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Henry ZS6MC takes the 2016 Chairman's Trophy

At the 2016 AGM our Chairman Johan, ZS6KY, was pleased to award the Chariman's Trophy to Henry, ZS6MC. This was upon special consideration that the award is normally intended for non-committee members but the exceptional contribution of Henry as treasurer including the battle with banks and other institutions to keep the club administratively on good course, maintenance of the repeaters, and support of club activities such as the patch box project made Johan decide that Henry was the rightful recipient of this award this year.

Congratulations Henry!


HF Field Day - 10 and 11 September 2016

Under the auspicien of Marius Snyman ZR6MS, the Sandton Amateur Radio club ran a field station at the Bergsig Trout farm on 10 and 11 September 2016 using the call sign ZS6STN. Mathew ZS6MDV AND Graham ZS6GL assisted in running the station.

We'd like to thank all the contacts for their participation. 

East Rand Flea Market & Bootsale

ERB will be hosting it's regular October HAM social, Fleamarket and Bootsale on 1 October 2016 at the Club grounds at Arrowe Park in Benoni.

Tables and selling from the boot will be R20 per person selling.

Tables may be booked by sending an e-mail to

Refreshments are available, plenty of chairs and shade. Bring the family for a picnic at the dam and enjoy real HAMRADIO spirit.

The Club repeater will be open and the ERB is QRV on 145,675 FM as well as 438,975 FM.

Selling commences at 12:00 SAST.

88,5Hz subaudible tone implementation on Sandton 2M repeater under review

Some of you will have noticed that the Sandton Amateur Radio Club 2 meter repeater, operating on 145,700 is giving static noise, especially in the winter in morning. Henry, ZS6MC together with ICASA investigated the RF interference on the 145.100 input frequency on the tower where our Antenna is located and did not find any immediate sources of interference. We suspect that interference is due to tropo-ducting from a distance source. 


Cool Stuff from around the Web

Umbrella Antenna for 80M

I was looking at reasonably sized 80 meter antenna's and this looks like umbrella antenna looks like it would fit the bill.

Go and visit this page to find out more on how to build one.  

Ever wanted to Experiment with Amateur TV?

It always had my fascination. The British Amateur Television Club published a handbook on how to get started. It culminated in a a 20 page PDF Handbook about Amateur Television by G3YQC and G8CJS published by The British Amateur Television Club. I've placed it here on the website for download.

Icom announces IC7610

Icom announced the IC-7610 during the HamFair 2016 in Tokyo. A new SDR HF+50 MHz transceivers. The IC-7610 will be the successor the IC-7600 and comes one year after the introduction of first ICOM SDR Transceiver, the IC-7300. SDR is the space to watch.

Go-box project by Thomas OE2ATN

Here is a great go-box project by Thomas OE2ATN based on an Elecraft KX2. Really nice handywork. Love the Pelican case solution. Probably Thomas chose the KX2 as it puts out only 10W so heat problems are not to severe in the pelican case.