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Default SARL News in English 25/8/2007

SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE

SARL NEWS SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 2007

You are listening to ZS6SRL the official Radio Station of the South
African Radio League, the National Body for Amateur Radio in South
Africa, with a news bulletin that is transmitted every Sunday at 08:15
CAT in Afrikaans and at 08:30 CAT in English. To listen to a web stream
or Echolink by ZS6FCS visit www.sarl.org.za, click on ARMI and follow
the links for details.

This, and previous bulletins, can be downloaded from the
www.sarl.org.za. You can also read or download previous bulletins from
there and subscribe to receive future bulletins by email.

This transmission is by Hans, ZS6KR, on 145,725 and 7,066 MHz from
Pretoria with relays on 3,695, 10,135, and 51,400 MHz as well as
438,825 and 1 297 MHz in the Pretoria area. (Other newsreaders please
change to suit).

In the news today:

INTO SPACE WITH AMATEUR RADIO TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SPACE WEEK

PRESIDENT'S NET AND INTECNET FOR TONIGHT POSTPONED

TWO AMATEURS TO PROMOTE 6 METRE OPERATION

HANNES COETZEE WINS THE HF CONSTRUCTION COMPETITION

You are listening to ZS6SRL. Stay tuned for more detail on these and
other important and interesting news items.

INTO SPACE WITH AMATEUR RADIO TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SPACE WEEK

Learners in South Africa under the age of 18 are invited to participate
in a special project to celebrate 50 years of man's endeavours in
space. In October it will be 50 years ago that the first satellite,
Sputnik 1, was launched by the Russians.

To celebrate the event several joint activities have been planned by
the SARL, SA AMSAT and the South African Amateur Radio Development
Trust. The youth event is called "Into Space with Amateur Radio" and
features the following:

.. A state of the art laptop to be won; . 10 learners will win a SARL 40
Metre DC Receiver kit; . 30 Learners will get an opportunity to speak
with South Africa's first astronaut, Mark Shuttleworth via Amateur
Radio on 10 October 2007 and ask questions about Mark's experiences in
space. . Every participant will receive a certificate to commemorate
the event

There are two categories of entry

.. School Group entry . Individual entry

Both categories require the participant to write an essay about "The
future of Space in support of mankind". The essay must be the original
work of the learner and be between 400 and 600 words.

Full details are available on the sponsoring organisations' web pages :
www.sarl.org.za, www.amsatsa.org.za and www.amateurradio.org.za

Only 10 schools will be able to participate and must be in reach of the
following repeaters in Greater Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and
Gauteng. Schools must send their requests to register before 5
September to . The closing date for essays entries is
25 September 2007

PRESIDENT'S NET AND INTECNET FOR TONIGHT POSTPONED

The President's Net and Intecnet will not take place this evening but
will be on the air next Sunday 2 September. Join SARL President Graham
Hartlett next Sunday at 19:00. Graham will discuss a major SARL
propagation research project in which SARL members with access to a
receiver capable of receiving the 7 MHz amateur band can participate.
Intecnet follows at 20:00 with Tjerk Lammers, ZS6P, as the guest
speaker. Tjerk will discuss SARL awards and QSL-ing. Both programmes
promise to be of great interest.

Clubs wishing to link to the teleconference bridge should send an email
to
with the telephone number to be linked and details
about the repeater to be used.

TWO AMATEURS TO PROMOTE 6 METRE OPERATION

Want a QSO on 6 metres FM or SSB? Join ZS4SM and ZS6DJD on the last
Friday of the month at 20:00 CAT for a contact. The team will start on
FM and later change over to SSB. The frequency to be used is 51,160
MHz. Give them a call this Friday 31 August.

HANNES COETZEE WINS THE HF CONSTRUCTION COMPETITION

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BPZ, won the HF construction competition with his
entry of a direct conversion receiver for 40 metres. The project is
called the "SARL 40 Metre DC receiver" and is intended as a ZR to ZS
upgrade project that has lasting value. After the paper design was
selected by the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust, Hannes
was awarded R1 000 to develop and build a prototype. The receiver,
which is housed in a neatly engraved cabinet, was presented at the
Radio Technology in Action day in Gauteng last weekend. Hannes was also
awarded a YAESU dual band mobile VHF transceiver sponsored by Verstay.

PARTICIPATION IN THE SARL DIGITAL CONTEST WINS ZS4SS A DUAL BAND
HAND-HELD TRANSCEIVER

Johan Steyn, ZS4SS, was the outright winner in the SARL Digital Contest
and won a YAESU VX-2R 2 m/ 70 cm micro handheld transceiver.

The SARL Digital Contest took place on 24 June on the 40, 6 and 2 metre
bands. The contest is sponsored by the Lichtenburg Amateur Radio Club
and is aimed at promoting the use of the PSK mode in South Africa.

"PSK is an interesting mode". Piet Badenhorst, SARL VHF Manager, said.
"In many circles it is regarded as successor to RTTY. Congratulations
to Johan. He won the contest with 280 points, way ahead of his nearest
rival". Another hand-held transceiver can be won in the VHF/UHF contest
on 22-23 September. The transceivers were donated by Kobus Conradie,
ZS1DC/ZS6UZ, of LetsPlayRadio.

AUGUST EDITION OF RADIO ZS BURSTING WITH INTERESTING ARTICLES

The July-August edition of Radio ZS is in the post and now available on
the web. It is bursting full of interesting articles and features. In
an ongoing series under the heading Ham Pride: Legacies and Traditions,
Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, tackles the issue of Morse code: "now that it is no
longer compulsory, is it becoming a more popular mode? "

Karl Canitz, ZS1KC, takes readers on an expedition to the Hell and
shares the Boland Amateur Radio club's experiences in this unique
valley of the Western Cape.

Learn more about Software Defined Radio with ZS6BUJ and get that PC
listening to the world - a must read!

Mike Bosch, ZS2FM, in his canny way asks the question "Is there still a
future for Amateur Radio in this Modern Space Age? Has Amateur Radio
lost some of it's magic?".

Eddie Leighton writes about the Kenwood TH-D7, an APRS enthusiast's
dream. He shows the way to get going on this APRS painlessly.

ZS4JAN takes us out with a field station and ZS6AAW gives new meaning
to Radio Scouting.

The web version can be downloaded in PDF and is only available to SARL
members.

This edition of Radio ZS alone is enough reason to join the SARL, if
you have not already done so. Get a membership application form on the
web or call the office Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 13:00 at 011
675 2393 or send a mail to
.

SARL 40 m MOBILE SPRINT - SUBMISSION OF LOG SHEETS

Log sheets for this competition, that was held on the 12th of August,
must be e-mailed to
or sent by snail mail to BARK
P.O. Box 2105, DENNESIG, 7601.

Due to a technical error with the submission address, the cut off date
for submissions has now been extended until 3 September 2007.

CLUB NEWS

The Adventure Radio Club held their AGM at Cape Columbine over the
Light House weekend.

The following members were elected to the committee: Chairman Koos,
ZS1KWV; Vice chairman/webmaster Jan, ZS1VDV; Secretary/treasurer
Martin,ZS1SM.

The Highway Amateur Radio Club(HARC) held its AGM on Tuesday 21 August,
and the following members were elected to the committee:

Chairman: ZS5BBO, Edwin Musto; Vice/Chairman: ZS5GMW, Garth Wheeler;
Secretary: ZS5GR, Tony Mayall; Treasurer: ZS5FAB, Anne Bean; Members:
ZS5JO, Jo Boes, ZS5ARS, Rudi Smook, ZR5SEP, Sean Pritchard & ZR5SDB,
Sheldon Brown

The meeting was followed by the traditional snacks table.

Congratulations to the new committee members and a big thanks to the
old committee for all the hard work.

The EAST RAND FLEA MARKET will take place on Saturday 6 October 2007 at
08:00 - 12:00 at the club house in Springs. Members will be QRV on
145,675 MHz, the East Rand repeater. Tables are R 20-00.

The flea market will followed by the 60th AGM of the East Rand Radio
Club (Est. 1947) from 12:00 - 13;00.

See you at the flea market.

PROPAGATION REPORT

Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the expected solar activity will
be at very low levels. The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet in
general while reaching minor storm levels on 3 September. The expected
Effective Sun Spot number for the coming week will be less than 5.

20 m and 40 m will provide best opportunities for DX. There is a
possibility of 20 m openings towards India from about 15:00 CAT. There
may be weak 20 m openings to Australia from about 08:00. From 16:00
there may be 20 m openings towards Europe. For the early birds there is
the possibility of weak 80 m openings towards the East Coast of the USA
at about 04:00. Otherwise contacts to the USA are going to be very
challenging.

For the CW and digital enthusiasts it will also be worth monitoring 10
MHz.

Locally conditions on 40 m is going to be good for this afternoon's
SARL CW Contest. 80 m may be best for the shorter distances for example
between Pretoria and Durban and Cape Town and Durban.

It is once again time to work towards your 80 m WAZS award in the
evenings. Remember that this is only a prediction and that HF always
has the capability to surprise you. You will never know what you are
missing unless you switch your rig on, listen and also call CQ.

Please visit
www.spaceweather.co.za for further information.

DIARY OF EVENTS

1 September - [email protected]; 1 September - West Rand ARC Flea market; 2
September - President's Net and Intecnet (postponed from 26 August); 1
- 2 September - Midlands Amateur Radio Club operational at Underberg
Farmers Association Annual Show; 3 September - Cut off date for
submissions of logs for BARK Mobile Sprint 20 September - Closing date
for registering for October RAE; 4 - 10 October - Special space
programme; 5 October - Take your handheld to work day; 6 October - SA
AMSAT Space Conference; 6 October East Rand Flea market and AGM; 18
October - Class A RAE.

SARL News invites clubs and individuals to submit news stories of
interest to radio amateurs and shortwave listeners. Submit news stories
if possible in both English and Afrikaans to
www.sarl.org.za/newsinbox.asp not later than the Thursday preceding the
bulletin date.

The SARL also invites you to listen to the programme Amateur Radio
Mirror International, on the air every Sunday morning at 10:00 CAT on
145,750 MHz in the Pretoria area with relays on 7 082, 7 205 and 17 590
kHz. For the web stream and echolink by ZS6FCS visit www.sarl.org.za,
click on ARMI and follow the links. A repeat transmission can be heard
Mondays at 21:00 CAT on 3 215 kHz. Sentech sponsor the ARMI
transmissions on the non-amateur frequencies.

Today's South African Radio League news bulletin was compiled by
Gustav,ZS6BWN, and transmitted by (your name and call sign)

Thank you for listening. 73

/EX

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