• SA Radio League News Bulletin for Sunday 30 July 2000

    From Richard Peer@5:7106/22 to SA Radio League on Saturday, July 29, 2000 14:48:00

    This is Amateur Radio Station ZS6SRL transmitting Amateur Radio News , a service from 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.


    Council regrets to announce the sudden passing away of Van van der Watt,
    ZS6LW, on Monday 17 July at the age of 77 years. He was a very keen DXer
    and was wellknown on the DX bands as well as locally. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Tilly and family.

    I apologise for the omission of the silentkey in the English bulletin last week.

    Here are the headlines of today's news:







    You are listening to ZS6SRL, the news follows in detail.


    The President of the SARL, Hans Potgieter, ZS6ALJ, wishes to thank all the clubs and amateurs who made a great effort to erect stations at the various theatres where the film FREQUENCY is being shown. He is confident that the promotion of amateur radio at the theatres will cause the public to take
    note of the community service rendered by radio amateurs.

    He also informed SARLNUUS that the legislation regarding Cellphone
    operation is not applicable to radio amateurs. The memorandums submitted
    to the minister by various commercial businesses and SARL were the decisive factors that two-way radio was not part of the legislation. =20


    The League's two premier operating events are just around the corner.
    According to the standing rules the Phone contest takes place on the first Sunday and the CW contest on the last Sunday of August. This year, the relevant dates are 6 August for Phone and 27 August for CW. The contest
    runs from 15:00 to 18:00 SAST.=20

    The contests provide an excellent opportunity to hone your operating skills
    and to renew old acquaintances, and also an excellent excuse to make those station improvements you've been thinking about.

    All radio amateurs in Southern Africa may participate. Here follows
    everything you need to know. The 20, 40 and 80 metre bands are used.
    Contact as many Southern African stations as you can, and exchange reports
    and serial numbers with each of them. For example, your first contact on
    phone is number 59 001. He might give you something like 57 002, depending
    on how quickly he got off the mark.

    You should also try to contact as many ZS call areas possible. There are
    two additional areas which are defined in the rules i.e. our easterly and westerly neighbours.

    In the past the ZS3 call area has been the most difficult to find. If
    you're a ZS3, now is your chance to be in demand. Most participants will follow propagation conditions as sun moves. The activity starts on 20
    metres and within half an hour or so, most of the participants will move to 40m. Towards the end of the contest, most of the activity will be on 80m.
    You must try to catch as many stations and areas on each band as you can
    before the other participants move down to the next band.

    There can be only a handful of winners in the contest. However, the
    contests provide a good opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience
    and skill level to listen to the experts. You'll hear some slick operators
    who log stations at a furious rate and you'll hear some operating practices that you will definitely not want to emulate. Learn from the courteous and efficient operators, and you'll see how your own operating style changes
    for the better.

    If you're chasing the Worked All ZS award, you'll find no better
    opportunity to make rapid progress. Especially in the Phone contest, the leading operators come very close to meeting the full requirements in this contest.

    A full set of rules appear on the League's webpage.


    The VHF Contest Coordinator, John ZS5JF, wishes to correct the wording in
    last week's bulletin regarding the turning down of ZS6TDK log. It should
    read: "ZS6TDK log was rejected due to exceeding the error percentage in
    General Rule 11."

    He offers his apology for the mistake which may have given the wrong impression.

    Contestors entering contest should read and understand the General Rules
    and the particular rules for each contest to save loosing points due to
    silly mistakes.


    The following office bearers were elected at the Annual General Meeting
    held on Monday, 24 July 2000:

    Chairman: Bud Voortman, ZS1B
    Secretary: Robert Page, ZS1AAN
    Treasurer: Dudley Burrows, ZS1DB

    Activity Convenors:

    Editor, Ragchew: Bernie Crockford, ZS1BW
    Sports Communications: Davy Smeda, ZR1FR
    Emergency Communications, including Hamnet: Pierre Tromp, ZR1PDT
    Public Relations Officer: Dave Reece, ZS1DFR


    The orbital fligts of SUNSAT SO35 over Southern Africa are as follows:

    30/07/2000 15:39
    02/08/2000 16:56
    05/08/2000 16:35
    06/08/2000 15:55
    09/08/2000 15:34
    12/08/2000 16:52
    13/08/2000 16:11


    This weekend Hans van de Groenendaal will be presenting his annual
    Satellite Advisers report at the IARU International Satellite Forum to be
    held in conjunction with the AMSAT UK Satellite Colloquium at the
    University of Surrey

    He will also deliver a paper at the colloquium entitled " A new Educational Satellite for South Africa. This satellite will include an amateur radio payload. In an Intecnet to be held during August South African Amateurs
    will be asked to put forward suggestions for the kind of payload they would like to be considered for inclusion in this new project.


    The Cape Town Amateur Radio Center received an urgent request from the Department of Environmental Affairs for assistance in locating the exact position of the three penguins, Peter, Percy and Pamela.

    These three Penguins where part of a flock of 20 000 penguins, released
    earlier this month in Algoa Bay after been rescued from a severe oil spill
    in Table Bay. All three penguins have arrived back in Western Cape waters
    but they want to ascertain the exact positions of these three penguins for scientific purposes.

    These penguins carry a very low power UHF transmitter which transmits every
    55 seconds on a frequency of 401.650 MHZ, to an orbiting satellite. The positions of the birds have been determined to areas on Robben Island and Dassen Island with an accuracy of about 100 meters on occasions and
    sometimes even 300 meters.

    The one bird on Dassen Island has been seen with binoculars. The other two penguins are on Robben Island but have not been seen.=20 Thanks, to the assistance of Bud ZS1B, Chris ZR1MM, Derek ZS1DUP, Peter ZR1FS, Tony ZR1AEB
    and Louis ZS1LVH, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Bud ZS1B,
    will be visiting both islands early this week. Armed with two UHF
    receivers and specially built yagi antennas and down converters, the team
    hope to ascertain the exact positions of these three penguins.

    We hope to bring you more news on the success of this "fox hunt" in next
    week's bulletin.


    A mixture of good and bad propagation was noted during the last week. This
    is typical of the solar conditions experienced at the moment. There is a continuous occurrence of big Solar Flares enhancing certain frequencies and distances and degrading others.

    The Solar Flux has declined to lower than expected values and the current
    value is under 160. It is expected to stay in the 150 to 165 range for the next few days. At the moment the Earth's magnetic field is at unsettled to active levels and this trend is expected to continue for most of the week.

    In the coming week the return of the two Sunspot regions that caused the
    major magnetic storm of two weeks ago are expected. At the moment it seems that they have lost much of their energy and major trouble are not
    expected. The Solar Flux is expected to rise sharply at the end of the
    week and you can look ahead to a value exceeding 200 by next weekend. The "long-path" over the Indian and Pacific oceans should be particularly good.


    The Sandton Amateur Radio Club will be holding their AGM at the NARC,
    Radiokop on Saturday 5th August. The meeting begins at 14:30. All
    welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Rob
    ZS6RAP at 011 708-1875 or 082 567-5649.

    On August 19 the Secunda and Coalfields Amateur Radio Clubs invite all
    Amateurs and there families in the Mpumalanga Province to join them for a informal meeting to discuss Amateur radio in the province, Hans Potgieter
    the SARL President will open the meeting on Saturday at 11h00. The meeting will take place at the Witbank Technikon. A bring and braai will take
    place after the meeting.=20 For more information contact Teresa at 013 692
    6754 or Sid ZS6AYC at 082 461 3279 e-mail srtyler@mweb.co.za=20

    The Alberton Amateur Radio Club will hold a fleamarket or bootsale on 26
    August 2000 at 08:00 in front of the Civic Center, Ring Rd East Alberton. Please book tables in advance with Koos ZS6JPY 082 461 2819. Refreshments
    will be available. For more information visit our webpage at www.hometown.aol.com/zs6tdk

    The SARL news service invites radio clubs to supply information for
    inclusion in the Diary of Events as well as other items of interest to
    radio amateurs. Email information to sarlnuus@mweb.co.za with a copy to gth@mweb.co.za at least two weeks before the event. Please submit it in
    both Afrikaans and English wherever possible.

    The South African Radio League provides this news bulletin as a service to Radio Amateurs and interested listeners on the African Continent. News in
    this bulletin was supplied by the SARL news service, individuals, and
    amateur radio clubs in South Africa.=20

    Also join us on Sundays at 12:00 for the President's Net on 7082 kHz. This bulletin was compiled by Marten, ZS6ZY and read by.........

    A reminder that the interesting program Amateur Radio Mirror International
    is on the air on Sundays at 10:00 SAST on 9750 and 21560 kHz and is
    repeated on Mondays at 20:00 SAST on 3215 kHz. These transmissions are sponsored by Sentech, the common carrier for broadcasting signals in South Africa and Telkom who provides the transmission lines. The following VHF frequencies are also used: 145,375 for the Northern Free State and Vaal triangle areas, 145,650 MHz for the greater Durban area and if conditions permit in Pretoria on 145,750 MHz. The 145,400 and 439,100 MHz frequencies have temporarily been suspended for technical reasons. .

    The address for Amateur Radio Mirror International is armi@intekom.co.za. Include your contact telephone number to allow the producers of the
    programme to call you for a possible interview. Send written reports to P
    O Box 90438, Garsfontein, 0042 and include a self addressed stamped
    envelope, overseas stations two IRC's, so that you may receive a QSL card. Please note the new postal address.

    Thanks to all who gathered news items and have made contributions to this bulletin. We thank all the stations who so reliably relay the bulletins.
    We wish you a pleasant week. =20 ZS6SRL now closes down with ZS6... at
    the microphone.

    Goodbye all.
    Internet feed from ZS6ZY moved by Richard de ZR6CK


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