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Default SARL News in English 29/9/2007

SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO LEAGUE

SARL NEWS SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 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.

Your news reader this morning is 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).

SILENT KEY

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the passing of Tony
Cartwright, ZS6BKO, on 22 September 2007 after a long illness. We
extend our condolences to his wife Cory, family and many friends.

(PAUSE)

In the news today:

CLUBS TO ADMINISTER ZU EXAMS

SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM POSTPONED TILL NEXT YEAR

INTECNET AND PRESIDENT'S NET NEXT WEEKEND

LEARNERS TO TALK WITH MARK SHUTTLEWORTH

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

CLUBS TO ADMINISTER ZU EXAMS

The SARL is pleased to announce that the SARL has finalised the
arrangement for affiliated clubs to offer the class B examination for
their students. The new arrangement mean that Class B examinations can
be conducted at any time of the year in addition to the national
examinations held in May and October.

The procedure to be followed is in its final preparation stage and will
be discussed during next Sunday's President's net. The necessary
documentation will also be available on the members section of the web
from next Sunday.

SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM POSTPONED TILL NEXT YEAR

SA AMSAT has postponed its Space Symposium till next year. The
organisation made that decision in view of the lack of support for the
event. When questioned, many would be delegates said that there are too
many other events during this time of the year. On October 6 alone
there are two other club meetings and flea markets in the Gauteng area
with more meetings either side of the date.

The SA AMSAT committee will review alternative dates and make a further
announcement soon.

INTECNET AND PRESIDENT'S NET NEXT WEEKEND

The President's net will be held next Sunday 7 October starting at
19:00 and will be followed by the Intecnet.

SARL President, Graham Hartlett, will talk about plans for the 2008 AGM
and nominations for Council which are due soon.

The Intecnet will feature a discussion on the HMO/SAR 40 metre beacon
Programme led by Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell of the HMO. John Willescroft,
ZS6EF, who is constructing the beacon equipment, will discuss the
design and operational issues. A PowerPoint presentation will be
available on the web from later this week. Visit www.sarl.org.za and
click on ARMI.

Clubs wishing to link their repeaters should send details of the
telephone number to by Saturday 6 October.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF SPUTNIK 1

The Boland Amateur Radio Club will celebrate the launch of the world
first satellite, Sputnik 1, with a special event station operating from
the satellite ground control centre of the University of Stellenbosch
over the weekend of 6 and 7 October.

Sputnik was the world's first satellite launched by the Russians 50
years ago on 4 October 1957. South Africa's first satellite SunSat
OSCAR 35 was launched on 23 February 1999, a few months over 42 years
later. Both events were however significant. Sputnik 1 showed the world
that the science fiction writings of several authors were not so much
fiction and SUNSAT showed what determination can achieve.

The station will be active on HF and VHF and use the callsign ZS50SPUT.
A commemorative QSL card will be mailed to all stations that send a
confirmation to P O Box 273, Strand 7140. Please enclose a DL size
stamped self addressed envelope.

Members of the Boland Amateur Radio Club will be operating the special
event station throughout October

LEARNERS TO TALK WITH MARK SHUTTLEWORTH

Learners from various parts of South Africa will talk to Mark
Shuttleworth on Wednesday 10 October. Learners were selected from an
essay competition entries. There are still 2 days left for individual
entries. Visit
www.sarl.org.za for details. The best entry will win the
writer a laptop computer.

SARL PRESIDENT ADDRESSED FET TEACHERS

Graham Hartlett, ZS6GJH, addressed a group of teachers who attended a
training course at the Ekurhuleni College for Further Education and
Training arranged by the Department of Communications. The objective of
the course is to train teachers to take amateur radio into their
colleges.

He cited amateur radio not just as a fun activity, but an activity that
has a positive outcome on the further training of young people in the
Science, Engineering and Technology disciplines.

Further Education and Training (FET) colleges strive to provide
high-quality education and training to help learners equip themselves
with the qualifications and skills needed to start out on a chosen
career path. "Amateur Radio can make a valuable contribution in this
career choice and in addition teach basic technical and communication
skills that will equip young people to render services to their
community such as disaster communication and communication during large
sporting events.

SARL 80 METRE QSO PARTY

The second leg of the SARL 80 metre QSO Party will be run on Thursday 4
October, starting at 19:00 CAT and ending 3 hours later. It is a phone
only contest on the segment 3,603 to 3,700 MHz. The exchange is your
call sign, a RS report and a serial number starting at 001. The
complete rules can be found in the 2007 SARL Contest Manual.

LOCAL HF FREQENCIES ARE UNSTABLE TO DEPRESSED Spaceweather.co.za
reports that the solar wind speed has reached 575 km/s, with the Bz
component of the interplanetary magnetic field northwards which means
that the earth's magnetosphere offers maximum protection from solar
winds.

Geomagnetic conditions are at active levels. Local HF working
frequencies are unstable to depressed. The outlook for this week is
that a coronal hole on the solar disk has rotated into a geo-effective
position and that more disturbed HF conditions can be expected. The sun
has been blank for 21 consecutive days, but yesterday a new sunspot was
emerging. Locally 40 metres should provide a good path between Cape
Town and Pretoria for most of the day from around 6 am but trailing off
fast after 6pm when 80 metres becomes a viable proposition. For the
Durban - Pretoria path 40 metres will open a little later around 8 am
and also trail of by the late afternoon. 80 metres is a good option on
both paths during the evenings but best between 18:00 and 22 hours.
Cape Town to Durban offers similar openings as for the Durban to
Pretoria path. DX wise between 16:00 and 20:00 CAT first 15 metres will
open for a short while and then 20 metres both to the East coast and
short path to the West Coast of the USA.

DIARY OF EVENTS

30 September - Last day for comments on SARL study guide; 4 October -
SARL 80 metre QSO Party; 4 - 10 October - Special space programme; 5
October - Take your handheld to work day; 6 October East Rand Flea
market and AGM; 6 October - SAATI AGM; 6 - 7 October - Special station
ZS50SPUT on the air; 7 October - President's Net and Intechnet; 18
October - Class A RAE; 20 October - Comments on SARL 2008 Competition
Handbook to be in.

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 sponsors the ARMI
transmissions on the non-amateur frequencies.

Today's South African Radio League news bulletin was compiled by
George, ZS6NE, and transmitted by (your name and call sign).

Thank you for listening. 73.

/EX

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