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

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 17-04

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-04 31st March 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Business Meeting this Saturday
  2. Volunteers Needed For WIA Monitoring System
  3. Beginners Guides to Satellite Operating
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

1. Business Meeting this Saturday

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

 

 

2. Volunteers Needed For WIA Monitoring System

 

Wireless Institute of Australia observers looking for intruders on the ‘Primary’ frequencies of the Amateur Service on high frequency bands in 2016 found more than five thousand intrusions. These are collated into a monthly report before sending to the relevant spectrum regulatory agency in IARU member countries. A resulting clamp down on the Indonesian ‘village radio’ stations was occurring with the government regulator progressively removing offenders.

The WIA reports intruders to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but due to the itinerant nature of some intruders the ACMA has difficulty in confirming them which draws out the process for their removal. Unfortunately, some administrations seem to ignore requests for the removal of interfering services. The observations have included a multitude of Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) systems mainly Chinese, Turkish, Iranian and British systems. There have also been CODAR systems (oceanographic radars) particularly on the 20m to 10m bands.

With the downward trend in the Solar cycle, there will be increasing numbers moving to the lower HF bands in future years. Among the observers are the very active John Kirk VK4TJ with monthly reports. Individual volunteers have also left frequent reports sent via the WIA website electronic lodgement system, including Lyn VK4SWE and Col VK4CC.

An increasing number of digital emissions are intruding, and the use of Software Defined Receivers (SDR) have identified non-amateur digital systems that are frequency hopping. The Manly-Warringah Amateur Radio Society of New South Wales has a five-band SDR receiver system that greatly assists in monitoring activities.
Other clubs could use SDR systems to not only help their club members but the intruder monitoring system as a whole.

For the WIA monitoring system to work volunteers are required. Information can be found on the WIA website on how to become an observer and what is involved. Link If your interested in assisting as a volunteer send a message to Peter Young by email vk3mv @ wia.org.au

Please note, all applicants should have read and agree with the draft WIA Volunteer Charter. Link

 

Author : Peter Young – VK3MV

Source:  WIA News

 

 

3. Beginners Guides to Satellite Operating

 

The Chertsey Radio Club site now has beginners guides to operating the FM and SSB amateur radio satellites

Getting started with FM satellites
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/getting-started-with-fm-satellites.html

Getting started with SSB satellites
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/ssb-ham-radio-satellites-beginners-guide.html

Recently club members have been working through the satellites from the historic site of Windsor Castle
http://chertseyradioclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/windsor-castle.html

 

Source:  Southgate AR 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 17-03

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-03 17th February 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Field Day Meeting this Saturday
  2. CCARC and Field Day Media Release
  3. Field Day at Wyong (Southgate News)
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

1. Field Day Meeting this Saturday

Saturday 18th February at 1300 hours will be a Field Day Planning Meeting.

 

 

2. CCARC and Field Day Media Release

 

Bob VK2AOR has produced the following  media release and has sent it to News Media and local High Schools.

 

Media Release
[15th January 2017]

Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc celebrates 60 years of providing training and club facilities with the largest Amateur Radio Field Day in the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday 26th February 2017, at the Wyong Race Club.

Amateur radio has undergone a revival in recent years. The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club readily tells everyone that it celebrates Wyong Field Day each year despite the proliferation of wireless internet technology which is increasingly becoming inter-twined with radio.

Mr Rod Jarman President of the Club said amateur activity was the first social media, long before twitter, youtube and Facebook. The world is changing and we adapt to those changes.

The club logo displays the historic link of a Morse key commemorating Samuel Morse an early pioneer of communications and wireless. However morse code is no longer a requirement for gaining an amateur radio license. Amateur radio was the first talk back radio.

Rod Jarman said, “It has never been easier to enter amateur radio and the club can show you how to join in the fun. The hobby is for all ages, be it a youngster just starting out on a career in technology or someone looking for new learning opportunities, broadening their horizons or just to making good friends.”

“The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the club started in 1957, with the annual expo of Amateur Radio with its members ready to play their part by running the Field Day as a showcase with a Choice of 12 different lectures on different aspects of the hobby and demonstrations of Amateur Digital TV, Operating through Amateur Satellites and the International Space Station, How to set up test equipment, displays of historic and Military Radio and may other aspects

The Club is conducting a Foundation licence course on Saturday 25th February at the Club Rooms at Kariong which is the entry level License with exams held at the Field Day on Sunday.

Contact the Club via the website www.ccarc.org.au see Education or phone 4340 2500.
The Club rooms are open every Saturday from 10:30 am to 3pm at Dandaloo St, Kariong.
Next to the RFS.

Wyong Field Day , Sunday 26th February 2017 Website for more details www.fieldday.org.au
Entry from 8.30am Adults $10 admission , under 17’s FREE.

Media Inquiries:

Bob Hudson 0415 969 308

The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc is affiliated with the Wireless Institute of
Australia – the world’s oldest national radio society founded in 1910.

Media release template v3 vk2aor-2

 Source:  Bob VK2AOR

 

 

3. Field Day at Wyong

 

Yes, folks! The annual Field Day at Wyong is back – on Sunday 26th of February, right near Wyong train station.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) will have a few tables there – upstairs, near the lecture theatre.

Come and pay us a visit. Get yourself a copy of the 2017 Callbook, if you
need one. We will also have other books for your interest and reading pleasure. No batteries or power cord required !

And you can renew your membership or sign up for membership.
On top of that, we’re happy to have an eyeball QSO, if you’re so inclined.

As the WIA tables will be near the lecture theatre, remember that the annual VHF-UHF-Microwave and weak signal group annual get-together will open for business at 11:15 am, conducted by yours truly.

Immediately following, will be Peter Young VK3MV, Director of the Region 3 International Amateur Radio Union Association – the IARU. He’ll be talking on the international governance of amateur radio and the role of the IARU. Peter has delivered this lecture in Hong Kong and Tokyo, as well as a number of amateur radio clubs in Melbourne.

Entry to the Field Day is only ten dollars and the entertainment is all free
on the inside !

Remember. Wyong Field Day, Sunday 26th February. See you there ?

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH
WIA Director

Source:  Southgate AR 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 17-02

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-02 10th February 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Coming Events
  2. Brian Clarke VK2GCE on QSO TODAY
  3. Report: Amateur Radio Population Shrinking in Australia
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

1. Coming Events

Saturday 11th February at 1300 hours will be the CNC WICEN Business Meeting.

 

2. Brian Clarke VK2GCE on QSO TODAY

Brian Clarke VK2GCE featured as a QSO today interviewee on Eric’s “QSO Today” Podcast.

 
 When we learn amateur radio in our youth it becomes a prism through which we see the whole world. This is because we learn some basic electricity, electronics and physics and we use this knowledge to better understand and interpret the physical phenomena around us. We look at problems differently and often find the solutions quickly. 
 
This is the case with my guest this week, Brian Clarke, VK2GCE, who caught the amateur radio bug very early in his life in Auckland, New Zealand. It wasn’t until later that he actually got his license. He became a talented musician in addition to pursuing a degree in electronics. He then used his combined knowledge to better understand the wave-guide properties of a brass trumpet. Somehow his radio and electronics background made it obvious to Brian that a trumpet has properties similar to wave-guide used in microwave communications. The only work left was to prove these assumptions and to earn his Master’s Degree.
 
Brian discusses in the podcast the “Subs in Schools” program sponsored by The Re-engineering Australia Foundation. This program engages students by helping them to understand and apply the technology of submersible vehicles and submarines. The students do the research, design, build and apply what they learn to control their submarine models in the water. Imagine what benefits come from this project based learning which they can later apply to solving other complex problems.
 
 
While there is a lot of discussion of STEM programs (Science- Technology-Engineering-Math) in schools which foster these skills in students, it is only when this knowledge is applied to problem solving that it becomes more than an intellectual exercise and bears fruit. Hands- on projects like Subs in Schools need to be a major part of STEM programs. 

Our amateur radio hobby provides a solid foundation to support STEM programs in our schools. Think about what we as HAMS can do, especially those of us close to or in retirement, as volunteers to bolster these programs with our hands- on and real world knowledge. The opportunities are endless!
  

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Episode 131 – Brian Clarke – VK2GCE Brian Clarke, VK2GCE, has been a “ham” since his childhood in New Zealand who went on to get advanced degrees, compared a trumpet to a waveguide, built a recording studio in London for Pink Floyd, and now resides in Australia where he promotes amateur radio and consults on STEM programs for schools. Brian is a collector of ex-military radios. VK2GCE is my QSO Today. Show Notes Listen t […]

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 Source:  Ed DD5LP

 

3. Report: Amateur Radio Population Shrinking in Australia

Ham radio numbers in Australia are declining, Phil Wait, VK2ASD, reports in WIA News for February 5. Statistics show a slow-but-steady drop in Australian Amateur Radio licenses.

Marc Hillman, VK3OHM, analyzed licensing trends between 2005 and 2016 and identified a decline in overall numbers over the past 5 years. In 2016, there were 14,619 licenses — down by about 100 or 0.7% from a year earlier.

The numbers for the Australian entry-level Foundation license and the Standard license both bucked the trend, however, with Foundation license ranks growing by 18 to 2,476.

Similar very slight growth occurred in the Standard license ranks, largely due to upgrading. The overall decline in numbers is due to a drop in the number of Australian Advanced licenses each year between 2005 and 2016, some of that due to attrition through death and other factors.

The data show that 485 people became licensed in 2016, fewer than in previous years. The WIA has advocated modernizing and improving Amateur Radio through changes that it maintains will make ham radio more attractive to existing, lapsed, and future Amateur Radio licensees.

Source:  ARRL 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 17-01

 

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 17-01 3rd February 2017

In this Issue:

  1. Coming Events
  2. The WIA Fact Sheets
  3. An unusual stealth aerial only feet above the ground
  4. Broke & fixed
  5. Reminders

 

1. Coming Events

Saturday 4th February at 1300 hours will be the CCARC Business Meeting.

Following will be the Wyong Field Day Meeting.

 

2. The WIA Fact Sheets

 
Some WIA members noting accusations and criticisms on social media and elsewhere, have sought a response from the WIA Board to those claims.

In answer to the WIA membership, the WIA Board has issued a series of Fact Sheets to give all WIA members the relevant facts and explanations.

The downloadable Fact Sheets respond to some of the issues already raised, and more may be added later.

The Fact Sheets are accessed via the right-hand side navigation panel of the WIA website, or via the following Link

 Source:  Wireless Institute of Australia
 

 

3. An unusual stealth aerial only feet above the ground

 

Ham radio is without doubt a great hobby to get interested in, however I hear many say that aerials and their location is a big problem because of their small gardens or local planning rules. Don’t worry too much about placing your aerial high in the sky, you can still put out a signal on the high frequency bands which allows you to be heard.

Have you ever wondered how well an aerial works when only a few feet off the ground, you may be surprised to learn that it works very well indeed and large portions of your country can be worked with this type of arrangement it’s called a near vertical incident sky wave, you may be surprised to learn that 300 to 400 miles can be successfully covered with an N.V.I.S. aerial, (Near Incident Vertical Sky-wave) when placed only one twentieth above ground level.

A forty metre dipole measuring about 66 foot and fed in the middle like a conventional dipole works very well and is virtually undetectable, the signal from the aerial is transmitted straight up to the ionosphere where it is reflected back to earth where it can cover many hundreds of miles.

Running an additional earth wire slightly longer under the dipole seems to pay dividends and I have noticed an increase in the received signal by as much as a signal point when placing the earth wire just a few inches above ground, the earth helps reflect your signal into the sky and reduces the absorption or radio by the ground.

Connecting dipoles pruned for other ham radio bands and configured like a nest of dipoles or fan aerials will give you additional frequency allocations but my experiments have suggested that bands from 1.8 Megahertz up to about 10 Megahertz work best I have found twenty metres to be disappointing and ten metres was severely attenuated using this method however you may have completely different results if you live in an area where the ground has a high water content.

Using an N.V.I.S. aerial especially on the forty metre band is very affective if your interest is to work all Britain and apply for their awards, the aerial eliminates signal from continental Europe and experiments show that attenuation using the N.V.I.S. aerial is substantial when compared to a simple vertical aerial cut for the same band.

Feeding the aerial with twin 75 ohm cable works best, I have tried 50 ohm coaxial cable which works, however twin gives a much better reduction in noise.

This aerial works very well on the medium and long wave bands, at these frequencies propagation tends to follow the curvature of the earth.
A simple matching unit can be added to the feed point to bring the aerial into resonance.

By
John Allsopp G4YDM

https://g4ydm.blogspot.co.uk/

Article Source:
http://EzineArticles.com/expert/John_Allsopp/1925417

Article Source:
http://EzineArticles.com/9615576

Source:  Southgate AR 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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