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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS Focus on VHF/UHF/Microwave Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads

SARL TODAY! 

Amateur Radio Today and SARL NEWSListen to  these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. Get the transmission schedule here .

Sunday 24 June 2018

SARLNUUS met Anette Jacobs ZR6D luister/laaiaf

SARLNEWS  with Rory Norton ZS2BL   listen/download 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen . More details about Today's programme here 


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. Total special package R960 including Postnet. Purchase supports YOTA2018. Get orderform here


IN FOCUS ON VHF AND ABOVE - learn more about FT8. Find out about QSO sequence as this is very important for a valid QSO on any digital mode and the difference between DX-Pedition and normal operation.  Focus on VHF and above is also available in audio format. Get more here

 

YOTA 2018  NEEDS SPONSORS FOR DONGLE CONNECTION CABLES -   The Amateur Radio Development Trust will be sponsoring VHF/UHF dongles for the 80 young people taking part in YOTA 2018 to be hosted in South Africa  from 8 - 15 August 2018.
Funding is however required for the connecting cable between the dongle  and antenna. The cost for 80 cables  is approxtimate R9000.  The dongle will be used to introduce the young people into the world of Software Defined Radio and be part of their near-space BACAR experience.  If you or your company  can assist,  make a contribution. Your help will contribute to making YOTA 2018 a success and the best ever.

Funds for  5 Cables have thus far been donated. AMSAT SA will handle the fundtaising for  the cables. Bank details  ABSA 40 8982 6281 Branch code 632 005. A list of donors will be published on www.amsatsa.org.za


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


ITU officially confirms: Z6 prefix is illegal

In a repost by YT9TP (Serbia) it would appear that the International Telecommunication Union has officially confirmed use of the Z6 prefix is illegal. This from ITU Operational Bulletin No. 1149 dated 1 June 2018.

“Call sign series can be allocated only to the administrations of the ITU Member States by world radio communication conferences or, between radio communication conferences, by the ITU Secretary-General. In this respect, the attention of the ITU administrations is drawn to the fact that ITU has not allocated call sign series Z6 to any of its Member States. Consequently, the utilization of call signs series Z6 by any entity without a formal allocation and consent of the ITU represents an unauthorized and illegal usage of this international numbering resource.”e R1080


RSGB YOTA TEAM HANDS OVER FLAG TO SA - The official handover from the RSGB YOTA Team to the SARL YOTA Team took place on Friday afternoon, 1 June 2018, in Friedrichshafen. The SARL Team received the YOTA flag as well as the symbolic Begali YOTA morse key. The SARL Team showed a video as background and introduction to the YOTA 2018 event in August in South Africa. Two months to go! 

L-R Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, Florian OE3FTA, Mike 2E0MLJ, Koos ZR6KF and Lisa PA2LS.

PIC

 


 

Current Regulations remain in force- The publication of the National Radio Frequency band plan has created some confusion and a lot of speculation. Here are the facts:

The current regulations remain in force. The frequencies and conditions as published in Annexure I of the 2015 Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations remain in force.  View  list of amateur radio frequencies here.

ICASA has started a process to amend the regulations and bring them in line with the National Frequency Band Plan. A draft will be published in the Government Gazette in due course for comment. Although ICASA Councillor, Peter Zimri, told the SARL that ICASA is fast tracking the new regulations, it will likely be some months before the draft is gazetted for comment. The SARL will monitor the situation.

As far as the 5 MHz is concerned, the allocation is not in the current addendum I. However ICASA agreed that all radio licensed amateurs ZR, ZS and ZU may use the frequencies provided they operate with the maximum power of 15 watts eirp. The SARL has made representation to ICASA to consider a limit of 20 dBW, or 100 watts. This process will mostly likely only be considered after the draft regulations are published for comment.  There is currently no band plan. Before a band plan for South Africa is considered research should be undertaken what other countries that have 100 kHz of the 5MHz have agreed on.  In some countries additional spot frequencies outside the WRC allocation have been allocated to the amateur service. These should also be considered as they could present some DX opportunities 

If you have views on a band plan please send them to secretary@sarl.org.za so that an informed recommendation can be made to Council and ultimately  voted on electronically. 60 Metre Allocations World-wide


Radio ZS June 2018 - The June 2018 issue of Radio ZS is available for download - all 52 pages! Only 597 copies of the May 2018 Radio ZS were downloaded.


SOUTH AFRICA GETS 100 KHZ ON 60 METRES - On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum.  

The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis.  In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. "We now can go full steam ahead", Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. "There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required."

Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. "Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p 

UPDATE YOUR AMATEUR LIBRARY -  For the next two weeks the SAARDT Online Bookshop offers an additional 10% discount on ARRL Books. The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust is supporting YOTA 2018 and will use funds from book sales to sponsor SDR dongles for participants.  There is still one 2018 ARRL Hanbook in stock. Two 2017  ARRL Handbooks are available at only R600. Other books of interest are Satellite Handbook, ARRLAntenna Handbook (23rd ed), Basic  Antennas, Simple and Fun Antennas and Radio Science for the Amateur. Visit www.amateurradio.org.za for the complete list and orderform or clickhere


 

The latest VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table 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 25 May 2018. Updates to zssixnk@gmail.com  


Football World Cup Radio Marathon. A large number of special call signs from countries participating in the Football World Cup tournament, as well as from other FIFA member countries that did not qualify for the finals, will be active between 1 June and 15 July. Participating stations are expected from Algeria (7X2FIFA), Antigua & Barbuda (V218FIFA), Argentina (AY0FWC), Austria (OE18FIFA), Bahrain (A91FWC), Bermuda (VP9FIFA), Bosnia & Herzegovina (E70FIFA), Brazil (ZZ18FWC), Canada (VB18FIFA), Croatia (9A18FIFA), Denmark (OU18FWC), Ecuador (HD18FIFA), Egypt (SU18FWC), England (GB18FWC), France (TM18FWC), Germany (DJ18FWC and DK18FWC), Greece (SX18FIFA), Haiti (HH18FIFA), Hong Kong (VR2FIFA), Hungary (HG18FIFA), Indonesia (YB18FIFA), Iraq (YI0FIFA), Italy (II9FIFA), Kazakhstan (UP18FIFA), Korea (DT18FIFA and DT18FWC), Luxembourg (LX18FIFA), Moldova (ER18FIFA), Netherlands (PA18FIFA), New Zealand (ZL18FIFA), Northern Ireland (GB18FIFA), Panama (HP18FWC), Peru (OC18FWC), Philippines (DX18FIFA), Poland (3Z18FWC), Portugal/Azores (CR2018FWC), Qatar (A71FIFA), Saudi Arabia (HZ18FIFA and HZ18FWC), Scotland (MB18FIFA: 10, 13, 14 July), Serbia (YU18FWC), Slovakia (OM18FIFA and OM2018FIFA), Spain (AO18FWC), Suriname (PZ18FIFA), Sweden (7S18FWC, 8S18FWC, SB18FWC, SC18FWC, SD18FWC, SE18FWC, SF18FWC, SH18FWC and SI18FWC), United Arab Emirates (A60FIFA), Uruguay (CW18FWC), Venezuela (YW18FIFA), Wales (MB18FIFA: 12 June and 12 July). Complete information will be published on http://fwc18.hamlogs.net/.


BAD OPERATING PRACTICES ON HF - Following a recent communicated trend of on air abuse including misconduct on 20 m, the Namibian Amateur Radio League (NARL) President Werner, V51JP and the SARL President Nico, ZS6QL engaged with the respective individuals and were able to resolve the matter. Unfortunately, this did not end there, we are currently facing a situation where South African radio amateurs are now themselves guilty of misconduct on the air.

Amateur radio is a self-governing service and we as respected amateurs operate in accordance with a code of conduct which stand for cooperation, assistance, loyalty, good-will, patience, consideration and friendship when operating on the air.

The SARL Council would like to appeal to South African amateurs to refrain from bad behaviour and poor operating practices. Please promote fair play and adhere to the amateur code of conduct on the air in the spirit of amateur radio.


 

Young South African Radio Amateurs invited to apply for YOTA 2018 - South Africa will host 80 young Radio Amateurs from 34 countries in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, for a week-long international event from 8 – 15 August 2018. This is the first time that YOTA (Youngsters–on–the–Air Summer Event) is presented in South Africa and hosted by the South African Radio League (SARL).  

Applications are now invited for the South African Team and anyone aged between 16 and 25 is invited to apply for selection as a team member and participate in this amazing amateur radio event.

“This annual event creates, in addition to amateur radio, the opportunity to learn about different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill as well as learning new radio communication and technical skills”, says SARL president, Nico van Rensburg. YOTA brings together young radio amateurs under the age of 26 who have a passion for amateur radio and technology to learn new skills, discuss and share ideas about amateur radio and its future. This year’s camp will not just focus on teaching individual skills but look at empowering the group to become mentors and transfer the skills they have learned. 

The week long programme includes building a radio transceiver kit, becoming involved in launching and tracking of a high altitude balloon with various radio equipment on-board, hone their communication skills using multi frequency amateur radio stations and other technology and communications based activities. 

To be considered for selection in the South African team visit  www.zs9yota.co.za,   complete the online application in full and submit before 30 May 2018. The SARL YOTA Team Selection Committee will notify successful applicants by 17 June 2018. Full details about the 2018 event can be found on www.zs9yota.co.za. For additional information contact the team at info@zs9yota.co.za. 

Radio Amateurs and companies can become involved in YOTA 2018 by financially contributing. For banking and PayPal details visit www.zs9yota.co.za. Support the future of amateur radio.


Get radio active in a different way - The SARL will soon be featuring a 3 minute slot on LM Radio. It will be broadcast mid-morning on a Saturday on 702 kHz AM from Johannesburg.   The SARL invites all young radio amateurs to send us a WhatsApp voice note. Record why you think amateur radio is cool or “Amateur radio is cool because it gets into new technologies …” Use your own words.  Start your voice note with I am, your name and callsign. The voice note must not be longer than 1 minute. Send your voice note to 076 402 1464.  You may just be the next radio star. Send as many as you like. We will select the best!


ARRL HANDBOOK -   only 2 copies of the 2017 edition are available. The 2018 is no longer available. For details visit www.amateurradio.org.za


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

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

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 admin@sarl.org.za with a copy to artoday@sarl.org.za


HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 23 June 2018 

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

DXpedition Team Sets Sail for Baker Island. The KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition team is on its way to Baker Island. The DXpedition commemorates the 81st anniversary of aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance on 2 July 1937, near Baker and Howland islands, as well as "the commitment and sacrifices" of the Hui PanalÄ'au (loosely translates to "society of colonists"), young high school graduates from Hawaii who were sent to colonize Baker, Howland and Jarvis islands from 1935 until 1942 and who began construction of a runway for Earhart to land in 1937. The islands were bombed the day after Pearl Harbour, killing two and the colonists were removed by the US Coast Guard in 1942.

The enthusiasm level was high, as the KH1/KH7Z team departed Pago Pago, American Samoa, on June 20 aboard the Nai'a, en route to Baker Island. The DXpedition is scheduled to fire up around 00:00 UTC on 28 June with eight operating positions active on all open bands. The team will be on the air around the clock for the following 10 days. The KH1/KH7Z team consists of 14 operators. The KH1/KH7Z DXpedition has pledged to adjust to the propagation at hand. Baker Island is the fifth Most-Wanted DXCC entity, according to Club Log.

As reported, KH1/KH7X will employ FT8 digital mode to find openings that might not be obvious and to serve as a beacon. "When we find an opening, we will put as many radios/modes/ops on as we can," the team said. The KH1/KH7X group helped to develop the WSJT-X software version that incorporates an FT8 "DXpedition Mode" (version 1.9.0). The DXpedition said using FT8 DXpedition mode may allow the operators to "expand" the bands they are able to use at this point in the solar cycle. The DXpedition's band plan page includes a guide to using FT8 DXpedition Mode.

The Dateline DX Association (DDXA) is sponsoring the DXpedition to Baker Island. The Pacific Islands Refuges and Monuments Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service granted the DDXA permission to land and operate on the uninhabited island.

Montenegro, 4O. Bill, ON5JE reports he will be active as 4O/ON5JE from Montenegro from 25 June to 17 July. He will operate SSB on 40 and 20 metres, and "will activate also some 4OFF areas". QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

France, F. TM95KOB is the special callsign for the Radio-Club de l'Aube (F5KOB) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The first activity will be from 29 June to 1 July, followed by other four sessions (20 - 22 July, 14 - 16 September, 5 - 7 October and 16 - 18 November). QSL via the bureau to F5KOB.

Solomon Islands, H4. Bernhard, DL2GAC will be active again as H44MS from the Solomon Islands from 22 June to 12 July. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

Papua New Guinea, P2. Roly, ZL1BQD will be active again as P29RR from Wewak, Papua New Guinea (OC-034) between 1 and 26 July. In his spare time, he will operate mainly FT8, with a focus on 160 and 80 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or direct to home call.

Russia, UA9. R25RRA is a special callsign celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club (http://robinsons.ru/). It will be used from various islands qualifying for the Russian Robinson Award (RRA) Programme, starting on 26 to 30 June from Punuyamsalya Island (not IOTA, RR-06-75). QSL via RZ3EC.

IOTA Tour. Gabriele, IK3GES will be touring Northern Europe between 25 June and 3 August and will be active from several island groups in Germany (EU-057 and EU-128), Denmark (EU-029), Sweden (EU-037, EU-043, EU-084, EU-087 and EU-139), Norway (EU-033 and EU-076), Finland (EU-097, EU-101, EU-140 and EU-173) and Poland (EU-129 and EU-132). QSL via IK3GES, direct or bureau (OQRS on Club Log will be available when he returns home).

VOACAP Online Hf Predictions. The VOACAP Online HF Predictions service (www.voacap.com/hf/) is a replacement for and a consolidation of the previous VOACAP Online P2P (point-to-point) service and VOACAP Online Coverage Maps. These two previous services will be closed down by mid-July. The User Manual (17 June 2018) can be found on https://voacap.blogspot.com/. The new service uses VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program) as its calculation engine, requiring the use of a reasonably new web browser. For example, the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are known to work. The earlier versions may not be supported. If you encounter problems with the service, please try first to upgrade your browser to the latest version available.


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS - FOCUS ON VHF with ZS6YZ 3 June 2018 

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

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to vhfnews@sarl.org.za. 

Focus on VHF 17 June 2018

For a audio version click here  

In this week’s tutorial we will be looking at how to use FT8  

Let us first start at the beginning. What do you need to get started with the digital modes? 

You need a PC with either a sound card or a USB port. This is the minimum needed to be able to start. For the amateurs who want to home-brew you can look on the internet for circuit diagrams to build own sound card to radio interface. Alternatively you can buy a USB sound card interface such as the SIGNALINK USB Interface. It is supplied with the proper connectors to easily connect to the radio that you want to use. The USB sound drivers are supported by Windows software.

Next you need to download the various digital mode software packages from the internet such as FLDIGI and WSJT-X. WSJT-X was discussed in a previous tutorial. These packages cover all digital modes that are being used. You can GOOGLE the names and you will find the download sites.

The latest versions also support full CAT control. CAT control or Computer Aided Transceiver control is when the PC will change the frequency etc. for each mode selected and also controls the logging software if enabled. We will discuss sound cards and rig control in a later tutorial. 

Some say FT8 is a computer to computer mode, but human intervention is still there. You must start the QSO and then yes it is sort of automatic from there on.  

Let’s look at the QSO sequence as this is very important for a valid QSO on any digital mode.  

First you need to give your call sign and of course the station you are calling, or if you are just listening and watching the decode screen you can double click on the station calling “CQ Call sign Grid”. This will automatically store the Call sign calling CQ in the DX Call block on your program and it will generate the correct messages to be sent. When the calling station is answering your call he will answer you with your call sign his call sign and a signal report. This signal report is the level of the first decoded signal from you. In digital mode the first signal level decoded is always the one used even if it does get better or worse during the QSO. Now your response to his answer will be in TX3 which is line 3 of the generated messages. When he receives your line 3 which is his call sign your call sign and a R with the signal report of the level you received him first. This is to confirm with him that you did receive his line 2 with signal report and that you now give him his signal report. Now the station in QSO with you will send his line 4 or TX4 to you which contains your call sign his call sign and RRR. The RRR is to confirm that he did receive your signal report as well. The call is now valid and the only message left to send is TX5 or line 5 with his call sign your call sign and 73. A lot of chasers do not say 73 as they want to get as many calls done as possible, especially during DX-Peditions. With DX-Peditions you do not send TX5. Once you have received his TX4, you log the call as the DX-Pedition station will start calling CQ Call sign and Grid once done. 

Now what is the difference between DX-Pedition and normal operation? DX-Peditions want the maximum amount of calls logged as the whole world are calling them and conditions might fade quickly.

When there is a DX-Pedition operating the tip is to select in your software File>Settings>Advanced and click HOUND. They will be selecting FOX on their side. By selecting FOX on their side they automatically are able to add up to 5 stations in the message list – thus the computer is now working 5 stations at a single time. Once a TX4 is sent to a station it immediately opens up a space for the next call sign to be added. This feature provides a more stable flow of calls being worked than trying to work through the chaos on the waterfall manually. They actually transmit on 5 different audio frequencies that change continually. They can change this to fewer stations if conditions are not favourable. 

Another feature they have is to then adjust what signal levels they want to decode. If you are adding your 1KW linear to the output they will not even see you as the software will just blank you out on their screen. You will also be getting a bad name as everything is reported automatically on the worldwide logbooks that are being used because you are blocking other stations that want to work them.

Now how do you make sure you do not splatter or give out a bad signal? When you transmit the most important level to monitor is your ALC or Automatic Level Control. If your radio does not have an ALC meter, then you need to monitor your output power. Remember digital modes are low power modes. Not high power modes.

The set-up procedure is as follows. Generate a signal. Look at your ALC meter. Adjust the audio output level of the sound card so that the ALC just moves. Alternatively look at your output power and adjust the audio output level so that the power output level just drops. Now you are guaranteed to have a good clean transmission. You normally set your receive level for 40-50 dB which is in the middle of the receive level indicator on the PC screen. You are now ready to operate any digital mode and be sure of a clean decodable signal. Again stick to low output power.  

In next week’s tutorial we will discuss a little more about sound cards and rig control, followed by digital modes and timing.  

And now onto some VHF and UHF news...

 Locally, earlier this week Willem ZS6WAB queried on the SARL Forum whether anyone was still using his beacons. Willem has since switched off his 4m, 2m and 70cm beacons. Carl, ZS6CBQ also responded to Willem and said that activity north of Pretoria was non-existent and that they could not contact Servaas ZS6SER either.  

Carl reported that the Free State guys were however active and that there is much more activity than only weekend activity now. They now have a group every night from 20:00 to 21:00 and every morning from 06:00 till 07:00 active on 144.300 MHz, mostly south from his QTH in Krugersdorp.

After a period of poor conditions the band has been wide open since Tuesday evening. On Thursday night signal reports were mostly 5/9+ 15 to 20 between most of the stations over average distances of 200 km. Carl worked Michael ZR4MF in Bloemfontein signal strength S7. Aircraft scatter and pre-amps were not necessary.

Carl says, we also tried 70cm on 432.200 MHz and signals were just as good. A quick test between Rickus ZS4A and myself on 23cm 1296.200 MHz was not good.

Carl also said that he has received some video clips from Dries ZS4AJ showing progress with his tower at his new QTH in Bloemfontein, and that he is sure that there will be many VHF and UHF QSO’s with him soon.
Vernon ZS6AIG has a lot of new VHF and UHF equipment in his radio room. His new Icom 9100 is getting a 23cm module, while the amplifier and Yagi is waiting to be fired up on 1296.200 MHz.
Dick ZS6BUN is also making good progress with his new tower on his farm.

So come and listen on 144.300 MHz SSB if you have a horizontal Yagi and give long distance contacts a go. 
 

Down in the Eastern Cape, Peter ZS2ABF reported that communications along the South East Coast was also difficult. Last Sunday, he and Dave ZS5DJ had a contact lasting a couple of minutes, but it was very poor. He tried again later in the week, but nothing was heard. Peter said that he would continue to try as one never knows when an opening will occur as the predictions were often wrong. 

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to vhfnews@sarl.org.za.

 

Thank you, Pieter V51PJ for the tutorial and Carl ZS6CBQ and Peter ZS2ABF for the news snippets that you provided this week. Focus on VHF and above is edited and presented for Amateur Radio Today by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ.


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 3 May 2018 

 Antique Wireless Association Valve QSO Party: Aim: The aim of the AWA Valve QSO party is to create activity on the 40 and 80 metre bands. It is a phone only contest using AM and SSB. Preferably, valve radios or radios with valves in them may be used. No linear amplifiers may be used. Date and Time: AM QSO Party- 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Saturday 5. SSB QSO Party: 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday 6 May. Frequencies: 40 metres: 7 063 to 7 100 kHz and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz, 80 metres: Exchange: Call sign, RS report, a consecutive serial numbers starting at 001 and the type of radio used, e.g. HT37 TX. See Blue Book for more details 

ARI International DX Contest: Aim: It is a world-wide competition: everybody can work everybody.

Dates and time: The contest will be held on the first full weekend of May 5-6 starting at 12.00pm Saturday and ending at 1159Z Sunday. Bands: Bands from 10m through 80m, except WARC bands. Exchange: Italian stations will send RST and two letters to identify their province. Other stations will send RST and a serial number from 001.  See http://www.ari.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5167%3Aari-international-dx-contest-2018&catid=250%3Aari-international&Itemid=270&lang=it 

VOLTA RTTY DX CONTEST: TEST PERIOD: 12:00 GMT Saturday May 12, 2018 until 12:00 GMT Sunday May 13. BANDS: 3,5 - 7 - 14 -21 - 28 MHz Amateur bands. MESSAGE: Must consist of: RST - QSO progressive number starting from 001 - Your CQ Zone number. (es.: 599-001-15). See http://www.contestvolta.com/rules.pdf 

UN DX CONTEST:  Aim: UN DX CONTEST is organized and held by the national amateur radio society The Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosport and Radioamateur (KFRR). Contest period: 06.00 UTC 19 May 2018 – 21.00 UTC 19 May 2018. Bands: 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m (according to the IARU band plan for HF contests). Modes: CW and SSB. Exchange: Kazakhstan stations send RS(T) report plus KDA award district code. Non-Kazakhstan stations should send RS(T) report plus progressive serial number, starting with 001 for the first contact. See http://undxc.kz/bez-rubriki/2015-2/

AEGEAN RTTY CONTEST: Date: 3rd full weekend of May, from 12:00 UTC Saturday till 12:00 UTC Sunday  19 and 20 May. Mode: RTTY BAUDOT. Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters, according to the IARU Region 1 band plan. Exchange: RST + QSO number starting with 001. See http://www.aegeandxgroup.gr/dx-pdf/AEGEAN%20RTTY%20CONTEST%20RULES.pdf 

European PSK DX Contest: Date and Time: 12:00 UTC 19.05.2018 - 12:00 UTC 20.05.2018. Bands: 80 meters (3.580 – 3.590 MHz), 40 meters (7.040 – 7.050 MHz), 20 meters (14.070 –14.080 MHz), 15 meters (21.070 – 21.080 MHz), and 10 meters (28.070 – 28.080 MHz). Exchange: All EU stations should send signal report plus EU Area Code.  DX stations should send signal report plus QSO number, starting 001. See http://www.eupsk.com/eupskdx/eupskdxrules.pdf 

His Majesty The King of Spain CW Contest: Dates: 1200 UTC Saturday till 1159 UTC Sunday (May 19-20, 2018). Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meters, in the segments recommended by the IARU for this mode. Exchange: Spanish stations send RST and the Province abbreviation and Special station His Majesty The King of Spain (EA0) will pass the abbreviation (SMR). DX stations send RST and serial number starting with 001. See https://concursos.ure.es/en/s-m-el-rey-de-espana-cw/bases/

CQ World-Wide WPX Contest: Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday May 26-27. Objective: For amateurs world wide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period. Period of Operation: 48 hours. Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. Multi-operator stations may operate the full 48 hours. Bands: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. EXCHANGE: RS(T) report plus a progressive contact serial number starting with 001 for the first contact. Note: Multi-Two and Multi-Unlimited entrants use separate serial number sequences on each band. See http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm 

Hammies Sprint: Aim: This is a fun activity to promote contacts between Hammies and radio amateurs in Southern African countries with an emphasis on ZU stations. Date and Time: 14:00 to 15:00 UTC 10 June 2018. Exchange: RS and provincial abbreviation, DX for all stations outside South Africa. Frequency and mode: A phone contest on the 40-metre band, 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz. See Blue Book for more details 

South African Radio League Top Band QSO Party: Aim: This is a fun activity to promote contacts on 160 metres between radio amateurs in Southern African countries and to encourage radio amateurs to apply for the South African Radio League Top Band Award. Date and Time: 00:00 UTC on Thursday 21 June 2018 to 00:00 UTC on Monday 25 June 2018. Frequency: CW: 1 810 – 1 838 kHz, Phone: 1 840 – 2 000 kHz. Exchange: The exchange is a RS(T) report and provincial or country abbreviation. See Blue Book more details 

His Majesty The King of Spain SSB Contest: Dates: 1200 UTC Saturday till 1159 UTC Sunday (June 23-24, 2018). Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meters, in the segments recommended by the IARU for this mode. Exchange: Spanish stations send RST and the Province abbreviation and Special station His Majesty The King of Spain (EA0) will pass the abbreviation (SMR). DX stations send RST and serial number starting with 001. See https://concursos.ure.es/en/s-m-el-rey-de-espana-ssb/bases/ 

UKRAINIAN DX DIGI CONTEST: 12.00 UTC Saturday , through 12.00 UTC Sunday 23-24 June.  MODE:  RTTY 75bd and PSK63 only. BANDS:  3,5 – 7 – 14 - 21 - 28 MHz without WARC bands. Exchange:  Non-Ukrainian stations transmits RST & QSO number beginning from 001. Ukrainian stations transmits RST & two letters denoting the province(oblast). http://www.izmail-dx.com/

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Radio Amateurs, or "Hams" use two-way radio communication to make contact with other radio amateurs all over the world. They are even able to use satellites and on occasion speak with astronauts. Radio Hams can do this from home or while mobile in cars, boats or on foot.

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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.
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