On behalf of the AWA KZN, we would like to invite one and all to attend the first official gathering of the AWA in Kwa Zulu Natal.
This will take place on Sunday 28th June at the Baynesfield Estate Museum on the Richmond road from 09:00 the morning.
Fires will be available should anyone like to bring something along to braai and the AWA will have a display of Antique radios on show.
Boot sale will also be allowed, but there are no tables for flea market type activities.
We look forward to seeing you and your Club Members there to enjoy the day with us.
Directions to Baynesfield Museum
29° 45' 54.4392" S
30° 20' 29.358" E
Proceed along Alexander Road which joins the R56 to Thornville/Richmond. Travel about 15km and
pass Thornville. About 1km after passing Thornville turn right onto the P334. Travel about 4km until
you get to the main entrance of Baynesfield Estate. Proceed down the avenue of trees to the first
buildings on the left which are the offices.
Proceed along N3 towards Pietermaritzburg. Take exit 61 (Umlaas Rd/Umbumbulu/Eston) just after
Camperdown turnoff. Take first turn right to Thornville/Richmond. Travel for about 13km and merge
left onto R56 to Richmond. Travel less than 1km and turn right onto P334. Travel about 4km until you
get to the main entrance of Baynesfield Estate. Proceed down the avenue of trees to the first
buildings on the left which are the office.
We would be delighted to host the AWA and other hams at the next open day at Baynesfield Estate / Wireless Shack which is to be held on Sunday, 28th June 2015.
2015 February 8
The aim of the CW Activity Day is for participants to contact as many amateurs as possible on the 20, 40 and 80m amateur bands.
More info can be found by downloading the 2015 contest manual at at http://www.sarl.org.za/public/contests/contestrules.asp
Bloemendal directions: paste the following coordinates into your browser and then click on "maps" 26°35'34"S 28°8'24"E
We are in the process of arranging a visit/tour at the Bloemendal (now Meyerton) transmission station on January the 17th
(Saturday), with the help of Jaap ZS6SAI. Any interested members can contact the webmaster so that he can relay the numbers, cut-off date Dec 12. Some have also expressed interest in visiting the Meyerton station in the morning and then Hartrao in the afternoon - not sure whether we should rather split it (Meyerton in Jan and Hartrao in Feb), but perhaps those interested in joining could comment whether they'd like to do both in one day or not. We can also look at renting a micro bus for transport.
Details of the Meyerton station is below, and a schedule of all their transmissions at this link
Meyerton Short Wave Broadcasting Relay station, operated by SENTECH in South Africa. Transmitter Power: 25kW, 100kW, 250kW, 500 kW. Used to transmit international programs for all of Africa by Channel Africa (from Johannesburg), BBC World Service, Radio France International, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle (Germany), Adventist World Radio, IBRA Radio (Sweden), NHK Radio Japan, and others. Also the domestic Afrikaans service Radio Sonder Grense is transmitted on shortwave frequencies from here. Bloemendal coordinates: 26°35'34"S 28°8'24"E
John Fielding, ZS5JF, has kindly offered to address the club members and XYL’s after the AWA AGM on 1 November. John’s talk, entitled "The Indlebe Enkulu Small Radio Telescope", is about a small radio telescope (SRT) at his QTH, which forms part of a Durban University of Technology research program which uses the Hydrogen Line spectrum at 21cm. John is also co-editor of the RSGB Handbook, and the RSGB has published a number of his books. The talk, in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, will start around 16H30 for 17H00 at the West Rand Clubhouse, and will run for about 1 hour with time for questions at the end.
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