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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

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

Sunday 12 November 2017

SARLNUUS  Anette Jacobs ZR6D luister/laai hier af

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AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV listen   here  or for more details click here 


ZD7VC TO RUN A 144 MHz BEACON ON ST. HELENA ISLAND – Bruce Salt, ZD7VC, is willing to operate an omnidirectional 144 MHz beacon on St. Helena Island. Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, will supply the transmitter and antenna, and Marcos PY1MHZ in Brazil is constructing the keyer. Pieter needs some extra donations in the form of solar panels etc, and a donation towards airfreight costs. This will open up a new VHF world across the Atlantic for the West Coast and even inland. The first Airlink service from South Africa has just inaugurated the new airport built on top of a mountain sponsored by Britain.  Please contact Pieter V51PJ for further information.  


SDR Workshop in CT well attended - Following on the first SDR Conference hosted by CPUT in Belville, a second Workshop was arranged by AMSAT SA in conjunction with the SARL. This took place on Saturday the 4th of November this year, at the conference venue of the Oakdale Club in Bellville.

The general principles of SDR, spelled out at the first conference, was put into practice at this Workshop. Here participants were introduced to the set-up of the now very popular RTL-SDR dongle as a receiving module in conjunction with a PC. The required software packages for the manipulation of the received RF signals were supplied ready for use on a memory stick, and a step by step process were followed by Johan, ZS1RX and George, ZS1GFL, in explaining all that was necessary for the setup of the system. It did not take long before spectrum and waterfall displays appeared on the laptop screens.

As with our previous conference, radio amateurs active in the well-established small satellite space industry in the Western Cape, were also in attendance. This further strengthened our ties with the broader space community where communication by means of software systems are becoming the norm.


SARL SUBMITS 5 MHZ Propagation Report to ICASA - The report covers observations using WSPR and Propagation  charts covering April to June 2017. The report was compiled and edited by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV with input from Stewart Moss ZS6SGM  and Vince Harrison ZS6BTY. Download it from here


 

What to do if your licence has been cancelled - Your first action must be to contact ICASA to determine your exact situation. The SARL does not have this information. See ICASA contact details click here.

Before following up with ICASA please have the following information available:  Licence number,  Copy of your most recent licence received,  Proof of payment of any payments made. If a cancellation is found to be as a result of an ICASA error - the licence will be re-instated.

However where this has been due to a payment oversight ICASA is taking a hard line and will require you to re-apply for a new licence. For more information on licensing and payment of licences click here to download a comprehensive doocument 


RADIOZS -The November 2017 issue of Radio ZS is available for download from the Members Only section.

The 3DA0MB EME Expeditiion, click here 


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HF Update with Dennis, ZS4BS/3 18 November 2017 

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Mauritania, 5T. Fawaz, A92AA and Obaid, A61M will be active as 5T1A and 5T1R from Nouakchott, Mauritania between 20 November and 20 December. QSLs via A92AA. Between 1 and 7 December they will be joined by Ahmed, 5T2AI (9K2AI) and be active as 5T5TI (https://5t5ti.blogspot.com/) from Tidra Island (AF-050). They will operate SSB and FT8 on 40 to 10 meters. QSL via NI5DX (direct only), plus LoTW; logsearch on Club Log.

Togo, 5V. John, N9MDH is active as 5V1JE from Lome, Togo until around the end of May 2018. He operates digital modes and some SSB on 80 to 10 m, with a focus on 30 and 20 metres. Plans are to upload the log to LoTW.

Uganda, 5X. Andy, DL3YM will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as 5X8B from Uganda, probably in the SOAB LP category. QSL via LoTW or home call (direct only, as he will confirm all QSOs automatically via the bureau).

Cyprus, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM will be active as ZC4MK from Avdimou Beach, UK Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus between 5 and 12 December. QSL via home call, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW.

Canada, VE. The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 December 1917. The blast devastated the Richmond district of Halifax, killing 2 000 people and injuring more than 9 000. Commemorating those tragic events, the Halifax ARC has been issued the special call CK100VDA for the period 2 to 10 December. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau and LoTW; direct cards should be sent to VA1YL.

India, VU. Datta, VU2DSI will be active as AU2JCB from 23 November to 11 December to celebrate the birthdate of Indian physicist and radio pioneer Jagadish Chandra Bose. Look for activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via VU2DSI (direct).

Suriname, PZ. Four members (AA7A, G4FON, G4IRN and KY7M) of the Voodoo Contest Group (http://voodoocontestgroup.com/) will be active as PZ5V from Suriname between 19 and 28 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via M0URX's OQRS and LoTW.

Antigua, V2. Bud, AA3B will be active again as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between 22 and 27 November. Main activity will be during the CQ WW DX CW Contest; outside the contest he might give RTTY a try. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, eQSL or via AA3B (direct or bureau).

Equatorial Guinea, 3C0L & 3C1L. Yuris, YL2GM and Kaspars, YL3AIW have uploaded the last part of their 3C1L log to Club Log, this log contains 43 612 QSOs with 14 811 unique calls. About 1 400 QSOs were made on 9 and 10 October, the rest from 27 October to 12 November. While on Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea they operated CW (77,41%), SSB (17,83%) and RTTY (4,76%). Between 13 and 25 October they were active as 3C0L from Annobon Island (AF-039). They made 32 447 QSOs with 11 783 unique calls on CW (79,87%) and SSB (20,13%). QSL for both operations via ClubLog's OQRS (direct or bureau), or direct to YL2GN; email requests for bureau cards can be sent to yl2gn@lral.lv. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW in six months' time.

Liberia, 5L3BI. The 5L3BI team are now able to share the actual difficulties they encountered during their attempt of activating Baiyah Island (AF-111), "Had we failed? Yes. Had we escaped without any injuries or harm? Yes. Did we make the right decision? Yes. Will we attempt it again in the future? No", they say, because "after experiencing and witnessing so much of local customs, none of the team are prepared to put themselves into this situation again". The full story is well worth a reading, and can be found on https://dx-world.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/5L3BI-story-pdf.pdf.

"We are ever so thankful to those DX Groups, Foundations and individuals who have already requested for us to keep their donations and to use towards the expense of this project. We also invite anyone who has made a donation and would like it returned to please contact us (dxer59@gmail.com) in the first instance so we can make arrangements to repay it as soon as possible".


VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS by Mike Bosch ZS2FM 12 November 2017 

# Link to SARL VHF, UHF & MICROWAVES DX TABLE Click here 

ZD7VC IS PREPARED TO RUN A 144 MHz BEACON ON ST. HELENA ISLAND – Bruce Salt, ZD7VC, is willing to operate an omnidirectional 144 MHz beacon on St. Helena Island. Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, will supply the transmitter and antenna, and Marcos PY1MHZ in Brazil is constructing the keyer. Pieter needs some extra donations in the form of solar panels etc, and a donation towards airfreight costs. This will open up a new VHF world across the Atlantic for the West Coast and even inland. The first Airlink service from South Africa has just inaugurated the new airport built on top of a mountain sponsored by Britain.  Please contact Pieter V51PJ for further information. 

AFTER A VERY COLD WINTER TROPO DUCTING IS BACK ON VHF – Recent reports received indicated that Tropo Ducting is back on 144 MHz with a vengeance. The reports came from Divisions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and covered a distance up to 600 km on 144,300 MHz SSB, which is the best band for long distance Ducting on land or across the sea. All that is required is a high gain horizontally polarized Yagi antenna to improve your reception and transmission even on low power. While 144 MHz is the best band for Tropo Enhancement and Ducting, it is 50 MHz that excel in most other modes such as Sporadic-E, Meteor Scatter etc., so watch the coming months for major meteor showers as well as strong Sporadic-E openings. We are awaiting reports from Division 1 on the West Coast. 

RECENTLY DIVISIONS 3, 4 & 6 HAD A FIELD DAY ON 144,300 MHz SSB – Carl Minne, ZR6CBQ, reported on 144 MHz activity from Krugersdorp. The most distant stations in his log were: 


“ZS4A - Rickus - Bethlehem - 236 km - S9+30 
ZS6SER - Servaas - Louis Trichardt - 402 km - S9+10
ZS4WW - Jacques - Welkom - 222 km - S9+30
ZR4MF - Michael - Bloemfontein - 367 Km - S9

“Nico ZS4N had a power failure just as he was going to report in. Andre ZS3AG in Kimberley was worked by ZS4WW, ZR4MF and ZS6JES. I could copy Andre S1-2 but he did not hear me well enough to log the contact. Rickus managed to work Servaas over a distance of 600 km. Well done Rickus!! Michael in Bloemfontein could just hear Servaas but a contact over 772 km was not possible but he managed to work all the other far away stations ZS6JES - Jess is back on the air from Babsfontein and he managed to work ZR4MF (412 km), ZS3AG (476 km), ZS4WW (269 km) and ZS6SER (362 km) with his Yagi at 8m high. Well done Jess and welcome back on 2m. Also welcome to Danie in Pretoria who upgraded his vertical antenna to a 11 element LFA donated by Harry ZR6AMC. Danie could hear most of the distant stations but his 15 Watts was just not enough, Koos ZS6KSG also worked most of the farthest stations but could not stay long due to family responsibilities Bert ZS6LP reported in at the end that he could copy most of the stations on his home made "plastic" stacked quad. Conditions have improved over the past few weeks so get your Yagi horizontal and start to monitor 144,300 MHz. We are on every morning from about 05:47 to 07:00 CAT and evenings from around 20:00 CAT. Greetings Carl ZS6CBQ.”  

WATCH OUT FOR THE LEONIDS METEOR SHOWER ON 17 NOVEMBER – This meteor shower peaks annually on 17 November and provides analogue contacts on 50 MHz SSB, or  digital on 50, 70 , and 144 MHz using either FSK441 or MSK144 modes. 

 POWER AMPLIFIER FOR 1296 MHz – Pieter Jacobs, V51PJ, gave us this tip: He says: “The later models of microwave ovens will be fitted with 4 x 250 Watt 23 cm amplifiers. It is something to look at for future linear amplifier projects. Buy one microwave oven and share it with 4 Hams so that each will have a linear of 250 Watt capacity on 1,3 GHz (23 cm).


CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 13 October 2017 

Scandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

 

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 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: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htmScandinavian Activity Contest Rules 2017:  Aim - The aims of the contest are to promote amateur radio activity in Scandinavia and to encourage amateur radio communications between Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian amateur radio stations. Scandinavian stations will try to work as many non-Scandinavian stations as possible and vice versa. Periods: SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year, starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Frequencies -  SSB: 3600-3650, 3700-3800, 7060-7100, 7130-7200, 14125-14300, 21151-21450, 28320-29000 kHz. According to the IARU Region 1 HF Bandplan. Exchange: consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001). http://www.sactest.net/blog/rules/

JARTS WW RTTY CONTEST 2017: Date.    00:00 UTC Saturday, Oct. 21 thru 23:59 UTC Sunday, Oct.22 in 2017. Participants may operate whole 48 hours. Band: 3.5, 7,      14, 21, 28 MHz. Mode:               Baudot only. There is no limitation to use any spotting assistance. Exchange: RST and Operator's Age. 00(zero zero) is allowed for YL. http://jarts.jp/rules2017.html

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest: The Deutscher Amateur-Radio-Club (DARC) has the honour to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: October, third full weekend, 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2017:  21-22. October. Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Check website for specific rules re frequencies. Exchange: A contest QSO can only be established between non-German and German stations and also between German stations. Non-German stations give the usual RS/RST + serial number. German stations give RS/RST + DOK (code for local DARC/VFDB chapter). http://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/conteste/worked-all-germany-contest/en/rules/

CQ World-Wide DX SSB Contest: October 28-29 - Starts 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: Six bands only: 1.8, 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. Observance of established band plans is strongly encouraged. Exchange: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05). http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm

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