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ISSUE No 14-32 19th September 2014

In this Issue:

  1. MWRS FLAGPOLE Contest
  2. InnovAntennas to launch a new ‘reflector-less’ Yagi
  3. Arduino creator was a radio ham
  4. History This Week
  5. Broke & fixed
  6. Reminders





September 20th. A fun competition with emphasis on portable operation.  The competition immediately follows international “Talk like a pirate Day “.  Operate using a portable antenna across multiple modes. Flagpoles are the central theme to this competition and talking like a pirate (or dressing like one) will help your points haul.




2. InnovAntennas to launch a new ‘reflector-less’ Yagi


InnovAntennas will launch a new reflector-less Yagi at this year’s Newark hamfest.

The LFA-R is a gain-focused Yagi presented in a light-weight package for VHF and available in two band versions for certain HF bands (through Force 12).

More information on this antenna and its capabilities can be found at the InnovAntennas website and also a full article presentation has been published in the current issue of DUBUS magazine.




3. Arduino creator was a radio amateur


Episode 165 of the podcast SolderSmoke reveals that Massimo Banzi, creator of the Arduino single-board microcontroller, was a radio amateur

In this edition:
– Workbench Update:  Bill’s “Off the Shelf” Regen, Pete’s Boatanchor Adventures
– Mysterious Echos on Shortwave Signals.  Solve the Mystery.  Please.
– Microcontrollers — What they can do for you.
– Small world:  As a kid, Pete was neighbor of “Digital Dial” N3ZI
– NEWS FLASH: Arduino creator Massimo Banzi was a ham!
– Born in a bar, cheaper than pizza:  The Italian origins of Arduino
– Arduino CW generators
– No coding skills needed
– Arduino + AD9850 = Signal Generator or VFO
– Arduinos in the Minma
– What the heck is a Shield?
– SolderSmoke Mailbag

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4. History This Week


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

Monday, 15 September, 2014

1683 The Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society reporting his discovery of microscopic living animalcules (live bacteria).
1774 Antoine Lavoisier observed that heating mercuric oxide produces metallic mercury.
1783 Jacques Etienne Montgolfier launched a duck, a sheep and a rooster aboard a hot-air balloon at Versailles in France.
1830 The Liverpool to Manchester line was ceremonially opened in England. It was built by George Stephenson.
1830 B&O locomotive Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in America, lost in a 14-km race with a horse due to a boiler leak.
1859 Patent granted on the electric range
1893 Frank Duryea drives first US made gas propelled vehicle (car)
1895 First auto manufacturer opens – Duryea Motor Wagon Company
1957 First underground nuclear explosion (Las Vegas Nevada)




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.

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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