RASA proposes 60m trial in VK

The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has written to the Australian radio regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, proposing a trial allocation in the 60m (5 MHz) band

We suggested that amateur operation be restricted to the existing Australian commercial allocations of 5351, 5355 and 5360 kHz, using USB with a maximum 2.8 kHz bandwidth and the 15W transmit power granted at the World Radio Conference.

We also proposed a trial digital allocation in the vacant 5363-5 kHz segment.

We understand that these channels may not line up with international allocations, but our first concern is to ensure that sharing is possible with existing Australian commercial users.
— RASA President, Glenn Dunstan VK4DU

The channelised arrangement has been used in many other countries to introduce the 5 MHz amateur band – notably, Europe, the USA and New Zealand. These countries all have much shorter distances between amateurs and commercial users than Australia.

Record Number of Candidates for South African Radio Amateur Exam

A record 167 candidates have registered for the RAE on 18th May 2019, one of only two exams held annually (May and October).

The 90 question Class A exam for the HAREC compatible licence, equivalent to UK Full.

The Class A RAE paper comprises 90 questions and is a single exam direct route to the HAREC compatible Full (ZS & ZR prefix) 1-kilowatt licence.

A list of those taking the exam - http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/ExamNumbersPublic.aspx

RAE syllabus and study guide - http://www.sarl.org.za/public/licences/rae.asp