CCARC NEWS 14-29
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 14-29 29nd August 2014
In this Issue:
- 34TH A.L.A.R.A.CONTEST
- Draft WIA Repeater and Beacon Policy Released
- September AR Magazine Now Online For Download
- 434 MHz balloon B-64 returning to UK again
- Software Defined Radio with HackRF
- History This Week
- Broke & fixed
1. 34TH A.L.A.R.A.CONTEST
30th – 31st August 2014
NOTE: Contest is always on the last FULL weekend of August.
ELIGIBILITY: All licensed operators throughout the world are invited to participate. Also open to SWLs.
OBJECT: Participation: YL works everyone, OMs & Clubs work YLs only.
Phone, CW, Echolink and 2 metres (no repeaters), run over 20 hours, in two 10 hour segments.
STARTS: Saturday 30th August 2014 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC.
Sunday 31st August 2014 0400 hours UTC to 1359 hours UTC.
SUGGESTED FREQUENCIES: Bands to be used are 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz only.
2. Draft WIA Repeater and Beacon Policy Released
After several months of discussion between the WIA and the various stakeholders, the WIA has now released a draft Repeater and Beacon Policy.
The draft policy attempts to strike a balance between the principals of good spectrum management, (the minimisation of cross-interference between repeaters), and the experimental nature of the amateur service and its inherent need for flexibility.
The WIA encourages all stakeholders to review the draft policy, and forward any comments to the WIA by the 1st November, 2014.
3. September AR Magazine Now Online For Download
Amateur Radio is the monthly magazine produced by the Wireless Institute of Australia in both print and in an online downloadable format for the benefit of WIA members. The September edition is now online and available for members to download and read.
The August edition of AR includes :
The Oceania DX contest – a competition within a competition.
The Garlands of Brisbane: an interesting father and son.
The International Museums Weekend at the Melbourne Museum.
Foundation Corner 26 – Chasing down interference.
Digital amateur television in the upper Spencer Gulf.
A brief description of the VK3AQZ EMR measurement demonstration.
Using inexpensive TV USB dongles and VideoLAN (VLC) to view amateur digital TV.
4. 434 MHz balloon B-64 returning to UK again
Radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER launched his solar powered balloon B-64, carrying an 11 gram transmitter payload, from Silverstone in the UK at 06:51 UT on July 12, 2014 and it’s still flying.
It completed its first circumnavigation of the Northern Hemisphere at 16:30 UT on Friday, July 31 and is expected to complete the second circumnavigation in the next couple of days.
5. Software Defined Radio with HackRF
This ongoing video series will be a complete course in Software Defined
Radio (SDR). In this course, you’ll build flexible SDR applications
using GNU Radio through exercises that will help you learn the
fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) needed to master SDR.
For the over-the-air exercises, you’ll need a HackRF One or other SDR
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, 25 August, 2014
55BC Roman forces under Julius Ceasar invade Britain.
1609 Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers
1831 Michael Faraday demonstrated the first electrical transformer.
1884 First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, SD
1885 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle
1887 Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)
1913 Lt Peter Nestrov, of Imperial Russian Air Service, performs a loop in a monoplane at Kiev. (first aerobatic maneuver in an airplane)
1939 Erich Warsitz makes first jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178)
1979 First recorded occurrence-comet hits sun (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs)
BROKE & FIXED
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:
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 …