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New Gauteng Hammies get their licenses- On Saturday 14 May, the Gauteng Hammies wrote the ZU exam at the National Amateur Radio Centre and all passed with flying colours.  The group, in  the green T-shirts, who are part of the Sandringham Scout group, were each given a radio by their Scoutmaster Max , ZS6MAX.   This was a fantastic gesture on his part.  What was even more fantastic, is that a non-Ham parent Calwyn Costa, spontaneously promised to donate a hand held radio to the remaining Hammies, his son Logan ZU6FOX and  the three cousins from the Weideman family.  This was a surprise, and partly due to an inspiring talk given by Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL. Congratualtion to the new amateurs and well-done to Noel ZS6DX and his team. 

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Back Row L/R  Nic ZR6AEZ,  Angelo ZU6AMT,  Kyle ZU6RAT,  Rhys ZU6RAP,  Luke ZU6SKY,  Graham ZS6GL, Ullrich ZU6U, Front Row L/R Noel ZR6DX,  Logan ZU6FOX, Dunne' ZU6DV, Willem ZU6WJ

SANSA EXECUTIVE TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM  - “The benefits of investing in Space Technologies: A look at the South African National Space Agency and the role it plays in South Africa” will be the subject of the keynote address by Amal Khatri. Executive Director: Space Programme of the SANSA Space Programme Division. The symposium will be held at the Innovation Hub, in Pretoria on Saturday 28 May 2016. 

The Innovation Hub is close the NI highway and offers lots of secure parking close to the building. The full programme, details of how to get to the Innovation Hub  are available on  Accommodation is available at the City Lodge Hotel at Lynwood Bridge at special rates.  To make a booking or  to receive the programme and booking form by email send a request to By attending the symposium you will take part in an  attendance draw for a Wouxun KG-UV8D 2m/70cm Hand-held transceiver valued at R2150 sponsored by Sam's Radio.


Afrikaans   met Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC  luister hier

English  with Dennis Green. Listen here

Amateur Radio Today with Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC  listen/download here or get more details about the programme and transmission times and frequencies here . Reception reports are inviting  on Sunday transmission at 08:00 UTC on 7205 and 17660kHz AM and Monday 16:30 UTC on 3230. QSL to POBox 90538, Garsfontein 0042 or  


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 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 23 March  and get an additional discount of 10%  

 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  26 March 2016



ICASA RULES ABOUT ZU LICENSES FOR PEOPLE OVER 25With 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).


HF UPDATE WITH ZS4BS (updated15 May 2016) 

DXCC News. 5A1AL (Libya, all operations) has been approved for DXCC credit. If you have had this rejected in a prior application, you can send a note to  to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number where the rejection was noted to expedite recovery of the information.

OTH Radars, Fishery and Taxi Traffic, Buoys, and Broadcasters Continue to Mar Ham Bands. The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) April newsletter chronicles a plethora of intruding signals heard on exclusive Amateur Radio allocations in Europe and Africa, many of these also affecting the bands in IARU Regions 1 and 3. The most significant interfering signals originate from over-the-horizon (OTH) radars in China and Russia and affect 40, 30, 20 and 15 metres. 

The newsletter also recounts monitoring stations' reports of voice traffic on several bands from fishing operations in various parts of the world, telemetry from marine buoys and persistent taxi dispatching traffic from Russia on 10 metres. Other interference has stemmed from broadcasters - harmonic-challenged and otherwise - as well as from jamming signals attempting to prevent broadcasts from reaching their intended audiences. Pirate (i.e., unlicensed) stations have been reported on 80 metres and elsewhere and Russian digital military traffic has been monitored on 40 and 20 metres. 

OTH radar interference prevails, however. IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, documented Chinese OTH radar occupying considerable swaths of spectrum on several bands. 

Ocean Floater - ZL1SIX. The radio amateurs down under are about to launch a marine buoy into the South Pacific Ocean. The payload contains a low power JT9 beacon transmitting in the 30 m band. The beacon is already underway to the launch site and the beacon is already alive. Tracking the progress should be most interesting; we might learn a few things about sea currents and propagation. 

Norfolk Island. The Wireless Institute of Australia's Annual General Meeting will take place from 27 to 29 May on Norfolk Island. Expect VI9ANZAC, VK9PC (QSL via VK3PC) and VK9WI (QSL via VK3PC) to be active before, during and after the event.

Tim, NL8F, will be active as VK9NF from Norfolk Island from 24 May to 3 June. He will operate PSK, RTTY and SSB with a focus on 17 and 12 metres. QSL via K8NA. 


Lord Howe Island. Merv, N6NO will be celebrating his 80th birthday by returning to Lord Howe Island (OC-004) between 21 and 29 May. He will run 100 watts into a vertical dipole and will be active as VK9OL on 40 to 10 metres with a focus on CW and the WARC bands. QSL via N6NO, direct or bureau, and LoTW.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 22 May 2016 


PY1MHZ IS MONITORING ZS SIGNALS ON 144,300 MHz – Pieter V51PJ informed us that Marcos Turbo, PY1MHZ, has installed his 2x12 element LFA Yagis at Rio de Janeiro and are fixed in our direction. He is now monitoring 144,300 MHz SSB and also V51PJ beacon on 144,429 MHz. The next Transatlantic transmitting two-way tests between Namibia and Brazil will start gain in August 2016, because currently only cold fronts are experienced on both sides. Beacon signals exceeding 4000 km have been recorded across the Atlantic Ocean. The distance between Brazil and South Africa is about 6000 km and is the biggest challenge facing VHF amateurs at present. This amateur science project will stimulate amateur radio technology. 

All 50 MHz BEACONS ABOVE 50,031 – 50,100 MHz WILL HAVE TO MOVE – The IARU is implementing new rules and allocations for beacons on the 50 MHz band, which were proposed by the RSGB. The old beacon band from 50,000 – 50,100 MHz will now become exclusively Telegraphic (CW), except for the bottom section between 50,000 to 50,030 MHz, which will be sbared by DX beacons from Regions 1, 2 and 3. The new beacon band is allocated from 50,400 – 50,500 MHz. Maybe Dennis ZS4BS could give us an idea when the deadline is for the above. 

ZS6WAB VHF BEACONS ARE BACK ON THE AIR – Wlllem Badenhorst, ZS6WAB, at Polokwane Locator KG46rb announced that his VHF beacons are back on the air. They are: 144,410 MHz CW and 70,025 MHz CW. On 16th May 2016 Carl Minne, ZS6CBQ, reported hearing the 144,410 MHz beacon at 5/1 in Krugersdorp. 

NEWS FROM NAMIBIA – Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, at Rosh Pinah reported that ZS2ACP Andre and ZR6AUI Christo were the first on 50 MHz MS digital. Then Pieter and Christo worked each other on both 50 MHz and 70 MHz MS. While they were operating digital on 50 MHz a Tropo opening occurred towards Division 6 as the Sun was warming up the cold air above the clouds and changing the dewpoint to make possible long distances with low power on VHF. 

THE ZS1 VHF GROUP IS BACK ON THE AIR – “Last night’s net on 144,300 MHz: ZS1K, ZS1TAF, ZSGVW, ZS1TK and ZS1PDY. ZS1CF in Langebaan attempted to get inbut conditions were poor…. Don’t give up Charles! 73 de Mike ZS1TAF. Email:  Mobile & WhatsApp: 076 278 5622.”


THE NEW PHASE-CHANGE MEMORY (PCM) – Scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). The current memory landscape spans from venerable DRAM to hard disk drives to ubiquitous flash. But in the last several years PCM has attracted the industry's attention as a potential universal memory technology based on its combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density. For example, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off, unlike DRAM, and the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to an average flash USB stick, which tops out at 3,000 write cycles. 

To store a '0' or a '1', known as bits, on a PCM cell, a high or medium electrical current is applied to the material. A '0' can be programmed to be written in the amorphous phase or a '1' in the crystalline phase, or vice versa. Then to read the bit back, a low voltage is applied. This is how re-writable Blue-ray Discs store videos. Previously scientists at IBM and other institutes have successfully demonstrated the ability to store 1 bit per cell in PCM, but today at the IEEE International Memory Workshop in Paris, IBM scientists are presenting, for the first time, successfully storing 3 bits per cell in a 64k-cell array at elevated temperatures and after 1 million endurance cycles. 

LATE NEWS! AS FROM 22 MAY MARS WILL RISE AFTER SUNSET – The planet Mars will rise after sunset as from 22 May 2016 and reach opposition on 30 May. It will be the closest to Earth since 2003 at a distance of 75,3 million kilometres, and appear as a bright orange/red disc. Its two moons, Phobos and Deimos, should be visible through binoculars or a small telescope.  


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 14 April 2016 

HOLYLAND CONTEST: Friday 15 of April 21.00UTC - Saturday 16 of April 2016 21.00UTC. Aim: To promote contacts between Radi o Amateurs around the globe and Israeli Hams. Modes: CW; SSB; Digital; Mixed: Exchange: Worldwide stations send RS(T) + QSO number starting with 001. Israeli stations give RS(T) and 'Area'.

2016 YU DX Contest: Objective: To contact as many stations around the world, and prefixes starting with YT and YU as many as possible. Date and Time: April 16/17 – Saturday 21:00 -Sunday        04:59:59 UTC, Sunday   09:00 -            Sunday 16:59:59 UTC. It’s obligatory to make pause from 05:00:00 UTC to 08:59:59 UTC. Mode, Bands: Only CW, all bands 1.8 - 28 MHz, except WARC bands.

ZS4 Sprint: Aim: This is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Free State and radio amateurs in Southern African countries. Date and Time: From 14:00 to 15:00 UTC Sunday 24 April 2016. Exchange: ZS4 - RS(T) and town name or abbreviation. Other - RS(T) and provincial or country abbreviation. Frequency: A phone and CW contest on the 40-metre band CW: 7 000 to 7 040 kHz, SSB: 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz. See “Blue Book” for details

SPDX RTTY Contest:  Date: April -  23/24:  Contest Period:   12.00 UTC Saturday , through 12.00 UTC Sunday. Bands: 3,5 - 28 MHz without WARC bands. Mode:  RTTY:,spdxrttyen.html

Russian WW MultiMode: Mode: BPSK63, CW, RTTY and SSB: Date:  from 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30th April till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1st May, 2016 . Bands: 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m.

Antique Wireless Association Valve QSO Party:  Aim: The aim of the AWA Valve QSO party is to create activity on the 40 and 80 metre bands. It is a phone only contest using AM and SSB. Preferably, valve radios, or radios with valves in them may be used. No linear amplifiers may be used. Date and Time: AM QSO Party, 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Saturday 7 May and SSB QSO Party 13:00 to 17:00 UTC Sunday 8 May. See “Blue Book”for details

His Majesty The King of Spain CW Contest:  Dates: CW:  1200 UTC Saturday till 1200 UTC Sunday (May 21-22, 2016). Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meters, according the IARU Region 1 band plan.

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Design and manufacturing of control panels for the industry. Installation of ac drives, soft starters, dc drives. PLC, control stations, mimic panels. Earthing and lightning protection. Back-up generators, commercial, domestic and industrial. Fire, smoke and heat detection. Solar panels, batteries, inverters and regulators. Temperature controllers, RTDs, thermocouples. Gas detection. Hygrometers. Contact Eddie (ZS6DAY) @ 0823303558, or E-mail: .



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.


Light Engineering Works

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.


Place your commercial hamads on the home page.  Book a six months space for R300 or 12 months at R500 prepaid with order   The advertisements will be  text only up to 60 words including address, telephone number and click through URL to advertisers' website and email address. Adverisement can be changed  Send your contact details to and we will contact you or call the NARC at 011 675 2393

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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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