ZS90SARL MAKES ITS DEBUT ON 1 JANUARY 2015 –ZS2EC of PEARS will be the first station to use the callsign ZS90 SARL to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the SARL. Original known as the South African Radio Relay League, the National Body for amateur radio in South Africa, was formed in May 1925, shortly after the formation of the International Amateur Radio Union Paris.
It is fitting that the first transmission of ZS90SARL will be made from Port Elizabeth as it was there that the first radio contact in South Africa was established. It was Edward Alfred Jennings, a telephone technician in the city who through experimentation to improve the performance of the telephone mouth piece detected its coherer properties. He also noticed that the electric tram passing his house a little distance away caused crackling. Later that year, it 1896, he carried out an ambitious experiment to send a signals over a nearly a kilometre distance between his house in Sherlock Street to a primitive receiving station at Copper ‘s kloof. A flag was hoisted if his signals were received and indeed they were. (Picture shows Edward Alfred Jennings demonstrating his radio equipment to the Port Elizabeth Mayor (1896) Picture credit Eric Rosenthal)
Give ZS90SARL a call and celebrate 90 years of SARL and the first transmission from Port Elisabeth. ZS2EC will be operating ZS90SARL from 1 January till 11 January 2015. Clubs and amateurs wishing to use the callsign from their station are invited to send their requests to email@example.com with suggested dates and planned operation.
#RENEWAL OF AMATEUR RADIO LICENCES AND FORM B – Form B is no longer required. Amateur radio licenses are due on 1 April 2015. ICASA will be sending out reminders in January but the responsibility remains with the licensee to ensure that the license is paid. Unpaid licences will expire at the end of April.Radio amateurs also have the option to pay for 5 years. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and advise him that you are converting to a 5 year license then when making payment, pay R500. This is a saving of R100 and protects the licensee against inflation increases which will be introduced from the 2016 license year. When paying ICASA please ensure that you quote your licence number and callsign.
#SARLNEWS/NUUS 28 December 2014
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