Apr 22

Jack Twine Merit Award

To recognize qualities such as unselfishness, clean operating and a genuine interest in Amateur Radio and its affairs. This prestigious Award will be made to SARL members who, in the opinion of their fellow amateurs and the League’s Council, exemplify the qualities desirable in a Radio Amateur.

Congratulations to the following persons

Francois Jacobs ZS6COI

Johan Meyer ZS6DMX

Glynn Chamberlain ZS6GLN

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Theo Wessels ZS6JFW

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Jocelyn  Hallendorff ZS6JKL

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Leon Lessing ZS6LMG

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Linda Lessing ZS6LML

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Pieter Searle ZS6PHS

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Tommie Mostert ZS6THM

Willem van der Merwe ZS6WIM

Donovan Esser ZS6DON

Shane Bailey ZS6W

Judy Pretorius ZS6JDY

Apr 22

The Annual SAATI Technology Award

The South African Telecommunication Institute has tasked the SARL to present an annual award on its behalf.

The purpose of the award is to stimulate development of and activity on Amateur Radio bands in South Africa by rewarding radio amateurs who have contributed materially to this goal. New and lesser known modes of operation are preferred.

The award recognises contributions such as the development of a digital or analogue operating mode, contributing to amateur radio over an extended period or by materially contributing to RadioZS.




Leon Lessing ZS6LMG

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Brian Mckenzie ZS6BNM

Apr 22

Willy Wilson Gold Badge

Awarded by Council to a SARL member that gave exceptional and meritorious service to the League.

Chris Gryffenberg ZS6COG

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Apr 22

Photos: SARL AGM-Dinner & Flea Market-14 Apr 2018

Photos of the SARL AGM have been uploaded to flickr and is available at the following link for view or download:



Jan 09

Flea Market 2018/02/03


East Rand Radio Club Flea Market
Starting 12H00
Ebenezer rd
QRV 145.675

Bring all your unwanted stuff 

Best boerewors rolls 

Nice cold beverages

Bring the family or a upcoming Radio operator

zs6erb@gmail.com for more info

Raffle draw will also take place



Dec 18

Progress of station at club

A special thanks to Chris ZS6COG and his team Adriaan, Andre & Christiaan for a job well done. Now the rest can happen. Thanks guys.

Dec 13

Season Greetings

Nov 21

Raffle Update

Raffle update


The draw for the 80th birthday raffle has been set and will take place at our first flea market on Saturday the 3rd of February 2018.


As of 20 November, (excluding one book that we need to verify how many tickets have been sold) we have sold in excess of 70% of the tickets.


If you have not bought a ticket yet and would like one, please email zs6erb@gmail.com requesting a ticket.  One will then be booked for you, where after an EFT will be requested, which will need to be done and proof sent back to zs6erb@gmail.com.  A ticket number will then be issued to you.

Nov 21

Year end function 18 November 2017

Thank you very much for those who attended the year end function. A special thanks to Linda ZS6LML for the arrangements. And also to the ones that made the food and contributed to the lovely food and everything. Thanks to Louis ZS6BGG for the music and also Johan ZS6DMX.

Nov 07

Breaker, breaker: CB radios, the Facebook of the 1970s, back in fashion

Citizen Band (CB) radios, made fashionable in the 1970s by movies like Breaker Breaker and Smokey and the Bandit, are experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to nostalgic baby boomers.

The owner of Australia’s largest collection of CB radios, Mark Regan, said interest in the 70s craze had suddenly peaked again.

“They’ve become collectors’ items, and I’m seeing a resurgence of use now partly because mobile phones aren’t all they’re cracked up to be,” he said.

“Even though there were so many of them back in the 70s, not many survived, so the rarity also comes from that.

“And baby boomers, we’ve all grown up, and have cash to spend.”

Mr Regan has put his collection on show at the Lawrence Museum in the Clarence Valley region of northern New South Wales, in an attempt to satiate the interest of the growing numbers of CB radio enthusiasts.

“I also wanted to allow people to see what the social media of the day was,” Mr Regan said.

“It’s Facebook today, but back then it was CB radio — everybody had one.

“There was a lot of comradely gained and a lot of people became good friends and still are today.”

Bear bites from local yokels

Mr Regan said 14 million CB radio licenses were held by Americans in 1979, and Australians regularly spoke to them.

“In the mid 60s things started to really happen in the United States because radios were available fairly cheaply and you could have one in your car, your home, or carry one around with you,” he said.

CB radio language

  • Bear trap: Speed camera
  • Bear bite: Speeding ticket
  • Breaker breaker: Used to start a transmission/message
  • Choke and puke: A bad truck stop
  • Fox in the hen house: Unmarked police vehicle
  • Go-go juice: Fuel
  • Good buddy: CB radio friend
  • Kojak with a Kodak: Police officer with radar
  • Local yokel: Local police officer
  • Meat wagon: Ambulance
  • Papa bear: Police officer with a CB radio
  • Seat cover: Attractive woman in a vehicle
  • Ten-four: Transmission acknowledged

“Around the 1970s Australians really started getting interested in CB radio, especially truckies … and there was great sunspot activity which allowed for communication between Australian and the US.”

Mr Regan said part of the appeal of the CB radio craze was the slang words, which Australians began to pick up after speaking to Americans.

“During the early 1970s there was a fuel crisis and people couldn’t get petrol, and in the United States there was a 50 mile per hour speed limit, but truckies had to be places and so they developed this slang that they hoped would not be understood by the police who were listening on radios as well,” he said.

“So it initially started as a bit of skulduggery to avoid being caught speeding by the police.”

40 years of legal use

Mr Regan’s exhibition also coincides with the 40th anniversary of CB radio use being legalized in Australia.

“Truckies did a lot for CB radio to have it legalized in 1977,” he said.

“Before then it was a criminal offense punishable by six months in jail and/or a $100 fine.

“The Postmaster General would oversee all of this and they were catching people and fining them and some went to jail.”

Today, Australian CB radio users can still be prosecuted, but only if they use ‘channel five’, which is designated for emergencies only.

Mr Regan’s collection is on display at the Lawrence Museum until the end of November.

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