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Lighthouse Event - V51NAM
22 August 2018
The annual lighthouse event took place on 18 & 19 August 2018. The NARL activated the Pelican Point Lighthouse (grid: JG77fc) located near Walvisbay this year. Derek (V51DM), Raymond (V51RAY) and Robert (V51RS) drove through the thick sand to setup their station next to the lighthouse.
Below is a Google Map insert showing the position of the lighthouse. A 4x4 is definitely a required piece of equipment to get there. Towing the cherrypicker also didn't make it easy for the team.
Due to the delay in getting to the site, Robert (V51RS) immediately activated the Lighthouse with a portable radio while the others installed the rest of the antennas.
The rest of the action kicked in when all the antennas were up. Bands operated were 80-, 40- and 20m as well as some satellite contacts via VHF / UHF.
A total of 476 contacts, of which 22 were other lighthouses, have been made with the trio at the Pelican Point Lighthouse using the callsign "V51NAM -Lighthouse". A total no of 3 contacts were made via the birds (satellites) flying overhead.
A few Namibian Radio Amateurs walked away with a 2018 Southern African Lighthouse Award:
And also for the operators of the Lighthouse station:
More photos can be viewed in the Lighthouse Gallery.
Gamsberg Repeater Fixed
05 August 2018
The Gamsberg repeater was fixed on Saturday 04 August 2018. Robert (V51RS), Werner (V51JP) and Olaf (V51OB) drove the gravel road to the Gamsberg in the early morning to be joined by Friedhelm (V51FH) from his farm near Gamsberg. The team arrived safely at the Gamsberg in spite of a close encounter with a Kudu running over the road.
The reason for the broken repeater was quickly discovered. The repeater radio was broken and was replaced. Olaf (V51OB) decided to climb the tower, in spite of the cold windy conditions, to tie some of the loose cables running up the towers. It turned out to be the cables from the repeater of the farmers in the area. HAM radio is also about service to the community and the cables were tied back onto the tower.
The outing was also a good opportunity to activate the JG86 grid for anyone chasing grids for the V5WAGS award. Lots of contacts from South Africa were made.
First V5WAGS Award
26 June 2018
The very first V5WAGS award has been issued to Pieter Jacobs (ZS6XT) on 20 June 2018. The NARL congratulate Pieter for this achievement and hope that this is an inspiration to other HAMS to submit their logs and application form for this award.
More information about the V5WAGS award can be found here.
V55V Youtube video
02 May 2018
The German club magazine cqDL dated May 2018 posted an article about Martin's (V51W) station, V55V, in Namibia. The article refers to the following video that was posted by Rudi Klos (DK7PE) on Youtube.
World Amateur Radio Day
18 April 2018
The NARL celebrated World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) with an interview on a local Namibian FM radio station, Hit Radio Namibia. The show featured Werner (V51JP) as well as a real HF QSO from Mike (V51MA).
11 January 2018
CRAN has not send out invoices yet for 2018 for the renewal of Amateur licenses. To avoid any disappointments, please visit CRAN and pay your Amateur license fees.
Remember it is your responsibility to renew your license by 28 February 2018. Please do not wait for an Invoice.
Shark Island Lighthouse 2017 Feedback
31 August 2017
Russell (V51RJ) manned the Shark Island Lighthouse on 19 and 20 August 2017. Weather was fine, no wind. He had a successful and enjoyable weekend although the propagation was not that good. Majority of contacts were South African stations. A total of 85 regional and 1 DX (Argentina on 40m) contacts were made.
Russell reported that he was surprised to see the performance of his 80m wire antenna. It was 85ft long with 17ft counterpoise at 3m above ground. Had a good NVIS effect, signal 5/9 with 100W. Maybe the island also had good effect on radio waves.
Shark Island Lighthouse 2017
12 August 2017
Russell (V51RJ) will be activating Shark Island Lighthouse in Luderitz for the International Lighthouse Weekend of 19 & 20 August 2017.
He will be using an ICOM 7200 and ICOM 703 transceiver. Antenna is a Watson Multi Ranger on tripod with radials and a rolled out dipole long wire with tuner. Mode will be SSB only, bands; 20m, 40m, 80m. Power will be 100W and below.
QTH of the lighthouse
12 July 2016
Sponsorship page update. Thank you to Cymot for the sponsorship of a new battery for the Windhoek repeater. More...
V5WAGS rules updated. More information can be found here.
Guest License page updated see more
V5WAGS added a 53th grid to the rules. More information about the V5WAGS award can be found here.
Gamsberg repeater fixed. See gallery for more Gamsberg photos.
Call List Updated (Added Grids)
June 2018 see more
Example CRAN Application Forms added see Guest License
RAE Exam 2018 Details Added
see Exam and Licensing
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
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