History of our Club

A Fairy Tale – a Broad Overview of where and when our club originated.

One day, long, long ago, at a house situated in Pretoria Gardens, a meeting was called to found a new amateur radio club in the Pretoria area.

  • On the 30th July 1975, a group of amateurs got together and the Jakaranda Branch of the South African Radio League was founded.   There were 24 radio amateurs and various listeners present at that meeting.   Of these original members, only Jimmy ZS6APS and Pam ZS6APT  are left.
  • At that time we did not have a repeater frequency, so in March 1980, the Jakaranda Branch amalgamated with the Impala Branch of the SARL, who had a repeater frequency, namely 145,775 mHz and the name was changed to Protea Branch of the SARL, with the call sign ZS6TPB with our very own repeater.
  • When the suburb of Lyttelton changed its name to Verwoerdburg, the Verwoerdburg Town Council gave us the use of a clubhouse situated in Basden Avenue, together with radio equipment, valued at that time at R15000.00, provided we change the name of the club to The Verwoerdburg Branch of the SARL.  This was in March 1985.  We kitted out the clubhouse, which was named The Verwoerdburg Amateur Radio Center and spent many happy years there.  At that stage we were using the call sign ZS6TVB. Jimmy ZS6APS and Pam ZS6APT  had both been serving on the committee for some time, and when we were given the use of a clubhouse, Jimmy was chairman and Pam was secretary/treasurer.   Then Jimmy became ill, and they had to cut back on their amateur activities. During that time, the center was taken away from the club, and the members were moved to a prefabricated building, next to the fire station in Verwoerdburg.
  • Then the name of Verwoerdburg was changed to Centurion, and during July 1996, the club changed its name to Centurion Radio Amateur Club with the call sign ZS6CEN.   Needless to say that clubhouse was also taken away from the members, and somehow we landed up in a building up at the Soccer field in Hatfield.
  • When Jimmy and Pam resumed their amateur activities, Pam once again started serving on the committee, firstly as Treasurer and now Chairman/Treasurer.