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SARL Today HF Update with ZS4BS VHF/UHF News with Mike Bosch ZS2FM Contest News with Geoff ZS6C SARL Forum current topics Commercial Hamads


December is Youngsters on the Air month! Once again for the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air looking for contacts using "YOTA" as their call sign suffix. YOTA stations will be seeking to make many contacts, so take this opportunity to connect young amateurs in their teens and twenties with their peers on the air. Visit for all the details 

A special call sign, ZS9YOTA, has been obtained for use by young amateurs and the SARL has registered with the IARU for participation in the YOTA month from 1 to 31 December 2015. If you are 25 years old or younger, you are invited to apply to use the special call sign either as an individual or as a club station operated by young people. Send your request to Koos ZR6KF at or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at

Daily slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to all clubs or individuals. Allocated slots will be shown on where you will find more detailed information and lots of other interesting information about YOTA 2015. The schedule can be downloaded here 

2016 ARRL Handbook  is now available - The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust online bookstore has the 2016 ARRL Handbook in stock. Also amongst new arrivals is the McGraw Hill Arduino Projects for Amateur Radio. Visit for details and an orderform 

ARiA Frequency Counter kit now available - The SARL ARiA frequency counter kit is now available by mail order or collection from the National Amateur Radio centre. There are two mail order options, via Postnet or post office small parcel service with tracking number.

The frequency counter exhibits several interesting features, like a maximum working frequency above 40 MHz, a 10 Hz resolution, low consumption (15 mA) and is easy to build. It is the ideal weekend project. The design is simple, given that most of the functions are implemented by the microprocessor which is supplied pre-programmed. For those who want to use the basic unit above the normal HF frequencies space for a  pre-scalar IC circuit is on  the PCB layout and in the Schematic layout. This IC is not included in the basic kit can be order at an additional cost. This kit is ideal to meet the requirements of the amateur radio regulations which require that every amateur has a reliable method of measuring the transmit frequency.  Get the orderform here  Special for SARL members - order before 5 December and get an additional discount of 10%

Have you paid your licence? ICASA has published a list of unpaid licenses which will be cancelled unless paid by end of November 2015. Check here 

 NARC  HOLIDAY CLOSURE -  The National Amateur Radio Centre will be closed  from 18 December and re-open on 5 January 2016. Order your frequency counter kit as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before  the holidays.

Visit the  SARL Website for youth activity - download the Hammies latest Newsletter. Find out more about YOTA and how you can join the fun. Click here


SARL NEWS 22 November 2015 

Afrikaans met Etienne Naude  luister/laai af hier 

English with Rory Nortin  listen/download here 

Amateur Radio Today listen/download here 

ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25With the publication of the new radio regulations earlier this year, the much talked about age restriction for ZU license holders was implemented. Persons under 20 years old can write the class B examination and if successful can hold a ZU or class B license until 25 years old after which, if they would like to continue with Amateur Radio, have to sit the class A examination to qualify for a class A (ZS/ZR license).

During the discussion stage of this new regulation the SARL was requested to approach ICASA to review their decision, which the SARL did at two occasions when ICASA invited comments on their proposal.  ICASA strongly believes that the class B license prime purpose was to create opportunities for young people toenter Amateur Radio and based on that premises implemented the new regulation.

 The SARL requested ICASA to allow a reasonable period for ZU licences over 25 to upgrade. ICASA agreed to this.  The Authority has announced that all persons over 25 years old can no longer renew their ZU licence from 1 April 2017. In a letter to the affected licensees, currently being mailed, ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in May or October 2016  



HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 16 Novmber 2015) 

WRC-15. The International Amateur Radio Club at ITU HQ in Geneva is active as 4U1WRC during the WRC-15 conference until 27 November. QSL direct to IARC, P.O. Box 6, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland; bureau cards have to be requested through the OQRS provided by Club Log. 

IOTA News. Record holders, who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA contest after 2003, can claim credit for them without submitting QSLs, if the contact details match, either by manually entering the QSO information on the input form or by uploading a Cabrillo format log. The 2015 IOTA Contest data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and is available for QSO matching. This is significantly earlier than in previous years and we should thank all on the IT side involved. 

K1N DVD. The DVD of the February 2015 DXpedition to Navassa Island is now available: see for the details. "It took eight years to send men to the moon, but it took thirteen years to get permission to visit Navassa Island. The long road involved getting permission from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, because Navassa has been declared a National Wildlife Refuge. The DVD shows the logistical challenge of moving fifteen operators and tons of gear to this small-uninhabited island in the Caribbean. It was hot work - and expensive - since the only practical way to get there was via helicopter. This two-week effort paid off with 140 000 QSOs and many, many all-time new ones, as tens of thousands of amateurs worldwide were not even licensed the last time Navassa Island was activated in 1993". 

The End of an Era. The DX Magazine's annual Most Wanted Survey has come to an end. "For the past few years I have been comparing the DX Magazine survey results with the one available from Michael Wells, G7VJR on his ClubLog web site,” Carl  Smith, N4AA, says. "The two results have consistently closely paralleled each other. After serious consideration, it seemed to me that the ClubLog Most Wanted information would adequately serve the DX community. The one conducted by The DX Magazine would not offer enough difference to justify the cost in time, or money, for it to continue. I want to thank the thousands of DXers, world-wide, who have supported The DX Magazine survey for the past 25 years.” 


The DX Magazine “will continue to provide DXers with the stories of DXpeditionners traveling to the far reaches of the earth to provide you with those cherished contacts from rare and exotic places. I want to encourage the organizers/leaders of those DXpeditions to continue offering their stories. By telling others, who, what, where, when and how you made that operation possible, the story can be the final chapter of the DXpedition. It might also inspire others to make the effort to organize their own DXpedition or to at least make a donation to the next major DXpedition.”

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 22 November 2015  


VHF DISTANCES POSSIBLE ALONG THE EAST, SOUTH AND WEST COASTS OF SOUTH AFRICA – These VHF distances can regularly be covered via Tropo Ducting along the coast on 144 MHz, and under very favourable conditions also on 50 MHz. The distances are: Cape Town to Oranjemund = 620 km and Luderitz = 790 km. Cape Town to Port Elizabeth = 660 km and East London = 880 km. Durban to East London = 460 km and Port Elizabeth = 690 km. The longest distance recorded along the East coast on 144 MHz was between Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay over 840 km during Tropo Ducting propagation. Try early mornings after sunrise, or at night, or ahead of approaching cold fronts along the coast including inland. 

KNYSNA TO BLOEMFONTEIN ON 144 MHz FSK441 – Johan Groenewald, ZS2CX, pointed his 7 element wide spaced beam north on 12 November 2015 with 100 Watts on 144,275 MHz FSK441 and hooked up with Bernie van der Walt, ZS4TX over a distance of about 630 km. He says: “Thanks Bernie ZS4TX for FSK441 contact on 144 MHz, KF15mw to KG30cv, and also ZS2CC. It was such a quick decision to play 2m SSB and then I started the old laptop up and the rest is history. I need to upgrade the antenna a bit and do have a 13 element 6 metre long boom Yagi under a pile of VHF stuff, but it will need some TLC, so no fast way of doing it. Anyways I will listen out over the coming weekends for ZS6 action, I might be just as pleasantly surprised as today.” 

ZS1TWO/b ON 144,435 MHz PLANNED FOR CAPE TOWN – Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT, informed us that a new beacon will soon be active in Cape Town on 144,435 MHz and that Mike Kellett, ZS1TAF, will be in charge of it. If they could beam it North then it will indicate the numerous openings on Tropo Ducting along the West coast and cover Namibia, ZS3 as well as St Helena Island for DX. Alternatively alternate directions from V5 to ZS6. 

VHF SKEDS ALONG SOUTHERN COAST – Peter ZS2ABF at East London says that on Thursday evening he would be looking out for Port Elizabeth and Cape Town stations on 144,300 MHz SSB, and he might be joined by Dave ZS5DJ. Trevor ZS1TR of L’Agulhas, Patrick ZS1PDY at Tokai Cape Town and Ken ZS2OC at Port Elizabeth indicated that they would be on the air. However, it looks as if the weather had the final say, as Peter reported hearing nothing. 

LEONIDS METEOR SHOWER – Several amateurs indicated that they would be looking for meteor contacts via the Leonids, such as ZS6BUN, ZS1TAF, ZS2CX, ZS2ACP and ZS5DJ. So far only one report was received from Andre ZS2ACP that he worked Paul ZS6NK on 50 MHz FSK441, but according to him conditions were very average. 

OPTICAL RECTENNA CONVERTS LIGHT TO DC CURRENT – Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current. Based on multiwall carbon nanotubes and tiny rectifiers fabricated onto them, the optical rectennas could provide a new technology for photodetectors that would operate without the need for cooling, energy harvesters that would convert waste heat to electricity - and for a new way to efficiently capture solar energy. Ultimately it could make solar cells possible that are twice as efficient at a cost that is ten times lower,  


THE BIRTH OF A BABY NEW PLANET – Scientists have witnessed an unprecedented space miracle: They saw a new planet being born right before their eyes. The phenomenon, which even scientists had never seen before, has been recorded and shared online. A juvenile planet formed around a young star named LkCa 15 in the neighborhood of Taurus, some 450 light years from Earth as observed by astronomers using the worlds largest telescopes – the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) located on Mount Graham in Arizona, the U of A’s Magellan Telescope and its adaptive optics system, and MagAO located in Chile. The material from inside a doughnut-shaped disk of dust and gas that surrounded the young  star is falling into a gap around the star to form a new planet. 

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 15 November 2015 

SWAE DX Contest, RTTY: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 0000 UTC until Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2359 UTC.  Bands: 3.5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. SINGLE-OP HIGH: Output higher than 100 watts - all bands. Only one signal permitted at any time. MULTI-OP: Band changes are allowed every 10 minutes; this includes all activities of a main station, including QSO & QTC traffic and CQing. Only exception: Working of a multiplier. Other transmitters may be used in parallel to the main station to work multipliers on other bands. Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period. Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged.  Exchange: The exchange consists of RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band. 

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST: OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world(DX) to contact JA stations in as many JA prefectures + JD1 islands as possible. For amateurs in Japan to contact DX stations in as many DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible. Date: Sat. 0700 -Sun. 1300UTC 2nd full weekend of November. BANDS: 3.5/7/14/21/28MHz. Exchange:  JAs   : RS(T) + Prefecture number(01 to 50)   Others: RS(T) + CQ Zone number.       

LZ DX Contest: Date: 12:00 UTC on Saturday till 11:59 UTC on Sunday (21-22 November 2015). Bands and modes: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters CW and SSB modes. It is necessary to observe IARU band plan. Exchange: For non-LZ entrants: RS(T) + ITU zone. For LZ entrants: RS(T) + 2 letters district abbreviation which is derived from the district the entrant operates from. 

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW: November 28-29. Sarts 00:00:00 UTC Saturday    Ends 23:59:59 UTC Sunday. OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many CQ zones and countries as possible. BANDS: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. CONTEST EXCHANGE:  RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).

SARL Forum Active Topics
40MHZ FSK441  28/11/2015  20:06:27
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Commercial Hamads 


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Design and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of ac drives, soft starters, dc drives. PLC, control stations, mimic panels. Earthing and lightning protection. Back-up generators, commercial, domestic and industrial. Fire, smoke and heat detection. Solar panels, batteries, inverters and regulators. Temperature controllers, RTDs, thermocouples. Gas detection. Hygrometers. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) @ 0823303558, or E-mail: .

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·     Trapped dipole for 80, 40 and 20 metre bands 

  • No tuner required
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  • Less than 30 metres long – fits in a small city lot
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  • 1 to 1 Balun included rated at 150 watts
  • Ready for use, just connect your RG58 coax and hang it up
  • Ideal for home, portable or emergency operation
  •  R1, 200 including postage, a fraction of the price of imported units. 

Contact Rob on 082 551 5423 or for photos or spec sheet.


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.


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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