yl.beam #32 march 2016


  • Ja-No-Well-Fine

  • An Overview on the Amateur Life of Pam Momberg ZS6APT

  • Amateur radio more Space Age than Digital Age gaining popularity

  • CLARA Chatter Party 2016 – March

  • Calendar


ZS6APT Pam Momberg has been chosen to show-case local YL's for International Womens Day celebrated during March. An active YL, often heard on the air. (By a happy coincidence it is also her birthday this month!)

SARL (South African Radio League) has been busy initiating a “Hall of Fame” and Iris Hayes ZS2AA (SK) has been nominated. (We paid tribute to her in YL News #20, May/June 2014)

Only SARL members may vote. If not a member, persuade anyone you know who is, to vote for the 1st South African YL. More info on S.A.R.L. Web-page http://www.sarl.org.za

The voting system can be accessed through the nominations page on the SARL Web site. A link is provided on the home page under "Activities". SARL members can vote for up to five nominees.

Please vote as soon as possible. Voting will close at the end of March

​An Overview on the Amateur Life of Pam Momberg ZS6APT

1975 – I wrote and passed the RAE awarded call sign ZR6KN. Six weeks later, wrote the CW 12 w.p.m. test and obtained call sign ZS6APT. Worked on CW for first year of operation, as required by the regulations at that time.

1978 – Became Hon. Secretary for the South African Women’s Radio Club, and editor of the YL Beam. I held this post for a number of years. I was awarded the Irvine CW Trophy during this time. What wonderful memories of our ladie’s get togethers, drinking morning tea, and discussing club events, and generally seeing that the club was running as it should.

1979 – Went on a DXpedition to Venda, to celebrate their independence. Camped out in the bush for four days with no facilities at all. No running water, no electricity and no ablution block! We used the call sign T4A and made plenty of contacts during the weekend.

1984 – Awarded the Jack Twine Award. The postmaster general of Pretoria made the presentation.

I have been serving on Branch/Club committees since early days, and am still very much involved with club affairs. 1977 – Started serving on the club committee, first as Secretary then as Secretary/Treasurer.

In 2002 I became the ZS6CEN Treasurer, in 2005 Vice Chairman/Treasurer and in March 2009 Chairman/Treasurer of the club. (Still hold this post today).

In 2005 I started assisting with compiling and reading our Sunday morning bulletins, and as from July 2012 was solely responsible for compiling and reading bulletins.

During 2006 I became involved in producing our CQ Centurion magazine, and in 2007 became editor, with numerous co-editors during the years. At the moment my OM Jimmy ZS6APS is the co-editor. I am still responsible for this magazine today.

I have always been a keen contester and won numerous awards and certificates. In 1981 I won the Silent Keys Memorial Trophy, and have a certificate for attaining 1st place in the SARL HF Phone contest. I also have a certificate for second place in 1982. I have other certificates for those early years, but cannot lay my hands on them at the moment. A lot of information has been lost as the years go by. I work SSB and CW.

During the SARL YL Sprint I came 1st during the March 2011 contest and 2nd during the August 2011 contest. During the other years I was cruising between 2nd and 5th.

First WAZS 100 certificate awarded 2010 and WAZS 600 in 2015 At the moment I am 50 contacts short for my WAZS 700.

I have been told that I am the first YL in South Africa to receive the WAZS500, and also the WAZS600.

An interesting fact is that the very first WAZS certificate was awarded to a YL. Gwen Smith ZS1NQ – certificate no 1 – awarded 24/2/1959.

I have attended numerous SARL AGMs through the years. Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Vereeniging, Stellenbosch, Alberton, Botha’s Hill are the ones I can remember. I was one of the representatives for the club/branch for many years.

I was involved in presenting CW Classes, and together with Jimmy ZS6APS, we made CW tapes, (no CDs or DVDs in those days) which were duplicated and distributed to numerous hams wanting to pass the CW proficiency test. These tapes are still in circulation today. Jimmy and I still present CW classes when called upon.

I have been the SARL Liaison Officer for the Centurion Radio Amateur club since 2005.

I have been involved in emergency communications for Hamnet, and can remember on one occasion being called out at 02:00 (am) to help with the evacuation of houses which were being flooded along the Hennops River. The occupants were sleeping upstairs and had no idea that their premises were being flooded downstairs. I also assisted with the communications during the evacuation of the caravan park at the Ses Myl Spruit. This was during the early years of my amateur life.

At the time of my marriage in 1971 to Jimmy ZS6APS who had obtained his operating license in 1955, I knew absolutely nothing about Ham Radio, but found myself very interested in what he was doing. I used to spend hours listening to Jimmy operating and watching him building his home brew equipment. (Yes in those days that is what they did!)

Then one day in 1975 Jimmy persuaded me to attend classes given by OM Henry Schoeman ZS6AHS. In December of that year I wrote the required RAE to obtain my B Class license (ZR call sign, restricted licence). No HF operation was permitted by a ZR in those days.

My OM Jimmy ZS6APS started giving me CW classes, and within 6 weeks I wrote and passed the required CW test 12 w.p.m. at the Post Office in Pretoria. I obtained the A class license, which enabled me to operate on all bands, on CW only for one year. Thereafter the world was open to me and needless to say, I was hooked! 33 de Pam ZS6APT


Amateur radio more Space Age than Digital Age gaining popularity

Amateur radio operators — alternatively referred to as “ham” radio operators, work and play on prescribed portions of the radio spectrum. There, they talk with one another, communicate in Morse code, experiment by meshing radio with computers and other forms of modern-day technology, and provide communications at the site of disasters and emergencies when phones, cell towers and other means of getting information from here to there and back again have gone on the fritz.

Sean Kutzko, spokesman for the American Radio Relay League, says ham radio’s all-time-high popularity seems a bit counter-intuitive? After all, the cheapest smart-phone today can offer worldwide communications capability to the most tech-averse consumer, while the Internet routinely flings email across the globe in seconds. Actually, Kutzko says, today’s ever-expanding roster of technological innovations has served only to create a broader range of ham-friendly activities. A number of people are doing hybrid work combining the technologies with amateur radio. Ham radio has moved into almost every field of electronics.

Another possible, and more practical, reason for ham radio’s 21st century resurgence, could be that entry-level applicants no longer have to learn Morse code to get a license. It doesn’t hurt that the cost of entry-level amateur equipment has dropped significantly through the decades.

Newcomers are intrigued when they see the service that hams routinely offer communities, not just by providing emergency communications but by handling communications for charitable fundraisers, marathons, races and other events. Ham radio operators are a valuable resource which doesn’t cost taxpayers ; it’s called ‘amateur’ radio because we’re not allowed to accept compensation for our services.

One amateur pursued the hobby around the world while serving with the Air Force.

What hasn’t changed is amateur radio’s predominantly male tilt. Kutzko estimates just 8 to 10 percent of amateurs are women. Bigley, SOAR’s (Sisters Of Amateur Radio) co-founder and president, says the group has 25 to 30 members locally and 60 to 70 more nationally and internationally.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL John Przybys - jprzybys@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0280


May 10, 2014

CLARA Chatter Party 2016 - March

Contest days are: Tuesday, March 15th and Saturday March 19st for 24 hours.

This is 2 days after the daylight savings time change.


a) 15 March 1700Z to 16 March 1700Z and or

b) 19 March 1700Z to 20 March 1700Z

c) Total hours must equal 24 hours.

Logs are due April 18th, 2016

More info: http://www.clarayl.ca/index.php/claracontestrules

AFRICA DX NET Every Saturday afternoon 14UTC 14.260Mhz - with V51MA, operator MIKE in Namibia - ZS6MHK operator TINUS in South Africa and A25SL operator LEON in Botswana.

Silent Key Apologies & Correction: ZS6WE Wilma Botha went SK 25 November 2015, not 9 Jan, 2016 as incorrectly stated #31

QUOTE: No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. Charles de Lint (Source: SAARP Jan 2016 Newsletter)

Why not share your stories with us?

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The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the YL Group, or the editor.

PS: African DX - Swaziland, 3DA. Arkady, UA4CC, and Arunas, LY2IJ will be active as 3DA0CC and 3DA0IJ, respectively, from Mozambique between 8 and 15 March, 2016. (HF Happenings No 694 the week of 29 February 2016)


March 06 YL France and DARC’s YL – International Activity

March 06 SARL Hamnet 40 Metre Contest Simulated Emerg Contest 1200Z-1400Z

March 08 International Woman’s Day

March 15 & 19 CLARA Chatter Party

March 19-20 SARL VHF/UHF/Microwave Contest [10:00 UTC Sat 19 - 10:00 UTC Sun 20]

21 March Human Rights Day SA

23 March World Meteorological Day

24 March Purim

25 March Good Friday

26 March Two Oceans Marathon (Cape)

26 - 27 March CQ WW DX WPX Phone Contest SSB 0000Z, Mar 26 - 2400Z, Mar 27

31 March Amateur License pay

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