-instated.

However where this has been due to a payment oversight ICASA is taking a hard line and will require you to re-apply for a new licence. For more information on licensing and payment of licences click here to download a comprehensive doocument 


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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Display (cameo) on home page - 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

Radio ZS Strip advertisement, 10 cm x 2 columns on top of the page - R100 pm - R500 for 6 months - R1 000 per annum

Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (as above)       - R550 pm - R2 700 for 6 months - R4 900 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 admin@sarl.org.za with a copy to artoday@sarl.org.za


HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS 9 December 2017 

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

Are you going to spend your December holidays in or near one of the national parks or game reserves in Southern Africa? And being a good radio amateur, you will have your portable or mobile station with you. Well, participate in the Southern African Fauna and Flora programme – you can download the Radio ZS article from the front page of the League web site – everything you need to know is in that article.

Palestine, E4. Elvira, IV3FSG has been active again as E44YL from Bethlehem, Palestine since 5 December, and will remain there until 18 December. QSL via IK3GES.

Ogasawara, JD1_oga. Once again Harry, JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima (AS-031), from 24 December to 2 January. He will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-10 metres. QSL via JD1BMH (bureau) or JG7PSJ (direct). See http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh/ for log search and other information. He does not use LoTW.

Svalbard, JW. Morten, LA4JSA will be active as JW4JSA from Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard until 1 June 2018. QSL via home call.

Austria, OE. The International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club based in Vienna, Austria are active as 4Y1A between 7 and 14 December for the International Civil Aviation Day. QSL via UA3DX; log search on Club Log.

Finland, OH. This year Santa Radio (OF9X) will be active as OJ9X to promote the Christmas spirit on the radio spectrum and celebrate Finland's 100th anniversary as an independent state. The country-wide operation takes place between 6 and 31 December and will see several radio clubs participating across all bands and modes. The first 100 scoring the highest number of bands/modes, with the top 10 from each continent, will qualify for the "Finland 100 Years" award signed by Santa himself along with the prime minister of Finland, Mr. Juha Sipila, who is a patron of this special event. You can follow your score on Club Log. QSL via and Club Log's OQRS.

Slovenia, S5. Special event station S510PMC will be active from 7 December to 7 January 2018 to promote the PMC Contest, sponsored by the Radio Club Slovenj Gradec (S59DCD). QSL 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 6 and 7 January (complete information can be found at http://www.s59dcd.si/).

Corsica, TK. Georg, NZ1C will be active holiday style as TK/NZ1C from Corsica between 16 and 24 December. He will operate CW and FT8, with some SSB, RTTY and PSK on 40 to 10 metres. QSL via DD5ZZ.

Hong Kong celebrates with VR20 prefix. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China, Hong Kong licensed radio amateurs are being allowed to use the special prefix VR20 on a voluntary basis to 30 June 2018.


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 3 December 2017 

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

LIGHTNING SCATTER TESTS BY ZS4A – Rickus De Lange, ZS4A, at Bethlehem conducted some interesting Lightning Scatter tests on 30 November 2017, while a thunderstorm was raging near the border of Swaziland about 291 km northeast of him, and beaming his12-el Yagi at it. He recorded a Fast Graph of WSJT-X on 144,250 MHz MSK144 where lightning flashes produced spots on the chart. He did a musical transmission on the frequency and then asked Carl ZS6CBQ to listen for him but no success. 

Rickus then changed to AM broadcasting stations and ended up listening to 702 kHz commercial station when he heard the studio presenter’s voice clearly for about 8 seconds and it suddenly disappeared. ZS4A feels that this experiment worked, now the 50 and 144 MHz tests are lying ahead, so “Please let us hold thumbs for them”! 

Many years ago the writer discovered clear audio signals from a FM broadcasting station in Durban, operating in the 87,5 – 108 MHz FM band, while he monitored it on a domestic FM receiver in East London during a distant thunderstorm. Every time a distant lightning flash occurred a burst of audio appeared that lasted up to ten seconds, but the AM lightning crash was inaudible as the FM receiver limited it. The inference that one could draw from the above is that FM modulation would be the best mode for Lightning Scatter communication on 50 or 144 MHz, and eliminate AM lightning crashes. Furthermore, a two-way contact could be more successful if the thunderstorm is close to the VHF path between the distant operators. It would only require a few lightning flashes to complete a brief QSO. BTW the distance between East London and Durban is well over 400 km. 

SPORADIC-E OPENING IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – Pieter Jacobs says: “Look out for Sporadic-E openings. Marcos PY1MHZ Iin Brazil made a Sporadic-E contact a few days ago over a distance of 2000 km to the northern part of Brazil, where Christian’s antenna was only 3 metres above ground level. We must try and find a system running to warn all when it happens. The SARL Forum is way too slow, and WattsApp only reports when it is all done and over. Just a thought, Pieter V51PJ.” 

HI FROM SOUTH COAST – “Dave ZS5DJ and I had a reasonable long distance contact again last night 4th December of about 320 km. The Hepburn charts only showed a dark blue patch along our part of the coast, and I wasn't expecting much. However, Dave was signal strength Zero, but his audio was fine with some QSB. I was heard S5 R2-5 by Dave. Dave has a Mast Head amplifier, and that makes all the difference. Cheers Peter ZS2ABF.””

WATCH OUT FOR THE GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER – Bright meteors should be visible on the night of 13 December and early morning of 14 December streaking across the sky at a visible rate of 120 meteors per hour. This should also make analogue contacts possible on 50 MHz and digital as high as 144 MHz. 

VOYAGER 1 FIRES UP THRUSTERS AFTER 37 YEARS – If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday after 37 years without use. Voyager 1, NASA's farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or "puffs," lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft so that its antenna points at our planet. Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980. 

Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters that Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called "attitude control thrusters", have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. At 21 billion kilometres from Earth, there's no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up. The Voyager flight team at JPL dug up decades-old data and examined the software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure they could safely test the thrusters. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA's Deep Space Network. Lo and behold, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, they learned the TCM thrusters worked perfectly -- and just as well as the attitude control thrusters. 

 


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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