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Sunday 22 July 2018
AMATEUR RADIO TODAY with Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV Download/Listen . More details about Today's programme here
Listen to a clip from QSO Today with Mike Mussler AI8Z talking about his 630 metre experience . If you are experimenting on 630 m, send us your details - email@example.com
GEOMAGNETIC STORM PREDICTED: NOAA forecasters say there is a 65% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on 24 July when a high-speed stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The gaseous material is flowing from a large hole in the sun's atmosphere, shown here in an extreme ultraviolet image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:
This is a "coronal hole," a vast region in the sun's atmosphere where magnetic fields open up and allow solar wind to escape. They look dark in ultraviolet images because the hot glowing plasma normally contained there is missing. In this case, the plasma is making a beeline for Earth.
How can we have a geomagnetic storm during solar minimum? It happens all the time. Sunspots, whose counts define the solar cycle, are not the only source of storms. When sunspots vanish, coronal holes replace them as a primary source of solar activity. Studies show that coronal holes not only open more frequently, but also last longer when sunspots are absent. During the last solar minimum in 2007-2009, one coronal hole stayed open for 27 consecutive solar rotations. As the sun slowly turned on its axis, that hole fire-hosed Earth with a stream of solar wind almost once a month for nearly two years. Explosive sunspots make stronger storms than the relatively gentle breezes that emerge from coronal holes, but geomagnetic storms never go away, not even during solar minimum.
Robben Island - A group of 6 operators from South Africa will once again activate Robben Island, in the Western Cape Province South West Group, as ZS9V from 17 to 20 August including the Lighthouse Weekend (ZA0008). Robben Island is ZSFF-0322 for the Fauna and Flora programme and AF-064 for the Islands on the Air programme.
Operators mentioned are Jan, ZS1VDV, Andre, ZS1AN, Johan, ZS1A, Allan ZS1LS, Oleg ZS1OIN and Oleg, ZS1ANF. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and possible the digital modes. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS. For more details, see http://zs9v.org.za
FOCUS ON VHF HAS A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: Share your VHF activity and news with Focuson VHF and above. Brian Jacobs,ZS6YZ welcomes your input on Please send your news snippets and information about activities on VHF and Above to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a photograph of your radio room, and antennas.
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
- 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. Total special package R960 including Postnet. Purchase supports YOTA2018. Get orderform here
YOTA 2018 NEEDS SPONSORS FOR DONGLE CONNECTION CABLES - The Amateur Radio Development Trust will be sponsoring VHF/UHF dongles for the 80 young people taking part in YOTA 2018 to be hosted in South Africa from 8 - 15 August 2018.
Funding is however required for the connecting cable bet ween the dongle and antenna. The cost for 70cables is approxtimate R6000 The dongle will be used to introduce the young people into the world of Software Defined Radio and be part of their near-space BACAR experience. If you or your company can assist, make a contribution. Your help will contribute to making YOTA 2018 a success and the best ever.
Funds for 6 Cables have thus far been donated. AMSAT SA will handle the fundtaising for the cables. Bank details ABSA 40 8982 6281 Branch code 632 005. A list of donors will be published on www.amsatsa.org.za
AMSAT SA Space Symposium papers - A number of papers are now availble for download. View here 1080
RSGB YOTA TEAM HANDS OVER FLAG TO SA - The official handover from the RSGB YOTA Team to the SARL YOTA Team took place on Friday afternoon, 1 June 2018, in Friedrichshafen. The SARL Team received the YOTA flag as well as the symbolic Begali YOTA morse key. The SARL Team showed a video as background and introduction to the YOTA 2018 event in August in South Africa. Two months to go!
L-R Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL, Florian OE3FTA, Mike 2E0MLJ, Koos ZR6KF and Lisa PA2LS.
5 MHz Allocation world-wide in PDF 60 Metre Allocations World-wide
UPDATE YOUR AMATEUR LIBRARY - For the next two weeks the SAARDT Online Bookshop offers an additional 10% discount on ARRL Books. The SA Amateur Radio Development Trust is supporting YOTA 2018 and will use funds from book sales to sponsor SDR dongles for participants. There is still one 2018 ARRL Hanbook in stock. Two 2017 ARRL Handbooks are available at only R600. Other books of interest are Satellite Handbook, ARRLAntenna Handbook (23rd ed), Basic Antennas, Simple and Fun Antennas and Radio Science for the Amateur. Visit www.amateurradio.org.za for the complete list and orderform or click here
The latest VHF, UHF and Microwave Record Table 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 25 May 2018. Updates to email@example.com
Young South African Radio Amateurs invited to apply for YOTA 2018 - South Africa will host 80 young Radio Amateurs from 34 countries in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East, for a week-long international event from 8 – 15 August 2018. This is the first time that YOTA (Youngsters–on–the–Air Summer Event) is presented in South Africa and hosted by the South African Radio League (SARL).
Applications are now invited for the South African Team and anyone aged between 16 and 25 is invited to apply for selection as a team member and participate in this amazing amateur radio event.
“This annual event creates, in addition to amateur radio, the opportunity to learn about different nationalities and cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill as well as learning new radio communication and technical skills”, says SARL president, Nico van Rensburg. YOTA brings together young radio amateurs under the age of 26 who have a passion for amateur radio and technology to learn new skills, discuss and share ideas about amateur radio and its future. This year’s camp will not just focus on teaching individual skills but look at empowering the group to become mentors and transfer the skills they have learned.
The week long programme includes building a radio transceiver kit, becoming involved in launching and tracking of a high altitude balloon with various radio equipment on-board, hone their communication skills using multi frequency amateur radio stations and other technology and communications based activities.
To be considered for selection in the South African team visit www.zs9yota.co.za, complete the online application in full and submit before 30 May 2018. The SARL YOTA Team Selection Committee will notify successful applicants by 17 June 2018. Full details about the 2018 event can be found on www.zs9yota.co.za. For additional information contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio Amateurs and companies can become involved in YOTA 2018 by financially contributing. For banking and PayPal details visit www.zs9yota.co.za. Support the future of amateur radio.
ARRL HANDBOOK - only 2 copies of the 2017 edition are available. The 2018 is no longer available. For details visit www.amateurradio.org.za
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To advertise on the League web site, contact Hans, ZS6AKV at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com