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ISSUE No 14-18 16th May 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Working Bee at Somersby
  2. Lecture for May
  3. Repeaters to be Switched Off
  4. Rotary International Convention on air in June
  5. Sam VK2ZZ request
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. Working Bee at Somersby

1978637_1468611223369159_5560297736445494316_nThere will be a working bee at the Somersby Repeater site on Saturday 17th May starting at 1000 hrs. to carry out much needed maintenance. Repair of fencing and maintenance; Chainsaws, lawn mowers, trailer to take away rubbish ( cover for load). Free up your schedule for this day.



 2. Lecture for May


This months lectures is:

Saturday 24th May 2014  at 1300

“SDR Radio and Aeroplane Tracking Radar” by Victor VK2BTV



3. Repeaters to be Switched Off


Starting from Late May the following changes will be made to VK2RAG repeaters. These measures are being introduced to reduce overall power consumption at the installation, whilst minimising inconvenience to users. We are also investigating Solar Power for the site to further improve consumption and costs.

Between Midnight and 0600, all the un-used / low usage repeaters will be turned off.  To be switched off in frequency order will be 53.725 (6M), 145.600 B’Cast RX’s (FM-814 and FM-92), 439.725 (6M link), 439.950 (APCO 25), 441.00 (Rylstone link) and 1273.4 (23 cm.)

This will leave on only 146.725, 438.075 repeaters, 145.175 APRS, 439.150 Packet regenerator, 146.6375 (D-* port C), 438.325 (D-* Port B), D – * Gateway.



4. Rotary International Convention on air in June


The Rotary Convention will be held in Sydney Australia on June the 1st to the 4th, and will use a special event callsign VI2R to contact those throughout the world.

The primary purpose of this annual convention at Sydney’s The Billabong venue is to inspire and inform all Rotarians at an international level, particularly incoming club presidents, governors-elect, and other incoming club and officers.

The RI 2014 Sydney Convention and meeting also conducts association business.

The special event callsign VI2R is in line with those issued to Rotary elsewhere.

The Rotarians on Amateur Radio are expected to begin using VI2R from May 31 as they invite fellow Rotarians visiting Sydney who also have a licence to get on air.

Jim Linton VK3PC


 The CCARC will be assisting with the Remote controlled station which will be set up in our club rooms at Kariong.

We have received the following information and request from Bill Main, VK4ZD – ROAR President:

ROAR certainly appreciates your assistance in ensuring that this international event allows Sydney to be put on the map using Ham Radio.
The callsign that we have been allocated is VI2R.

Firstly, the reason I called you was because Telstra are providing a special internet installation for this International event.  In order to do the installation work they Urgently need to have the IP address of your internet connection (and the physical address of the Club Station).

The information you requested is the time of operation of the Rotary International Convention which is as follows:

            Date Preliminary Access Exhibit Hours
Friday, 30 May 0900-1800  Exhibitor Set up – test  remote control working
Saturday, 31 May 0800-0900 0900-1800(0900-0915 Grand Opening)
Sunday, 1 June 0800-0900 0900-1700
Monday, 2 June 0800-0900 0900-1700
Tuesday, 3 June 0800-0900 0900-1700
Wednesday, 4 June 0800-0900 0900-1600

The Convention proper will be operational from Saturday through to Wednesday.
In order to allow for propagation times to the Americas and Europe we will also wish to operate the station remotely from a hotel or elsewhere outside of convention hours.
It is envisaged that the remote controlled station will be shut down around 2pm on Wednesday.

Can I suggest that a club member may not need to be on site at all times but rather that it would be helpful if the equipment could be turned on (if it is turned off) by 8am daily and if we could have a phone number to call the member on, we could request any other changes to be made such as turning of the triband yagi etc.

If you can allow it, I can bring with me an IC-7000 and Expert solid state amplifier which could be used on your antennas.  I can preconfigure the equipment to work with a computer that I can supply.  Your ADSL router may need to have a port opened on it to allow Ham Radio Deluxe to work over the internet for the remote control.

Once again your assistance is greatly appreciated.



Bill Main, VK4ZD
ROAR President 2012-2015


We will need “volunteers” from the CCARC to open the rooms from time to time for the installation of their equipment and removal etc.  They also may need to get into the club to adjust the rotator etc.

Please contact Chris VK2YY if you can assist.



5. Sam VK2ZZ request:


I am after some cables,

3 x VGA cables ‘male to male’
Maybe someone has some to spare at the right price.


Please contact Sam VK2ZZ if you can help.



6. History This Week


A look back at events that made history this week – compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW

Monday, 12 May, 2014

1718 A “Defence” rapid-fire gun was patented by a London lawyer, James Puckle.
1787 Glass was engraved for the first time in Toulouse, France.
1890 Nikola Tesla was issued a patent for an electric generator (No. 428,057).
1908 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
1913 First 4 engine aircraft built & flown (Igor Sikorsky-Russia)
1943 During WW II, “bouncing bombs” invented by Dr Barnes Wallis were dropped on the Mohne and Eder dams in the Ruhr.
1955 The highly classified U.S. patent (No. 2,708,656) for the first atomic pile was finally issued, 11 years after it had been filed.
1963 A laser light beam link first carried the TV signal during a network broadcast.




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



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

Jaycar Tuggerah & Erina will give CCARC members a trade discount – approx 10% on purchases over $25.  Make sure you ask for it. Thanks Rod VK2LAX and Col VK2ZCO.

Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.

For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot 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 …


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