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ISSUE No 14-26 8th August 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Upcoming Meetings
  2. Remembrance Day Contest
  3. Please report any Repeater problems to Don VK2ZCZ
  4. Party Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Circles the Northern Hemisphere
  5. Preserving a future for our 9 cm band – WIA submission to ACMA
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. Upcoming Meetings




The next Two Monthly Wicen Meeting will be on this Saturday the 9th August starting at 1300 hrs.

The Annual General Meeting will be on this Saturday the 16th August starting at 1330 hrs. The cut-off for AGM nominations will be Tuesday the 12th August.



2. Remembrance Day Contest


The CCARC will take part in this years RD contest from the club rooms on the 16th-17th. August . Doug VK2MDC would like to operate for the full 24 hours through to the 17th. of August however he will need support from a class A operator if he is to be able to run the full power using the club linear. Please contact Doug if you are interested in taking part in this club event.

N.B. The RD contest this year again coincides with the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.

Ed DD5LP (VK2JI) might, just might, have his home station set up by then to give the club station a call.



3. Please report any Repeater problems to Don VK2ZCZ


If you experience any problems with any of the repeaters not working, please report to Repeater Chairman, Don VK2ZCZ. Do not assume that he already knows about it.  As soon as problems are brought to Don’s attention, they will be fixed ASAP.



4. Party Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio Payload Circles the Northern Hemisphere


A simple party-style balloon carrying a 434 MHz solar-powered Amateur Radio transmitter is nearing the end of its trip around the Northern Hemisphere. Launched on July 12 from the UK by Leo Bodnar, M0XER, the so-called B-64 balloon is expected to complete its final transatlantic crossing over Cornwall in the UK on July 31 or August 1. It then is expected to continue east into Europe. So far the balloon has traveled some 15,500 miles and traveled over 17 countries.




5. Preserving a future for our 9 cm band – WIA submission to ACMA


The WIA has lodged a submission on 30 July 2014 with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in response to its current inquiry into future licensing arrangements in the “3.5 GHz band”, which extends from 3400 MHz to 3600 MHz.




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, 4 August, 2014

1181 Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers
1709 First known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)
1774 Priestly discovers oxygen as  “dephlogisticated air”.
1815  The massive volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora was the most powerful in 1,600 years.
1829 “Stourbridge Lion” locomotive goes into service, England.
1831 First US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
1909  SOS First used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
1919 First air flight over a major body of water in Australia (Harry Butler)
1945 Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
1956 First motorcycle rode over 200 mph (Wilhelm Herz-210 mph/338 kph)
1959 Explorer 6 transmits first TV photo of Earth from space




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:

A reminder that ‘Member’ Annual Fees are due and payable in July each year. If you have not yet paid, please do so as soon as possible.

Our Smoke Signals Editor, Leonie VK2LCP is busily preparing for the next issue (August) and is asking nicely for articles, photos, etc. New items are to be sent to: smokesignalseditor at fsparker.com.au  please.

There will be a working bee at the Somersby Repeater site on Saturday 13th September to carry out much needed maintenance.

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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