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Successful HF field day for the Sandton Amateur Radio Club

Under the guidance of Marius, ZR6MS the Sandon Amateur Radio Club participated in the SARL HF field day in the weekend of 11 and 12 February. Marius set up camp at the bergsig trout farm about 30km north of Sandton in the Cradle of Human Kind. 

The Sandton station operated with a single transmitter in Class A, the multi-operator class with a Maximum output of 50 Watts for the duration of the competition. Several club members visited the field station and the station was operated by:

Echolink installation procedure for the ZS6STN Echolink repeater

This Article describes the Echolink installation procedure for the ZS6STN Echolink repeater courtesy of Henry Stephan, ZS6MC.




Hardware in Use

  • PC/Laptop/Server with a Windows Operating System such as Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008 R2. For the ZS6STN EchoLink Station I am using a Server using Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • 250GB of Hard Drive (can be less)
  • 10GB of RAM (2GB minimum)
  • USB Audio Device
  • USB Dongle with Sim Card or WiFi Hotspot with a Sim Card or ADSL Modem Connection
  • VDU (Video Display)
  • USB Mouse
  • USB Keyboard
  • Headset to plug into your PC or a USB Headset


STEP 1: Download the EchoLink Program from

Dstar Image of W6KD ( Very stable for your Pi )

15 JUN 2016: DStar Commander V2.01 is most current release

The DStar Commander enhanced images for the G4KLX ircddbgateway on the Raspberry Pi are available here. The download links are listed below: 

V2.01 is a maintenance and bugfix release with no new features added to V2.00

V2.00 has been rebuilt on the Raspbian Jessie OS and implements the G4KLX ircddbgateway dated 20151116 and dstarrepeater version 20151012, including CCS7. This release adds compatibilty with the new RasPi 3B and supports the Pi 3's onboard WiFi and Bluetooth (note: on the dvMega version of the image, the onboard Bluetooth is disabled to keep a stable UART dedicated to the GPIO serial I/O pins). 

Where to buy WHAT after you pass the RAE (Applicable to South Africa ONLY)

After I passed the RAE, it accured to me that once the exams were complete, there is generally no follow up where to buy what and from whom. You are unfortunatly on your own, that's if you are fortunate to have a buddy to assist you in this very vast hobby. Iv mentioned this in order to add some contact details behind the RAE manuals but since then not much has come of it. I hope that these contacts will assit you indefinaitley going forward, from coax cable , plugs, radio's and many other needed items to get started.

There will certainly be a few links that I may have missed, but the ones I remember are listed below.

73's de ZS6MSW