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UNLOCKING AMATEUR RADIO TECHNOLOGY - Take your amateur radio experience to a higher level . Book now for the SARL symposium to be held in Stellenbosch on Friday 12 April starting at 13:00 and followed by snacks and drinks at 19:30. Get the full programme here  and book here

Experience the West Coast Propagation phenomena,  see how the VHF  reverse beacon network  will enhance your VHF operations, See behind the scene of Moningstar to work HF from your hand-held, Experience how SDR and a dongle will  turn  your computer into a powerful shortwave receiver.  Get up to speed with QO100, amateur radio's first geostationary satellite with 24/7 DX. These are just a few of the presentations and demonstrations that await you. 


Sunday 24 March 2019

SARLNUUS met  John Keulder ZS6BX  luister of laai hier af

SARL NEWS with Rory Norton ZS2BL  listen here/Download

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, a weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technology hosted by  Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen .More details about Today's programme here. Transmission times and frequency details click here. 

In Amateur Radio Today: SatNOGS opensource ground station and network with Tom van den Bon ZR6TG. Also excitement on long distance VHF in Focus on VHF and above with Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ 

SARL AWARDS DINNER BOOKINGS - The Awards Dinner will be held at the Devonvale Golf Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch. 79 seats have already been booked! Hurry up with your registration form.

RADIO ZS - The March 2019 Radio ZS is available for download - Click here to download your copy – it is available for everybody to read


2019 Day of the Radio Amateur AGM Booklet - download here

2019 Day of the Radio Amateur Registration Form - download here

2019 Day of the Radio Amateur Proxy Form - download here

Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology Symposium

Friday 12 April 2019 13:00 – 19:30 followed by cocktails

A workshop presented by the South African Radio League to showcase the exiting activities that Radio Amateurs can get and should get involved in to unlock the next level of activities. It is said that amateur radio is the most exciting of all technical hobbies and the SARL will show you how you can enhance your experience while still having fun yet experience the thrill of achievement.

Programme Higlights

Setting the Scene

A keynote address by Lindsey Magnus of the SKA showcasing their hi-tech

Software defined radio -Showcasing how to use a simple dongle to turn your computing device into a full blow radio with practical demonstrations for HF and VHF applications.

DXing on the world’s first Geostationary Satellite “Is’hailsat 2” and how to build a ground station that will not break the bank.

A VHF reverse beacon network to alert when VHF openings occur – A RBN provides unique opportunity for real-time propagation awareness. The system will be demonstrated. Did you know that when VHF conditions are right, long distance VHF contacts can be made with relative simple equipment?

The SARL HF noise monitoring project and how you can save the future of DXing – it will not be the lack of Sunspot that inhibits, it will be the high and increasing noise level

Western Cape to St Helena on a two-metre vertical – how did it happen? What is the Westcoast propagation phenomena, does it occur elsewhere?

Plus, quick fire presentations (10 minutes) on a number of topic of interest such as Put a multi meter to better use, logbook of the world to your DXCC, SA latest  satellite from CPUT, XinaBox plug-in module to just about build anything, and many more.

There will be display of interesting hardware, and great prize to be won for just attending.

Book early, there are only 50 seats available at R250, after that registration will cost R700



2019 RSGB Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon -The RSGB is pleased to invite all radio amateurs across the world to join us in celebrating the Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales in 2019.  We are organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon for the duration of the competition. 

 2019/2020 Amateur Radio License fee increase

ICASA has informed the SARL that the licence fee will be increased by 4,7% on 1 April 2019. The new fees will be 

1 Year   -              R 148.00

2 Year   -              R 283.00

3 Year   -              R 406.00

4 Year   -              R 517.00

5 Year   -              R 617.00  

ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2019/2020 period from 4 February 2019. Radio Amateurs are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their license is up to date. If for some reason no invoice is received, check that ICASA has been informed of any address changes. 

Avoid the hassles of having to renew each year, opt for a multi-year licence. Simply, when renewing pay the appropriate amount. On the EFT state 5 Year licence and your callsign. Also send an email to with a copy of the EFT payment.

The correct account for your ICASA Licence Fee is NEDBANK Account number: 14 62 00 29 27, Branch Code: 146245 - Corporate Client Services – Pretoria and in the reference field type in your licence number and call sign. 

ICASA Licence Fees - DO NOT pay the ICASA licence fee into the SARL bank account, all moneys wrongfully paid into the SARL account will be refunded less the bank charges associated with these transactions. 

LOW SUNSPOTS TRY 16O M, you cannot be without this book - ON4UN's Low Band DXing -  Dozens of new propagation maps based on DX Atlas, as well as an in-depth analysis of the influence of sunspot cycles on 160-metre ducting. A new discussion of cutting edge technology including Software Defined Radio and the revolutionary LP-500 Digital Station Monitor. Chapters include 

  • Propagation
  • DXing on the Low Bands
  • Receiving and Transmitting Equipment
  • Antenna Design Software
  • Antennas: General, Terms, Definitions
  • The Feed Line and the Antenna
  • Receiving Antennas
  • The Dipole Antenna
  • Vertical Antennas
  • Large Loop Antennas
  • Phased Arrays
  • Other Arrays
  • Yagis and Quads
  • Low Band DXing from a Small Garden
  • From Low Band DXing to Contesting

CD-ROM included! The CD-ROM includes the entire book in a fully searchable PDF format as well as ON4UN’s software (Windows XP only), antenna modeling files, photographs and more. Now R950.  Delivery via Postnet R120. Special offer  for September and October 2019 free postnet delivery

2019 Advertising in Radio ZS and the SARL Web site

Radio ZS and the SARL web welcomes advertising. It is a source of information for readers. Send your advertisement for the League website to Hans, ZS6AKV at and for Radio ZS to Dennis, ZS4BS at

Advertising Rates (effective 1 February 2019)

Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - R550 pm - R2 750 for 6 months - R4 750 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R70 pm - R350 for 6 months - R550 per annum

Terms and conditions

All contract advertisements content may be changed monthly on 5 working day notice

The rates are based on the complete supply of material in Jpeg unless otherwise negotiated. For artwork additional charges may apply as agreed

The content of the advertisements must comply with regulations and norms acceptable in South Africa

All advertisements are playable in advance by EFT to SA Radio League, ABSA, account no 4071 588 849 branch code 632 005

All correspondence and material must be sent to with a copy to

HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS - 23 March 2019 

Get your weekly copy of HF Happenings at 

Southern African Fauna and Flora

South African SOTA 

Contacts with stations on the African continent count towards the SARL’s All Africa Award

Djibouti, J20DX. Permission has been granted for the J20DX team to overnight and stay up to 72 hours on Kadda Dabali Island (AF-059). "Although not an ideal island in terms of some paths being blocked", the team says, "we do not yet know if it's possible to stay on another island and will only find out once we meet our boatman". As for the activity from IOTA group AF-053, their plans "remain unchanged". The team (MM0NDX, MM0OKG and EA3NT) will be signing J20DX from AF-059, J20DX/mm while at sea and J20DX/p from AF-053. On 14 April and possibly also on the 20th they will be active from the mainland (callsign pending). QSL via Club Log's OQRS and LoTW; direct cards via M0SDV. See for updates and more information, including propagation prediction charts for each IOTA group.

Guinea-Bissau, J5. Livio, IZ3BUR is active again as J52EC from Father Gianfranco's (J52OFM) mission at Cumura, until 15 April. QSL direct to IZ3BUR.

Kosovo, Z6. YOTA (Youngsters on the Air) operators TA7AOF, TA7AZC, Z63CAB, Z63DBB and Z63DBM will participate in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (30 and 31 March) as Z66Y from Kosovo. QSL via Z62FB.

Brazil, PY. Tony, PY1AX and Ronaldo, PS8RV will be active as ZV1FF from the Tijuca National Park between 28 and 31 March, including activity during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. They will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on the HF bands. QSL via PS8RV and LoTW.

Maldives, 8Q. Darek, SP3DX will be active as 8Q7DM from the Maldives (AS-013) between 1 and 7 April. He will operate FT8 and SSB on 20 to 10 metres. QSL via home call.

Liechtenstein, HB0. The PI4RAZ Radio Club will conduct their annual expedition to Steg, Liechtenstein between 6 and 13 April. Look for HB0/PA2HGJ, HB0/PA2RDK, HB0/PA3CNO, HB0/PA3HK, HB0/PE0MGB and HB0/PE1FLO to be active on 160 to 10 metres using CW, FT8 and some SSB. QSL via PE1FLO.

Gaum, KH2. Aki, JR3QFB (W3JH) and other operators will be active from Guam from 29 March to 1 April, including participation in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest as KH2KY (QSL via JA1MFR, Club Log's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL).

Norfolk Island, VK9N. Chris VK3QB, Luke VK3HJ, Patrick VK2PN and David VK3BDX will be active as VI9NI from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between 1 and 14 April. They will operate FT8, CW and SSB on 160-17 metres with two stations. QSL via operators' instructions; log search on Club Log. Updates will be posted to

St. Kitts, V4. Once again John, W5JON will be active as V47JA from St. Kitts (NA-104) between 1 and 22 April. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 160 to 6 m. QSL via W5JON (direct only) and LoTW.

France, F. Charente DX Groupe's ( members F4GBD, F5LOW, F5MNK, F5NBQ, F6HKA and ON4ZD will be active as TM4G from Groix Island (EU-048) on 13-20 April. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on the HF bands. QSL via Club Log's OQRS or via via ON4ZD.


VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table the latest table of records is available from the VHF SA Record page. Click here to get a copy. Compiled and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - latest version 8 March 2019. Updates to  

Focus on VHF and Above 24 March 2019 

 Audio version

Focus on VHF and Above 24 March 2019 

There is no tutorial this week, but the bands have been open across the country. 

The 46 Long Distance group had a bumper day on Thursday. Being a public holiday most of the guys were in front of their radios and the conditions were also very good. The load shedding did delay some, but they joined in as soon as they could. There were reports of the ZS4AFV beacon being heard very well in Edenvale and Pretoria. 

Dick ZS6BUN, Vernon ZS6AIG and Pine ZS6OB were also playing with FT8 on 2m on Thursday. 

Willem ZS6WAB reports that the power supply for his beacons has failed as a result of the load shedding and that the beacons will be off for the foreseeable future or I guess until the national power supply has been stabilised again. 

Cor ZS6CR is also busy with his hardware to work QO-100. Here is a photo of his progress so far. 

ZS6CR Arduino Oscillator Control, Oscillator Board, RF Amplifier and 2.4 GHz power amplifier. 

Here is also a SSTV photo that Cor ZS6CR received over the QO-100 satellite.


Peter ZS2ABF reports from East London that he received a text message from Dave ZS5DJ informing him that the forecast was good along the South East Coast for Sunday 17 March. Peter says “I duly came on frequency at 19:45 and Dave's Morse Code call was blasting into my QTH. Signals were strong, and we had a good SSB chat. The only thing that spoilt it was the QSB. At what was to be near the end of our QSO, Dave's signal cut off as if he had a power outage, and that was really the end.” 

Last week we mentioned that John ZS6JON and Louise ZS6LU would be in Gaborone this weekend. Well on Thursday both Willem ZS6WAB and Rickus ZS4A made contact with A21EME which is their Botswana callsign.



Along the West Coast the signals were also great as predicted on the Hepburn Charts for the whole 2nd half of the past week. Koos ZS3JPY and Cobus ZS3CVB were in contact with Garry ZD7GWM. 

ZS3JPY QSO with ZD7GWM Video 

And one of Cobus with Garry as recorded by Koos. Just listen to the excitement in Cobus’ voice. 

ZS3CVB QSO with ZD7GWM Audio 

Rudi ZS3DT from Vryburg is on holiday in Port Nolloth and was listening to Garry ZD7GWM with a handheld radio and an AMSAT SA Yagi. 



Dawid ZS1DK from Langebaan finally has his tower upright with the help of David, Gert and a TLB. 




Well done guys and thanks for sharing the information with us.


The next meeting of the VHF Work Group will be via Skype on 28 March 2019. If you want to join the VHF Work Group, send us your Skype name to and we will add you to the call. 

The next VHF/UHF workshop is being planned for 25 May 2019 at the National Amateur Radio Centre. Put this date in your diaries and plan to be there. 

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to


THE WEDNESDAY 80 METRE CLUB SPRINT: The first Wednesday 80 metre Club Sprint was on the air from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 20 March with CW and phone activity on 3 510 to 3 570 kHz; 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 750 kHz. The exchange is a RS or RST report and your 4-symbol grid square (e.g. KG30). Log sheets in MS Excel format ONLY must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 27 March to The name of the operators Club must be shown on the log sheet. An MS Excel log and summary sheet is available on the Contest page of the League web site.

CQ World-Wide WPX Contest SSB: Date & Time: March 30-31, 2019. Starts: 0000 UTC Saturday Ends: 2359 UTC Sunday. Objective: For amateurs world wide to contact as many amateurs and prefixes as possible during the contest period. Period of Operation: 48 hours. Single Operator stations may operate 36 of the 48 hours – off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO is logged. Multi-operator stations may operate the full 48 hours. Bands: Only the 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz bands may be used. Exchange: RS(T) report plus a progressive contact serial number starting with 001 for the first contact. Note: Multi-Two and Multi-Unlimited entrants use separate serial number sequences on each band.

South African Radio League 80 m QSO Party: Aim: The aim of these contests is to create an interest in and activity on the 80-m band. It is a phone only contest. Date and times: 17:00 to 20:00 UTC on Thursday 4 April 2019. Frequencies: Only frequencies in the segment 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz may be used. Exchange: Call sign, RS signal report and operator’s name. See Blue Book

SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest: (RTTY/PSK/WSJT but not limited to these modes). Aim: The VHF/UHF Digital contest is a test of operator ability and station design, To promote Digital activity on the VHF/UHF and microwave bands. The Contest is open to all licensed Radio Amateurs in South Africa, Namibia (V5), Botswana (A2), Zimbabwe (Z2), Mozambique (C9), Lesotho (7P) and Swaziland (3DA). Only contacts with these states will count. Dates and Times: 10:00 UTC Saturday 6 April 2019 to 10:00 UTC Sunday 7 April 2019. See Blue Book for more details

EA RTTY Contest: To participate in this contest, the specific bases of the competition must be complied with, as well as the General Regulation of URE Competitions. Participants: Any radio amateur anywhere in the world with a valid licence. Dates: From 16:00 UTC on Saturday 6th to 16:00 UTC on Sunday 7th April 2019. Mode: RTTY Baudot (Teletype). Bands: 10, 15, 20, 40 y 80 meters, in the segments recommended by the IARU for this mode. Exchange: Spanish stations send RSQ and the Province abbreviation. DX stations send RSQ and serial number starting with 001. Spanish stations are considered to be those stations operating within the Spanish national territory irrespective of the prefix used.

FT8 DX Contest 2019:  Date: Begins: 13-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC Ends:    14-April-2019 | 12:00 UTC. Bands and mode: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters on FT8 mode. Any station may work any other station. Stations may be worked once per band. Exchange: United States: Signal report and State (except KH6 and KL7). Canada: Signal report and Province. DX: Signal report and consecutive serial number, starting with 001 (including KH6 and KL7). Miscellaneous: Participants must use WSJT-X version 2.0 or later or MSHV version 2.14 or later.

HOLYLAND CONTEST: Friday 19 of April 21.00UTC - Saturday 20 of April 21.00UTC. Aim: To promote contacts between Radio Amateurs around the globe and Israeli Hams. Eligibility: All licensed amateurs and SWL's worldwide. Object: To contact as many different Israeli amateur radio stations on as many bands, and from as many 'Areas' as possible in different modes CW, SSB and DIGITAL. Period: Start: Friday 19 of April 2019, 21.00 UTC. End: Saturday 20 of April 2019, 21.00 UTC. Modes: CW; SSB; Digital; MIX. (Mixed = minimum 2 modes). Bands: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21, 28 MHz. Exchange: Worldwide stations send RS(T) + QSO number starting with 001. Israeli stations give RS(T) and 'Area'.

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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.

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