THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 16-04 4th March 2016
In this Issue:
- Upcoming Meetings
- VK2RAG Repeater changes
- The ACMA licence renewal process – explained
- Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest March 13
- Broke & fixed
1. Upcoming Meeting
Saturday 5th March 2016, commencing at 1300 hours will be the Monthly Business Meeting.
2. VK2RAG Repeater changes
The following alterations have been made to the VK2RAG repeater: The 439.725 6M link repeater frequency has been changed to 439.950 MHz, 91.5 Hz tone for normal operation and 85.4 Hz tone to access the 6M TX.
The APCO 25 repeater has been turned off (439.950 MHz) to save power and due to non use.
The 439.150 Packet regenerator has been removed, there are no users.
Source: Don, VK2ZCZ
3. The ACMA licence renewal process – explained
The Australian Communications and Media Authority sends a renewal notice to the postal address the licensee has recorded, about two weeks before the licence is due to expire. The responsibility rests with the licensee to keep the postal address up to date, and pay the licence fee by the due date.
The ACMA said that postal address or email contact change details need to be made in a timely manner so the renewal notice can go to the current address. If a renewal notice is not received in the month leading up to the expiry date, request one by contacting the ACMA Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Technically at midnight Canberra time on the expiry date, the station is unlicensed. However, a small window of opportunity exists up to 60 days when the licensee can renew a licence by paying the licence fee without penalty. The ACMA will cancel your callsign if it doesn’t receive a response to your renewal invoice within a limited time after the expiry date. The ACMA will lapse the licence, and your callsign will then be available for re-issue. The callsign automatically appears on the WIA-administered publically available callsign list, or be subject to a ballot process in some cases of two-letter callsigns.
A few people try to get their licence back after it has expired, but are told by ACMA to apply for a callsign through the WIA Office to re-start the process. This means that the WIA needs to make a callsign recommendation and submit this to ACMA with a licence application, to enable a new licence to be issued. However this is not always under the previous callsign, because as we have explained, it may have already been issued to someone else.
The answer is to always know your ACMA Amateur Licence renewal date, whether or not you receive formal renewal, and make sure you renew it to keep the callsign. ACMA’s Amateur licencing process relies on you keeping your contact details current with their office. In respect of licence certificates, the ACMA no longer posts out a new certificate. Instead it has a PDF and any other licence condition downloadable in the public register details on the ACMA website.
In correspondence and invoicing the ACMA only uses the Client and Licence numbers.
If you want to check the callsign to which it refers, then this is obtained from the ACMA public register on its website. These changes under the Spectra system that began late last year are being progressively put in place at the time at the next renewal of a licence.
This is not just for the Amateur Service, but for all licensees. These changes have saved the ACMA money and this has been reflected in the new lower licence fee structure.
Author : Peter Young – VK3MV
Source: WIA News
4. Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest March 13
Waverley Amateur Radio Society is proud to announce this unique new contest which aims to bring amateurs together on Sydney’s world-famous harbour and its historic ferry service.
The object will be to make as many contacts as possible afloat from the ferries or from any of the system’s 36 wharves.
Operation is restricted to VHF and UHF bands, any mode, simplex or through repeater using hand-held transceivers.
A scoring system will encourage operators to visit as many wharves and travel on as many ferries as possible in a six-hour period. See the Contest Rules page.
As points will be claimed per location/contact rather than distance and with no advantage for high power or digital modes, all classes of licensees including Foundation, can compete equally.
There will be a number of awards for achieving goals such as Worked All Ferries, as well as for highest number of points achieved.
Home and mobile operators will also be able to take part by contacting amateurs riding the ferries or activating wharves.
It is hoped that if successful, this inaugural event may become part of the regular amateur radio contest calendar.
Since its formation in 1919, our club has had a long association with central Sydney and the harbour. Many of our diverse member base live and work around the harbour and regularly use the ferry service to travel for business and leisure.
With a maximum Sunday fare of $2.50 for the whole day, the contest is likely to be an enjoyable day out in our fabulous harbour city!
Rose Bay Wharf “control” station
Waverley Amateur Radio Society will operate a fixed station (VK2BV) located adjacent to the Rose Bay ferry wharf and will serve as a general contact and net control point as required. For the purposes of scoring, the station will be deemed to be operating as “handheld” and should be assigned the Rose Bay wharf (RB) location in submitted logs. VK2BV itself will not be eligible to submit a contest log but is available for contact – both physical (eyeball) and by radio.
Please tune to the club’s Paddington repeater 147.025 (+600; CTCSS 91.5) for last-minute news and official opening address at 0950 on the contest day.
Make a note of the date
Sunday March 13th 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm local time (6 hours)
Source: Waverley ARS
BROKE & FIXED
The Kariong antennas have been damaged and will be repaired.
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Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …