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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


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

 # Incomplete repeater license information - The last update to the SARL unmanned devices database was logged on the 22nd of October 2014. There is however still a number of devices with temporary (T) licence numbers or incorrect licence numbers. Please see the list on SARL Notices Forum at If you are the custodian of any of these devices, please update the information via the web page within the next 2 weeks. The SARL will soon be correlating the information with the ICASA database and outdated/unlicensed data will be removed. 

#SARLNEWS/NUUS 23 November 2014

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# SARL “NO TEAR KIT” GOES ON SALENow that all RTA’s for 2014 the SARL have taken place  the  “no Tears kit” goes on general sale. It is packaged with the RTA CD which includes all the construction details. The Isolated USB Transceiver Control Interface kit is a fully isolated interface between a transceiver and computer. It comprises a complete USB to Serial module and a bi-directional audio link between the sound card and the transceiver.  Read more about it at The order form is also on available from the same web page. Shipping will start  from 24 November. 


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.  If you are in Cape Town  and you order books  before 20:00 today ( 8 November) you can collect yoir order at Stay Easy by Tsogo Sun Centary City ( next to Chanal Walk  shopping centre on 11 and 12 November. 

 SARLNEWS/NUUS 9 November 2014

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HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated 24 November 2014) 

ZS, South Africa. Bernie, ZS4TX, will be active during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (29 and 30 November) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15 m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or K3FN. 

5X, Uganda. Alan, G3XAQ, is once again active as 5X1XA from the capital city of Kampala until 4 December. Activity will be on 80 to 10 metres CW only, but his primary focus is the CQ WW DX CW Contest (29 and 30 November) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15 or 10 m) entry. Alan tells OPDX, "We are experiencing daily thunderstorms which rather limit operating time." QSL via G3SWH or LoTW. 

6W, Senegal. Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK from Saly Portudal, 80 km south of Dakar on the coast, between 10 January and 5 February 2015. Activity will be holiday style using the same station as last time (IC-7000 into a G5RV antenna) operating mainly CW on 80-10 meters. If possible, he also hopes to be active on 160 m with an Inverted L with a 300 watts solid-state amplifier. Look for his low band activity during his local sunrise and sunset. QSL via F6BLP, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details, logs and pictures of his last operation, visit 

S7, Seychelles. Eric, OE4AAC, will be active as S79AC from Mahe and Praslin Islands in the Seychelles Island group (AF-024) between 17 January and 10 February 2015. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 metres on CW. QSL via OE4AAC, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. 

3B8 & 3B9, Mauritius and Rodriguez Islands. Jose, EA5IDQ, will be active as 3B8/EA5IDQ from Mauritius between 10 and 19 May 2015 and as 3B9/EA5IDQ from Rodriguez Island (AF-017) between 19 and 24 May 2015. Activity from both places will be on 40 to 10 metres using SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5IDQ. For more details and updates, see  

MY DX SUMMIT Launched. The new-fangled My DX Summit (MDXS) opened for public on 21 November at 10.00 UTC. MDXS introduces a fresh line-up of features with a handy propagation tool: predicted propagation is based on your personal location and by clicking a DX spot, you will see the current conditions and a 24-hour window covering all bands from your station, short and long path, to a distant DX location. This recent face-lift makes several new functions readily available, assuring a pleasant user experience. Mobile users are also extensively supported which makes MDXS the first-ever mobile-ready DX Cluster. Join the launch festivities by sending a maximum number of spots during the first 14 days; Santa Claus bringing his certificate from the OHo-Ho-Ho land of Radio Arcala, OH8X, will visit three (3) winners. My DX Summit has automatically replaced the old DX Summit at

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM (24 November 2014) 


INCREASED ACTIVITY IN RECENT SARL VHF/UHF CONTEST – “The VHF/UHF contest in Div 4 & Div 6 was a great improvement from the previous contest. It really looked like the efforts to create more and regular activity paid off. From Saturday 12:00 CAT when the contest started till a few minutes before the contest finished on Sunday stations were calling CQ contest all the time.  Most of the activities were on 2 metres and 144,200 MHz was very busy, I logged 32 stations. But many of the regular guys of 144,300 MHz Activity Net, got a bit lost not knowing that the contest was on 144,200 MHz (the contest channel).

 “The preparation and new Yagi’s that were installed paid off as the guys realized that long distance contacts of over 100 km are not difficult and it is important to work more grid squares. 70 cm was also busy with between 12 to 15 stations active. Stations realized that this is the point-scoring band. On 23 cm 4 stations were active. Interest in this band is picking up and I hope to see more stations on this frequency in the future. There was not much activity on 6 metres. 3 Club stations participated, ZS6PTA (Pretoria), ZS6POT (Potchefstroom) and ZS6RTB (Rustenburg) as field stations with very strong signals. I heard lots of positive comments from stations who use to take part in the past and beginners enjoying the contest for the first time. Logs are starting to come in and we expect to see a great improvement in logs submitted. 

“Our braai day on 1 November in preparation for this contest is paying off and I would strongly suggest that other Regions start to look at generating activity on a regular basis and prepare and motivate the guys for VHF/UHF contest. Nothing will happen during a contest if there was nothing going on the whole year. Regards Carl Minne, ZS6CBQ”. 

THE PHILAE LANDER ON COMET-67P NOW IN SLEEP MODE – So far all efforts made by the European Space Agency to wake up the Philae lander on the Comet-67P has failed. It may only wake up out of hibernation within the next few months when the comet approaches the Sun and more sunlight falls on the solar panels. Fortunately before Philae lost power, it drilled into the comet and sent back to Earth a large amount of data. Scientists view the ten year trip of Rosetta and its lander to catch up with the speeding comet and the landing an outstanding success. Within the next few months ESA will release the scientific results obtained so far. 

NEW ARRL VHF-UHF-MICROWAVE CONTEST RULES TO ALLOW SPOTTING – Unlike most HF contests, operating skill and knowledge of propagation may not be enough to find stations to work. You can’t just point your antenna to Europe or Asia at the right time and find a ready supply of potential contacts. The less predictable nature of VHF propagation and the necessarily higher-gain, narrow-beamwidth antennas used make finding someone to work largely a matter of chance. Indeed, most microwave contacts would never occur at all without the use of real-time coordination. We have stories of rovers who invest time and fuel to activate a remote location only to have no one find them or work them. This discourages such remote activations. A great number of non-contesters monitoring a repeater or APRS network have no idea there is a distant or rare station out there to try to work. 

The League’s current prohibitive stance on assistance (other than for the 10 GHz & Up Contest) and self-spotting is the most-often-heard complaint about our VHF contest program, and the members of the Subcommittee believe that removing those prohibitions will foster greater participation and result in more contacts and a more positive experience for participants without impacting the existing challenge of actually completing contacts.It is proposed that all entrants, regardless of category, to be permitted to use spotting assistance or nets, including DX-alerting nets, internet chat rooms, packet, reverse beacon networks and repeaters to identify stations available for contacts and to announce (self-spot) their availability for contacts. Announcements shall be limited to call sign, location, band or frequency, mode and — if applicable — transmitting sequence. Such assistance may not be used to facilitate the completion of any contact. This means such assistance may not be used to convey receipt or non-receipt of any required element of a contact or to request a repeat of any required element of a contact. 

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WITHOUT HAMS FOR A WHILE – The only two radio amateurs on the International Space Station (ISS) were among three crew members who returned to Earth on November 10, and another ham-astronaut won't arrive onboard the ISS until later this month. But an exciting 2015 appears to be in store.


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 17 October 2014 

SARL Field Day Contest: Aim - To work as many stations as possible on all the HF amateur bands (excluding the 30, 17 and 12 m WARC bands) and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio. Date and Times - The contest will take place on the third full weekend November, between 10:00 UTC on Saturday to 10:00 UTC on Sunday (12:00 to 12:00 CAT). (16 and 17 November 2014).       Frequencies and Modes - HF amateur bands, excluding the WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 metre bands). Phone, CW and Digital (PSK and RTTY)

Phone, CW and Digital modes on a band are considered as separate bands. A station may be worked only once per band under this rule. All voice contacts are equivalent. All digital contacts are equivalent. Categories: (See contest manual for more details). There is no limitation to the number of transmitters or receivers that may be employed. The use of more than one transmitter at the same time on a single band-mode is prohibited. Call signs - Only one call sign per station is permitted. In the case of multi-operator stations using more than one transmitter, all operators shall use the same call sign. Exchange - RS(T) report, Number of transmitters, Field Day operating Class and Provincial Abbreviation.

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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 

Your first choice for power supplies, swr meters, antenna tuners, HF, VHF and UHF antennas as well as antenna analysers and much much more. Check it all out at here Remember that SARL members get FREE postage on most orders over R700,00. T's & C's apply.

Patsau Communications
We supply and repair HF/VHF/UHF Radios. Antennas, cabling and accessories also available. Please leave your details on our site. Click  here and we will contact you.


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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 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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