South African Amateur Radio Development Trust

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To promote the Amateur Radio Service as a national asset contributing to technology education, self-development and as a stepping-stone to a career in Electronics and Communication.




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Sundays 10:00 CAT
17 6
7205 kHz
7082 kHz

Mondays 18:30 CAT
3230 kHz


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Bursaries for  October  2014 RAE - apply now

The closing date for applications for RAE Class A Bursaries close on 30 June 2014. Get details here


The South African Amateur Radio Development Trust invites amateur videographers to take part in a video competition and compete for some great prizes. Be creative with your camera or even your smartphone. Shoot a short video of an exciting Amateur Radio activity in South Africa and you could win a 5watt CW MFJ 40 metre transceiver kit  valued at R1300 as well as  one of many other prizes, the list is growing daily. The video format can be AVI, WMV or MPEG with a minimum resolution of 320 X 240. The length of the video should be between 3 and 5 minutes. The subject can be anything that illustrates the joy and excitement of amateur radio. Get full details here

Entries should be sent on a CD or DVD. Don't attempt to e-mail it. Send your video to: Amateur Radio Video Competition, P O Box 90438, Garsfontein, 0042. The closing date is 31 December 2013. The winners will be announced early in 2014.


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Radio Amateur of the Year Awards 2013


The award is made for the support, development and application of Technological  Innovation in Amateur in South Africa. The recipient will be a person who has promoted the use of technology in amateur radio at club level, nationally, at schools or tertiary education institution


The award is made for the support and development of the Amateur Radio Service in South Africa, not for individual  achievements such as DXCC and other operational awards or contests.  The recipient will be a person who has given of his or her expertise and time to the promotion of Amateur Radio in South Africa.


Annually the South African Amateur Radio  Development Trust is recognising a radio amateur or a group of radio amateurs for service to the community. Community service can be assistance to a handicapped radio amateur, communications support during a sporting event or a disaster situation like a road accident or a natural disaster like a flood, veld fires, or an earthquake. Nominations are invited for an individual or a group of people like a radio club, or an association.


L-R Hans van de Groenendaal (Executive Chairman SAARDT) Dawie Conradie ZR6DHC, Gynn Chamberlain ZS6GLN, Deon Coetzee ZR1DE,Leseba Langa (MTN) and Dr Anthony Turton (Guest speaker)




Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 September 2012, MTN recorded 182.7 million subscribers across its  operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

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2013  MTN Radio Amateur of the Year Awards

Three SA Radio Amateur receive the MTN 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year Awards


At a gala lunch event held in Midrand lon 4 July 2013 three South African Radio Amateurs were presented with the MTN Radio Amateur of the Year Awards. The annual event is hosted by MTN to encourage radio amateurs to give back to their community and amateur radio.

Ryan Gould MTN SA General Manager Brands and Communication said that MTN is once again privileged and honoured to be able to support the MTN Amateur Radio Awards. "The awards are the only ones in South Africa which recognises those individuals and organisations that have done well in the amateur radio field and that amateur radio is still appreciated in the community. "We seek to continue encouraging participation within the amateur  radio community as this field continues to grow in South Africa." 


The MTN Garth Milne Technology Award

The awards was presented to Deon Coetzee ZR1DE for his support of the SA AMSAT KLETSkous cubesat project. Deon has designed and developed a space frame that meets international standards and can be launched from the cubesat launch carrier. To date he has built two prototypes and is currently building a third prototype which could become the flight model. In addition he is also working on a mechanism that will allow solar panel to deployed which will provide a great deal more available power to operate the payload.

“Although space frames can be commercially bought, Deon is saving SA AMSAT a great deal of money which can now go towards the launch cost” KLETSkous Project Manager, Hannes Coetzee said at the recent SA AMSAT space symposium. “In addition, the local designed and built  space frame allows us to customise it to meet our requirement such as fold-out solar panel and antenna deployment mechanisms

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The MTN Radio Amateur of the Year Award

The award was presented to Dawie Conradie for his contribution to the promotion of amateur radio both in the amateur radio community and the community at large.

He produces the weekly 30 minute programme “Amateur Radio in Aksie “and every alternate week Amateur Radio Today. He has also promoted amateur radio on Bosveld stereo and produced a 30 second commercial about amateur radio in English and Afrikaans.


The MTN Amateur Radio Community Service Award

The award was presented to  Glynn Chamberlain ZS6GLN for his staunch support of SARL HAMNET  and in particular for rescue mission to find a aircraft that crashed in Mozambique.

Glynn coordinated and assisted the team of volunteers which had to communicate from 06:00 to 18:30 every day. Shifts were worked out, food procured, drinks organised, many cool boxes filled and emptied and many hours missed at work by Glynn. He not only showed resolve, but also stamina and determination in coordinating the team and ensuring that communications were effected every 15 minutes in the hour from South Africa to Beira. HAMNET Members, many of which had a baptism by fire, were kept cool calm and collected under the supervision of Glynn, for whom this was the first major operation in which he took the lead.