December 2020 - YOTA Month Activity - An activity for the youngsters during the month of December when several young peope from IARU member countries will be active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the callsigns.
From Tuesday, December 1 to Tuesday December 31, 2020 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 the callsign ZS9YOTA on the IARU R1 website as an educational callsign for use by clubs and individuals during this December.
To reserve a slot to make use of the ZS9YOTA callsign on a daily basis or for information please contact Noel ZR6DX via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively to Nico, ZS6QL at email@example.com
The Press Release provides additional links with the Booking Schedule available here and the rules here.
Looking forward to hearing our younger generation active on the air working local and DX during this month!
Radio ZS. The December Radio ZS is available for download, go to Publications on the left-hand menu and click on Radio ZS Download.
SARL ON-THE-AIR BULLETINS AND AMATEUR RADIO TODAY PROGRAMME 29 NOVEMBER 2020
SARLNEWS in English with Dave Reece ZS1DFR Listen/Download here
SARLNUUS in Afrikaans met Jan Kramer ZS6JRK Luister/laai hier af
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, SARL's weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by Hans van de roenendaal ZS6AKV download or listen here
Sundays at 08:00 UTC on repeaters around South Africa including 145,750 and 145,725 MHZ in Pretoria. On HF 7 082 kHz by Louis, ZS5LP
Sundays @19:00 on the 145.750 Tygerberg repeater, a rebroadcast by Andre, ZS1F
Amateur Radio Today on 80 metres on Mondays - On Mondays Amateur RadioToday is transmitted at 19:30 local time on 3 620 kHz by Andy, ZS6ADY.
Reception reports are invited. Please send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give details of the signal strength antenna and location.
Text bulletins from 1 March 2020 to today can be found at https://sarlnewsbulletin.wordpress.com/
JOIN THE SARL AT THE HALF YEAR RATE GET ONE MONTH FREE
Join the SARL today and pay the half year rate. The Council has decided to institute the half year rate from Monday 30 November 2020. Ordinary members pay R250, Senior members pay R150, spouse members pay R90 and student members pay R60. Fill in the online membership application form on www.sarl.org.za/public/membership/join.asp and do an EFT into the SARL bank account using your call sign as the reference.
TAKE NOTE: The SARL Newbie QSO Party has been moved from Saturday 21 November to Saturday 19 December 2020.
The 2021 National Convention will take place over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2021. Members are invited to submit motions for discussion at the 2021 AGM, to nominate their fellow Radio Amateurs for SARL Awards and Trophies and to nominate at least five radio amateurs to serve on Council for the next two years. The relevant documents are available on the AGM Documents page in the Members Only section.
The SARL Noise Floor Project - The presentation by Hans, ZS6AKV during the C7 - EMC meeting atthe Region 1 Virtual General Conference, can be seen here.
The #IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter October 2020 is now available. Click on iaru-r1.org and read it!
DECEMBER AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATION (RAE) Saturday 5 December 2020 at 10:00 CAT (08:00 UTC) - The Registration process will close on Friday 6 November 2020 - NO LATE Registrations will be accepted!
AMATEUR RADIO LICENCE RENEWAL – ICASA still operate the old system in parallel with the new online system.
If you licence was issued on the old system, you will receive an invoice. ICASA informed the SARL that the invoice will be mailed during the next few weeks. However with the huge postal backlog caused by the lockdown you may not receive it for some time.
You may pay it with out the invoice as follows:
2020/21 Amateur Radio License fee
1 year licence – R 154.00.
2 year licence – R 294.00
3 year licence – R 422.00
4 year licence - R 537.00
5 year licence – 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 inconvenience 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.
"The ICASA license renewal phase is very important for the new online system to work and for the protection of call signs issued to radio amateurs. The Authority extended the renewal date to 30 June 2020 and this is the process that they are busy with. The fact that a payment was made earlier in the year does not mean that the licence is renewed", Dewald Kuhrau told the SARL
The new online system puts control over the licence in the licensee`s hands. All amendments and/or renewals are done online by the licensee. For those radio amateurs who applied for their licences online the process is extremely easy. If you are not yet registered on the system then you need to register, create your legal entity, and then press the renewal button on the manage page. The system will then prompt you to indicate for how many years the licence must be renewed, and an invoice will be rendered after submission. Thereafter you can pay online through your manage portal or upload the proof of payment if payment is made through another method. Renewal for the following year will then be an easy exercise.
If this process is not followed, radio amateurs not only stand a chance to get the licence cancelled but more importantly lose their call signs. These call signs will then be available and assigned to other radio amateur which can cause much unhappiness.
To access the portal, go to https://online.icasa.org.za/
It is important to note that the above process is only for licences that were already issued on the new online system. Any licence issued on the Authority`s old legacy system should still be renewed by payment of the prescribed licence fees only.
ICASA indicated that it will start with the process to transfer the existing licences to the online system during the next year where after all renewals will be done on this system. Please note that any amendment to your licence such as change of call sign or change of address should from now on be done on the online system through a legacy amendment application and the licence will be transferred immediately to the new system.
Please do not call the SARL or any of the SARL officials as they cannot assist you. They do not have access to your ICASA account. The system is identity driven. If you are experiencing any problems, send an email to email@example.com.
New Satellite Book now available - The new ARRL Amateur radio satellites for beginners is now available in South Africa. With the opening of e-commerce, Postnet is operating again and books can be sent to your nearest Postnet. You can make contacts through amateur radio satellites, and even with the International Space Station, using equipment you probably own right now! All it takes is the right information, which you will find in Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners by Steve Ford
There are dozens of spacecraft in orbit just waiting for your signals, and more are being launched every year. This book is your guide to a whole new world of operating enjoyment.
Amateur Radio Satellites for Beginners will introduce you to new experiences that you may have thought were out of your reach. Start reading and discover how easy it can be! To order the book visit www.amateurradio.org.za. 115 pages plus index.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org