LOGO TO CELEBRATE SARL 95TH ANNIVERSARY - the SARL has developed a special logo to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The SARL was founded in 1925 as the South African Radio Relay League but was later renamed as the South African Radio League.
The March 2020 Radio ZS is available for download.
SARL ON-THE-AIR BULLETINS AND AMATEUR RADIO TODAY PROGRAMME 23 February 2020
SARLNEWS in English with Dave Reece ZS1DFR here
SARLNUUS in Afrikaans met John KeulderZS6BXL klik/luister
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, SARL's weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/listen here
Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3620 kHz by Andy Cairns ZS6ADY. Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.
Listen to the full Jenis Caron interview on QSO Today here
The 2020 SARL National Convention - AGM Booklet is available on the AGM Documents page or here. The Registration Form for the 2020 National Convention is available for download, click here. The Proxy form
Electronic Voting for the SARL Annual Financial Statements for the Year ended 30 June 2019
The voting closed at 23:59 CAT on Wednesday 26 February 2020. The result of the vote is as follows:
Eligible to vote: 1 616
Votes cast: 170 - 10,5%
Thank you, Dennis Green, ZS4BS SARL Secretary
2020/21 Amateur Radio License fee increase
On Wednesday 5 February, ICASA informed the SARL that in accordance with the CPI document published by Stats SA on 22 January 2020, the average CPI for 2019 is 4.1% which will be the percentage increase of ICASA fees. Please note that these fees will only be implemented from 1 April 2020 and all licences issued in the remainder of the 2019/2020 licence year will be required to pay the pro rata fee calculated on the old fees. The radio frequency spectrum fees will therefore increase to the following:
Minimum fee or 1 year licence – from R 148.00 to R 154.00.
The multi-year licences will increase as follows:
2 year licence – From R 283.00 to R 294.00
3 year licence – From R 406.00 to R 422.00
4 year licence – From R 517.00 to R 537.00
5 year licence – From R 617.00 to R 642.00
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 e-mail to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the EFT payment. 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 call sign.
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.
DUBUS Technical Magazine. Pine, ZS6OB says, “For those who receive the DUBUS Technical Magazine - I have finally received all the copies and will be posting it in the coming week.”
Also, those who would like to receive Dubus again for 2020, please send me all your details. The cost for 2020 is R418. Mail money will be slightly more expensive because in the ordinary mail the shipment gets lost, so I want to arrange for it to be sent by courier so that there can be a tracking number. The final edition for 2019 has a very interesting 144 MHz preamp with a very low noise specification. Sorry about the delays with the 2019 issues but Joe had to resend on 2 occasions and then I had to pay extra for shipping again.
Please inform us urgently for the 2020 entries, send your e-mail to email@example.com
The 2020 Secunda ARC Field Day. The Secunda Radio Club, ZS6SRC, will hold its annual Field Day week from 20 – 29 March 2020 (during the school holidays) at the Trichardtfontein Dam, just outside Secunda. This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience in a simulated DXpedition. ZS6SRC plan to operate on HF - 160, 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 m and on VHF/UHF – 6 m and satellites (voice and digital) and QO-100 Satellite operation will also be available.
The Club is also in need of sponsors. Please contact Gert, ZS6GC if you know of anyone who can help sponsor the event. If you are planning to attend or can sponsor, contact Gert Botha, ZS6GC on mobile +27 82 771 0663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More information in the February 2020 Radio ZS
AMSAT SA NEW SPACE SYMOSIUM DATE - The annual AMSAT SA Space symposium date has changed to Saturday 11 July 2020. While the call for papers is ongoing till the end of February, AMSAT SA is pleased to announce that Burns Fisher WB1FJ, of AMSAT NA will delivery two papers at the symposium: Fox-in-a-box, Fox telemetry reception using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi and a J-pole antenna including a discussion on the optimal positioning for a J-pole antenna for satellite reception and an overview of what is in orbit currently and expected in the near future and their features.
Prospective authors are invited to propose other papers by submitting a brief synopsis to email@example.com before 28 February 2020.
THE BETHLEHEM 2 M BEACON IS ON THE AIR. The Bethlehem 2 m beacon that has previously been reported on, is now on the air. A dedicated group of VHF enthusiasts installed the two 8 element Yagi antennas, splitter and LMR-400 coax on the mast of the Free State Amateur Radio Club on Bird Cage Hill near Bethlehem on Saturday 7 December 2019. After connecting the cable in the repeater hut, the beacon in its box was powered up and within 30 seconds the first message was sent towards Johannesburg and Durban. Not long after that the reports started coming in, S3 to S5 in Pretoria and 3/1 in Edenvale. It is heard softly in Kimberley and Bloemfontein, which are on the back of the antennas. The beacon transmits on 144,425 MHz CW with 25 W into a pair of 8 element Yagi antennas. The message being transmitted to those who cannot read CW is "CQ CQ ZS0BET ZS0BET BEACON KG41DS."
Well done to the team of Rickus, ZS4A; Charl, ZS4ATZ; Wallie, ZS4LD; Daniel, ZS4DA; Stephan, ZS4SDL and Carl, ZS6CBQ, who installed the beacon in Bethlehem. Listen to Amateur Radio Today for more information about the installation of the beacon. The VHF Work Group will now focus on a 2 m beacon for the Northern Karoo in the new year.
The SARL Novice Award - The Council has approved the SARL Novice Award. This award is available to holders of South African Novice Licence (ZU) and is designed to encourage activity across four designated bands for this licence class. Contacts may be made using CW, SSB or FM modes, as appropriate on 80 m, 40 m, 10 m and 2 m with a minimum of 10 contacts and maximum of 25 contacts per band. Multiple contacts with the same amateur and contacts via terrestrial repeaters do not count for the award. No QSL cards are needed. Get the information HERE
2020 ARRL Handbook and Antenna book - Limited stock of the ARRL Antenna Book ( 4 volumes in a boxed set) and the ARRL Handbook (6 volumes shrinked wrapped) are now available. Order while stocks last .
Order form with details can be downloaded here
Note the address to send orders has changed. If you have sent an order in the past 2 weeks please resend. New address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry for the inconcenience, but we had to move to a new hosting company as Telkom could not resolve their software issues they have with .org.za addresses.
The 2020 SARL 95 National Convention - The Sandton and Hammies ARCs are hosting the 2020 SARL 95 National Convention over the weekend of 3 to 5 April 2020 at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg. The SARL Symposium will be run on Friday 3 April with the SARL AGM on Saturday morning 4 April. The SARL 95 Celebratory Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday evening with the LM Radio Band and Eddie Eksteen!
Why SARL 95? The SARL will be 95 years old in 2020 and application will be made for a special call sign.
Report interference and unauthorised use of amateur frequencies - If your transmission or repeater is interfered with by an unlicensed person (s), note as much detail as possible and report the case for investigation to the ICASA regional office in your area. By policing the amateur bands and reporting transgressions by non-licensed persons we protect the future of the amateur radio spectrum. Send a copy of your email to email@example.com to allow the SARL to monitor how wide-spread the problem is. For a list of ICASA Regional managers and contact details visit http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/licences.asp or click here.
Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology - The SARL hosted a very sucessful synposium on 12 April 2019 in Stellenbosch. It was attended by over 60 delegates. The symposium was supported by contributions from RF Design, Comtest, F'Sati, Giga Technology and AMSAT SA. The powerpoint presentations are available for download here. Download while still available .
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.
Two New Books and mike kit available from ARD Trust online bookshop - The books are RSGB Shortwave Defined Radio and Get On The Air with Digital (includes FT8). Also new is a sunstep cordless microphone kit (ideal for kids). Get details here
If you are a newcomer to radio or would like to brush-up on your knowledge you may also like this one
Get details here
Get your antennas ready for the SARL contests. Here is another handy ARRL book: Basic Antennas @ R740 per copy.
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
- 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
2020 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 for the League website to Hans, ZS6AKV at firstname.lastname@example.org and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at email@example.com.
Advertising Rates (effective 1 January 2020)
Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - R600 pm - R3 000 for 6 months - R5 000 per annum
Commercial Hamad on home page - R100 pm - R400 for 6 months - R900 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com