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|UPDATED 15 December 2014|
The national body for Amateur Radio is the South African Radio League.
DECEMBER IS YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR (YOTA) MONTH
During the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air seeking contacts using “YOTA” as their call sign suffix. YOTA is growing fast, and every week more youngsters are asking to participate.
The SARL has been granted a special call sign, ZS9YOTA, to be used by young amateurs during YOTA month from 1 - 31 December 2014 . It will be the first worldwide YOTA event. If you are 25 years old or under you are invited to apply to use the special callsign either as an individual or as a club station operated by young people. Send you request to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Include a photograph of yourself operating your station for inclusion on the ZS9YOTA page of the IARU website. Click here
See who is operating ZS90YOTA when. Click here
Read more about YOTA
SARL YOUTH NET
Join the SARL youth net every first Sunday of the months at 15:00 local time on 7070 kHz.
What is Amateur Radio?
Amateur radio is a hobby, a leisure time activity much like a sport such as soccer, rugby or cricket. As with a sport you have to be trained to participate but not in a physical way on a filed but in a classroom or through self-study. You have to acquire some technical skills in radio communication and basic electronics.
So while Amateur Radio, or hamradio is a hobby by participating in it you will acquire skills that will be useful as a stepping stone when choosing a career in electronics or communication.
What do Radio Amateurs do?
Radio Amateurs or Hams as they are often called use two-way radio communication to make contact with other radio amateurs all over the world. They are able to use satellites and on occasion speak with astronauts on the International space station. Radio Amateurs can do this from home or while mobile in cars, boats or on foot.
Radio Amateurs have a full range of communication modes at their disposal. These include plain voice, Morse code, numerous digital computer modes and even graphical modes like television. As a licensed radio amateur you will be able to joining experiments using all these modes.
IARU REGION 1 OUTSTANDING HAM YOUTH AWARD 2013 GOES TO A SOUTH AFRICAN
Mitchel, ZS6YH, was selected as the first recipient of the Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013
At the IARU Region 1 General Conference at Sun City in 2011, a recommendation was accepted that an IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator be appointed; that Member Societies appoint youth co-ordinators and/or youth working groups; that Youth related information and material will be shared amongst societies through the Region 1 web site, and to establish an annual youth recognition award.
During March 2014, a call went out for nominations of the first Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award and in May 2014, the nominations closed. Three nominations were received for the award - Ángel Galván, EA3HSI, Todor Todorov, LZ2005, and Mitchel Mynhardt ZS6YH.
Seven Youth Coordinators completed the jury score sheet and .
The Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award 2013 was presented to Mitchel, ZS6YH, at the Radio Technology in Action Symposium held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, by Dennis, ZS4BS, the Region 1 Secretary.
From left to right: Louis Schnetler, ZU6LG, Koos Fick (ZSL-5182), Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, Enrico van der Walt (ZSL-5250) and Dennis Green, ZS4BS. Koos and Enrico will be writing the Radioamateur Examination on 16 October 2014.