CCARC NEWS 17-09

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-09 30th June 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Business Meeting this Saturday
  2. Broke & fixed
  3. Reminders

 

 

1. Business Meeting this Saturday

 

Saturday 1st July at 1300 hours will be a Business Meeting.

 
 

BROKE & FIXED

Nothing to report.

REMINDERS

This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:

Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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CCARC NEWS 17-08

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-08 2nd June 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Business Meeting this Saturday
  2. ICQPODCAST – WSPR and Small Portable Antennas released
  3. Faulty electrical cable recall reissued
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

 

1. Business Meeting this Saturday

 

Saturday 3rd June at 1300 hours will be a Business Meeting.

 
 

2. ICQPODCAST – WSPR and Small Portable Antennas released

 

In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Martin Rothwell M0SGL and Chris Howard M0TCH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is WSPR by Ed Durrant D5LP and Small Portable Antennas by Bill Barnes N3JIX.

We would like to thank our monthly and annual donors for keeping the podcast advert free. To donate, please visit – http://www.icqpodcast.com/donate

News stories include:-

Harmonisation of CEPT Novice Licences
70 MHz in Germany
60m Allocation for Mexico
Poland to Join 60m – adds more 70 MHz space
Correction to Use Uruguay 60m Allocation
5 Year Experiment of 4m band in Kazakhstan
Geoparks Communications Weekend
WIA Trials Online Exams
UK Frequency Allocations
Proposed FM repeater K2Sat
AM Licence for Radio Caroline
Realtime Band Conditions
Foundation Course in Lowestoft

The ICQPODCAST can be downloaded from http://www.icqpodcast.com

Source:  Southgate AR News

 

3. Faulty electrical cable recall reissued

Potentially thousands of homes across Australia have a ticking time bomb in their electrical wiring with alleged poor quality insulation.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website re-issues it warning about TPS and Orange Round cable from Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd and supplied under ‘INFINITY’ and ‘OLSENT’ brands.

The product safety regulator issued its first recall in 2013, but four years later only 54 per cent of cables sold have been returned. The cables were supplied in New South Wales 2010-2013, the ACT 2011-2013, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia 2012-2013, and Tasmania 2013.

The ACCC reports the cable may have already started cracking, with physical contact could dislodge the insulation and lead to electric shock or possibly fires. The ACCC is urging homes are inspected only by a licensed electrician, and the cable company will pay for the inspection if the faulty Infinity cable is found.

Source:  AR Victoria News

 

BROKE & FIXED

Nothing to report.

REMINDERS

This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:

Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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CCARC NEWS 17-07

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-07 12th May 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Sota, Parks n Peaks experiences
  2. 2metre Net Thursday 18th. May
  3. Amateur Radio and the Maker Community
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

 

1. Sota, Parks n Peaks experiences

From Bob VK2AOR:

This Saturday we will be reviewing our Sota antenna and modifications after a disastrous attempt to activate Tuggerah National Park.   I copied what I thought  was Rod VK2LAX Sota antenna and because of its small sized cables I missed correctly copying Rods Sotabeam dipole.   I mistakenly thought it was a vertical wire and the top acted as capacity hat.    The antenna performed terribly and I made 3 contacts, using the FT-817 and the HSWR display was flashing furiously and low power output.      I took my 6m squid pole and Rod forgot to bring his 9m squid pole.    We tried his Sotabeam dipole with the same results.   We decided it was a bad day and packed up before dark arrived and it was good to get away from the Mosquitoes.
 
After arriving home I was wondering why it did not work and why did Rod’s not work either?   Was it the squid pole height that was different?   After pouring through ARRL , RSGB hand books and antenna books looking for the answer I decided I should look on the Sota site and nothing too much about antennas.   I did however discover a site called Sotabeam which sells light weight antennas and associated  bits and pieces.  I looked at the antenna I thought closely resembled Rod’s antenna and behold lots of information about the lightweight antennas for mountain goats.
 
Here I discovered Rod’s antenna was infact a 20/40 metre dipole which required a 1:1 balun.   Now this confused me a little and I am still looking for the answer as I could not remember  seeing a balun on the dipole at the feed point.  The only thing there was a very small block which I assumed was a joining piece for the wires.  I hope to catch up with Rod over the weekend and have a closer look, if it is a balun ,then it is very small.   I will look close next time when presented with a similar predicament.   The single feed wire to the feed point happened to be coax,  RG-174 to be exact with a BNC connector on the end to mate with the FT-817.      I picked up some RG-174 coax and modified my dismal attempt to copy the soda beam antenna and have now modified it to what I hope will work as Rods did a few weeks ago in Popran National Park where Rod recorded 36 contacts.
 
I also discovered the radio was setup to output 1 watt and have now discovered the correct settings as the manual has a rather confusing description of how to adjust the output power.  I have taken the internal battery out of the radio as when it is installed the radio detects that it is fitted and automatically adjusts the output power to 2.5 watts.   I connected a 5 watt dummy load on an old CB type SWR bridge and was able to whistle up close to 6 watts on LSB.   We will work on it on Saturday and if time permits go to another park to play.      
 
Bob VK2AOR
 
For more info on parksnpeaks.org 
 
 
 

2. 2metre Net  Thursday 18th of May

 

From Bob VK2AOR:

I have a family commitment and will not be available for the net.   I announced this dilemma early in the net and again just before closing the net and Mark VK2FMUS asked who would run the net.   My response was no one has offered to operate as net control so those that attend at the time willl just chat.   Mark correctly asked Why has some not been appointed ?  I explained that it is a volunteer position and he has offered to be the net control net week.   Mark asked a few questions about running the net and I explained that you don’t have to be an expert to be net controller as I don’t know everything yet.    I also jot down the callsigns and keep some simple notes on what is being talked about.   But the main thing is to have fun, I found it a bit daunting when I started running nets but just relax and have fun.     So to all the members please take a little time and call in to the 2M nat next week and say hello .  You don’t have to stay all night so let let him know that it is a hello and goodbye contact.    We need to support our Foundation license  members and help them gain some skills.   Thank you Mark VK2FMUS have a great net next Thursday night from 8pm  18th May.
 
Thank you.
 
Bob VK2AOR

 

3. Amateur Radio and the Maker Community

 

The HamRadio360 Workbench #22 podcast episode released on April 25, 2017 focused on two communities we love, the maker and ham radio communities  

The host, George (KJ6VU), points out during the introduction that this podcast will be exploring “What does being a ham get you as a maker”? George and co-host Jeremy (KF7IJZ) discuss the advantages these two communities bring to each other with Kenneth Finnegan (W6KWF) and Mark Smith (KR6ZY) during the nearly two-hour workbench discussion. 

This episode peaked our interest. FaradayRF is situated between these two communities and is bridging the gap. Our goal is to help interest people who do not find traditional amateur radio relevant or compelling enough to pursue it.

At FaradayRF we believe that the future of amateur radio will be built on experimentation. Equally evident, the fundamental difference between both communities regarding wireless communication is how they use it. Makers generally use radios as a means of achieving a larger goal whereas radio amateurs generally use radios as a means of communicating. 

Today’s young generation has also grown up with digital networks being ubiquitous. Cell phones and WiFi access has certainly influenced how they view radio fitting into society. Overall, sending data over large distances is nothing new regardless of whether it travels through wires or radio waves.

Access to cheap electronics including unlicensed radio modules have lowered the barrier of entry for hobbyists utilizing radios in projects. This raises the question if amateur radio can remain relevant by continuing to embrace the act of “making contacts” as its main goal. We think something needs to be done to change this mindset.

Read the full blog post at 
https://faradayrf.com/amateur-radio-and-the-maker-community/

FaradayRF was founded by Bryce Salmi KB1LQC and Brent Salmi KB1LQD 
https://twitter.com/faradayrf

Source:  Southgate AR News

 

BROKE & FIXED

Nothing to report.

REMINDERS

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Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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CCARC NEWS 17-06

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-06 28th April 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Sota, Peaks and parks n peaks operating
  2. Jaycar Erina carpark sale
  3. Broke & fixed
  4. Reminders

 

 

1. Sota, Peaks and parks n peaks operating

From Bob VK2AOR:

This Saturday Bob VK2AOR will be taking part in a Parks N Peaks event at Mt Elliot.  It is an easy drive from Lisarow.   The Club will be open from 10.30 am as usual and until Bob VK2PEP closes up around 3 or 4 pm depending on how many turn up.
 
For the Parks and peaks event, if there are enough people interested we will depart the club rooms at 12:30 pm and drive to Mt Elliot set up antennas etc and operate till about 4PM.
 
Anyone interested could you please email Bob  vk2aor at bigpond .com to give him an idea on how many to expect .
 
Bob will bring some log sheets , so if you have an antenna you would like to try bring it along.
 
For more info on parksnpeaks.org 
 
 
 

2. Jaycar Erina carpark sale

 

For those looking for a bargain, Jaycar Erina is holding a carpark sale this Saturday.

 

BROKE & FIXED

Nothing to report.

REMINDERS

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Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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CCARC NEWS 17-05

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-05 14th April 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Harry Angel Sprint
  2. Sota, Peaks and parksnparks operating
  3. World Amateur Radio Day
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

 

1. Harry Angel Sprint

From Bob VK2AOR:

There is a contest coming up on the 6th May 2017 , The Harry Angel 80Metre Sprint with starts at 8:00 pm and finishes at 9:46 pm.  I suggest we gather at the clubhouse about 6 or 6:30 pm have a bit of a discussion and download the VKCL contest software which is free.  I have used it a number of times and it seems to get better and easier each time I use it.

It would be good for new people to have a go talk about the different ways of operating and get your feet wet with the aid of a good antenna and an amplifier, also the amenities of the club.    We could build a box with amplifier and splitter for headphones so a number of people could  listen at the same time to the one radio without generating to much noise in the shack.

Contest: Harry Angel Memorial 80M Sprint 2017.

Date Saturday 6 May  2017

Time 10:00 UTC – 11:46 UTC (8pm Local to 9:46 pm local)   it only runs 96 minutes so it is a concentrated contest should be plenty of stations about.

Frequency Phone 3535 – 3665khz.
                        CW     3500-3665khz   Double points for CW

There is also a SWL section.

Further info about rules are available from WIA, AR magazine and  

www.wia.org.au/members/contests/harryangel/

www.redclifferadioclub.org.au

 

 

2. Sota, Peaks and parksnparks operating

From Bob VK2AOR:

In the process of organising some club activities I would like to get an indication of how many people would like to get involved, please email me direct   vk2aor@bigpond.com.   I have spoken to Rod VK2LAX who is happy to do a talk about and participate in Sota/peaksnparks.    For Sota it seems to need a bit of preparation and notice given of an activation.   Parks and peaks is not so hard but would need to notify people to be sure to generate some contacts.
 

Tom VK2VC did a checkout drive of Bouddi on the coast at the south east  end of the shire. Found a good VHF/Uhf site and a good camp site/fire place for winter ops, high trees for hanging dipoles for HF.
Sota Lecture will have to be worked out with Rod for a suitable date for the lecture.  In the meantime we just go for a drive into the many parks and peaks  as there are plenty around the area, it is no longer just National Parks but now also reserves and state parks.  Let me know what you would like to do.
 
 
 
  
 

3. World Amateur Radio Day

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union or IARU was formed in Paris by pioneers to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the harmonically related allocations of the 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, and 10m bands.

Today there is well over 3-million radio amateurs worldwide.

April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can
provide and the fun we have. A number of special event stations and at least one World Amateur Radio Day award is also available.

Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC

Source:  WIA News

 

 

BROKE & FIXED

Nothing to report.

REMINDERS

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Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au

For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.

Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …

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