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2017-08-08 South African Radio League YL Sprint This is a fun activity to celebrate National Women's Day between radio amateurs in South Africa, and takes place on Wednesday 9 August 2017 from 09:00 to 10:00 UTC. Call "YL Sprint!" It is a phone sprint on the 40-metre band using 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz. The exchange is a RS report and YL or OM. Contacts between YL stations are worth 5 points, contacts between YL and OM stations are worth 3 points and contacts between OM stations are worth 1 point. Logs, in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format and labelled "your call sign YL Sprint," must be submitted by e-mail to by 16 August 2017. Suid-Afrikaanse Radioliga JD Naelloop Hierdie is 'n prettige aktiwiteit om Nasionale Vrouedag tussen radio amateurs in Suid-Afrika te vier en vind plaas vanaf 9:00 tot 10:00 UTC op Woensdag 9 Augustus 2017. Roep "YD Naelloop!" Dit is 'n foon naelloop op die 40-meter-band met werking tussen 7 063 tot 7 100 en 7 130 tot 7 200 kHz. Die uitruiling is 'n RS-verslag en YL of OM. Kontakte tussen JD-stasies is 5 punte werd, kontak tussen JDL en OM-stasies is 3 punte werd en kontak tussen OM-stasies is 1 punt werd. Logstate in die ADIF-, Cabrillo- of MS Excel-formaat en gemerk "jou roepsein JD Naelloop" moet ingedien word teen 16 Augustus 2017 per e-pos aan
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2017-07-24 THE SARL PREMIER HF CONTEST IN AUGUST August sees the running of the South African Radio League's premier contest - the SARL HF Contest. The contest is held over three Sundays from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC on each day. On Sunday 6 August, the HF Phone contest will be run, on Sunday 20 August the HF Digital contest and on Sunday 27 August, the HF CW Contest. Each contest takes place on the 20, 40 and 80 meter bands. You can participate as a single operator single band station, a single operator all band station, a multi operator single band station or a multi operator all band. Individual competitors and club stations are encouraged to compete. In each contest, the exchange is a RS or RST report and a consecutive serial number starting at 001. Logs must be submitted in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format and labelled "your call sign HF Phone or HF Digital or HF CW," by 13 August for the Phone contest, 27 August for the digital contest and 3 September for the CW contest. Logs must be sent to There are three trophies for the phone contest and two trophies each for the digital and CW contests. There are four trophies covering all three contests, two of these trophies go to the youth and YLs participating and there is a trophy for the Club with the best participation. Get all the information on page 34 of the 2017 SARL Blue Book. DIE SARL PREMIER HF KOMPETISIE IN AUGUSTUS Augustus sien die Suid-Afrikaanse Radioliga se voorste kompetisie - die SARL HF-kompetisie op die lug. Die kompetisie word oor drie Sondae gehou van 13:00 tot 16:30 UTC op elke dag. Op Sondag 6 Augustus word die HF Foon-kompetisie aangebied, op Sondag 20 Augustus die HF Digitale-kompetisie en Sondag 27 Augustus die HF Gelykgolf-kompetisie. Elke kompetisie vind plaas op die 20, 40 en 80 meter bande. Jy kan deelneem as 'n enkele operateur enkel band stasie, 'n enkele operateur alle bande stasie, 'n multi-operateur enkel band stasie of 'n multi-operateur alle bande stasie. Individuele mededingers en klubstasies word aangemoedig om mee te ding. In elke kompetisie is die uitruiling 'n RS- of RST-verslag en 'n opeenvolgende reeksnommer wat begin by 001. Logstate moet ingedien word in die ADIF-, Cabrillo- of MS Excel-formaat en gemerk word "jou roepsein HF Foon of HF Digitaal of HF Gelykgolf," teen 13 Augustus vir die foon kompetisie, 27 Augustus vir die digitale kompetisie en 3 September vir die gelykgolf kompetisie. Logstate moet gestuur word aan Daar is drie trofeŽ vir die foon kompetisie en twee trofeŽ elk vir die digitale en gelykgolf kompetisies. Daar is vier trofeŽ wat al drie kompetisies dek, twee van hierdie trofeŽ gaan aan die jeug en JDs wat deelneem en daar is 'n trofee vir die Klub met die beste deelname. Kry al die inligting op bladsy 34 van die 2017 SARL Blouboek.
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Belangrike Kennisgewing  11 en 12 Februarie 2017.

Daar SAL NIE die komende naweek, 11 en 12 Februarie 2017,  'n ZS6PTA  Veldstasie gaan wees vir die SARL se HF kompetisie nie. PARK moes die inskrywing kanselleer as gevolg van tekort aan beskikbare PARK lede en te min belangstelling. 

Dit is regtig teleurstellend dat daar NIE 'n ZS6PTA veldstasie gaan wees tydens die SARL se HF kompetisie nie. 

73 de ZS6PJH

Pierre Holtzhausen

082 575 5799

Important Notice 11 and 12 February 2017.

There WILL NO ZS6PTA Field Station taking part in the SARL HF Competition this coming weekend, 11 and 12 February 2017. PARC had to cancel the entry due to a lack of available PARC members and lack of interest in this contest.

 It is terribly disappointing that there WILL NOT BE a ZS6PTA field station during this SARL HF competition.

73 de ZS6PJH

Pierre Holtzhausen


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July 2016 International Contests

+ RAC Canada Day Contest 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 1
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 1
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 1
+ Venezuelan Ind. Day Contest 0000Z, Jul 2 to 2359Z, Jul 3
+ FISTS Summer Slow Speed Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 2
+ DL-DX RTTY Contest 1100Z, Jul 2 to 1059Z, Jul 3
+ Marconi Memorial HF Contest 1400Z, Jul 2 to 1400Z, Jul 3
+ Original QRP Contest 1500Z, Jul 2 to 1500Z, Jul 3
+ PODXS 070 Club 40m Firecracker Sprint 2000Z, Jul 2 to 2000Z, Jul 3
+ DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest 1100Z-1700Z, Jul 3
+ 10-10 Int. Spirit of 76 QSO Party 0001Z, Jul 4 to 2400Z, Jul 10
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 4
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Jul 5
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 6
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 6 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 6 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 7
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jul 7 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Jul 7 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 7 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Jul 7 (Dig)
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 8
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 8
+ FISTS Summer Sprint 0000Z-0400Z, Jul 9
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Jul 9 to 2400Z, Jul 10
+ IARU HF World Championship 1200Z, Jul 9 to 1200Z, Jul 10
+ CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush 2000Z-2159Z, Jul 10
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 13
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 13 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 13 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 14
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 13
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 15
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 15
+ Russian Radio Team Championship 0700Z-1459Z, Jul 16
+ Trans-Tasman Low-Bands Challenge 0800Z-1400Z, Jul 16
+ DMC RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jul 16 to 1200Z, Jul 17
+ Feld Hell Sprint 1400Z-1759Z, Jul 16
+ CQ Worldwide VHF Contest 1800Z, Jul 16 to 2100Z, Jul 17
+ North American QSO Party, RTTY 1800Z, Jul 16 to 0559Z, Jul 17
+ RSGB Low Power Contest 0900Z-1200Z and 1300Z-1600Z, Jul 17
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jul 18
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 20
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 20 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 20 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 21
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jul 21
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jul 21
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 22
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 22
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jul 27
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 27
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jul 27 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jul 27 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jul 28
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jul 29
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jul 29
+ Feld Hell Sprint 0000Z-2359Z, Jul 30
+ RSGB IOTA Contest 1200Z, Jul 30 to 1200Z, Jul 31
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Morning All 

Below is a list of all the contests for June 2016 for any questions assistance please contact Jaco ZR6CMG 0814742220 and if you want to be part of the contest team.

SARL Contest Dairy 

4 and 5 June IARU Reg 1 CW Field Day/RSGB CW Field Day

12 June Hammies ZS6 Sprint

17 June World QRP Day

23 to 27 June SARL Top Band QSO Party  

International Contest 

+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 1
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 1 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 1 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 2
+ NRAU 10m Activity Contest 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 2 (CW) and
  1800Z-1900Z, Jun 2 (SSB) and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 2 (FM) and
  2000Z-2100Z, Jun 2 (Dig)
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 3
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 3
+ HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest 1900Z-1929Z, Jun 3 (40m) and
  1930Z-1959Z, Jun 3 (80m)
+ PVRC Reunion 0000Z-0400Z, Jun 4 (CW) and
  0000Z-0400Z, Jun 5 (SSB)
+ 10-10 Int. Open Season PSK Contest 0000Z, Jun 4 to 2400Z, Jun 5
+ DigiFest 0400Z-1200Z, Jun 4 and
  2000Z, Jun 4 to 0400Z, Jun 5 and
  1200Z-2000Z, Jun 5
+ Wake-Up! QRP Sprint 0600Z-0629Z, Jun 4 and
  0630Z-0659Z, Jun 4 and
  0700Z-0729Z, Jun 4 and
  0730Z-0800Z, Jun 4
+ SEANET Contest 1200Z, Jun 6 to 1200Z, Jun 7
+ UKSMG Summer Contest 1300Z, Jun 4 to 1300Z, Jun 5
+ IARU Region 1 Field Day, CW 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1459Z, Jun 5
+ RSGB National Field Day 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1500Z, Jun 5
+ Dutch Kingdom Contest 1500Z, Jun 4 to 1500Z, Jun 5
+ Alabama QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 4 to 0400Z, Jun 5
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, Data 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 6
+ ARS Spartan Sprint 0100Z-0300Z, Jun 7
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 8
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 8 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 8 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 9
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 10
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 10
+ DRCG WW RTTY Contest 0000Z-0759Z, Jun 11 and
  1600Z-2359Z, Jun 11 and
  0800Z-1559Z, Jun 12
+ VK Shires Contest 0600Z, Jun 11 to 0600Z, Jun 12
+ Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB 1100Z-1300Z, Jun 11
+ SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 1200Z, Jun 11 to 2400Z, Jun 12
+ Portugal Day Contest 1200Z, Jun 11 to 1200Z, Jun 12
+ GACW WWSA CW DX Contest 1500Z, Jun 11 to 1500Z, Jun 12
+ REF DDFM 6m Contest 1600Z, Jun 11 to 1600Z, Jun 12
+ ARRL June VHF Contest 1800Z, Jun 11 to 0259Z, Jun 13
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 15
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 15
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 15 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 15 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 16
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 15
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 17
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 17
+ All Asian DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Jun 18 to 2400Z, Jun 19
+ SMIRK Contest 0000Z, Jun 18 to 2400Z, Jun 19
+ Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest 1200Z, Jun 18 to 1159Z, Jun 19
+ IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest 1400Z, Jun 18 to 1400Z, Jun 19
+ AGCW VHF/UHF Contest 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 18 (144) and
  1700Z-1800Z, Jun 18 (432)
+ Stew Perry Topband Challenge 1500Z, Jun 18 to 1500Z, Jun 19
+ West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 18 to 0200Z, Jun 19
+ Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 18
+ Feld Hell Sprint 2000Z-2159Z, Jun 18
+ WAB 50 MHz Phone 0900Z-1500Z, Jun 19
+ Run for the Bacon QRP Contest 0100Z-0300Z, Jun 20
+ SKCC Sprint 0000Z-0200Z, Jun 22
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 22
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 22 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 22 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 23
+ NAQCC CW Sprint 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 23
+ RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 23
+ NCCC RTTY Sprint 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 24
+ NCCC Sprint 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 24
+ Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest 1200Z, Jun 25 to 1200Z, Jun 26
+ His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB 1200Z, Jun 25 to 1200Z, Jun 26
+ ARRL Field Day 1800Z, Jun 25 to 2100Z, Jun 26
+ Phone Fray 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 29
+ CWops Mini-CWT Test 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 29 and
  1900Z-2000Z, Jun 29 and
  0300Z-0400Z, Jun 30

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Hi All

Thank you Theo ZS6TVB, for working the SARL HF National Fieldday with me.  Thank you to Pieter ZS6PA for the help in setting up and taking down. Thank you to one and all who managed to give us some contacts, it is really appreciated. Also a big THANK YOU to Menno ZS6AGC, Sandy ZS6ICE and Andre ZS6GCA who visited us. Looking forward to you playing contest with us.

73 & 88

ZS6PJH de Pierre  

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Hi All

Yes, we are going to participate in the SARL National Field Day on 13 and 14 February 2016 from Gilbanken. If you are interested in joining us or plan to just visit us for a braai or a few hours at Gilbanken please talk to Jaco ZR6CMG, Theo ZS6TVB or Pierre ZS6PJH, During and before the event we will also be standing by on 145.525 and/or 145.725.

73 and 88

Hope to see you there.

 Jaco & Pierre


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Hi All

Saturday the 3rd of October 2015, ZS6PTA will be at Fort Schanskop  for the SARL Spring QRP Contest.

We start with the customary Bring and Braai from 11:00 onwards.

All welcome.

73 de ZS6PJH


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Hi All

The weekend of 12 and 13 September 2015 we are going to participate in the SARL HF Field day from the Boy Scout camp at Gilbanken. Same place that we had been earlier. See article below.

Bring and Braai on Sunday Noon.

Everybody is welcome to visit us.

 73 de ZS6PJH


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Hi Guys

We have a great site for the upcoming SARL VHF/UHF Contest on 21 and 22 March 2015.

It is the Scout camp at east end of Lynwood road. 25į 55' 07.92"S 28į 29' 22.16"E KG44FB.

It is at 1562m and has plenty space, beautiful short grass, a few concrete slabs, a few trees, ABLUTIONS and even a BIG HALL for emergency shelter.

Please let me know at CALLSIGN at gmail dot com, if you are going to be participating with us. 

And do spread the word. Visitors are more than welcome.

Awaiting your response,

ZS6PJH de Pierre
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ZS6ELI Evan on 40m, ZS6USA Mark on 20m, ZS6GCA Andre on 2m and ZR6CMG ( behind the tree! ) on 10m during the SARL Summer QRP Contest.

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Hi All

Our next endeavour will be for the SARL Summer QRP contest  from Fort Schanskop from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC on Saturday 24 January 2015. That is from 14:00 till 17:00 local time.

Bring en Braai before, during and after the Contest.

See you all there.

Please remember to tell the people at the gate that you are coming to the PARC Radio Contest Station at Fort Schanskop to get reduced fee.

 73 de Contest Group

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2014-10-16Hi Everybody,

There we go.  PARC Club members taking first and second places in the ultra light leg of the contest!

Results are as follows:-

Home station

ZS4DZ - 138 points

Field Stations

ZS6WR - 440 points

Ultra-light stations

ZS6TVB - 396 points
ZR6CMG - 276 points
ZS6BV - 180 points


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Hi Guys

We are going to camp with the other clubs of Pretoria, MRK and Centurion, for the SARL VHF/UHF contest over this coming week-end. All licensed radio amateurs are welcome.

The planned campsite is in the red circle below at GPS coordinates, South 25 degrees 48 minutes 4.5 Seconds and East 28 degrees 29 minutes 34.4 seconds.

Come and join us for the contest and bring and braai on Sunday at noon and stand a chance to win one of the Verstay sponsored prizes in the lucky draw at noon on Sunday.

You have to be there for at least a few hours and join us for the braai to stand a chance.

Only people present at the draw can win a prize. We will be standing by on 145.725, 145.750 or 145.775 for directions to the camp.

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73 de ZS6PJH
Pierre Holtzhausen
+27 82 575 5799

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Hi There

Thank you for your contacts during the past SARL HF contest.

73's and 88's de ZS6PJH

Pierre Holtzhausen

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Hi Guys

I am looking for fellow radio amateurs to participate with in the 2013 contests.
Of primary concern are the SARL Field days. Both HF and V/UHF.

Dates are as follows:

1)SARL HF Field day: 24 hours from noon to noon local time,
 9 and 10 February 2013 and again on
 16 and 17 November 2013.
 Phone, CW and Digital.

2)SARL VHF/UHF: 24 hours from noon to noon local time,
 16 and 17 March 2013 and
 21 and 22 September 2013.
 Analogue and Digital.

Please email or phone me if you are intersted to join our team.

Pierre Holtzhausen
+27 82 575 5799

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Report on BERU (Commonwealth) Contest 10-11 March 2012

I Took part in the BERU Contest and gave it stick when conditions allowed.
80m and 40 were just about a dead loss but 10m was good on Saturday after 12:00.
Very little propagation E-W and few VK's, Caribbeans and Malaysians logged.
The guys in the Meditterranean were much better off and some had over 1000 Q's at the end.
I managed 487.
As far as I know, no other ZS or V5 took part seriously.

Hans ZS6KR

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2008 VHF/UHF Contests - Trials and tribulations

For the whole story (2 pages) click on 'view' below

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Some useful International Contest and Dx-pedition calendars :

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Check out 'Gallery' - I have placed the most presentable photos I have from past events.

IF you have any more, let me have them. The Gallery must relate what we do and how we do it to a visitor. Thanks. KR.

Suggestion: This page can hold upcoming contest info or one or two last contest reports and some photos.

When superseded by the next event, useful photos can also go to the Gallery (Archive).  

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2007 VHF/UHF Contest Winning Station

Planned, built and manned by Pieter ZR6AHT, Hans ZR6HVG, Lynette ZR6LHT en Pierre ZS6PJH

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