SARL NATIONAL CONVENTION 2016 - The SARL National Convention will be held from 22 - 24 April 2016 in the Vaal triangle. The convention will be hosted by the Sasolburg Amateur Radio Club. More details will be announced soon. Reserve the date in your diary.
SARL YOUTNET NEXT SUNDAY- The monthly SARL youthnet will be held on Sunday 14 February 2016, Valentines's day! It starts at 17:00 on 7070 kHz. All young radio amateurs are invited to join. Unlicensed young people may participate on the air under supervision of a licensed amateur. Clubs here is your chance to woo the youth in your area. There will be a lucky draw from the log the following day. Only amateurs younger than 25 years old are eligible for the draw. The prize ... find out next Sunday.
SARL NEWS 7 February 2016
Afrikaans met Etienne Naude ZS6EFN luister/laai af hier
English with Dennis Green ZS4BS listen/download here
Amateur Radio Today with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC listen/download here or get more details about the programme and transmission times and frequencies here
SARL HALL OF FAME - The Hall of Fame recognises South African licensed radio amateurs who have contributed significantly to amateur radio. The onjective of the SARL Hall of fame is to recognise lasting contributions to the development of amateur radio and to preserve its history in South Africa. Nominations to the Hall of Fame must be submitted in the form of an essay outlining the person’s contribution. The inclusion of photographs is strongly encouraged. Deadline extended till 29 February 2016. Get more details here
SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM 2016 - This is the first call for papers for the annual SA AMSAT Space Symposium to be held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria on Saturday 28 May 2016. A brief synopsis for a proposed paper should be sent to email@example.com by 31 March 2016. The theme of the conference is “Make Space Sciences your leisure time
New 5 MHz allocation for amateur radio agreed at WRC15- New allocation for amateur radio service in the frequency band 5351.5 - 5366.5 kHz will maintain stable communications over various distances, especially for use when providing communications in disaster situations and for relief operations. The South African Radio League has worked closely with ICASA and carried out propagation studies on two frequencies licensed by ICASA for this purpose.
It is not clear when the new allocation will be made available an replace the two frequencies that ICASA allocated to members of the SARL. The current two licensed frequencies are 5260 and 5290 KHz . The SARL is meeting with ICASA on
29 January 2016 for a workshop to consider various aspects of amateur radio licenses. Access to the 5 MHz band will be one of the agenda items. The current license has been extended to 21 February 2016
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 www.amateurradio.org.za 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
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
ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - With 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