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Rassie Erasmus, ZS1YT, was elected as SARL President. In his address at the annual dinner held last night he said that his objective for his year of office is “Together we will achieve more for amateur radio.”

He said “I believe that clubs should become more active in the SARL and its national activities and, on the flip side, the SARL must be more engaged with clubs. The old cliché of “unity is strength” could not be more true today than ever before. While we achieve successes at international level, we need to work harder at successes at national level. We need to work better together, communicate more with each other. Clubs and the SARL need to support each other to grow and expand. The IARU’s international voice is only strengthened by national members and societies.

“I urge each club to affiliate with the SARL and appoint a liaison officer to strengthen the communications channel. Communications must be two way and that is the important role of a liaison officer at every club. Communicate to the SARL what is happening at club level and how the SARL can add more value. It should also be the task of the liaison officer to ensure that the SARL communication channels reach club members by including information in local bulletins, at club meetings and at club committee meetings.”

Wê have now heard what Rassie’s goal is, Let u's unanimously support him to achieve it.

Rassie, strength and good wishes.


The results in respect of motions and discussions at the AGM will be included in next week’s SARLNEWS.


Here follows some good news for a number of radio amateurs.

Awards were presented at last night's AGM Award Dinner as follows:

Honorary Life Membership, the SARL's highest honour to:
Francois Botha, ZS6BUU
Dennis Green, ZS4BS

Willie Wilson Gold Badge for exceptional and meritorious service to the League to:
Dick Stratford, ZS6RO
Tjerk Lammers, ZS6P

Jack Twine Merit Award to Amateurs who, in the opinion of their fellow amateurs and the League's Council, exemplify the qualities desirable in a Radioamateur,to:
David Cloete, ZR6AOC
Dawie Conradie, ZR6DHC
Anthony Forteath, ZS2BQ
Geoffrey Levey, ZS6GRL
Romeo Nardini, ZS6ARQ
Theunis Potgieter, ZS2EC
Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL
Phillip van Tonder, ZS6PVT
Willem Weideman, ZS6WWJ

President's Award to:
Riaan Greeff, ZS4PR
Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV
Frik Wolff, ZS6FZ

Icom Excellence Award, the "premier" award of the SARL to:
The 7P8EME team

Operating Awards.

Arthur Hemsley 2 metre Trophy to a Radio Amateur for his/her individual achievements with transmissions in the 2 metre amateur band, to:
Andre Pretorius, V51B and Nazir Gesant, ZS1NAZ

Barney Joel Trophy to any member of the SARL for the best performance during the year whilst working HF mobile to:
Alan TerBlanche, ZS6EXT

Joseph White Plaque for exceptional achievements in the 432 MHz band during the past year, not for the longest distance worked, but for all round achievements to:
Derek Gravett, ZS5Y

Bert Buckley Six metre Trophy to any radio amateur for his/her individual achievements with transmissions in the six metre amateur band, not for the longest distance worked but for outstanding work or activity on six metres to:
Lynette Human, ZR6LHT/ 7P8LHT

Radio ZS Two Metre Floating Trophy to the amateur who achieved the longest distance on the 2 metre band during the year, to:
Alan Saul, ZS1LS

Then, the Radio ZS Awards:

Radio ZS Shield.
Awarded by the Editor of Radio ZS to a SARL affiliated Club or member who best supported Radio ZS during the year, to:
Henry Chamberlain, ZS1AAZ
Karl Canitz, ZS1KC
René van Zyl, ZS1VR
Hans Nothling, ZS1WZ

JJ Pienaar Trophy for the best article published in Radio ZS during the past year to:
Pieter Human, ZS6PA

Gary Immelman RA Heritage Floating Trophy for the best article of an historic nature of an event that occurred more than 5 years previously or an interesting personality that has played an important part in the development of Amateur Radio in years gone by to:
Vidi la Grange, ZS1EL

Contest awards.

Silent Keys Memorial Trophy SSB to the amateur who achieved the highest score during the annual HF Phone Contest to:
Quartus de Witt, ZS6EE

Silent Keys Memorial Trophy CW to the amateur who achieved the highest score during the annual HF CW Contest to:
Roger Jones, ZS6RJ

Joseph White Trophy to the amateur who achieved the highest score on any one band, during the annual HF Phone Contest to:
Pierre van Deventer, ZS6A

Fred Mills Trophy for the highest score of a contestant who has never won a SARL contest before to:
Geoffrey Levey, ZS6GRL

Anon Trophy to the amateur who achieved the highest score on any one band, during the annual HF CW Contest to:
Bruce Dunn, ZS5XT

HOS Trough to the amateur who achieved the highest aggregate score in both annual HF Contests to:
Hans Kappetijn, ZS6KR

The Club Participation Award (Branch Participant Trophy) for the Club who achieved the highest participation in both annual HF CW and Phone Contests to:
West Rand ARC

The "Ray Webber, ZS6RSW" VHF/UHF Trophy to the amateur/club who achieved the highest score during the annual SARL VHF/UHF Contest to:
Andre Botes, ZS2ACP

The SARL 80 m Club Contest Trophy to the amateur radio club who achieved the highest score in the six SARL 80 m club contests to:
West Rand ARC

The Hamnet Shield for an individual or group for excellent service in a particular area to the community, the authorities and to Hamnet in particular for instance cooperation with disaster relief organisations and enthusiastic provision of emergency communications to:
Dave Reece, ZS1DFR

RAE Awards.

An Arland Ussher Gold Pen for the highest marks in the two RAEs to:
Duberette Labuschagne, ZS6DUB
Jonathan Woodburne, ZS3JW

Then, the Boland Club presented an Icom dual band handheld to the best class B student, Karel Bezuidenhout, ZU6KB, who scored 98% in the RAE Exam last year.

Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to keen competition for next year’s awards.


Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the Solar activity remains at low levels. There are presently five visible sunspot groups with a sixth region forming. The past couple of days have shown a sharp increase in visible sunspots when compared to just last week.

If you want to do your own frequency predictions the expected effective sunspot number for the week will be around 62.

All the bands from 20 to 10 m will provide lots of DX fun with 15 m providing the best openings with 10 m not far behind.

Please visit for further information.


27 April – Last day to enrol for the May RAE.
28 April - West Rand Amateur Radio Club next flea market at 12:00.
12 May, SA AMSAT space symposium; visit for details and registration.

SARL News invites clubs and individuals to submit news items of interest to radio amateurs and shortwave listeners. Submit news items - if possible - in both English and Afrikaans to, not later than the Thursday preceding the bulletin date.

The SARL also invites you to listen to Amateur Radio Today every Sunday morning at 10:00 CAT on 145,750 MHz in the Pretoria area, with relays on 7 082, 7 205 and 17 570, was 17 760, kHz. There is also a podcast by ZS6RO. For a web-stream and Echolink by ZS6FCS, visit, click on 'Amateur Radio TODAY', go down the green column and click on 'LISTEN ON THE WEB'. A repeat transmission can be heard on Mondays at 17:30 UTC on 3 230, was 4 895, kHz. Sentech sponsors the ARMI transmissions on the non-amateur frequencies.

You have listened to a bulletin of the South African Radio League, compiled by George, ZS6NE.

Thank you for listening, 73.

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Last modified: 14 April 2003