6m, CW, SSB.
On Friday 25 May, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60-metre band as well as channel 5 290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project. The National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 is a nearly 300-page document which covers the entire radio frequency spectrum. The Frequency Plan is in Government Gazette 41650. The SARL will carefully consider all the amateur allocations and ensure that a band plan is in place.
The spectrum 5 350 to 5 450 kHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared non-interference basis, the SARL Council is working on the 60 m band plan using Recommendation LA17_C4_REC_02 from the 2017 Region 1 General Conference as basis. Council will publish the band plan as soon as possible and then operation on 60 metres can start.
In addition, the channel 5 290 kHz has been allocated for WSPR beacons deployed in the SARL Propagation Research project and members can continue to use this frequency. Due to licensing issues the SARL has kept low key on the 5 290 kHz beacon project. “We now can go full steam ahead”, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, the SARL Regulatory Manager said. “There are no longer any restrictions and no application for use of the 60-metre band is required.”
Commenting on the 100 kHz 60 metre allocation, SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL said that the SARL has worked on this for a long time. “Clearly our persistent interaction with ICASA has paid dividends. This is however not the end of the road as in the new band plan power on 5 MHz is restricted to the WRC-15 agreement of 15 watts e.i.r.p
The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM. The Trophy was formally presented to Colin by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, at the RSGB 2018 AGM held in Birmingham on 21st April. In making the presentation, Don outlined Colin’s contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly with IARU in CEPT and ITU over several decades, as well as his extensive work with RSGB. In reply Colin recalled that one of his early mentors was Roy Stevens, who had guided him in his early years in international amateur radio forums. The award therefore had a particular resonance for him.
Only eleven G2BVN Memorial Trophies have been awarded since its inception some 35 years ago.
The South African Radio League (SARL) produces a weekly programme “Amateur Radio Today”, one hour of focus on amateur radio and the technology that drives it. It is broadcast on Sunday at 08:00 UTC on 7 205 and 17 760 kHz AM on power full transmitters by Sentech from the Meyerton broadcast site. The prime target is Africa and the Near East, although transmissions are heard in other parts of the world. It is also broadcast on 7 082 kHz LSB from Durban, South Africa. There is a repeat broadcast on Mondays at 16:30 UTC on 4 895 kHz AM.
Every week we cover Happenings on the HF bands, VHF and Satellite News as well as activities in South Africa and International News. Coming up in the next few weeks, we will look at – Tutorials on the Amateur VHF, UHF and Microwave bands, a three-part series on “Amateur Radio as a Vehicle for Technology Literacy” and Cycle 24, propagation and the weather.
Reception report and comments on the programme are invited, the e-mail address is . The programme is also available for download from the front page of the SARL web site at http://www.sarl.org.za Please promote the programme in your country. We also invite you to send us news about amateur radio and technology in your country. We would very much like to do interviews about amateur radio in your country. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Interviews are done on Skype.
Join us in front of your radio every Sunday or Monday evening.
73, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, SARL President
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) December newsletter reports that many Indonesian “pirates” were heard on December 30, 2017, in the 7.000 to 7.040 MHz range, USB/LSB, active in 5-kHz increments, “laughing, singing, and talking.” Signals were reported to be “rather strong in Europe.”
Adding to the mix were Chinese over-the-horizon (OTH) rad…
For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/indonesian-pirates-on-7-mhz-heard-in-europe
The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter November 2017 is now available. Click here!
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, and European Radio Amateurs’ Organization (EURAO) President Petrica Stolnicu, YO9RIJ, met on December 2. The meeting was held against a background that both IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia) and EURAO have letters of understanding with European regulator CEPT, enabling their partici…
The IARUMS Region 1 Newsletter October 2017 is now available. Click here!
At the Region 1 Conference in Landshut in September, the panel convened to consider proposals to award the G2BVN trophy considered two cases. One has already been announced (Colin Thomas, G3PSM) but the second was not announced at Landshut as the recipient was not present.
IARU Region 1 is now pleased to announce that the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Tropy has been awarded to Professor Wolf Harranth, the CEO of DokuFunk Vienna.
Many know Wolf Harranth from the work he does managing the “DokuFunk” archive. DokuFunk collects and archives historic pieces, among them QSL cards. Wolf and his team do this with immense attention to detail and commitment. Numerous academic papers about radio, and amateur radio in particular, are based to a large extent on the invaluable information available only in the archive.