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 http://www.hamradio.org.za 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 email@example.com or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to all clubs or individuals. Allocated slots will be shown on www.hamradio.org.za 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 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
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 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