CCARC NEWS 14-09
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 14-09 14th. March 2014
In this Issue:
- John Moyle Field Day contest weekend
- Wyong Field Day
- Missing Flight Search involves Amateur emcomm
- ISS HamTV success
- CCARC Lectures
- WIA News- Annual Conference – Member Survey
- Broke & fixed
1. JOHN MOYLE FIELD DAY
The John Moyle Field Day is on this weekend 15th & 16th March and will run from 0100 UTC on the Saturday till 0059 on the Sunday. Doug VK2MDC is organizing a local team and also Dave VK2JDH is organizing his usual team to Mt. Allyn with Col VK2KCM, can those that can join in please let Doug VK2MDC know that they wish to join in & represent the CCARC.
2. WYONG FIELD DAY
There will be a Field Day “lessons learned” meeting at 1300 on this Saturday 15th. of March to help next years planning. If you supported the event this year, and even if you could not, please try to get along to this meeting and give your input on how things can be made even better.
Feedback from the Field day
From SOTA Australia Yahoo Group (Matt VK2RQ)
“What are they talking about, Wyong Field Day is awesome! You get to meet the people you’ve spoken to on the radio face-to-face, check out your QSL cards and look back on the last year (or three) of contacts, pick up ideas for new ways of operating (eg. SOTA, satellites, 630m, digital ATV, …), you get to drool over the latest stuff (did anyone try the Begali Intrepid CW bug? It was soooo smooth…), pick up some books and some bits and pieces for some projects for the coming year (and maybe get rid of some stuff to make some room), … what more could you ask for?
Also here are links to reports of the 2014 Field Day found on the web.
From the Mid South Coast A.R.C.
From VK2PN Blog. nb Click on “Photos”.
From Peter Marks Blog.
3. MISSING FLIGHT SEARCH INVOLVES AMATEUR RADIO EMCOMM
Date : 11 / 03 / 2014
Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC
The vanishing of the Malaysian Airline (MAS) Boeing 777-200ER jetliner with 239 passengers on board is a mystery that nine nations are trying to solve. When flight MH370, ex-Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, disappeared from the air traffic control radar, the MAS Emergency Management Centre (EMC) at Kuala Lumpur Airport provided accommodation for all next-of-kin at the Everly Hotel at Putrajaya.
The Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters’ Society President, Mohd Aris Bernawi 9M2IR, said MARTS was asked to provide a link between the airport and the hotel. Mohd 9M2IR said at the hotel MARTS quickly set up a station, led by Zanirul Akhmal Zanirun 9M2PRO, and Azizi Samsuri 9W2ZZE was the MAS team leader. NESRAC, a club from Negeri Sembilan, provided the volunteers for the station at the airport’s Emergency Management Centre.
MARTS provided a cross-band VHF/UHF link to avoid any unnecessary interference from the public services. An HF link was later added. During the call-out there were 11 volunteers at EMC and 23 volunteers at the hotel, on a shift roster for the link. Mohd 9M2IR, who oversaw the entire process, said MARTS an IARU member society, was pleased to be able provide the link on the very tragic occasion. The search for MH370 continues.
– Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.
4. ISS HAMTV SUCCESS
On Saturday, March 8 test transmissions were made on 2422.0 MHz using the HamTV equipment on the International Space Station (ISS)
The video was successfully received and was web streamed to a global audience via the Britsh Amateur Television Club (BATC) server at http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4
There were four live web streams each from different receivers.
Watch HamTV Commissioning received from IK1SLD Telebridge Station Casale Monferrato (ITALY)
The HamTV transmitter is the culmination of over ten years work by dedicated volunteers to establish an amateur radio TV transmitter on the ISS. It uses patch antennas fixed on the Meteorite Debris Panels (MDP) protecting the hull of the ISS Columbus module. These antennas were installed while the Columbus module was being constructed.
A fund-raising campaign took place during 2005-7 to raise over 65,000 Euros for the antennas. Individual radio amateurs from around the world donated generously as did several organisations including AMSAT-UK and the RSGB.
The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the astronauts on the ISS and school students, not only by voice as now, but also by unidirectional video from the ISS to the ground.
HamVideo is the name of the onboard DATV S-band transmitter. HamTV is the name of the complete system, comprising DATV downlink and VHF voice uplink. Kaiser Italia SRL was the prime-contractor for the design and development of the flight and ground segment http://www.kayser.it/index.php/exploration-2/ham-tv
Read the HamTV overview by Gaston Bertels ON4WF
Join the ISS HamTV Yahoo Group
Webstream of the TV transmissions
ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins
HamTV on Facebook
5. CCARC LECTURES
March will see the return of the monthly lectures with a lecture on “DX Television” by Bruce Holland VK2ZAD. This will take place on Saturday the 22nd of March starting at 1300hrs at the CCARC Club rooms in Kariong.
6. WIA NEWS.
The WIA Annual Conference 2014 is to be on the Sunshine Coast May 16th, 17th and 18th. Want to know more ?
Complete the WIA Member Survey. Note, you will need your 6-digit membership number, located on the address label that comes with your AR magazine. 2014 WIA Membership Survey
7. BROKE & FIXED.
Nothing to report this week, everything running smoothly.
This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:
CCARC has a 23 cm repeater on trial. Output 1273.400 MHz offset plus 20 MHz. We invite you to use it as much as possible and send Don VK2ZCZ your written (or typed) signal reports.
Jaycar Tuggerah gives CCARC members a discount – approx 10% on purchases over $25. Make sure you ask for it. Thanks Rod VK2LAX.
Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc.org.au for full details.
For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc.org.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 …