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Repeater Link to Gamsberg and Swakopmund
12 July 2016
The Windhoek repeater has a new UHF link frequency and CTCSS tone. This change was necessary because the old frequency had too much interference from unknown equipments in and around Windhoek.
Since the UHF link frequency is also shared with the repeater on the Gamsberg, the link via Gamsberg to Swakopmund is also affected. The link will be restored as soon as as the UHF frequency is changed on the Gamsberg repeater radio. This will be done in the near future when Robert (V51RS) has the time to drive up the mountain. This normally takes a full 9 hour day to complete.
The NARL would like to thank Robert (V51RS) and Guido (V51GK) for the hard work they have put in to change the UHF link between the two repeaters on the Auas mountains in real unpleasant windy conditions.
19 February 2016
CRAN has not send out invoices yet for 2016 for the renewal of Amateur licenses. To avoid any disappointments, please visit CRAN and pay your Amateur license fees.
Alternatively you can EFT the required fee directly into CRAN's bank account and send the proof of payment to Lazarus Paulus together with your CRAN account number. CRAN's bank account details can be found on the CRAN website under Contact US -> All Other Submissions.
Remember it is your responsibility to renew your license. Please do not wait for an Invoice.
Windhoek Repeater - Damaged during fire
16 November 2015
The Windhoek repeater's output site was right in the line of fire during a thunderstorm in late October 2015. The feeder wires to the 2m and 70 cm antennas was damaged beyond repair.
Luckily there were a second pair of antennas on site with a pair of un-damaged feeder wires. After a swop of cables the repeater was online again.
Another trip to the repeater site is scheduled to replace the damaged cables with new ones.
Second participation of the NARL in the IARU HF world championship
04 August 2015
The special call sign V55HQ was again gladly heard by many amateur radio stations worldwide during the 24 hour contest weekend on July 11th to 12th, 2015. This event could take place on the farm Otjikoko near Omaruru thanks to the hospitality and support of Martin Walter (V51W) and Ursi.
A big group of German radio amateurs supported the preparation and realisation of this event for more than one week by setting up new antennas, revising the existent equipment and installing the radio stations. Three stations were set up for voice communication (SSB) and three others for telegraphy (CW) at different locations of the farm area. A computer network allowed the electronic logging of all contacts and the up to date information exchange of the made contacts.
The radio conditions were worse than in 2014, nevertheless the number of radio contacts increased during the 24 hour period.
Seventeen radio operators from Namibia and Germany took part in the event which ended up in about 7300 contacts. The placing in the world wide rank list cannot be foreseen up to now because the evaluation of all worldwide submitted log-files to the organiser, the American Radio League (ARRL) takes a few months.
The crew does not want to forget to thank also the NARL and the CRAN authority for the uncomplicated granting of guest licences for the German operators who were greatly supported by Klaus Wesche (V51L) in the paper work.
Photos for this event...
Gruß de DJ2HD
01 March 2015
The Swakopmund repeater was installed in 2014. Derek (V51DM) has assembled a repeater system for the coast and together with Robert (V51RS) it was tied into the Windhoek repeater via the Gamsberg link.
The Repeater system has a huge footprint and can be accessed from as far as Hentiesbaai and Solitaire.
Frequency is 145.750 (RX) and 145.150 (TX) with 88.5Hz CTCSS tone.
08 November 2014
Robert (V51RS) made a trip to the Gamsberg and was joined by Friedhelm (V51FH) to upgrade the Gamsberg Repeater.
The new Gamsberg repeater frequencies are: Rx 145.150 Mhz and Tx 145.750MHz with a 88.5 Hz CTCSS tone. The reason for this change are to enable the Gamsberg repeater to act as a link for the proposed Swakopmund repeater. The 70cm Yagi antenna is pointing towards the Windhoek repeater and the 2m antenna is a dipole.
To test the operation of the repeaters range, regular contact are made in the evenings between Raymond (V51RAY) and Robert (V51RS). Raymond is situated in Walvisbay (180km from the Gamsberg) and is using a J-Pole antenna 10m above ground level. The distance from Gamsberg to the Windhoek repeater is about 120km.
We would like to express our thanks to Friedhelm (V51FH) for assisting Robert with the upgrading of the Gamsberg repeater. The battery sponsored by Electro Tech was also installed during the upgrade.
The original Gamsberg repeater was installed in 2012 by Martin (V51/DL1ZU), Friedhelm (V51FH) and Robert.
(See more photos of the Gamsberg repeaters on the Repeaters Galley page.)
Edited: 13 February 2015 - Corrected Gamsberg Frequency.
The NARL AGM was held on the 28 June 2014. The venue was at the Boy Scouts building near Eros Airport. We would like to thank Michael (V51Q) for organising the venue and for everyone else that attended the meeting.
The NARL welcomes other HAM radio license holders who wish to visit Namibia and obtain a Guest license to contact us. We will assist where possible. Please refer to the Guest License page to get started. More information...
The following callsigns have QSL cards to collect from Peter (V51BP):
V51B, V51FH, V51JF, V51LZ, V51NAM,
V51PJ, V51RS, V51RJ, V51W, V51WG,
V51YJ. (Updated 19/09/2016)
More Repeater Photos
see Repeater Photos
Großer Marsch 2016 Photos
see Großer Marsch 2016 Photos
Call List - NARL
see Call List under Info
RAE Exam Details Added
...more details on Exam and Licensing page.
Repeater Map Updated
...more details on Repeater Map page.
Analog Repeater - Swakopmund added
...more details on Analog Repeater page.
Gamsberg Repeater Upgrade
Großer Marsch ("Big Walk") 2014
Sponsorship Received for new Gamsberg Repeater battery
Namibia to compete in IARU HQ Championship 2014.
Youngest HAM Radio in Namibia
SARL reaches out to SADC radio amateurs. Read more...