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News 14.07.2019

First, a correction to last week’s Club News; it was stated that the Annual General Meeting will be on the 3rd August, following the usual General Meeting. Although true at the time of writing it is now set down for the 17th August, and your Publicity Officer apologises for any confusion caused in the ranks.…
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News 07.07.2019

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will be on 17th August, following the usual General Meeting; at the time of writing there is no lecture set for the 20th July, so volunteers are welcome. All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the Club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong,…
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News 30.06.2019

Last week’s lecture was by Graham VK2GRA, who provided instruction on soldering and desoldering different-sized IC chips using the ceramic substrate hybrid versions. These chips require a longer time to remove without charring the board. A number of kits were provided by Tom VK2VC so that members can practise at home; further information is available…
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SMD soldering practical session

The Club’s June lecture hosted Graham, VK2GRA’s follow-up lecture on surface mount soldering. This comprised of some short revision from his last lecture on the topic, before demonstrating how to remove different IC packages, and a few pointers on the different package types. Afterwards, members were able to try their hand at SMT soldering for…
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News 23.06.2019

Listeners are reminded that progress is being made on the VK2EHQ packet BBS. There is too much detail to be included here, but it works as it used to, and in a nod to progress it is also available from the Internet. Members will have received full details via the usual channels. However, Peter is…
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News 16.06.2019

Yesterday’s lecture on the GPS was postponed because Dave VK2KFU came down with a case of the serious sniffles and doesn’t want to share it; he hopes to be back in action soon. And in a blast from the past, members may be interested to know that progress is being made on the VK2EHQ packet…
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News 09.06.2019

The Club’s Publicity Officer now has proper email working again, and he thanks members for their forbearance as he grappled with Gmail’s ugly interface. The next Club lecture will be by Dave VK2KFU on the 15th June, on the GPS; if you want to know where you are, why and how, it should not be…
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Surface Mount Soldering

The CCARC was proud to host Graham, VK2GRA’s lecture and practical demonstration of surface mount soldering. During the lecture, excellent information was provided that detailed many crucial characteristics of solder, and the importance of soldering techniques and stress concentrations in solder joints. After Graham’s delivery of theory, he provided a practical demonstration of surface mount…
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News 26.05.2019

Last week’s lecture was on the theory and practice of surface-mount devices, and the techniques and tools required; some members of the audience with sharp eyes and steady hands practised their skills, with particular attention paid to “vias” i.e. those through-hole thingies. Yes, SMD soldering is easier than you thought. The next lecture will be…
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News 19.05.2019

Details of yesterdays’s lecture on surface mount soldering (and all its fun and games) will appear next week. In the meantime, the Club has gained a somewhat large satellite dish, so visitors can expect to see a new landmark on the horizon soon; further details will appear in later broadcasts, but it is promised that…
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