AN EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY
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.
Find out more how you can get involved in Amateur Radio. Download the latest Hammies newsletter here
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively to Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL, at email@example.com.
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 QSO’s or possibly enjoys a great pile-up. Let’s us all showcase this great hobby to our South African youth!
BEFORE OPERATING THE ZS9YOTA CALLSIGN READ THE YOTA OPERATING RULES. 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