The South African Radio League is the ONLY
organisation which works for the interests of all Radio Amateurs in
Southern Africa. As a member you too will be part of this unified
voice for Amateur Radio in South Africa.
What does membership cost?
The SARL Membership year runs from
July to June. Membership includes the use of the QSL Bureau and
subscription to the bi-monthly Radio ZS. The current
membership rates can be found here.
do you get when you join?
Once your membership
application and payment have been received, you will receive with the
complements of the SARL the following items in a special welcome pack.
wait - Send
your application off right now over the internet!
Simply fill in your call sign and click the Join button to start.
Once you have completed the application form and submitted it you
will have instant access to the Members Only pages of the SARL web.
And once your payment has been confirmed your membership pack and
certificate will be posted off to you. ( Allow 21 days for postage.
Note: If you do not have a call sign but wish to use the
electronic form, please enter the word "NONE" in the call sign field
If you'd prefer to
download a membership form and fax it off to the the SARL office you
may do so by
here for a printable Membership Application Form [pdf format]
What do YOU get as a member of the SARL?
The SARL organises and manages 9 contests throughout the year. Each contest has a specific award attached to it. How well can you do in these contests? There's a contest to satisfy every facet of Ham Radio. Look up the contest details and rules on the
The SARL presents a whole range of awards to members each year at the annual
prize giving dinner. There are awards and trophies for a wide spectrum of activities from contesting to on-the-air activities, to contributions to the hobby and radio and electronic science and in recognition for service to fellow radio amateurs. See the
list of awards.
An international standard journal featuring news, information, technical articles and club news published bi-monthly for members.
The SARL QSL bureau is the Amateur Radio post office, offering sending and receiving of QSL cards from Bureaux around the world at a fraction of the normal postal rates.
Reciprocal Licensing Information
The League offers its members information and application details on reciprocal and guest licences throughout the world. If you wish to use your South African Ham licence in another country we can tell you how.
The League's EMC experts have intervened and
successfully assisted many members in resolving EMC and interference problems. The League is also represented at the SA Bureau of Standards EMC committees and regularly safeguard the interests of Radio Amateurs.
Radio ZS carries HAMADS free to members. Advertise to sell or purchase equipment and services in this bi-monthly magazine.
On-the-Air News Bulletins
Listen to the SARL weekly news bulletin that provides up to date news and information affecting Amateur Radio and the SARL, both at home and abroad. The bulletin is on the air on Sunday mornings and is repeated through the week courtesy of affiliated clubs.
The SARL Interactive Technical Net regularly provides country-wide interactive linkups so that all members can participate in a wide range of technical discussions related to Amateur Radio. Affiliated clubs may by arrangement connect directly into this hookup.
What does the SARL do for Amateur Radio?
The SARL represents the interests of Amateur Radio in South Africa at all levels of government. The SARL liaises almost daily with ICASA, the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. ICASA determines regulatory policy and is an important contact point for the SARL in determining the regulatory environment in which Amateur Radio operates, nationally and internationally.
Radio Amateur Examinations
The SARL sets, marks and administers the Radio Amateur's Examination (RAE) on behalf of ICASA to the benefit of all aspiring Radio Amateurs.
Band Planning and repeater licencing
The SARL's technology subcommittee draws up and administers the national Amateur Radio Band Plan in line with international agreements and recommendations through its HF and VHF managers.
Hamfests and Conventions
SARL organises and hosts a number of national and international events each year, inviting participants from around South Africa and the whole of Southern Africa. These are listed in the
diary of events.
News Bulletins and Magazine programme
The weekly SARL news bulletin and Amateur Radio Mirror International carry news, information and items of interest to all Radio Amateurs at home and abroad.
Intruder Watch - SARLMS
Operated by the SARL to monitor and have removed non-amateur intruders into the amateur bands. The Intruder Watch has
successfully had many non-authorised stations from both South Africa and elsewhere removed through its close association with the regulatory authorities in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
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