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South Africa is divided up into 8 "ZS" zones.

  • ZS1 consists of the Western Cape as well as the North Western Cape.
    Some of the cities in this region are: Cape Town, George and  Knysna. 
  • ZS2 is the Eastern Cape.
    Some of the cities in this region are: Port Elizabeth and East London.
  • ZS3 is the Northern Cape.
    One of the cities in this region is: Kimberley.
  • ZS4 is the Free state.
    Some of the cities in this region are: Bloemfontein and Welkom.
  • ZS5 is Kwa-Zulu Natal.
    Some of the cities in this region are: Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
  • ZS6 is Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
    Some of the cities in this region are: Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  • ZS7 - ZS8 are used for Penguin Is., Prince Edward Is., Marion Is. and the SANAE
    base on the Antartic.

South Africa uses three callsign prefixes:

  • ZS is a full license, allowing operation on all HF bands, VHF and above. ( CEPT compliant )
    • Class A Radio Amateurs Exam + Assessment.
  • ZR is a restricted license, allowing operation on all bands except WARC bands with some limitations and power no more than 100watts on HF. ( CEPT compliant )
    • Class A Radio Amateurs Exam only.
  • ZU is a seldom used restricted license. ( Non CEPT )
    • Class B Radio Amateurs Exam.

Going back in time - Divisions in pre 2007


Going back in time - Divisions in August 1927


            Scanned from "Radio: Wings, Wheels, Wireless" August 1927

Extract from the above magazine:

"For the purpose of satisfactory control South Africa has been split up into eight divisions. Each division is controlled by a Divisional Committee. Each Divisional Committee has one of its members on the Executive Committee. With headquarters in Johannesburg it is obviously impossible for all Executive Members to meet regularly, so a proxy Executive Committee meets from time to time with power to put forward the wishes of the various Divisions."



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