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Balloon launch 17 November 2018 - Binary Space will be launching another high-altitude balloon on Saturday 17 November from the NWU Vaal Triangle Campus in VanderBijlpark. This launch is sponsored by HTI. New equipment being flown includes a DIY repeater developed by Frik Wolff ZS6FZ with an Uplink on 433.550MHz - 88.5Hz Tone to Activate and the Downlink: 145.450MHz.

Everybody is welcome and if you ever wanted to join a launch then this is the perfect one since there won't be much driving happening and there is an active ground station that will run during the complete event. 

Get more details about the various payoads  here 

SARL NEWS - Listen to  the weekly SARL NEWS on line or download to retransmit on local nets, a SARL service to Radio Amateurs. Get the transmission schedule here .

Sunday 11 November 2018 

SARLNUUS met John Keulder ZS6BXL Luister/laai af

SARL NEWS with Dennis Green ZS4BS  listen/download 

AMATEUR RADIO TODAY, a weekly actuality programme about Amateur Radio and technolog y hosted by with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen .

More details about Today's programme here. Transmission times and frequency details click here. In this week's programme the annual Remembers Day Service by Ds Jan Kramer ZS6JRK

Book now for the AMSATSA and SARL Workshop 24 November 2018 -   Topics include: How to protect your station from lighting ,RF Noise Floor monitoring,Wireless Power Transfer the  largest ever threat to amateur radio, How to identify noise from lights around the house and what light to buy. Get the full programe and registration form  here. 

BLACK FRDAY  23 November 2018 - Visit this website for black Friday  specials from our advertisers,  equipment, power supplies, books at give away prices. The SARL Black Friday opens at 22:00 on Thursday 22 November and will end at noon on Saturday 24. Don't miss the bargains!

South Africa elected to the ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board - ​​South Africa was elected to the ITU Council and an ICASA Frequency spectrum manager, Mandla Mchunu was elected to the Radio Regulations Board at the Plenipotentiary Conference which is the highest decision-making body of ITU, the United Nations specialised agency for ICTs. Held every four years, the Conference is the key event at which ITU Member States build consensus on key international ICT issues, elect leaders for the Union's top posts, and decide on a roadmap for ITU's work over the next four-year period, including strategic and financial plans.  

Member States of the ITU have unopposed re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General. Zhao, an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, will begin his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019. 

“We continue to connect the unconnected," says Zhao. “We are strengthening partnerships to implement our common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone everywhere."

Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General. He also served two elected terms as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability. Before that, he was a Senior Counsellor with TSB for 12 years.

Malcom Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected Deputy Secretary-General of ITU, Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay was elected Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, Chaesub Lee of Republic of Korea was re-elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau and Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau. 

South Africa brings experience to RRB


Mandla Mchunu, has more than 20 years’ experience in Radiocommunications and Telecommunications. He was part of the team that made contributions to the development of the first South African National radio frequency bands re-planning exercise in 1996 and its subsequent revisions to the current National Radio Frequency Plan 2018. He served on the committees of the then Telecommunications Regulatory Associations of Southern Africa (TRASA) which developed the harmonised Radio Frequency plans for Southern African countries. He was part of a radio frequency spectrum coordinating committee which developed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with neighbouring countries dealing with crossborder radio frequency spillage of mobile networks. He has been part of a South African delegation to every ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC’s) since 1997.
The Radio Regulations Board approves Rules of Procedure, used by the Radiocommunication Bureau in applying the provisions of the Radio Regulations and registering frequency assignments made by the Member States. The Board also deals with disputes.

SARL VHF workgroup select a coordinator - Dick Coates ZS6BUN was selected as the Coordinator for the SARL workgroup. The formation of a VHF/UHF/Microwave workgroup resulted from discussions at the recent joint SARL/AMSATSA workshop held at the NARC. The workgroup met on Skype last week and agreed on two main initial initiatives to get the promotion of activity on bands above 30 MHz off the ground.

As a number of beacons are already operating in South Africa, it was agreed to prepare a comprehensive list and publish the information on the SARL web and in news. Dick is calling on beacon operators to send all the information to

The second initial initiative is to set up a   two-metre beacon in the upper Karoo area. The workgroup will meet again on 15 November at 20:30. This is an open invitation to join the discussion. To participate make sure you have an updated version of Skype. If you have a proposal that you would like to discuss, please send it to and it will be distributed to all participants prior to the skype meeting,  please also include your Skype name so that you can be connected.


ICASA Head Office has moved. They are now at 350 Witch-Hazel Avenue, Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park, Centurion. The switchboard number is 012 568 3000/3001

The November 2018 Radio ZS is available for download - Click on Publications and then on Radio ZS download.

New sample edition of NZART Break-In magazine - New Zealand's national amateur radio society, NZART, has made the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of their magazine Break-In available as a free PDF. The magazine features the popular columns Digital Modes by Murray Greenman ZL1BPU and Satellite Orbits by Alan Cresswell ZL2BX. On pages 28-30 there is an interview with FT8 developer Joe Taylor K1JT. Download Jan/Feb 2018 PDF which includes Break-In from Jan 1928 by clicking on Publications and then on Radio ZS Download.

VHF/UHF WORKSHOP FIRED UP NEW ENTHUSIASM FOR BEACONS - Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ presented a paper entitled Beacon Coordination to gain maximum 

benefit. In his paper he highlighted the need for setting up a proper coordinated beacon system which should include an automated monitoring system much like the HF noise floor monitoring system which automatically uploads data to a central server. Much discussion followed and it was agreed to set up a workgroup coordinated by a beacon coordinator.

Persons interested in joining the Beacon workgroup are invited to take part in a Skype discussion planned for Thursday 1 November at 20:30. To take part send your skype details to by Wednesday evening 31 October 2018

Dick Coates ZS6BUN started the ball rolling by posting the following request.

 “About 9 years ago a number of beacons/keyers were sent round the country by ZS6JON. Out of these I believe that just one is operational, in Cape Town, on 2m, managed by ZS1TAF (thanks Mike). Could the original recipients of this equipment please let me know if you still have this kit and I will make arrangements to collect it if it is not being used.”

 He also asked for the following information

 1) Who has ex PMR equipment that they would be prepared to sell/donate to a beacon project? 

2) Who would be able to design / programme a RELIABLE keyer (CW) for such a beacon? 

3) Who has access to a suitable location for such beacons bearing in mind we need to link the activity centres in all provinces. Beacons need to run 24/7, not be located at a station currently active on VHF/UHF and be capable of supporting a say 7 element yagi horizontally polarised.

Please respond to Dick by emailing him at Dick Coates with a copy to 

There were many other interesting papers and discussions.  For more tune, in on Sundays, to Focus on VHF and Above presented by Brian Jacobs ZS6YZ on Amateur Radio today. The presentations are available on . The next VHF/UHF/Microwave workshop will be presented at the National Amateur Radio Centre by AMSAT SA and SARL on Saturday 9 February 2019. Proposal for papers and presentations are invited and should be sent to by not later than 15 December 2018

HF, 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 by Mike Bosch, ZS2FM (SK) and updated by Paul, ZS6NK - latest version 25 September 2018. Updates to 

The VHF/UHF and higher Band Plan is also available for download from the same URL as the Record Table.

 SARL ALTERNATIVE OFFICE NO If you cannot get through to the SARL Office on 011 675  2393 an alternative number  is 087-822-1464 office hours only.

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

AMSAT SA Space Symposium papers - A number of papers are now availble for download. View here 1080

5 MHz Allocation world-wide in PDF 60 Metre Allocations World-wide

Amateur Radio License fee increase

ICASA has informed the SARL that the licence fee will be increased by 5.3% on 1 April 2018. The new fees will be 

1 Year   -              R 141.00

2 Year   -              R 269.00

3 Year   -              R 386.00

4 Year   -              R 492.00

5 Year   -              R 588.00  

ICASA will start the invoicing process for the 2018/2019 period from 5 February 2018. 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.

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.

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 callsign. 

2018 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. To place an advertisement in Radio ZS, contact Dennis, ZS4BS, at To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at

Advertising Rates

Display (cameo) on home page and Radio ZS Strip advertisement (10 cm by 2 columns) - R500 pm - R2 500 for 6 months - R4 500 per annum

Commercial Hamad on home page - R60 pm - R300 for 6 months - R500 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 - 10 November 2018 

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Southern African Fauna and Flora A list of lighthouses for Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa has been added.

South African SOTA 

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

Madagascar, 5R. Alex, K2BB and Pavel, UU0JR will be active as 5R8UM from Nosy Be (AF-057), Madagascar between 19 and 29 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. Plans are to be active on 160-6 metres CW, SSB, FT8 and JT65A. They will also give 6 m EME a try. QSL via Club Log's OQRS and LoTW. See for updates.

Niger, 5U. Pierre, HB9AMO ( will be active as 5U9AMO from Niamey, Niger from 20 November to 3 December. He will operate CW on 160 to 10 metres, including participation in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via M0URX's OQRS and LoTW.

Uganda, 5X. Alan, G3XAQ will be active as 5X1XA from 15 to 27 November. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW Contest as a Single Band/Unassisted on 20 metres entry. QSL to home call.

Algeria, 7X. Some members from the Algerian Radio Amateur Union are active with special event station 7V1N from Djelfa until 20 November. QSL via operators' instructions.

Africa 2019. Silvano, I2YSB and the Italian DXpedition Team have announced their plans to be active from Chad (TT8RR and TT8XX for FT8) in March 2019 and from Uganda (5X0T and 5X0X for FT8) from 20 September to 6 October 2019. Details are expected in due course.

Grand Bahama, C6. Rich, N0HJZ will be active as C6ARW from Grand Bahama (NA-080) between 20 and 28 November. He will be competing full time in the CQ WW DX CW Contest; operation outside the contest will be on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or direct to N0HJZ.

Guadeloupe, FG. The Radio Club Guadeloupe will be active as TO40R between 11 and 25 November for the arrival of the Route du Rhum, the single-handed yacht race between Saint-Malo (France) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe). The first race was held 40 years ago. QSL via the bureau and LoTW.

Aruba, P4. Frank, PH2M, will be active holiday style as P4/PH2M from Aruba (SA-036) between 17 and 29 November. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 80 to 10 metres. QSL via LoTW, or via home call (direct or bureau).

Sint Maarten, PJ7. Tom, AA9A will be active again as PJ7AA from Sint Maarten (NA-105) from 17 November to 8 December. He plans to operate CW with some SSB and FT8 on 80 to 10 metres, possibly including activity during the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or direct to AA9A.

Bermuda, VP9. Georg, DK7LX will be active again as VP9/DK7LX from St. David's Island, Bermuda (NA-005) starting around 6 November for a couple of weeks. He operates CW on 80 to 10 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home call.

St Kitts, V4. Andy, N2NT will be active as V47NT from St Kitts (NA-104) between 16 and 23 November and as V47T during the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSLs via LoTW, or via W2RQ.

VHF+ UHF+ MICROWAVE NEWS - FOCUS ON VHF with ZS6YZ 11 November 2018 


Focus on VHF and Above 11 Vovember 2018

Audio version here  

In today’s tutorial we are going to talk about hand held radios. 

Normally the first radio a new amateur will buy is a hand held radio.

This is because they are relatively cheap. You will however soon be disappointed in you radio especially when you cannot communicate decently over the local repeaters, especially if you are some distance away from the repeater. 

Hand held radios are small, they put out around 4-5W power and are mostly dual band covering the 2m and 70cm bands and use FM modulation. All the modern hand held radios are capable of being programmed for CTCSS tone encoding if required for accessing the repeaters. 

Some, radios come with a programming cable and software as well. If you do not have programming software then download Chirp and build an interface cable. A lot of the Chinese radios use an interface cable similar to the Kenwood KPG-22 programming cable. Some research on the internet will give you schematics to build your own. 

The radios come with a short stubby antenna that is essentially a coil of wire encased in rubber that is known as a rubber ducky antenna. This antenna is the biggest limitation of a hand held radio. The antenna is designed so as not to get in the way when you are in and out of a vehicle and not to be in your way when you carry the radio on your belt or in your shirt pocket. These antennas are however inefficient and are no good if you are some distance from a repeater. If you can key up the repeater it does not mean that your signal is sufficiently strong enough to be able to have a conversation through the repeater. 

If you can connect your hand held radio to a good antenna, like a mobile antenna or even a base antenna such as a Slim Jim, J-Pole or dipole antenna then you will be amazed at the range that you can get out of the hand held radio. 

I experimented with an antenna that I built using a brazing rod soldered to a BNC connector and a pig tail connected to a washer that fitted over the BNC connector and formed a counterpoise. The antenna was essentially a half-wave dipole connected directly to the antenna connection of the radio. I then compared the signal output between the rubber duck antenna and the half-wave dipole antenna measured over a short distance. There was a 6 dB increase in power over the rubber duck antenna. That is 4 times the power output measured a short distance away from the radio. Stated differently the rubber duck antenna attenuated the output signal of the radio by 4 times and that is why the rubber duck antenna is sometimes referred to as being a dummy load.

Now that you understand the limitation of the antenna of the hand held radio, you know what you need to do to make that hand held radio that you purchased more effective. Connect a proper antenna to it and you will be able to put a better signal into the repeater and be able to have a decent conversation over the repeater. 

Let us now have a look at some news about the VHF and Above bands...


The 46 group were again active over the past weekend. Here is a report sent by Carl ZS6CBQ. 

The conditions on the 2 m band were much better on Saturday 3 November, and we were 8 stations on frequency, the furthest contact was to Bloemfontein at 370 km. 

On 70 cm 4 stations reported in. I managed to work Nico ZS4N and he got a solid 5/4 report from me. Nico had taken all his antennas down for maintenance and was testing his 70cm Yagi after reinstalling it. 

On 23 cm Rickus ZS4A and I had our usual contact and I received him 5/3. 

Later the morning, I set up my contest field station in my back yard for final testing and started testing around 14:00 after I phoned Koos ZS6KSG. Made easy contacts with him on 70 cm and 23 cm over a short distance of about 10 km.

I then contacted Rickus in Bethlehem and started calling on 70cm (432.200 MHz). He came back to me immediately and signal reports of 5/3 were exchanged. We then went over to 23 cm, and I was pleasantly surprised when he came through even better than on 70cm. I gave him a 5/5 report.

My setup for my field station for this coming VHF/UHF contest is a 5 m mast mounted on the back of my bakkie with a 12 element M2 Yagi for 70 cm and a 35 element M2 Yagi on 23 cm. Koos will operate from his bakkie on 2 m with a 10 element compact Diamond Yagi.


On Sunday 4 November, the morning started slowly and then I saw a message from Willem on WhatsApp that he was sending JT65c beaming South. Signals were just not strong enough, and we could not establish a contact with Willem.

Willem then said that he want to try something else. After 10 minutes he was back and while he was transmitting JT65 I heard his signal getting stronger and stronger until it was S7. We switched over to SSB, and we made an easy contact over a distance of 300 km. Willem then told me that he switched over to his dish. I don’t have all the details of Willem’s setup but I think his dish is around 5 m diameter. Willem also worked Koos ZS6KSG with Koos on only transmitting a 10 W signal.

Unfortunately Rickus and Dick could not establish a contact with Willem on Digital. 

VHF and UHF is FUN, try the higher bands, it is not that difficult. If you have 23 cm equipment and what to come on the air, you are welcome to join our 23 cm WhatsApp group by sending an email to me, Carl ZS6CBQ or Rickus ZS4A. Our email addresses are correct on the SARL Callbook. 

Carl, thank you for that report and hopefully you guys make great contacts this weekend during the VHF/UHF Contest.

 You have already heard about the contact between South Africa and St Helena Island on the news. Kobus van der Merwe, ZS3JPY reported that between 19:45 and 21:45 UTC on Wednesday 7 November 2018, a QSO took place on 2 metres between St Helena Island and the West Coast of the Northern Cape. A distance of 2 740 km. Michelle van der Merwe, ZS3TO in Kleinzee as well as Cobus van Baalen, ZS3CVB in Port Nolloth also made contact with Garry Mercury, ZD7GWM on St Helena Island.


Here is a report sent in by Charles, ZS1CF who also made contact with St Helena Island the following evening. 

Cobus, ZS3CVB in Port Nolloth and Koos, ZS3JPY in Kleinzee started calling Garry, ZD7GWM again from about 19h30 after they made contact the previous night. I listened in till about 21h50 and decided to go to bed. At 22h00 my phone rang and luckily I was not sleeping yet!

I saw that it was Koos trying to call me. I switched on the radio and could only hear Cobus from Port Nolloth with a very strong signal. I could not hear Koos in Kleinzee at all, because his yagi was pointing to St. Helena. I listened and after about 10 minutes, I started to receive ZD7GWM.

At this point, Cobus in Port Nolloth could not hear St. Helena and I could not hear Koos. Adrenaline was now pumping fiercely and I needed to break in! When Garry passed it over to Koos, I quickly called ZS1CF, ZS1CF, knowing that Cobus would receive me. He alerted Koos to the fact that I was calling and at last I got a chance!

I called Garry and to my surprise he answered back. The QSO was on and the adrenalin was now pumping fiercely. What an experience it was, unbelievable. Garry gave me a 54 report and I gave him a 41 report, and yes, I had my earphones on.

My station is an Icom 910H, a Diamond 10 element Yagi mounted vertically and LMR400 coax cable.

Special thanks to Koos for phoning me and Cobus who facilitated the break in!

This contact of Charles was over a distance of approximately 3 049 km. 

Charles, thanks for that report and congratulations to all you on the achievements. Something tells me that communications between the West Coast and St Helena Island will now happen regularly. 

We have previously spoken about the Es’hail-2 Satellite. 

Built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and owned by Qatar’s national satellite communications company Es’hailSat, Es’hail-2 will provide television broadcasts, broadband connectivity and government services to Qatar and neighboring parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Es’hail 2 also carries the first amateur radio payload to fly in geostationary orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Es’hail-2 communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The launch date is set for 15 November with the launch window being 20:46 – 22:29 UTC. 

For more information about the Amateur Transponder go to

Time to get those earth stations up and running.


There will be another workshop on RF Noise Floor Measurement on 24 November from 09:00 – 14:00 at the National Amateur Radio Centre. There will also be a presentation and discussion on Lightening Protection which is necessary, especially now with our summer thunderstorms. See the AMSAT SA website for more information and to book to attend. 

The next VHF/UHF/Microwave workshop will be presented at the National Amateur Radio Centre by AMSAT SA and SARL on Saturday 9 February 2019. Proposal for papers and presentations are invited and should be sent to by not later than 15 December 2018.

Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above including information for the tutorial to 

CONTEST NEWS WITH ZS6C Updated 14 October 2018 

Makrothen Contest Rules: Date and Time: The contest takes place on the second full weekend of October each year. The next contest dates are Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2018, with three separate periods: Saturday 00:00-08:00 UTC and 16:00-24:00 UTC and Sunday 08:00-16:00 UTC.  A station may participate in all three periods. Objective: For amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs as possible during the three periods of operation using RTTY. Bands: Only the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands may be used. Exchange: Send the first 4 characters of the “Maidenhead Grid Square Locator” (grid locator) for the station QTH (i.e. FM19, JO41 etc.).  No RST report is required.

Oceania DX Contest CW:  08:00 UTC Saturday 13 October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 14 October 2018. In most of Oceania (West of the date line), the contest starts on Saturday evening and finishes on Sunday evening. Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. Exchange: RS(T) plus QSO serial number starting at 001.

Scandinavian Activity Contest SSB: 2nd full weekend of October each year. Starts 12:00 UTC Saturday and ends 11:59 UTC Sunday. Aim of the contest: 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. Contest exchange: exchange consists of RS(T) plus serial number sequence starting with 001 (e.g., 59(9) 001).

Worked All Germany (WAG) Contest:  DARC has the honor to invite amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual Worked All Germany Contest.  Contest periods: 1500 UTC Saturday to 1459 UTC Sunday 2018: 20./21. October:  Modes and bands: SSB, CW: 3,5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. To reduce interference with the participants of JOTA, contest operation is not allowed in the contest free sections.  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).

CQ World-Wide DX Contest SSB: October 27-28 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. CONTEST EXCHANGE: SSB: RS report plus CQ Zone number of the station location (e.g., 59 05).

RaDAR Challenge: The RaDAR “Challenge” is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations. RaDAR operators are encouraged to be self-sufficient during each challenge, with not only power supply and communications equipment but food, water, protective clothing and shelter. Date and Time: 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 3 November 2018. Bands and Modes: All amateur bands are allowed including cross band contacts via amateur radio satellites. Modes – CW, SSB, FM or any legal amateur radio digital mode. Exchange: The RaDAR challenge requires more than a minimalistic information exchange. Accurate information exchange is considered more important than a large QSO count. Call sign, name, RS (T) report and grid locator. The grid locator of six characters is acceptable but should preferably be accurate to 8 or 10 characters for higher position accuracy (especially for moving RaDAR stations). See Blue Book for more details

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest: Aim: The VHF/UHF contest is a test of operator ability and station design. To promote activity on the VHF/UHF and microwave bands. The general rules covered in pages 4 – 9 of the SARL Contesting Manual (Blue Book) are to be followed. Dates and Times: 10:00 UTC Saturday 10 November to 10:00 UTC Sunday 11 November 2018. Exchange: Contacts must be two-way point to point. Stations shall exchange signal reports as well as their location, e.g. (latitude and longitude or full six-digit Maidenhead locator or accurate area/address/location). See Blue Book for more details

Worked All Europe DX Contest RTTY:  DARC invites radio amateurs world wide to participate in the annual WAE DX Contest. Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018, 0000 UTC until Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2359 UTC. Bands: 3.5 - 7 - 14 - 21 - 28 MHz. Off Times: Single Operator stations may only operate 36 out of the 48-hour contest period. Off times must be a minimum of 60 minutes during which no QSO or QTC is logged. Exchange: The exchange consists of RS/RST and a progressive serial number starting with 001. If the station worked does not send a serial number, log the contact with number 000. Each station can be credited only once per band.

JAPAN INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST: OBJECTIVE: For amateurs around the world(DX) to contact JA stations in as many JA prefectures + JD1 islands as possible. For amateurs in Japan to contact DX stations in as many DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible. CONTEST PERIOD: Start Sat. 0700 -Sun. 1300UTC  November 10  - 11. BANDS: 3.5/7/14/21/28MHz. CONTEST EXCHANGE:  JAs   : RS(T) + Prefecture number(01 to 50), others: RS(T) + CQ Zone number.

LZ DX Contest: Date and period: 12:00 UTC on Saturday till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 17-18 November 2018. Bands and modes: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters HAM radio bands on both CW and SSB modes. It is necessary to observe IARU band plan. Exchange: For non-LZ entrants: RS(T) + ITU zone, For LZ entrants: RS(T) + 2 letters district abbreviation which is derived from the district the entrant operates from.

South African Radio League Newbie Party: Aim: This is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become active. Date and Time: 08:00 to 20:00 UTC 24 November 2018. Exchange: RS and phonetic character found in the table below:

Less than 6 months       Alpha

One year          Bravo

Two years        Echo

Three years      Golf

Four years        India

More than 4 years         November

See Blue Book for more details

CQ World-Wide DX Contest CW: November 24-25 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. CONTEST EXCHANGE: RST report plus CQ Zone (e.g., 599 05).

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 2, 2018). Exchange: United States: RST + State, Canada: RST + Province, DX: RST + Consecutive serial number, starting with 001.

ARRL 10-Meter Contest: Object:  For Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 meter band. Date and Contest Period: Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; ends 2359 UTC Sunday (December 8-9, 2018). 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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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 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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