Thursday, 20 April 2023

Mills On The Air 2023

Monthly Meeting: SKA MeerKAt Telescope

This Saturday, 22 April is the CTARC's Monthly meeting.

'A Brief History of the SKA MeerKAT Telescope, 
the challenges, the solutions, and some of the technical details'. 

CTARC member, Wesley New, ZS1NEW, an electrical engineer, will talk to us on this very interesting topic and we are expecting a full clubhouse for this one.
Wesley is currently working at the facility and has been with them 13 years. This presentation will be extremely interesting.


The meeting will start at 14:00 sharp, so come and get a good seat.

Thursday, 30 March 2023

CTARC Ragchew - March '23

CTARC Ragchew March '23
The March 2023 edition of Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published. Grateful thanks to our editor, Anne, for another fine edition.

Thank you to those numerous contributors in this edition!

After 10 years of being Ragchew editor Anne has decided to step down and let someone take it over.  Until then, every month Anne will be sending out information emails to keep you all updated on Club News.

You are also welcome to send Anne ham related things that you would like sent out to members, if appropriate, she will gladly do so for you.  To do so, please contact the Anne at

Download the March 2023 Newsletter as a PDF file [he

Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page

Friday, 17 February 2023

REMINDER... CTARC: FoxHunt: Saturday, 25 February

 Hi Everyone.


All fox hunters and interested members are invited to attend our club’s foxhunt on Saturday 25th February. Please be at the clubhouse at 11:45 for the briefing by Peter ZS1PC.


The fox will be switched on at 12:00.   

download (66).jpg


Time limit to find the fox is 2 hours. We wIll meet back at the club for results afterwards. Coffee and tea will be available courtesy of Tony TK, and Ice cold refreshments at club prices will be available at the club house after the hunt.


Could all those interested in attending let me (Peter) know. Further details will be provided once it is confirmed who will attend. We have a foxhunt  Whatsapp group which Peter can add you to.


This is an excellent opportunity for anyone new to fox hunting to learn the equipment and the techniques; remember you can pair up and share a car. Or work solo, up to you.




Tel: 082 803 9909




What you will need:

• Transport, Hat, walking shoes,

• Radio: Minimum of a VHF Handy Talkie (ideally dual band, VHF and UHF, for the 3rd harmonic).
• Antenna: Minimum HT antenna, but will be easier if you also have a VHF/UHF Yagi (Amsat/Tape measure Yagi is perfect).
• Any other secret radio tracking tech in your arsenal


download (67).jpg


Links below to Ragchew Oct 2018 with lots of Fox Hunt info and to a youtube video for building an antenna

download (68).jpg

Thursday, 16 February 2023


 Hi Everyone



Our Annual (now famous),

Bigger, Better than ever, Bumper Flea Market 

for 2023, will take place on

Saturday, 4 March.

download (58).jpg


This year we are able to return to the pre-covid format and sellers may arrive from 11:45 am to set up their table or their boot sale. No tables will be supplied by the club please bring your own.


Buyers may arrive from 12 noon.



Sellers R15 per car/ table, which includes a free raffle ticket, no charge to buyers.


images (53).jpg


Ice cold liquid refreshments will be available with a small donation to the club, and delicious Boerewors rolls will be on sale from 13:30.

(The club only has a certain amount of chairs so to be on the safe side you may wish to bring your own chairs along too).



Come along for a great afternoon under the trees whether you are a buyer or seller it’s a great afternoon to chew the rag….


See you there.


unnamed (2).jpg