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VHF/UHF Mobile in the Mobile

November 6, 2013 - 11:35 am

I must be more careful, Sam does it again! So I walk into Radio Accesories innocently, just wanting to say Hi to Sam and Bertrand and check up on things. For some reason the conversation drifts to the new special that he is running for the new hams that just passed their RAE exams –…

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Ham Radio Operators Do It

July 31, 2013 - 7:47 am

And now for some engineering funnies: Ham Radio Operators do it with more frequency and less resistance. And: Three guys in a car: A mechanical engineer, a Ham Radio operator and a MicroSoft employee are on their way to a meeting when suddenly the car in which they were riding breaks down. “It’s probably the…

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Sprouting a 2m Sprig

July 10, 2013 - 12:26 pm

So, another sprout is springing up! This latest picture taken late on Friday afternoon, minutes after installation, shows my somewhat unsuccessful attempt to work VHF/UHF from my QTH. It is a 2m vertical (Diamond CP22E) that has 2 x 5/8 elements on top of each other. It claims a gain of 6.5dB and I must…

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First PSK31 Contact in 2013

July 1, 2013 - 8:37 am

Wow what an exciting weekend! Greatly inspired by Noel Hammond (ZR6DX) during his talk at the West Rand Amateur Radio Club, I put together a few items that have been gathering dust in my junkbox. Being late in the day I didn’t expect anybody to be around, so I sneaked a quick CQ on what…

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Oscar Bravo DX Group

June 3, 2013 - 8:01 am

It is wonderful the many ways our roads cross, and how we meet people that will play a role in our lives. So I met Jaco le Roux ZS6PX from Vereeniging who makes little programmer boards to connect a PC / Laptop to a Yaesu or Kenwood or ICOM radio. Nifty little PC Board (some…

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Ry-hier RaDAR says my mom

April 24, 2013 - 7:27 am

I remember as a young boy when we went somewhere my mother used to give my dad, who was struggling with the old Plymouth’s various idiosyncrasies, instructions (in Afrikaans) Ry-hier! Ry-daar! So, when I got back into the hobby after my long absence, I noticed this new thing on the SARL website called RaDAR. Since…

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Useful Info – Aeronautical Frequencies

March 10, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Aeronautical Radio Frequencies used in South Africa HF Communication – (108.000 – 117.975 MHz, Mode = AM) Frequency (MHz) Place Purpose / Description Contact 8.933 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Springbok – Worldwide VHF Navigation – (108.000 – 117.975 MHz, Mode = AM) Frequency (MHz) Place Purpose / Description Contact 115.200 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg,…

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Useful Info – 29MHz Band

March 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

The 29 MHz Band is allocated in SA to Short Range Business Communication – (29.7100 – 29.9850 MHz) Channel Frequency (MHz) MODE Purpose / Description Users 01 29.7100 AM Mobile 02 29.7225 AM Mobile 03 29.7350 AM Mobile 04 29.7475 AM/SSB Civil Defense 1 ### 05 29.7600 AM Mobile (Ch. 4 of the 4WDC) 06…

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Useful Info – CB Frequency Chart

March 10, 2013 - 6:52 pm

The 27 MHz Citizen Band (CB) is allocated in South Africa on (27.185 – 27.275 MHz) as follows: Channel Frequency (MHz) MODE 19 27.185 AM 20 27.205 AM 21 27.215 AM 22 27.225 AM 23 27.255 AM 24 27.235 SSB 25 27.245 SSB 26 27.265 SSB 27 27.275 SSB Please Note: Only channel 19 to…

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New Website

January 28, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Welcome to the new home of ZS6ALU, Leon Uys. I haven’t been on the air for a while. An acrimonious – read expensive – divorce took its toll. Hobbies took second and third place after my little one (you can read more about her here) for a long time, maybe 20 years. During that time…

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