Posts tagged as amateur radio

Radio amateurs are serious about the rising RF noise floor

  Radio amateurs are serious about tackling the problem of RF pollution and the resultant increase in the radio frequency noise floor. Since the beginning of the year interest groups have sprung up in various countries around the word and national amateur radio organisations are taking a serious stand and in several countries are accusing […]

Space is good for amateur radio: the story of SunSat

  It has been written and spoken about that amateur radio is a pasttime that contributes to communication, electronic and space activity development and training. In fact it is contained in the ITU definition of amateur radio: “A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations”. For amateur radio to stay […]

SDR: The new wave in amateur radio

  Software defined radio (SDR) is by no means a new technology – not even in amateur radio. It has been widely used in the mobile and other communications industries. AMSAT SA has embarked on a SDR project which is aimed at developing a SDR transponder for a future satellite project. But let as take […]

Amateur radio empowers learners to choose sustainable careers

  To create a knowledge and manufacturing economy South Africa needs to concentrate on training engineers with the right qualifications. Over time the perception has taken hold of some young people that engineering is not cool. If this is the perception, what are we doing about it?  It is up to engineers to make engineering […]

In conversation with Hans van de Groenendaal, amateur radio enthusiast: A lifelong passion

  Following his International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award in August 2016 (see EngineerIT August 2016, page 6) , I chatted to Hans about his life-long interest in amateur radio – where it started, and where it is today. Radio amateurs in the early days were in the frontier of communication and broadcasting development, […]

The world calling Africa

  Once a year radio amateurs from all over the world turn their attention to Africa to participate in the Africa All Mode International DX Contest. The objective of this all mode contest is to focus the world on African radio amateurs. Contesting is one of the many facets of  radio amateurs and challenges their operating […]