The South African Radio League
The National Association for Amateur Radio in South Africa, proudly serving Amateur Radio since 1925.
I was appointed as the SARL Awards Manager in 1997 and have facilitated a resurgence in interest in the SARL awards programme, including a major revamp of awards and contest rules around 2001. This revamp included harmonizing all contest and awards rules, as well as introducing a system of advanced Worked All ZS awards. I also strongly encouraged the establishment of the SA-QSL system by Richard Seddon ZS2CLI. The combined effect has been spectacular. In the 38 years to 1997, 183 Worked All ZS awards were issued, with only 30 certificates in the last two decades. After the revamp of the rules, more than 600 awards were issued within the next 15 years.
I have also spent several years as the SARL Contest Manager. My tenure saw the introduction of computer-based checking, using statistical analysis to identify unverifiable and unsportsmanlike contacts.
I have been a member of the SARL since 1979 and have received the Jack Twine Merit Award (2002), the Willy Wilson Gold Badge (2011) and was awarded Life Membership in 2015.
The SARL website can be accessed here