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ISSUE No 13-41 22nd. November 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Funcube-1 Launched!
  2. NSW Planning Review.
  3. Nighttime operations from Mt. Elliot.
  4. Broke & fixed.
  5. Reminders.

1. FUNcube-1 launched!

FUNcube team celebrate the receipt of telemetry

The Dnepr carrying FUNcube-1 and 18 other satellites carrying amateur radio payloads successfully launched at 07:10:11 UT Thursday, November 21.

This was followed by the deployment of the first Pod containing ZACUBE-1, FUNcube-1 and HiNCube.

At 07:37 the first telemetry from FUNcube-1 was received in South Africa.

A live video stream from the Bletchley Park monitoring station is at http://batc.tv/streams/funcube1

Thanks to AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/ for this story


2. NSW Planning Review.

The new, NSW Planning Review is currently going through State Parliament. This review is the one that will affect all NSW Amateurs concerning erection of Towers etc without Council approval. Over the last 6 weeks I have been in contact with Roger Harrison VK2ZRH in regards to the above, Roger has been the one that has pushed on our behalf to try and get this done in NSW. The last email I received from him pointed to an article in the Herald that showed that it is currently stalled, asking for some changes, these changes seem to be to allow some of the authority back to the local council that had been removed from the review, what we don’t know is what these changes are at this time and if they will affect the section related to NSW Amateurs. This review is very extensive and both removes and gives power to local council depending on the development, so the paper is quite extensive with many parts. I will keep you updated as I get the information.

Ian VK2HK.

3. Nighttime operations from Mt. Elliott.

As part of our Summits on the Air (SOTA) activities, Rod VK2LAX and I went up to Mt. Elliot on Wednesday evening to “activate” the summit for chasers in VK6 or even abroad, in Europe or the US.

All went well, with a test of a new compact HF vertical antenna as well. Stations around VK along with E51 (Cook Islands), Germany and the UK were worked between 7 and 9pm local time.

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An extended report with video can be found here.


4. Broke & fixed.

Nothing to report this week, everything running smoothly.

5. Reminders.

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

Combined CCARC and WICEN Christmas Lunch

14TH December at the club house 12.00

$10.00 p.p.

Need to book in with Karen for numbers to be catered.

email: Karen Boskos VK2AKB

Informal visit from ROAR regional manager to CCARC.


December 7th. at the club rooms will be a busy day with Ticket making and planning for the Field Day in the morning and the December business meeting in the afternoon. Bob VK2PEP has kindly agreed to put on a BBQ at lunch time and we’ll have a special guest Peter Lowe VK3KCD who is the A/NZ + Oceania regional manager or Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) will be joining us for lunch and telling us about the upcoming major event in Sydney that ROAR are involved in. The World conference of the Rotarians happens June 2014 in Sydney. An estimated attendance of 17,000 to 20,000 Rotarians, their families and friends are expected to pour into Sydney Olympic Park from June 1 – 4 for what is predicted to be one of the largest indoor conventions in Sydney’s history! ROAR will be taking the opportunity to try to get some of them interested in our great hobby. Peter will also have a special call sign for the event and is looking for club and private stations to put the call on the air to publicise the conference and the good work that Rotary do.This will be a very informal meet-up to which all members are very welcome.

Members sales page

Have you checked the sales page recently? Several items have been sold, but there’s still a bargain or two to be had, including several items from a business clear-out.


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.


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