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ARiA2015 -  Book now for the Amateur Radio in Action symposium in Gauteng, Get programme here, Booking forms: Innovation Hub Pretoria 19 September2015  For regular updates and to check your booking  go the ARiA page here 

FIRST ZS TO ZS CONTACT ON 8 METRES – In his telephone conversation Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed us about the first-ever ZS to ZS contact on 40,675 MHz. It was made on Sunday 16 August 2015 between Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE,in Johannesburg and Willem at Polokwane using FSK441 and covering 288 km. ZS6WAB is equipped with a 3 element Yagi and 100 Watts. They are both looking for other ZS contacts. Read more  about VHF in ZS2FM's weekly updates here 


INCREASING CHANCE OF FLARES: Solar activity is still low. However, it could be set to increase with the emergence of a new sunspot, AR2403. The active region in the sun's southern hemisphere has doubled in size since yesterday and is starting to crackle with C-class solar flares

SARL  CONTESTS - Get details of the SARL Digital, CW  and other  contests here

 SARLNEWS: Sunday 23 August  2015 

English with Dennis Green ZS4BS  listen here

Afrikaans  met Etienne Naude ZS6EHF.Luister hier

Amateur Radio Today with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC   listen here.  


NEW SARL SECRETARY EMAIL ADDRESS - the scretary's email address has been changed to 

 The SARL Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface kit is no longer available. Sold out.





ARRL 2015 Handbook now available - the SA Amateur Radio Development Trust has a limited number of hardcover ARRL 2015  handbooks in stock. Get details and order form here.  The Post Office is again delivering parcels. It is secure with a tracking number. 

Special for SARL members till 22 April R1040 plus R60 packaging and posting. Non member price R1250 plus P&P. Limited stock available Order now. Next shipment is expected to be up by 25% due to Rand value and increased shipping cost.



 #RENEWAL OF AMATEUR RADIO LICENCES AND FORM B - Form B is no longer required. Amateur radio licenses are due on 31 March 2015 ICASAhas sent out reminders in January but the responsibility remains with the licensee to ensure that the license is paid. Unpaid licences will expire at the end of April.Radio amateurs also have the option to pay for 5 years. Simply send an email to  and advise him that you are converting to a 5 year license then when making payment, pay R500. This is a saving of R100 and protects the licensee against inflation increases which will be introduced from the 2016 license year. When paying ICASA please ensure that you quote your licence number and callsign.. 

 5MHZ NEWSLETTER FROM Paul G4MWO - Down load the 5 MHZ newsletter (no 12) also look at the latest WSPR activity from ZS1  here

HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 23 August 2015) 

North Korea, P5. The following is listed as "DPRK Project (Press Release I)" [edited]: During June 2013, Manuel German, EA7AJR, and I had our first meeting with a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Government official. After our meeting, we gave him a Ham Radio project for DPRK. One year later, April 2014, we had our second meeting and we gave him a new project. In April 2015, we had our third meeting and a new project was sent to Pyongyang. Just few days later after our project was received at the Ministry, the DPRK Government sent us an official invitation to visit the country looking to discuss our project details in person. Today 17 August 2015, we had a meeting with high-level officials from the Telecom Ministry. They were very kind, receptive and cooperative. They knew everything about Ham Radio, so it was really easy to talk with them about our Ham Radio operation project. If everything goes as it is going up today, I can tell that we are very close to get permission to realize the first legal Ham Radio operation from DPRK. So let us keep our fingers crossed because we are also in front of a real and historical possibility to an opening to future Ham Radio operations from this nice country. Antonio González EA5RM, Pyongyang 17 August 2015 

Zambia, 9J. Peter, 9J2HN will be active as 9J2JOCV from Lusaka, Zambia until 31 December to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers programme. QSL via JL1IHE, direct only. 

Rodrigues Islands, 3B9. Robert, 3B9FR, reportedly is back on RTTY now using FSK from his Icom IC-756 PRO III. He has been working Europe and looks forward to working North America and Japan when conditions are better. 

Lesotho, 7P. Members of the Bloemfontein ARC will be active as 7P8BFN from Malealea for the SARL National Field Day on 12 and 13 September. QSL via ZS4BS. 

Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands, 3B8/3B9. Matthias, DF6LO, will be active as 3B9/DF6LO from Rodrigues Island (AF-017) sometime in November, followed by an operation from Mauritius Island (AF-049) as 3B8/DF6LO in December. He did not provide specific dates. He will use a FT-857D with 30 watts on JT65 and occasionally 100 watts on CW. QSL via LoTW and eQSL only. Watch for updates. 

Bouvet Island, 3Y/B. Alex, UN7PCZ, the coordinator of the 3Y0F DXpedition to Bouvet Island, announced, "some logistical issues remain open and unresolved. People in charge of Antarctic expeditions RAE (r/v "Ak Fedorov") and SANAP (r/v "SA Agulhas II") are currently away on summer holidays." He believes that since things cannot be resolved until the governmental authorities return from their summer holiday, the 3Y0F operation will probably be delayed until 2016/2017. However, the team continues collect gear and antennas, and plans to put up a Web page soon to help collect donation pledges. It is suggested to watch the for news and updates.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM ( 23 August 2015) 

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

NEWS FLASH! FIRST ZS TO ZS CONTACT ON 8 METRES – In his telephone conversation Willem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, informed us about the first-ever ZS to ZS contact on 40,675 MHz. It was made on Sunday 16 August 2015 between Ian Roberts, ZS6BTE, at Johannesburg and Willem at Polokwame using FSK441 and covering 288 km. ZS6WAB is equipped with a 3 element Yagi and 100 Watts. They are both looking for other ZS contacts. 

WILL MASSIVE SOLAR STORMS AFFECT THE ELECTRONICS ON PLANES AND ITS PASSENGERS? – One of the largest Solar geomagnetic storms occurred on 1-2 September 1859, a coronal mass ejection (CME), which produced aurorae that reached latitudes 25 degrees North and South and as bright as the full Moon. It affected the telegraphic network in parts of the USA and Europe, and telegraphists experienced shocks when they touched their Morse keys. On 12 March 1989 another CME hit the Earth’s magnetic field that produced spectacular aurorae, including electrical currents in the ground and knocked out the Quebec power grid for 12 hours. What will happen to aircraft and passengers if a CME type 5 would hit us? Satellites could be silenced, radio and electronic equipment damaged, substation transformers burnt out, and power outages could last for months. Fortunately we will have an early warning of about 17 hours for high speed CME’s and several days for slower ones. 

YOU CAN ARRANGE SKEDS OR ASK FOR ADVICE FROM VHF AMATEURS VIA THEIR CELL PHONES – There is a list of cell phone numbers of around 120 VHF operators posted on the SARL Forum, where you can contact many radio amateurs countrywide. The main purpose of this list is to enable amateurs, especially beginners, to arrange skeds or ask for advice from more experienced VHF amateurs. This is a service that will be of benefit to many, including those who live in remote areas. 


“From KG54vo Marloth Park: ZS6OB, ZS6JON, and ZS6GJG all on 144,300 MHz JT65b. Nearly made it with ZS6KSG who peaked up to a 5/5 on SSB for a short period. From KG54mp Wit Rivier: ZS6JON, ZS6AVH and ZS6GJG, all on SSB. Carl ZS6BCQ was so close. 

The Wit Rivier QTH was especially lousy. There seem to be short, sharp openings (1 minute) – I’m not convinced they’re aircraft scatter. Its better to call 1 x 1 CQ and listen rather than droning one for half a minute or more – more likely to catch the lifts that way. Thanks for keeping me company. 73 Dick ZS6BUN.” (The very deep and slow QSB cycles suggest that you were dealing with Tropo Scatter, a propagation mode that is present daily but requires high power and high gain antenna systems). 

GAUTENG VHF NEWS – The activity on 144,300 MHz picked up this weekend, may be it is the warmer weather that we experience in Gauteng. Saturday morning we were 12 stations in the group. Francois Botha, ZS6UU, was on his post for his 75th birthday. David ZR6DLG joined the group for the first time with an ICOM 7000, he bought the previous day, and although his antenna was vertical he had a great signal. After a long battle I managed to work Gideon ZS6GJG in Phalaborwa on SSB at about 08:30 CAT when conditions improved. Gideon improved his antenna system with 2 x 10 element Yagis. At the moment he is running relative low power, 50 Watts over the distance of 415 km between us. Andrew ZS6AVH is on a bit higher location than mine and could copy Gideon 5/7 at times.

 Sunday morning 11 stations reported in. Unfortunately I could not work Dick at Wit Rivier, but he managed to work a few stations on SSB. The activity spread from 144,265 MHz Digital. The main group on 144,300 MHz and 144,320 MHz for contacts with far away stations. We are also starting a CW group on 144,250 MHz on Wednesday evenings from 20:00 CAT. This will be a real beginners group, including myself. The purpose will be to get stations proficient to make CW contacts when conditions are not good enough for SSB. The idea is to be able to send and identify call signs and reports. Come and have fun on VHF! 73 Carl ZS6CBQ.”     

LATE NEWS! BRAAM ZS6AYE ACHIEVED DXCC & WAC ON 50 MHz –  Congratulations to Braam Devenier, ZS6AYE, for being awarded a DXCC and WAC on 50 MHz. This is his third DXCC, the other two DXCC awards were for 10M and 20M, with DXCC credits of 104 for 50 MHz and total of 582 for all the bands from 160-2M. His WAC on 50 MHz was Issued by the IARU on 4 August 2015.

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 9 August 2015 

SARTG WW RTTY Contest: 15 - 16 August 2015 - Contest Periods: Three (3) separate periods: 0000 - 0800 UTC Saturday, 1600 - 2400 UTC Saturday, 0800 - 1600 UTC Sunday -  Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 m. -  Modes: RTTY only. -  Exchanges: RST + QSO number, starting with 001. 

RDA CONTEST - 2015 (RDAC): Contest Period: 08:00 UTC Aug 15 - 08:00 UTC Aug 16 2015 -  Bands: 1.8 - 28 mHz (WARC bands excluded) - Modes: CW and SSB.

SARL HF Digital Contest:  The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands.  Dates:   

Digital - from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC on Sunday 16 August 2015: Frequencies: 3 580 to 3 600 kHz, 7 040 to 7 060 kHz and 14 070 to 14 099 kHz. Categories: a) Single Operator Single Band  b) Single Operator All Band c) Multi Operator Single Band d) Multi Operator All Band  

Individual competitors and club stations are encouraged to compete.  In each Category, indicate if the operator(s) is/are Youth or YLs. Exchange:  RS and a consecutive serial number starting at 001. 

SCC RTTY CHAMPIONSHIP: For amateur radio stations around the world to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible on HF bands using RTTY Baudot mode. CONTEST PERIOD: 12.00 UTC Saturday to 11.59 UTC Sunday (24 hours); Date29 - 30 August. BANDS

All amateur bands from 3.5 through 28 MHz, except WARC bands.

SARL HF CW Contest: The aim of the HF Contests is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands.  Dates: 

CW - from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC on Sunday 30 August 2015. Frequencies:  14 000 to 14 060 kHz 7 000 to 7 040 kHz 3 510 to 3 560 kHz. Categories:  a) Single Operator Single Band  b) Single Operator All Band c) Multi Operator Single Band d) Multi Operator All Band  


Individual competitors and club stations are encouraged to compete.  In each Category, indicate if the operator(s) is/are Youth or YLs. Exchange:  RST and a consecutive serial number starting at 001.

SARL Forum Active Topics
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TR15H Manual 
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Direct importer of a wide selection of SWR meters, H.F., V.H.F. and U.H.F. base and mobile antennas. Amateur radio transceivers, antenna analyzers, etc. Affordable shipping costs for out of town customers and subsidized shipping to SARL members. Check out all my amateur radio goodies here. 0720268909.


Light Engineering Works

General engineering, part remanufacturing  turning, milling, drilling.Specialised welding of steel, stainless steel, aluminium and cast iron.Gear repair and remanufacturing.Prototype industrial and automotive  parts and brackets made to specification,  Heavy duty antenna support and Mobile brackets including standoff brackets and antenna parts manufactured.Tower and tower part repairs also undertaken. Contact Willie Wright ZS6WC.0823351356.

MEGE electrical control & automation

Mege electrical control & automation is in the business of designing and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of frequency drives, PLCs, mimic panels. Temperature controllers, thermocouples, RTDs, electric and gas ovens.  Gas detectors, hygrometers. Fire, heat and smoke detectors. Back-up generators. Solar panels, regulators. Earthing and lightning protection. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) at 082 330 3558, or 


Place your commercial hamads on the home page.  Book a six months space for R300 or 12 months at R500 prepaid with order   The advertisements will be  text only up to 60 words including address, telephone number and click through URL to advertisers' website and email address. Adverisement can be changed  Send your contact details to and we will contact you or call the NARC at 011 675 2393

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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.

Radio Hams have a full range or communication modes at their disposal. These include plain voice, Morse code, numerous digital computer modes and even graphical modes like television. As a licensed amateur radio operator you will be able to join in experiments using all these modes.

mateur radio can be enjoyed by young and old, male and female, even the most severely disabled can make friends around the world from their own home. This hobby knows no boundaries.

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The entry level for the WAZS award is 100 different call signs. The programme has recently been expanded to include higher level endorsements, such as WAZS-200, WAZS-300, etc. Endorsements may also be obtained for specific modes, eg: CW, SSB, etc.
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The South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel.  There are two regular schedule times as follows:
  • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.

  • 11:30 UTC:  Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.


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