Sandton Amateur Radio Club
// serving the greater northern suburbs of Johannesburg
Who we are
The Sandton Amateur Radio club services the greater northern suburbs of Johannesburg in furthering the interests of its members in all aspects of amateur radio and electronics as well as trains people interested in becoming a radio amateur. The club fosters friendships between radio amateurs and promotes the amateur radio hobby. The club also provides an excellent radio infrastructure by maintaining a high-quality repeater park at one of the highest sites in Johannesburg offering 2 meter, 70 cm and Dstar communication facilities that are available as backup communications in emergencies and during disasters. The Sandton Amateur Radio club is affiliated with the South African Radio League.
What we do
We support members who want to get (back) into amateur radio as well as the member community with issues they may experience. Every Sunday morning at 8:45 SAST we run a bulletin on our 2 meter club repeater (145.700 Mhz) with call-ins from Echolink (you can connect to ZS6STN-R) and 40 Meter (7.082 Mhz).
When we has sufficient applications we run a course twice a year to prepare aspiring HAMs for the RAE (Radio Amateur Exam). One of our club members manages and administers the South African worked all grid squares (WAGS) awards. A couple of times per year we organize outings for social or general interest purposes. Membership is open to all (aspiring) radio amateurs.
About Amateur Radio
Amateur radio operation is fun. Amateur radio operators acquire good technical knowledge in executing their hobby and build new skills ranging from antenna building to building radios and linear amplifiers. Wireless amateur communication allows making contacts around the world on frequencies ranging from 1.8 MHz to several hundred for learning and entertainment purposes. But ham radio also has a serious side as it can provide communication during states of emergency. Ham radio works when all other services fail.