Posts tagged as SARL

Radio amateurs need a mindset shift

Since its inception, amateur radio has moved with technological developments and often led some of it, for example the application of low orbit satellites. Low earth orbits were once considered of no practical use, yet today they are in great demand for GPS satellites and the internet constellation announced by Elon Musk of SpaceX. In […]

SA needs more citizen science – amateur radio can show the way

Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by people interested in science but who are not professionally engaged or qualified as scientists. Citizen science is sometimes described as “public participation in scientific research”, and whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research, as well as an increase in the public’s understanding […]

Amateur radio geostationary satellite to support disaster relief communication

While radio amateurs have been building and operating satellites since 1961, most were in low earth orbits until earlier this year when radio amateurs acquired access to a geostationary satellite. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) secured the privilege to have an amateur radio payload as part of Es’hailSat-2. Discussions regarding the payload were held […]

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 […]

Tough questions asked at ICASA’s Type Approval public hearing

  The Independent Authority of South Africa (ICASA) councillors and Type Approval experts asked the industry some tough questions at a public hearing held on 14 December 2016. The hearing related to which type of communication equipment should be exempted from Type Approval. “Type Approval” means certifying that a product meets certain requirements for its […]

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 […]