Special Event


Updated  3 January 2014  Back to home page


The South African Radio League, its council and members join the world in mourning the loss of South Africa's greatest statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Let us continue to remember and be encouraged by the so many positive things for which he stood. While we mourn his passing, we celebrate his life and the lessons he taught us and the world.


UPDATE 3 January 2014


ZS9MADIBA obtained a WAS (Worked All States) award within the first 2 weeks of being on the air which is a remarkable achievement and is close to achieving a DXCC in all the modes of operation, SSB, CW and Digital. At the time of writing SARL NEWS, ZS9MADIBA had achieved the following number of contacts and confirmations 12846 QSO records and   4370 QSL records. The DXCC mode status is as follows: Mixed  93, CW 80,  Phone 65 and Digital 65

The WAS mode status is as follows:- Basic  50, CW  49, Phone 45, Digital 39

SARL Vice President and Contest Manager, Geoff Levey, ZS6GRL thanks  the 12 local amateurs who have given their time and effort to make this event an success. The radio amateurs who operated ZS9MADIBA are as follows:-  ZS6RJ, ZS2EC, ZS1AU, ZS1SA, ZS1VV, ZS1ZC, ZS6A, ZS6WN, ZR6K, ZR6O, ZS6OB, ZR6DX, ZS6C, ZS6APT, ZS1S, ZS6AKU, ZS5MAX and ZS6GRL. The radio amateurs who have achieved over a 1000 contacts are as follows:-Roger Jones (ZS6RJ)   6628 contacts, Theunis Potgieter (ZS2EC)  1367 contacts, Dennis Wells (ZS1AU)  1092 contacts, Karel Bezuidenhout (ZS6WM) 1059 contacts. Including ZR6K and ZR6O 

If there was an award for the most enthusiastic radio amateur it would go to Theunis ZS2EC. Theunis just keeps on going day and night. Well done Theunis. A  special word of thanks to Roger ZS6RJ. His tally of contacts says it all. ZS9MADIBA is still needing 8 ZS6 stations to obtain a WAZS 100. Thank you for your support. ZS9MADIBA will be active till 11 January 2014.


Special call sign to  celebrate
President Nelson Mandala's legacy

The SARL will be operating  special event stations from around South Africa using the call sign  ZS9MADIBA. Members of the SARL are invited to apply for time slots to operate ZS9MIDIBA from their own shacks.

Operators must use the following preamble at regular intervals

“This is ZS9MADIBA, the South African Radio League Special Event Station commemorating the life and recent passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, elder statesman and first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa. Affectionately referred to as “Madiba”, he became one of the most recognised leaders in the world and was instrumental in the peaceful transition of South Africa from minority rule to a constitutional democracy. South Africans join the people of the world in mourning his passing and celebrating his legacy.

 QSLing  is via the bureau or by sending your QSL to SARL,  P O Box 1721, Strubensvallei 1735, South Africa. You may also use Logbook of the World.

To receive the special QSL card by mail, include $1 for postage.

Operator Rules:

1.   The ZS9MADIBA callsign is the property of the South African Radio League, and operators who use the callsign must abide by all relevant SARL rules.

2.   Prospective operators (who must be SARL members) must apply for operating timeslots to – they may download and view the current Operating Schedule on the SARL webpage and apply for blank slots shown there. The Operating Schedule will be updated twice daily until December 16th 2013, and once daily thereafter.

3.   Only one operator is permitted at any one time per band, utilizing a mode specified in his or her timeslot application, and as confirmed in the Operating Schedule.

4.   All QSOs achieved under the ZS9MADIBA callsign are for the credit of ZS9MADIBA and not for the credit of the operator against his or her personal callsign.

5.   All ZS9MADIBA operator logbooks must be recorded in electronic form, formatted as either .adif or cabrillo files.

6.  All such logfiles must be sent by email to before the end of January 2014.

7.   In SSB modes, the accompanying preamble should be read two to four times per hour of operating; it should be similarly transmitted in digital modes where feasible; it is not required in CW operations.