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ISSUE No 14-28 22nd August 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Shazada next week
  2. VK2RDC 70 cm is on the air
  3. VK6RIO chirp beacon project
  4. Anatomy of an Internet Scam at QRZ
  5. Comprehensive list of SDRs
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. Shazada next week


The 34th Shahzada Horse Endurance Ride, held annually in historic St Albans is on next week, 25th to 29th August. Central Coast WICEN is helping to provide communications for this event. If anyone is able to help out, please contact Col VK2ZCO.



2. VK2RDC 70 cm is on the Air


VK2RDC Woy Woy 70 cm repeater is now licenced and is on air,  frequency is 438.650 MHz – 91.5 Hz tone and it will also have irlp node 6217 linked to it – regards Doug VK2MDC.



3. VK6RIO chirp beacon project


The recent Canadian Transatlantic VHF DXpedition, V1CT, has once again focused the attention on the proposed VK6RIO chirp beacon project, currently being planned across the Indian Ocean between Perth and Port Elizabeth.





4. Anatomy of an Internet Scam at QRZ


Beware of scammers when buying / selling online.  This experience from QRZ founder AA7BQ gives a valuable warning.





5. Comprehensive list of SDRs


New software defined radio (SDRs) products are popping up every few months these days so we thought we’d compile a list of some of the most popular ones as there are a few people looking to upgrade from an RTL-SDR.

For each SDR we compare the cost, frequency range, ADC resolution, maximum instantaneous bandwidth, whether or not it can TX and if it has any pre selectors built in. Here is a quick guide to what some of these metrics mean.




Shane VK2ABZ



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, 18 August, 2014

1814 British sack Washington, DC, Govt House burned, painted with whitewash to cover the damage. Hence the name the White House was born.
1841 John Hampson patents the venetian blind.
1889 First ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (San Francisco)
1896 Dial telephone patented
1907 The Bréguet-Richet Gyroplane No. 1 made what is generally  accepted as the first vertical flight, hovering about 2 feet (0.6 meters) off the ground.
1962 The Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered ship, completed her maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.




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:

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.

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.

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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