Supported by the South African Radio League and the Department of Communication

This website is dedicated to the youth

Updated 22  November 2015  

The national body for Amateur Radio is the South African Radio League.

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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.

Join the SARL Youth Net

Every second Sunday at 17:00 Young Radio Amateurs get together to share ideas. Join them. If you are not licensed visit a radio amateur near you and experience amateur radio on the air.

Next Youth Net will be on Sunday 10 January 2016. During December call as  YOTA  stations as possible, including ZS9YOTA


Send your pics to koosfick096@gmail.com or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at zs6ql@mweb.co.za. The picture page will be here coming soon.





December is Youngsters on the Air month!

Once again for the entire month of December, stations in several countries will be on the air looking for contacts using "YOTA" as their call sign suffix.

YOTA stations will be seeking to make many contacts, so take this opportunity to connect young amateurs in their teens and 20s with their peers on the air

A special call sign, ZS9YOTA, has been obtained for use by young amateurs and the SARL has registered with the IARU for participation in the YOTA month from 1 to 31 December 2015.

If you are 25 years old or younger, you are invited to apply to use the special call sign either as an individual or as a club station operated by young people. Send your request to Koos ZR6KF at koosfick096@gmail.com or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at zs6ql@mweb.co.za.

Daily slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to all clubs or individuals. Allocated slots will be shown on http://www.sarl.org.za/ where you will find more detailed information and lots of other interesting information about YOTA 2015.  

Please add a photograph of yourself or group operating your station, in order to place it on the ZS9YOTA page of the IARU R1 website when you book your slot for December. 

A golden opportunity for clubs to run a demonstration at a local school or to gather together with our amateur friends, grab a pizza, enjoy a braai and let the youngsters make some QSOs or possibly enjoys a great pile-up. Lets us all showcase this great hobby to our South African youth!

View the YOTA  2015 schedule here. or download  here




By making contact with a YOTA station you can achieve one of the following awards:

In total there are 4 awards to achieve:

Bronze : 5 worked YOTA stations

Silver : 10 worked YOTA stations

Gold : 15 worked YOTA stations

Platinum : 25 worked YOTA stations

Get full details here