• SA Radio League News Bulletin for Sunday 22 October 2000

    From Richard Peer@5:7106/22 to SA Radio League on Saturday, October 21, 2000 16:13:00

    This is Amateur Radio Station ZS6SRL transmitting Amateur Radio News, a
    service by the South African Radio League for the interest of all Radio Amateurs, Short-wave Listeners and Electronic Enthusiasts. For a complete
    list of broadcast times and frequencies please send a SASE to Amateur Radio News, SARL, P O Box 1721, Strubensvallei 1735.

    This bulletin is also available on the SARL's web pages hosted by Intekom at www.sarl.org.za, as well as the packet radio bulletin board system. You may also request sarlnuus@mweb.co.za to e-mail it to you in either text or MSWord 6.0 format.

    Here are the headlines of today's news:






    You are listening to ZS6SRL. The news follows in detail.


    EDWIN Musto, ZS5BBO, who has been asked by the GS2MP team to be the QSL
    Manager and also the PRO for the Shetland Island Dxpedition, provides the following information:

    GS2MP will be active from Shetland during the CQ WW Phone Contest (October 28/29th) a separate multiplier for CQ WW scoring.

    The operators of this Multi-Multi entry will be Chris Tran GM3WOJ, Stewart Cooper GM4AFF (GM0F), Jim Atkinson GM4TXX, and Keith Kerr GM4YXI.

    The Shetland Islands have IOTA reference EU-012, IOSA reference SH1, WAB HU27 and locator IP90. They are reached by a 14 hour, 220 mile sea crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

    GS2MP QSL cards will be via their manager : Edwin Musto ZS5BBO, PO Box
    211032, Bluff, 4036, South Africa. For a few days before the contest, some
    HF CW-only operation may take place and GM4AFF/P will be QRV on the 50 and 70MHz bands.

    More information from Chris, GM3WOJ, e-mail address gm3woj@talk21.com or from www.gm7v.com


    As announced last week the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust is inviting nomiations for the Siemens Radio Amateur of the Year Awards.

    The senior award is bestowed annually for the support and development of the Amateur Radio Service in South Africa. The recipient will be a person who
    has given of his or her time and expertise to the promotion and/ or technical enhancement of Amateur Radio in South Africa.

    The Young Radio Amateur of the Year Award is presented to a Radio Amateur, under the age of 25 years, who has excelled in promoting and developing the Amateur Service amongst his or her peer group. The candidate must have displayed initiative and good sportsmanship. His or her operation on the Amateur bands must be an example to all.

    The two recipients will each receive a certificate and a cheque for R1000.

    Nominations may be submitted by Clubs or individual radio amateurs. Here is
    an opportunity to recognise some in your club. Forms are available by
    sending a request to ARISAS@intekom.co.za of by fax to 012 991 5651. The closing date is November 18 and the awards will be presented on November 30.


    Remember, tonight, October 22 the SARL will once again present Telkom
    INTECNET 2000, an interactive discussion network that addresses technical issues on Amateur Radio. With the launch of the Phase 3D satellite and the first Amateur Radio operation from the International Space station imminent, the focus will be on Space Communication. Will Marchant of the ARISS team
    will give an update on Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. The second half of the programme will be devoted to Phase 3D.

    INTECNET is on the air at 20:00 CAT ( 18:00 UTC) on various VHF repeaters and on HF with an interactive link on 3718 and broadcast on 3215 kHz. Join our international guests for an informative evening.

    Clubs are invited to link their repeaters to the network. Late requests must be received via Email or fax by latest noon today. The Email address is hans@intekom.co.za, the fax number is 012 991-5651. Please supply the telephone number to be linked as well as details of the frequencies of the repeater that will be used.


    Radio ZS would like to invite anyone with commercial interests to advertise
    and so reach the Amateur Community with products and services.

    If you work for a company with technical or electronic interests, inform them that advertising in Radio ZS may be advantageous.

    Rates are very reasonable and your support will be appreciated. The contact person for advertising is Cliff Smyth, ZS6BOX, at 011 675 2393 or fax 011 675 2793.


    After discussions with the Radio Society of Great Britain, the UK Radiocommunications Agency has to drop the age restriction to obtain a "full" Amateur Radio license. Previously, applicants had to be 14 years of age or over, or to have held a Novice license for a least a year. Now, applicants
    who have passed the radio amateur examination and either the 5 WPM or 12 WPM Morse code test for a Class A/B or Class A license respectively, may apply
    for a full license.


    Ean Retief ZS1PR reports as follows:

    Last week the sun played a trick on every forecaster.

    Soft X-rays appearing from behind the sun created the impression that a moderate increase in activity could be expected and an increase in solar flux to a value of about 220 was forecast.

    The flux did not rise a bit above 168! On the positive side only two
    moderate solar flares occurred and conditions were generally good.

    During the coming week it is expected that the solar flux will remain in the range 170 to 190.

    At the moment the geomagnetic field is unsettled due to a coronal hole that
    has increased the speed of the solar wind. By Tuesday the speed of the solar wind should decrease and fairly quiet geomagnetic conditions is expected for the rest of the week.

    The 20, 17 and 15 meter bands should be the optimum ones for DX during the coming week.


    Did you remember to renew your SARL membership and supply your Hamnet membership particulars as requested in previous bulletins?

    Approximately 140 candidates will write the November RAE. What are you going to do to either retain or recruit the new amateurs as members of the SARL or your club?


    The Bloemfontein ARC is planning a flea market/boot sale in connection with wich the following information is supplied:

    1. Date : November 04 2000 at 09:00.

    2. Place : "The Shack" at Bloemspruit Air Force Base.

    3. Refreshments in the shape of eats and drinks will be fully available.

    4. Stall tables at R10 each will be under roof and are freely accessible.
    5. Plenty of parking is available.

    6. The club has a number of repeaters for sale, interested persons must come and buy it personally on that day & not telephonically.

    The Bloemfontein Amateur Radio Club appeals to amateurs to support them, this is a first for that club and if your reaction is positive, it will be good
    for the hobby in Bloemfontein.

    Anyone anxious to book a table, can do it with Barney, ZS4AQZ, e- mail firedog@iafrica.com or tel 083 462 7507 or Dennis, ZS4BS,
    zs4bs@netactive.co.za or tel 082 770 9126.

    The Magalies Radio Amateur Club is hosting a flea market at the Club house on the corner of Breyer and Mill Streets, Waverley in Pretoria on 11 November at 08:00. Anyone who wishes to book a table or have a boot sale, should contact Fritz Sutherland ZS6ASF at (012) 997-1114 or send an e-mail message to suta@icon.co.za. Refreshments will be available.

    The West Rand Amateur Radio club will hold a boot sale on 25 November at the clubhouse in Kroton Ave, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort. The gates will open
    at 09:00. Plenty to drink and eat will be available. For details contact
    Bill van Zyl, ZS6REV at 011 726-6807 (office) and 011 &26-6892 (home).

    Midlands Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce a grand
    Fleamarket/Bootsale which will take place at our new Clubhouse at the Natal Carbineers, Greer Street, Pietermaritzburg, on Saturday 25th November,
    starting at 11:00. Bring your families and your braai gear (AND lots of
    spare cash) and help yourself, your pals and your Club. Talk in on the 750 repeater. No auction - just stacks of goodies at bargain prices. No charge for tables, but donations to the Club by salesmen welcomed. SARL President Hans Potgieter will attend - why not come and meet him? And see the reps
    from Kenwood, Icom, and Antronic. COME....and enjoy yourselves.

    The SARL News Service invites Clubs and individuals to contribute information regarding Amateur Radio to sarlnuus@mweb.co.za with a copy to gth@mweb.co.za. Please submit in Afrikaans and English wherever possible.

    Also join us in the following activities:

    The President's Net on Sundays 12:00 on 7082 kHz. Amateur Radio Mirror International Sundays at 10:00 on 9750 and 21560 kHz which is repeated
    Mondays at 20:00 on 3215 kHz. Relays on various 2M repeaters can also be heard. A transmission on 145,400 MHz can be heard again. Correspondence for Amateur Radio Mirror International is via armi@intekom.co.za. Include your telephone number to allow the producers to call you for a possible interview. Send written reports to PO Box 90438 Garsfontein 0042 and include a self-addressed envelope and sufficient postage so that you may receive a QSL card.

    These transmissions are sponsored by Sentech, the common carrier for broadcasting signals in South Africa and Telkom who provides the transmission lines. Various local repeater frequencies on 2 metres and 70 cm are also
    used in your area.

    We thank all contributors, especially clubs, to this bulletin and all
    stations who so reliably relay these bulletins. This bulletin was compiled
    by George, ZS6NE, and read by ZS.... in....... You have been listening to ZS6SRL. This transmission now ends and we wish you a pleasant week.

    Internet feed from ZS6NE moved by Richard de ZR6CK


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    * Origin: QTHR KG44DG, Novell User Group, Pretoria, RSA (5:7106/22)