Posts tagged as amateur radio

A $50 satellite? Just ask a radio amateur!

  Radio amateurs can do crazy things, like thinking up a project to build a $50 satellite, get it launched and operational from space! There are two good reasons why radio amateurs can often achieve things that many people consider impossible: radio amateurs can set their own time line and they don’t have to meet […]

Gough Island emergency – amateur radio to the rescue

  It has often been said that when all communication fails, you can depend on amateur radio. This was again proven on 9 August 2014 when an important message from Gough Island to the department of environmental affairs could not be sent as their links were down. The story started when Pierre Tromp, ZS1HF, volunteered […]

Amateur radio must keep innovating

  “Amateur radio as a hobby has reached an important turning point”, said South African Radio League (SARL) president, Geoff Levey (pictured) at the Radio Technology in Action symposium held in Durban recently. He said that the trend of activity and interest now as compared to five or even ten years ago is changing. “The […]

Amateur radio embraces sport communication

  Amateur radio is a multi-faceted activity, ranging from providing opportunities to speak to other radio enthusiasts worldwide; to research such as the 5 MHz propagation research programme and,  in recent years, sport communication. Sport communication is an additional service provided by radio amateurs, within the ambit of  disaster communication support. In South Africa disaster […]

First radio ham in Africa to be awarded DXCC

  Jan (Pine) Pienaar ZS6OB recently became the first radio ham in Africa to hold a DXCC (DX Century Club),  with all contacts made by bouncing signals off the moon:  Earth-moon-Earth (EME). He is the second radio ham in the southern hemisphere to achieve this. The first southern hemisphere EME DXCC was achieved by a New […]

Radio amateurs experiment near the edge of Space

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa, with a special interest […]

Amateur radio celebrates 30 years of manned space flights

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa, with a special interest in […]

Amateur radio goes digital

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT   In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa, with a special interest […]

Has amateur radio turned 360°?

by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT   In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa, with a special interest […]

The moving circle of spectrum allocations

by Hans van Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT In this monthly feature, Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, executive chairman of the South African Amateur Radio Development Trust (SAARDT), looks at various technologies and activities that drive amateur radio. SAARDT is dedicated to the development of amateur radio in South Africa, with a special interest in the […]