Posts tagged as IARU

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, […]

Could solar sails de-orbit satellites?

  The question of space debris has been a concern of many nations and with the large number of satellites being launched, space debris is increasing at an alarming rate.  The obvious answer would be to deorbit a satellite after it has served its purpose and is no longer needed. It will then burn up […]

29 MHz – the forgotten frequency for amateur radio satellites

  In the early days of satellites, not many years after the launch of Sputnik One in 1965, amateur satellites were designed and launched with downlinks on 29 MHz. Satellites were much larger than the present day CubeSats which only measure 10 x 10 x 10 cm and present interesting challenges for antenna  design and […]

16 year old to coordinate amateur radio activity for young people

The South African Radio League (SARL) has as one of its major objectives the promotion of amateur radio amongst the youth of South Africa.  In years gone by young people moved into amateur radio by playing with crystal sets or tuning around the shortwave bands of the family’s radiogram. They would stumble across a group […]