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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


SARL and ICASA sign MoU- Tuesday 29 November 2016 was an historic day for the South African Radio League. After many years of discussions with the Independent Communications Authority  a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.   The MoU replaces a very old and outdated MoU. The delay in finalising the MoU was mainly because of the restructuring of ICASA. The MoU establishes the manner in which the Authority and the SARL will interact with each other to enable them, inter alia:

·         to co-ordinate and harmonise the issuing of amateur radio frequency spectrum licences in South Africa;

·         to establish a framework to conduct the radio amateur examination (RAE); and

·         to co-ordinate activities with respect to matters of common interest.

In the photograph: Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, President of the SARL and Peter Zimri, ICASA Councillor who signed onbehalf the the acting Chairperson of ICASA. 

SARL submits representation of Exemption of Equipment Type Approval to ICASA - The SARL document on why Amateur Radio equipment should be exempted from type approval is available for download here.

SARLNEWS: AMATEUR RADIO TODAY -listen to these programmes on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs.

Sunday 27 November  2016 

SARLNUUS met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC  luister/laaiaf hier

SARLNEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL download/listen here 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with  Dawie Conradie  ZR6DHC download/listen here  or visit the Amateur Radio Today page with more details and download links here

December is YOTA Month

From Thursday 1 December to Saturday 31 December 2016, the annual Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event takes place and YOTA stations will attempt to make many contacts worldwide with each other.

The Youngsters on the Air will be active again during the entire month of December. The idea for this event is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur radio waves.


See for all the information on the event and the award. 


ZS5HAM Amateur Radio Display

The Highway Amateur Radio Club, ZS5HAM, will be presenting a full-blown Amateur Radio display, including a high altitude balloon at the Watercrest Mall.

This will be taking place from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December at the Watercrest Mall, 141 Inanda Road, Waterfall. The GPS coordinates are -29.7488, 30.8125.

A special welcome from the Highway Amateur Radio Club to the event for those amateurs on holiday from outside Kwazulu-Natal and other (strange) places! The schools close on 7 December and for those traveling down to the coast it is a short detour! Durban city only a 30 minute drive from Watercrest, easy access to both the N3 and M13. For more information, contact Mike, ZS5MAB at


THE GEOMAGNETIC BLITZ OF SEPTEMBER 1941 Seventy-five years ago today, a massive geomagnetic storm disrupted electrical power, interrupted radio broadcasts, and illuminated the night sky in a World War II battle theater. The untold story of this remarkable event has just been published in a lively article by two space weather researchers

ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25 - From  2017 amateurs over 25 years old who hold a ZU license cannot renew their  licence. ICASA recommends that the affected persons enrol for a class A license course and write the next RAE in  October 2016. That will be the last opportunity.

The revised regulation stipulates that 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 on 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 to enter 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 and set the final date as 31 March 2017.

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS (updated 8 December 2016) 

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3Y0Z Bouvet Island – Press Release #4

07 December 2016, Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018 

The Bouvet Island DXpedition Team is happy to report the following:

After extensive examination, we have found a suitable landing zone on Bouvet Island and have identified what appears to be the best operating location in the area. Our proposed site is at 54024’ 23” South and 30  24’ 39” East at approximately 183 m ASL. This is on the Slakhallet Glacier on the northeast quadrant of Bouvet. It is relatively flat with areas of maximum slope not exceeding 8 degrees. This is well below slope levels that are prone to avalanches. We have less information on the presence of crevasses, but do not detect any on the highest resolution images that we have. Of course, an on-site inspection upon our initial helicopter landing will determine our actual operating location.

We have researched and selected our Antarctic shelters. These four shelters will house our stations, our sleeping quarters and our eating and meeting facility (the MEG tent). These were selected to survive the high winds, precipitation and temperatures expected on Bouvet. We will heat our operating shelter and the MEG tent. Our sleeping shelters will not be heated for safety reasons.

The ten HF beams that served us so well on Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) will accompany us to Bouvet. We intend to deploy them on a line along 2400 to 600. This will keep the antennas from beaming into each other when aimed at Europe, Japan and North America. Our verticals for 160, 80, 60, 40 and 30 meters will be placed to minimize interaction. Images of our antenna plans, shelter layouts and shelter interiors are on our website.

The Japanese support team has reorganized and will be led by Hiro, JA4DND. Joe, JJ3PRT, will be our new pilot for Japan. Kuwa, JA4BUA, will be in charge of web and IT duties and Oku, JK1KSB, will do our public relations. In addition, we have added a VK-ZL-Oceania pilot, VK6VZ.

Our on-line store has opened! You can now shop at Café Press for 3Y0Z souvenirs — mugs, hats, cups, T-shirts, etc. You can purchase fun and usable products and at the same time… support the 3Y0Z team. (   

Our Facebook page, 3Y0Z-Bouvet Island DXpedition, now has over 1 500 followers. Stop by for photos, articles, updates and meeting fellow DXers.

Fundraising is an on-going process for us. This is a demanding and expensive project; possibly the most expensive DXpedition ever. We ask for your financial support. Please click on our “Donate” buttons on our website and help us make this happen.

The Bouvet Island DXpedition-2018 Team wishes you and your families a wonderful Holiday season and a New Year filled with DX!

Club Log's Most Wanted List. The latest Most Wanted List, generated on 1 December, is available at The information is derived from QSOs uploaded to Club Log (currently 394 million log entries available for analysis) and, to improve quality, only QSOs that have QSLs confirmed are considered to be worked.

ARRL 10-Meter Contest. The ARRL 10 metre contest is on the air next weekend and starts at 00:00 UTC on Saturday 10 December and ends at 2359 UTC on Sunday 11 December. All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period. It is a phone and CW contest and the exchange is a RS or RST report and a sequential serial number starting with 001. Stations in the USA, Canada and Mexico will send a RS or RST report and their state or province abbreviation. Maritime mobile stations send a RS or RST report and their ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3). Visit for all the information.

Palestine, E4. Bodo, DF8DX as E44QX (8 to 12 December) and Herman, DL2NUD as E44HP (8 to 18 December) will be active from Jericho, Palestine. Expect EME activity on 23, 13 and 9 cm, but Bodo will also operate CW only on the HF bands. QSL via home calls (for E44QX also via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS).

Rodriguez Island, 3B9. By the time you read this, Olof, G0CKV, will once again be active as 3B9HA from Rodriguez Island (AF-017) until 12 December. Activity will be holiday style focusing on the low bands and CW. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.

Marion Island, ZS8. A couple of sources are reporting that David, ZS1BCE, will once again return to Marion Island as a communications technician and be active as ZS8Z, possibly late December or early next year to May 2018. Activity will be limited to when time permits on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ZS1LS.

Antarctica. Francois, F4HLT is active as FT3YL from the Dumont d'Urville Station on the Adelie Land group, IOTA AN-017. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via F6KPQ.

Antarctica. Oleg, ZS1OIN, plans to be active as RI1ANA from the Molodyozhnaya research station until April 2017. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.

Japanese Antarctica. - Yath, JG2MLI will be active as 8J1RL and 8J60JARE (special call sign for the 60th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition) from the Syowa Station on East Ongul Island (AN-015), Antarctica between 1 January 2017 and 20 January 2018. He will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 40 to 10 metres. QSLs via the JARL bureau or direct to JG2MLI.

West African Tour. Once again, Peter, HA3AUI will be active as 6W2SC from Senegal and J5UAP from Guinea-Bissau between approximately 20 January and 5 March 2017. He will operate mainly CW on 20 to 10 metres. Some IOTA and/or WFF activities as 6W2SC/p are being considered. QSL via HA3AUI (direct) and LoTW, log search on Club Log and

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 3 December 2016 


SHORT-path SUMMER SOLSTICE PROPAGATION (SSSP) STARTS IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – The SHORT-path SUMMER SOLSTICE PROPAGATION (SSSP) on 50 MHz starts in the Southern Hemisphere around 8 December and usually lasts until about 12 January. This has been observed annually by both Australian and New Zealand VHF amateurs who have often worked South America on 50 MHz SSSP. There is no reason why South African stations could not work these stations in the mornings on SSSP too around our summer solstice, or for that matter Argentina or Brazil in the late afternoons. A Japanese radio amateur Han Higasa, JE1MBJ, discovered this mode many years ago during the northern hemisphere summer solstice in June when he first heard a European TV station and then worked a number of DX stations from there on 50 MHz CW.


DIVISION 1 STATIONS MONITORING 50 MHz BEACONS FOR SPORADIC-E – Mike Kellett ZS1TAF informed us from Cape Town that they are monitoring ZS6JON/b on 50,050 MHz CW as well as ZS6TWB/b on 50,044 MHz CW for any possible Sporadic-E openings during December and January months. These beacons are now beaming South.


Mike has purchased an old Kenwood TR-9130 as a backup to be on 2m SSB whilst his FT-897 is in for repairs. They are still having their weekly skeds on a Tuesday evening at 20:00 CAT on 50,200 MHz SSB, and a Thursday on 144,300 MHz SSB at 19:00 CAT.

NEW ACTIVITY PLANNED FOR 1296 MHz (23 cm) IN GAUTENG –  Carl Minne ZS6CBQ says:I would like to start an active group on 23 cm to create activity on this band. There are a few guys active at the moment but mostly just during contests. I would like to start a net on 1296,200 SSB and FM on a regular basis, like the group we have on 144,300 MHz SSB.

“I have compiled the following list of Hams with equipment. Please add your name on the list if you would like to join the group. I suggest that we start on Saturday mornings from 08:00 CAT calling in on 1296,200 MHz. 
I am looking forward to hear you on 23cm!” 

Carl ZS6CBQ – Active
John ZS6JON – Active
Koos ZS6KSG – Active
DICK ZS6BUN – Active
PINE ZS6OB – Active

ETIENNE SWART ZS6Y WENT QRT ON VHF & UHF – In his email Etienne ZS6Y mentioned that his hobby of Ham radio has ended, he sold all his stuff except his rig, and ZS6CBQ is using his amplifiers. He said that if a Geo satellite goes up in the future then he might come back. It is a pity as Etienne was very active on VHF in earlier days and later also UHF, and in 1999 he established the first Tropo record between Gauteng and Cape Town with ZS1AGF on 50 MHz SSB over a distance of 1238 km. So let’s hope his return will be sooner than later. 

GEMINIDS THE STRONGEST ANNUAL METEOR SHOWER IS VISIBLE FROM 4 – 17 DECEMBER – The Geminids can be annually observed between December 4 and 17, with its peak activity being around December 14. The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini from where the meteors seem to emerge from in the sky. Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid: the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1,4 years to orbit around the Sun. The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor showers during the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak. Both analogue and digital contacts should be possible on 50, 70 and 144 MHz.

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 21 November 2016 

The 2016 CQ World-Wide CW DX Contest:  Date:  November 26-27: Time: 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: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz.   EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).

South African Radio League Digital Contest:  Aim: To establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Afri-ca using the PSK31 / RTTY mode(s).  Date and Time: 13:00 UTC to 16:00 UTC on Sunday 4 December 2016. Bands: 80 metres (3 580 to 3 600 kHz), 40 metres (7 040 to 7 060 kHz), 20 metres (14 070 to 14 099 kHz). PSK31 is preferred at the lower end of the specified frequencies, RTTY is preferred at the upper end of the specified frequencies. Please note that USB must be used at all times. Exchange: RST plus a sequential serial number starting at 001. See Blue Book for more details

Ten-Meter RTTY Contest:  Object: Amateurs worldwide contact and exchange QSO information with other amateurs using Baudot RTTY on the 10 meter band. Any station may work any other station.  The recommended baud rate is 45.45 baud with 170 Hz shift. Date and Contest Period: Sunday of the first full weekend of December 0000-2400 UTC. (December 4, 2016). Exchange: United States: RST + State,  Canada: RST + Province. DX: RST + Consecutive serial number, starting with 001.

ARRL 10-Meter Contest: Objective: For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 meter band. Dates: Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; runs through 2359 UTC Sunday (December 10-11, 2016). All stations operate no more than 36 hours out of the 48-hour period. Contest Exchange: W/VE stations (including Hawaii and Alaska) send RS(T) and state or province (District of Columbia stations send signal report and DC), DX stations (including KH2, KP4, etc) send RS(T) & sequential serial number starting with 001,  Mexican stations transmit RS(T) and their state,  Maritime mobile stations send RS(T) and ITU Region (R1, R2 or R3).

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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.


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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.


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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 Mobile Net provides weather reports and maintains contact with sailing vessels from around the coast and high seas.
The net operates 7 days a week.

There are two regular schedule times as follows:

  • 06:30 UTC and 11:30 UTC on 14 316 kHz high seas net.
  • 06:35 UTC and 11:35 UTC on 7 120 kHz coastal net - the net lasts approximately 30 minutes .


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