CCARC NEWS 13-36
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 13-36 17th. October 2013
In this Issue:
- Club rooms open tomorrow – Friday 18th – 9 ’til 9.
- JOTA This Weekend – Get yourself to East Gosford!
- 23cm repeater tests progress report.
- Whats in the box?
- Broke & fixed.
1. Club rooms open tomorrow – FRIDAY 18th. 9 ’til 9.
As Bob, VK2PEP needs to be at the club rooms tomorrow for the installation of our new Gas tank, he has offered to open the club rooms for members and will stay on right through to our Projects and Development group meeting, which tomorrow has the main theme of antenna testing. So if you have time to come along during the day to have a tea or coffee and a chat with Bob, or to operate the club station (please remember to update the log!) – you’re very welcome. How about testing out that antenna you built a while ago or the new one you just bought? Bring those along to the Projects and Development meeting. The P&D team will be there from about 19:30. Close up for the day will be at about 21:00.
2. JOTA this weekend – Get yourself to East Gosford!
Andrew VK2PAM & Doug VK2MDC are supporting operation of the Scout’s Jamboree on the Air “JOTA” this weekend (Saturday 19th. and Sunday 20th. of October) with the East Gosford Scouts in their hall in the park at the end of Wattle Street in East Gosford. Antenna and equipment set-up will start from 8am on Saturday and operations will run through to Sunday afternoon. Please go along and help Doug and Andrew or if you can’t get to site, listen for VK2EH/P on the HF & VHF bands and give them a call.
3. 23cm repeater tests progress report.
On Saturday 12th. of October further tests were performed with positive results.
Don VK2ZCZ, Doug VK2MDC, Ian VK2HK and Bob VK2ZAR installed a temporary 23 cm repeater loaned by Ash VK2XSO for testing.
Contacts were made with Chris VK2YY with good signals both ways, Tom VK2KTC mobile with a Hand Held from Mt Elliot with good signals. The repeater can be triggered from Don VK2ZCZ’s driveway at Tacoma using just a 1 W Hand Held.
More testing is needed however so far all seems positive.
If you wish to test, output of the repeater is on 1273.4MHz and input on 1293.4 MHz no CTCSS tone is required on this test repeater.
4. Whats in the box?
When was the last time that you checked out what “goodies” club members have brought in to give to a good home? In fact there’s currently so many items that one box is overflowing (where did the other two boxes go?). There are high voltage capacitors and metal project cases as well as a variety of computer related bits and pieces. So please take a look and take what you want as in 2 weeks time we’ll be having a clear out and what hasn’t been taken by members will be thrown away.
5. Broke & fixed.
Ian VK2HK is investigating the intermittent problems with the Internet connectivity in the Kariong Club rooms.
This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:
EMR Awareness Lecture – October 26th.
NOT TO BE MISSED!! Karen VK2AKB presents at 13:00 “EMR awareness” – a lecture all should attend to know what the ACMA expects of you. (a BBQ precedes this lecture).
Education Day – November 9th.
Education and revision day – 9th. November at the CCARC club rooms at Kariong. Assessments for all grades – Foundation, Standard and Advanced contact Chris VK2YY under vk2yychris at gmail.com or via phone on 0482 239 413
VHF/UHF Spring Field Day Saturday November 23rd and Sunday 24th.
It is likely there will be TWO club entries to this event – please contact the club’s contest manager Doug, VK2MDC if you want to take part.
Next Month’s lecture – Electromagnetic compatibility – Saturday November 23rd at 1pm.
Brian, VK2GCE will map out the EMI / EMC / EMR field and then focus on a few things we as radio amateurs can do to reduce EMI, to achieve a modicum of EMC and live more happily. With plumbing, it is always a good plan to fix the source of the leak. With EMR, it is not so easy to fix the source of EMI; so, we need to build good defences. Brian’s presentation will address: bonding, filtering, grounding, phasing, shielding and spacing.
Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc @ ccarc.org.au for full details.
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.