@BOOK NOW FOR THE RTA PORT ELIZABETH - the next SARL Radio Technology in Action symposium will be held on Saturday 4 October2014 at Magnetic Storm 15 Mangold Street Newton Park. Get full details here Note the new venue
IARU AWARD AND SARL ESSAY COMPETITION - Read about the Essay competition results and the recently awarded IARU Outstanding Young ham of the year award here
FEEDBACK FROM DAY 2 IARU REGION 1 MEETING (22 September 2014)
For day one click here
C4 Meeting - The meeting was opened at 10:00 by the Chairman Ulrich Mueller, DK4VW. There were 57 delegates from 44 member societies represented.
The chairman’s report was accepted with no objections from the floor. The next item on the agenda was the ratification of the following papers:
VA14_C4_REC_01: That the ‘downlink only’ restriction be removed from the 28MHz amateur satellite service band plan. – carried with no objections
All the papers concerning the 30m spectrum were postponed as a workgroup sub-committee was setup to discuss them. The results of the workgroup findings will be discussed at the next C4 meeting scheduled for Wednesday.
VA14_C4_REC_04: That member societies endorse and promote the DX Code of Conduct for DXpeditions. – carried without any objections
VA14_C3_23 Creation of a Sport Committee: This proposal was discussed with vigour but by unanimous decision the proposal and was defeated with 2 abstentions.
VA14_C4_16 Malicious QRM – the RSGB proposal was carried - Geoff ZS6C
C5 Meeting - Today both Rassie and Riaan attended the first C5 meeting. After all the report back papers, the meeting divided into working groups and Riaan was elected to serve on one of the working groups.
I then defaulted to the first C3 meeting. First all the report back papers were discussed. A hot discussion with regards to papers 30, 31and 32 followed. A small working group was formed to report back on this QSL issue.
During the report back of the STARS working group, I have requested the chairman of STARS to call a meeting of all the African delegates in order to discuss AR related issues faced by Africa. This meeting was approved by the C3 committee. It will be scheduled for some time tomorrow. Rassie ZS1YT
The SARL should take note of LTE-450 data service impact. LTE on UHF does have relative technical challenges in terms of larger antenna footprint designs that enlarge the devices used for the LTE networks. The bleed-in over the top end of the 440 MHz band is a concern since this will affect amateur radio service quality.
Since the 450 MHz section was also used for PMR services, the regulator may have to move LLTE-450 UHF more into the unused television services and the RSGB is pushing towards the lesser used part of 800 MHz.
- 4m is also reported to be growing in usage in Europe. The famous paper9 of the EU9 footnote in the CEPT regulations has been revisited. This implies the band be reworked from 69.9 to 70.5 MHz. RSA has shared use of the band of 70 - 70.4 MHz. This shows that because SA was proactive since 2008, our amateurs can do more work in this band. A number of societies indicated that they still have problems with their authorities, and the SARL was applauded for their contribution.
The 2011 4m band plan is on the SARL website, and has been recognized as an excellent practical implemented guideline for other IARU region 1 societies.
- Interestingly the microwave bands above 13 cm are more under scrutiny by commercial services. WRC has repeatedly been urged to understand the problems of commercial services that overlap existing bands. Political administration of band plans must be better managed. The feeling is that the protection of amateur microwave bands are not a priority, and more can be done to assist the experimenters.
The meeting divided into smaller working groups.
Riaan ZS4PR attended the band plan discussion. Papers 11. 12 and 35 was processed. This relates to various new digital modes that amateurs are experimenting with. The main one in Europe currently is Digital Active TV. The main concern by DARC is that should the UHF band be used for this mode, any and all satellites that do overlap this frequencies must get priority. Such is the case that an outflow of the DATV will be better developed digital data as well as digital voice services. Reports was shown of how amateurs have successfully sent DVB-T signals of less than 1 MHz bandwidth.
Satellite report - Many satellites are now being funded, already ready for launch. The big news is also the Quatar Es’hailSat 2 geostationary satellite that is deep in the planning stage. This will open amateur space experiments. The one feature to this satellite that stood out is that it will have 8 MHz channel bandwidth. This now opens the question as to what will be done with the satellite. Other smaller satellite projects are also well documented, and will feature in the related forums.
Phase 3E ,Es'hailsat 2, Kiwisat, Eseo, Fox 1-2-3, QB-50 consisting of 50 student SATs to operate 45 days are all planned to be launched between 2015 and 2016, and some only later. The progress of these are anticipated to create lively satellite activities. The SARL and SA amateurs are encouraged to stay involved via SA-AMSAT.
An interesting demonstration of the ISS orbital mechanics was given. It was then made clear that should schools want to book a session with the ISS crew, they can contact AMSAT, and in SA then SA-AMSAT. After the application is scrutinized, a date is then published to contact the active crew for around 10 to 15 minutes of excellent scientific conversation.Then Gaston Bertels ON4WF, now aged 87, bowed out from his long loved position in the Satellite work group of the IARU. He will be missed by many who have come to know him for his passion for satellites. - Riaan ZS4PR
@SARLNEWS/NUUS 21 September 2014 - download here Afrikaans English
@ Jamboree on the Air and CQ Hou Koers. These two events will be on the air over the
weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October and hopefully you and your club have made contact with the local Scout Group, Guide Company or Voortrekker Commando and started the arrangements. If you are looking for a Scout Group near you, visit http://scouts.org.za/scouts-near-you/, for Girl Guide Companies, visit www.girlguides.org.za/old/index.php/regions and for the Voortrekkers, visit www.voortrekkers.org.za/Gebiede.htm or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at email@example.com. Do something special for the youth of our country. If you would like a special JOTA or CQ Hou Koers call sign, complete the ICASA application form, add a motivation and submit it via the South African Radio League
@THE VK6RIO AMATEUR RADIO SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT – The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DX-pedition, VC1T, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned on 144,950 MHz across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth. Read more here
@RTA KIT 2013 AND CD NOW AVAILABLE- Supplies of the RTA2013 SDR VFO kit and CD are now available for shipping. The kit and CD combo are available at R250 each including packaging and shipping. The CD alone is available at R70. Place your order now. The booking from is available here. There is a premium for non-members,