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CCARC NEWS 13-17

CCARC NEWS 13-17

THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

ISSUE No 13-17 12th. April 2013

In this Issue:

  1. More Input for CCARC NEWS required.
  2. Start ’em young.
  3. Winter Field Day – changes.
  4. SOTA on Norfolk Island.
  5. Broke & fixed.
  6. Reminders.

1. More input for CCARC NEWS required.

As I have just realised, I did not put out a CCARC NEWS last Sunday (5th. May). While this publication is only “periodic” I do try to get an edition out each week however if there is no input, as was the case last week, there is no need to publish.

As you will see we have some new input this week, so we have an edition. Please remember if you don’t want CCARC NEWS to become the VK2JI “Blog”, I do need the occasional news worthy item.

There will not be an edition on Sunday 26th. May as I will be away at the WIA convention and if anyone wishes to step in to produce the News during my vacation from the end of June to mid July please contact me so that we can get you the required access.

Ed VK2JI

 

2. Start ’em young!

Doug VK2MDC thought all members might appreciate this photo of his first harmonic “adjusting” the repeater !

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Doug VK2MDC.

3. Winter Field Day – changes.

More points are up for grabs in the WIA Contest Champion – VK4PJ Peter Brown Trophy, the cunning ones are picking obscure categories to grab 100 points..

The Winter Field Day will be held over the weekend of 22/23 June. Please check the rules – there have been some minor changes.

The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to “head for the hills” and see how far they can work.

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section. http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/

From Trent Sampson VK4TS WIA contests manager.

4.SOTA on Norfolk Island.

The VK9 (Australian external territories) call area had its summits classified on May 1st under the SOTA rules as follows –

1 summit on Christmas Island.

2 summits on Norfolk Island.

4 summits on Lord Howe Island.

The VK9NT DXPedition are active on the Island from 3rd to 13th of May and the authorisation of the new summits was rushed through process to by the SOTA management team to allow them to activate VK9/NO-001 for the first-ever VK9 SOTA summit activation.

The first SOTA Summit to Summit contact with VK9/NO-001 Norfolk Island took place somewhat unexpectedly on Thursday 9th. May.

Wayne VK3WAM gathered his gear together quickly and headed up to Mount Dandenong, a local summit, when he heard that the Norfolk Island VK9NT DXpedition had decided to activate the new SOTA summit on Thursday the 9th. May, a few days earlier than the originally planned Saturday 11th. of May.

Wayne has posted a blog with pictures describing the event –
http://waynemerry.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/activation-of-mt-dandenong-first-summit-2-summit-with-norfolk-island/

Along with many Australian and world-wide SOTA chasers, I also managed a base to summit “chaser” contact with both SOTA stations active on SOTA summit VK9/NO-001 (Mt. Bates) on Saturday 11th. May, working Chris Chapman VK3QB/9 on 20m followed by Brenton Vowles VK3CVB/9 on 40m.

Several more VK summit to summit contacts and many base to summit contacts took place on the Saturday making this hastily planned operation a great success.

Ed VK2JI.

5. Broke & fixed.

No items for Broke & Fixed this week – all CCARC infrastructure is operational.

Ed VK2JI

5. Reminders.

This new section will list items from previous CCARC NEWS that are still current and may need your input:

  1. CCARC-NEWS 13-11 Club Raffle – Digital TV set.
  2. CCARC-NEWS 13-10 New club member sales page open for business.

Ed VK2JI

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