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Operation Shack Shift

The S77SARA shack (kindly donated by SARA member Colin Bastienne) was moved into position last weekend

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S77SARA Activating on HF for WARD 2021

Seychelles Amateur Radio Association members will have opportunity to QSO with international radio stations during WARD-2021

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Detailed Band plan adopted by SARA

It has been agreed that SARA will use the IARU Region 1 band plans to complement the Seychelles Amateur Radio Spectrum plan where-ever possible.

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A New International Friendship Begins

SARA has reached out from IARU Region 1 to IARU Region 3 and has established a regular link with the Brisbane Amateur Radio Club in Australia.

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Seychelles 40m band is aligned with IARU Region 1

SARA and the Seychelles Government have recently come to an agreement that the Seychelles be adjusted to suit the full 40m Band Plan

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Online Examination with RSGB begin

The first batch of remotely invigilated exams commenced on 9th December 2020.

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New Website Domain Name - SARA.SC

Our website finally receives its new domain name of SARA.SC

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First Mock Exam for Amateur's License

1st Mock Exam took place at Seychelles Maritime Academy on Mahe

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SARA Represents Seychelles at the IARU_R1 Virtual Conference 2020

Conference will last for 5 days (11th -16th 2020). There were over 250 delegates attending from Member Societies from the majority of the countries covered by the IARU Region 1.

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SARA Receives final Approval for Local Repeater Callsign allocation

It is first time in the History of Seychelles Amateur to receive official repeater callsign and approval from local regulator - DICT.

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1st training session for Foundation License Completed

on 26th Sept 2020 a group of radio enthusiasts have met once again at CW Meeting Room to self-train themselves in preparation of upcoming Radio Amateur Examination.

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SARA Received Grant from YASME

SARA Received Grant from YASME for financial support on upcoming amateur exams.

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TRAINING


To obtain an Amateur Radio Operators Licence that allows you to import and operate Amateur Radio equipment here in Seychelles you will need:

  • To sit a local examination 
  • Obtain a Certificate of Proficiency that is issued by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) 

Below are links to an online training site that the RSGB and SARA recommends you use to help you prepare for the examination:

FOUNDATION COURSE - https://gm6dx.thinkific.com/courses/GTG-UKF
INTERMEDIATE COURSE - https://gm6dx.thinkific.com/courses/GTG-UKI

Here is a link to the RSGB site that provides more training resources FREE OF CHARGE:

RSGB TRAINING RESOURCES - https://rsgb.org/main/clubs-training/training-resources/

If you are interested and need additional information, please contact via voice or SMS the SARA Chairperson - Richard Perks (call sign: S79RP) on Mobile: 2727757 or via email on s79rp.sara@gmail.com

TRAINING

What is Amateur Radio ?


What is Amateur Radio ?What is Amateur Radio ?What is Amateur Radio ?
Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radiosport, contesting, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;"[1] (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).


The amateur radio service (amateur service and amateur-satellite service) is established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through the Radio Regulations. National governments regulate technical and operational characteristics of transmissions and issue individual stations licenses with a unique identifying call sign, which must be used in all transmissions. Amateur operators must hold an amateur radio license which is obtained by passing a government test demonstrating adequate technical radio knowledge and legal knowledge of the host government's radio regulations.


Radio amateurs are limited to the use of small frequency bands, the amateur radio bands, allocated throughout the radio spectrum, but within these bands are allowed to transmit on any frequency using a variety of voice, text, image, and data communications modes. This enables communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space. In many countries, amateur radio operators may also send, receive, or relay radio communications between computers or transceivers connected to secure virtual private networks on the Internet.


Amateur radio is officially represented and coordinated by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which is organized in three regions and has as its members the national amateur radio societies which exist in most countries. According to an estimate made in 2011 by the American Radio Relay League, two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.[2] About 830,000 amateur radio stations are located in IARU Region 2 (the Americas) followed by IARU Region 3 (South and East Asia and the Pacific Ocean) with about 750,000 stations. A significantly smaller number, about 400,000, are located in IARU Region 1 (Europe, Middle East, CIS, Africa).

*Source of Information (Read More): Wikipedia

What Do We Do ?


What Do We Do ?What Do We Do ?What Do We Do ?
What Do We Do ?

We communicate to each other and other radio amateurs all over the world using radio transceivers tuned to dedicated amateur radio frequencies. There are many types of equipment and aerials that we experiment with. We share our experiences and help each other learn more and more all the time.

How Do We Do it ?

We follow training courses that lead to an examination. If we pass, we obtain a Certificate of Proficiency that is recognized by the Seychelles Government Department of ICT who then in conjunction with the Seychelles Licensing Authority issue us with an official Seychelles S79 call sign.

SARA – Vision - Mission Statements


VISION:

  • By Monday 17th May 2021 (World Telecommunications Day and usually the start of the National ICT week) we will have as many members of SARA as possible who are currently without an Amateur Radio licence duly examined via an online examination run by the Radio Society of Great Britain. Subject to successfully passing that exam and being awarded an RSGB Certificate of Competency the candidates will be recognised by the Seychelles Government Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) as to be fit to operate Amateur Radio equipment and be entitled to go 'on the air'. DICT will instruct the Seychelles Licencing Authority to issue operating licences accordingly.
  • During the ICT week (17th to 21st May 2021) SARA will be able to demonstrate and promote what Amateur Radio has to offer, to Government Officials and members of the public.
  • Following this milestone SARA will continue to grow its membership and spread out throughout the Inner and Outer Islands of Seychelles.
MISSION:
We will endeavor to provide:

  • an online examination Centre
  • a training facility
  • a 'club house'
  • a radio repeater network that enables low cost point of entry for newcomers to the hobby using small low cost radios to try out what its like to talk to groups of similar minded individuals using radio 'nets'.
  • a SARA 'shack' where equipment can be installed and used for experimentation to show the people learning how to become amateur radio operators, the practicalities of the hobby e.g. building and tuning antennae and correct operating protocol etc.

KEY OBJECTIVES:
By:
  • September 26th 2020: Commence training the membership with the aid of training manuals and online training courses.
  • October 12th 2020: Online examination Centre tested and accepted by the RSGB.
  • November 14th 2020: Mock examinations begin
  • December 14th - 18th: Online examinations take place.
  • January 2021: Certificates of Competency presented to DICT.
  • February to April : Amateur Radio regulatory framework completed. Licenses issued. Radio equipment purchased and permitted to enter Seychelles using Import Permits authorized by the DICT.

17th May 2021 SARA Open Day

SARA Constitution


DOWNLOAD LINK: DOWNLOAD A COPY OF SARA CONSTITUTION
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CONSTITUTION
Version 3.0 30_5_20


1. NAME OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Association shall bear the name SEYCHELLES AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

2. PLACE OF BUSINESS

The place of business of the Association shall be at THE RESIDENCE OF MR RICHARD JOHN PERKS
– LA MISERE, MAHE or any other place in the Seychelles which the Association may from time to time determine.

3. OBJECTIVES

  • to promote, advance and represent in any way it thinks fit, Amateur Radio and the interests of Radio Amateurs,
  • to protect and enhance the privileges of Radio Amateurs,
  • to encourage an awareness of the value of Amateur Radio,
  • to educate and encourage potential Radio Amateurs,
  • to represent Radio Amateurs both nationally and internationally,
  • to provide services for Radio Amateurs and those interested in Amateur Radio, and
  • to do all other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objectives or any of them or which may be calculated to advance directly or indirectly the interests of the Association.
4. QUORUM

Subject to the Associations Act, the quorum for an Annual General Meeting or a General Meeting shall be not less than three-fifths of the total number of Ordinary members of the registered Association. Not less than three fifths need to be present in person or by proxy. It shall be lawful for two-thirds of the number of members present in person or by proxy at such meeting to add to, alter or otherwise amend the rules of the Association.

5. DUTIES OF THE OFFICE BEARERS ON THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Chairperson

  • Shall be the head of the Association responsible to ensure the proper functioning of the Association's activities and shall act on its behalf with the co-operation of the Management Committee (MC).
  • Shall manage the Association's staff if any
  • Shall preside over all meetings
  • Shall at Annual General Meeting submit a report on the activities of the Association
  • Shall have an extra vote on a decision in a case where there is a tie
  • Shall sign cheques drawn on behalf of the Association along with the Treasurer or Secretary. Two of three signatories required.

The Vice-Chairperson


  • Shall replace the Chairperson in his/her absence and preside over all meetings
The Secretary

  • Shall convene all meetings of the Association and draw up the proceedings of the meeting
  • Shall after confirmation, countersign the minutes along with the Chairperson
  • Shall be responsible for all the correspondence. He/she shall be in charge of all secretarial duties
  • Shall have custody of all records of the Association and keep a register of members
  • In the absence of the Secretary, the Chairperson shall nominate a member from the Association to replace him/her during the period of his/her absence.
  • Shall sign cheques drawn on behalf of the Association along with the Chairperson or Treasurer. Two of three signatories required.
The Treasurer

  • Shall give advice on financial matters to the Association
  • Shall keep proper accounts and a record of all financial and related matters of the Association and shall in respect of each financial year; prepare a statement of accounts
  • Shall cause the accounts to be audited by an auditor appointed under this constitution
  • Shall sign cheques drawn up on behalf of the Association along with the Chairperson or Secretary. Two of three signatories required.
6. ADMISSION, REJECTION, AND REMOVAL OF MEMBERS

  • The management committee must consider an application for membership at the latest at the next committee meeting held after it receives—
  • the application for membership; and
  • the appropriate membership fee for the application.
  • The management committee must ensure that, as soon as possible after the person applies to become a member of the Association, and before the management committee considers the persons application, the person is advised—
  • whether or not the Association has public liability insurance; and
  • if the Association has public liability insurance—the amount of the insurance.
  • The management committee must decide at the meeting whether to accept or reject the application.
  • If a majority of the members of the management committee present at the meeting vote to accept the applicant as a member, the applicant must be accepted as a member.
  • The secretary of the Association must, as soon as practicable after the management committee decides to accept or reject an application, give the applicant a written notice of the decision.
7. TERMINATION OR END OF MEMBERSHIP

(1)A member may resign from the Association at any time by giving notice in writing to the secretary.
(2)The resignation shall take effect at—

(a)the time the notice is received by the secretary; or

(b)if a later time is stated in the notice—the later time.

(3)The management committee may terminate a membership if a member-

(a)is convicted of an indictable offence; or

(b)does not comply with any of the provisions of these rules; or

(c)has membership fees in arrears for a period of two months or more; or

(d)conducts himself in a manner considered to be injurious or prejudicial to the character or interests of the Association.
(4)Before the management committee terminates a member’s membership, the
committee must give the member a full and fair opportunity to show why the
membership should not be terminated.
(5)If, after considering all representations made by the member, the management

committee decides to terminate the membership, the secretary of the committee must
give the member a written notice of the decision.
 
8. APPEAL AGAINST REJECTION OR TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP 

  • A person whose application for membership has been rejected, or whose membership has been terminated, may give the secretary written notice of the persons intention to appeal against the decision.
  • A notice of intention to appeal must be given to the secretary within 1 month after the person receives written notice of the decision.
  • If the secretary receives a notice of intention to appeal, the secretary must, within 1 month after receiving the notice, call a general meeting to decide the appeal.
9. GENERAL MEETING TO DECIDE APPEAL

  • The general meeting to decide an appeal must be held within 3 months after the secretary receives the notice of intention to appeal.
  • At the meeting, the applicant must be given a full and fair opportunity to show why the application should not be rejected or the membership should not be terminated.
  • Also, the management committee and the members of the committee who rejected the application or terminated the membership must be given a full and fair opportunity to show why the application should be rejected or the membership should be terminated.
  • An appeal must be decided by a majority vote of the members present and eligible to vote at the meeting.
  • If a person whose application for membership has been rejected does not appeal against the decision within 1 month after receiving written notice of the decision, or the person appeals but the appeal is unsuccessful, the secretary must, as soon as practicable, refund the membership fee paid by the person.
10. MODE OF VOTING

Voting at all AGM's or EGM's shall be by show of hands or by secret ballots as may be decided by the majority of members present

11. APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR

The treasurer shall cause the accounts and financial records to be audited by an auditor appointed by the members of an AGM.

The audited statement of accounts shall be presented to the AGM for its approval or otherwise.

12. INSPECTION OF BOOKS

The records of the proceeding of the Management Committee (MC) and the Annual General Meetings and General Meetings, the audited accounts and record containing the names of the members shall be open to inspection by the members during such reasonable times and place which the MC may notify to the members.

13. AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION

A General meeting may, subject to the laws of Seychelles amend this Constitution.

14. DISSOLUTION


A General meeting may subject to the laws of Seychelles, dissolve this Association.

15. OPENING A COMMERCIAL BANK ACCOUNT


The Association will be able to open a commercial bank account.
I hereby certify that this constitution is to be a true copy of the original adopted at a duly convened meeting held on 30th May 2020.

SECRETARY ………………………………….. DATED……………………………..
NAME: Mr A Quatre
CHAIRPERSON…………………………………. DATED……………………………..
NAME: Mr R Perks

Local Comms


Local CommsLocal CommsLocal Comms
Licensed radio amateurs are using different means of communication systems to communicate with each other.

Local comms means line of sight comms using Simplex or Duplex pair of frequencies, for example local VHF (144 - 146 MHz) or UHF (430 - 440 MHz) Repeater system.

There is also a way of using HF (High Frequencies) for local communications within Seychelles territory, it can be achieved by LoS Comms (Line of Sight Communications) or NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) that can cross mountains by reflecting the RF signal from the Ionospheric layer appearing in Zenith.

Please note in Seychelles we are following RSGB Guidance of Frequency use, also IARU Region 1.


^Posted by S79KW on 2nd April 2021

International Comms


International Comms
What is High Frequency (HF) ?

High frequency (HF) is the ITU designation[1] for the range of radio frequency electromagnetic waves (radio waves) between 3 and 30 megahertz (MHz). It is also known as the decameter band or decameter wave as its wavelengths range from one to ten decameters (ten to one hundred meters). Frequencies immediately below HF are denoted medium frequency (MF), while the next band of higher frequencies is known as the very high frequency (VHF) band. The HF band is a major part of the shortwave band of frequencies, so communication at these frequencies is often called shortwave radio. Because radio waves in this band can be reflected back to Earth by the ionosphere layer in the atmosphere – a method known as "skip" or "skywave" propagation – these frequencies are suitable for long-distance communication across intercontinental distances and for mountainous terrains which prevent line-of-sight communications.[2] The band is used by international shortwave broadcasting stations (2.31–25.82 MHz), aviation communication, government time stations, weather stations, amateur radio and citizens band services, among other uses.

*Source of Information: Wikipedia; Link to Full Article: READ MORE ABOUT HIGH FREQUENCY
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Some of the most popular High Frequency modulations used in Seychelles by Amateurs are:



  • SSB: Voice Communication using Microphone
  • Digital (RTTY): Digital modulation using computer connected to radio receiver or transmitter, Most Pupular ones are FT8 & WSPR
  • CW: Morse Code
  • WSPR (Weak Signal Propagation Reporter): Semi automated signal reporter

Below is example of low power HF propagation map populated by online WSPR (Whisper) Server. Those plots are are a combination of TX and RX's i.e. heard and hearing , in this case produced by S79RP in the period of 12hrs on 14.095 MHz on 14th Sept 2020.

WSPR Spots can be monitored with Live Update on the WSPR website: WSPR NET MAP WEBSITE
NOTE: WSPR Signals are used for propagation and antenna measurements and are not counted to radio operator logbook.


FT8 (WSJT-X Software) - DIgital Modulation for making registered contacts

FT8 stands for "Franke-Taylor design, 8-FSK modulation" and was created by Joe Taylor, K1JT and Steve Franke, K9AN. It is described as being designed for "multi-hop Es where signals may be weak and fading, openings may be short, and you want fast completion of reliable, confirmable QSO's".

Below is shown screenshot of a Map from DXMAPS.COM showing last 30minutes of activity both Transmitting and Receiving using Digital Modulation of FT8. Power output of the station have to be within your license limits, in this case it was transmitting with 50 Watts only. Frequency is Internationally approved , below is shown 20m band (14.074 MHz) at 15:00 14th Sept 2020 operated by S79KW.

All around the world activities can be seen with firly live update, it is important to make correct Band selection in order to see desired frequency displayed on the map. To see HF, we choose LF-HF on the left side of the screen and can apply more filters depending on the use.

ONLINE PROPAGATION and FT8 NET MAP WEBSITE DXMAPS.COM

Visitor Licence


VISITOR LICENCE ADVISE:

  • For any visitors wishing to operate Amateur Radios in Seychelles they have to first contact the Local Regulator DICT (Department Department of Information Communications Technology - Communications Division) and SLA (Seychelles Licensing Authority).

  • The request process is quite clear, DICT issue an "Authorization to Import and Operate permit", then SLA Issue the actual HAM License, please follow the process below:

  • During the application process if you are requested to state your desired callsign please use the new approved standard which is  S79/ [YOUR COUNTRY CALLSIGN];   Example:  S79/AA1A

1. You send an email with your request to DICT with email copy to SLA, you should provide information as recommended below.

2. You wait for DICT to respond and you follow their instructions accordingly.

3. At one stage you will need to fill-up an SLA Application form (attached below link) in order for your Local Licence to be issued.
NOTE: You are welcome to reach out to Local Amateurs for guidance and/or assistance with filling-up the form.

4. On arrival at the Seychelles airport you should declare your radio equipment to a customs officer.  The customs desk is located near the exit of the arrival terminal. Please present a copy of your "Authorization to Import and Operate letter" issued by the DICT.

5. Once you exit the Airport you should visit SLA Office in Victoria (Capital City) to settle any licence fees and to collect your Original Licence which you are required by law to carry with you whenever you are operating your radio equipment. (Local HAMs can assist with that if you require, as you may arrive over the weekend when the SLA office is closed).

REFERENCE to POINT 1:
Please send email TO "DICT" addressed: Dear DICT,
communications@ict.gov.sc 

and cc: "SLA" (Ms Miranda Benoiton)
miranda@sla.sc

  • We recommend to include in your email as much information as possible about your planned trip and intended Radio Amateur Activities. It is recommended you include below information in your initial request to Local Regulator:
- Your contact information
A) Please include “The contact details (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of your location of stay in Seychelles”.

- Copy of your passport (photo page)
- Dates you will be staying in Seychelles
- Location of your accommodation(s)
- Copy of your current amateur licence
- The make and model and quantity of:
    A) Amateur radios;
    B) Antennas to be installed;
    C) Typical setup of the antenna system to be used (please provide pictures of setup if available).

- Location(s) of operating the equipment in the Seychelles
(e.g.: At Accommodation, from the vehicle, on the move, as maritime mobile, operating from summits [SOTA], operating in the field, etc.)
- Intended use of equipment
(e.g.: International and Local communications on HF, EME, VHF/UHF Low Orbit Satellite Repeaters, Talking to Local HAMs, etc.)

REFERENCE TO POINT 3:

  • LICENSE APPLICATION FORM (from SLA Website). \
               To download it, please right click on this link and choose "SAVE LINK AS": LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE LICENSE APPLICATION FORM


^Posted By Kamil Korneluk (S79KW) on 11th Dec 2020 & Updated on 9th May 2021 by S79KW
Visitor Licence

Radio Weather


Radio WeatherRadio Weather
WORLD WEATHER  


Weather conditions here and overseas are important to the Amateur Radio community. There are two aspects that affect us;
Health & Safety
If you have antennas you need to be careful about lightning and strong winds.


RF Noise
If there is lightning in our area or the area where you are trying to communicate with, then the noise floor will be affected.


Here are links to two sites that help us understand more about lightning conditions around the world. The blitzortung network is somewhat limited in it's coverage of the Indian Ocean so it might be a good idea to open both links so you can run them in parallel to enable you to compare and get the best reports for the area you are interested in;


http://wwlln.net/ 👀

https://map.blitzortung.org/#1/24.4/8 👀



SPACE WEATHER
What is happening with the sun can have an effect on RF communications, mainly in the HF bands.


Here is a link to an interesting site that tells you all about the subject and it self has lots of interesting links to other areas you may be interested to explore;


https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/hf-radio-communications 👀




Application for Membership


PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND READ SARA CONSTITUTION BEFORE SENDING THE APPLICATION FORM LINK: DOWNLOAD A COPY OF SARA CONSTITUTION
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I wish to join the Seychelles Amateur Radio Association and I undertake to abide by the Constitution of the Association and the regulations governing the operation of the Amateur Radio in Seychelles.
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  • PO Box 609,

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