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ISSUE No 14-38 7th November 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Upcoming Lecture
  2. Westlake ARC Car Boot sale
  3. 2015 WIA Callbook Available
  4. Who requires an engraved CCARC ID Badge?
  5. ARNSW Field Day
  6. Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2014
  7. History This Week
  8. Broke & fixed
  9. Reminders



1. Upcoming Lecture




There will be a lecture on  Saturday 15thNovember 2014     1300 – 1500, this will be “Home Made Electron Tubes and Valves” by Victor Barker VK2BTV.  This is a demonstration and lecture about very simple valve making. It will attempt to demonstrate thermionic emission using bare metal, oxide coating and preparation as well as a diode and triode valve, all home made of course.  It will also demonstrate a home made molecular drag vacuum pump after Gaede and Holweck amongst other things. The subjects covered gave impetus to the early forms of radio.



2. Westlake ARC Car Boot sale


Westlakes ARC Car Boot sale is next weekend on Saturday 8th Nov. Its free once again. Contact Barrie VK2QG for a spot or just turn up on the day and hope for the best. Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. is located in York Street, TERALBA.



3. 2015 WIA Callbook Available


2015 CallbookThe 2015 WIA Callbook is now available for purchase. Orders can be placed via the “WIA Publications” category of the online bookshop, or by simply clicking the following Link 

Price:   WIA Members : $25.00     Retail : $30.00

WIA affiliated clubs are invited to purchase the Callbook in bulk for sale at Club functions, Hamfests etc. Full boxes of 20 books are free of delivery charges! The downloadable order form is available by clicking the following Link

The CCARC is considering a bulk buy for club members.  If you would like one please send expressions of interest to ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au

Bulk Purchase Price:  The 2015 Call Book with a simple searchable CD is available for bulk purchase by radio clubs. 
   Order quantity 2 – 5 Price $ 22-00 ea plus $12.00 P & H 
   Order quantity 6 – 10 Price $ 22-00 ea plus $22.00 P & H 
   Order quantity 11 -15 Price $ 22-00 ea plus $25.00 P & H 
   Full Box 20 Callbooks Price $ 22-00 ea with free delivery



4. Who requires an engraved CCARC ID Badge?


Anyone who requires a club ID badge please let the Secretary know so it can be ordered. Please email to ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au



5. ARNSW Field Day


A reminder that on Sunday the 9th of November 2014, ARNSW is having a field day for the benefit of members.

Attendance is by registration.

So, indicate your intention by emailing to fieldday@arnsw.org.au.



6. Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2014


 The Spring VHF-UHF Field Day 2014 is on  22/23 November

The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to “head for the hills” and see how far they can work. 

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8 hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours. 

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section. 

All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity, but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity. 

It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to operate from more than one location during the contest period. 

Aim Of The Contest

The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun! But next after that, the aims are: 
   to encourage more activity on VHF and microwave bands; 
   to encourage people to work greater distances than usual by operating portable, and 
   to provide opportunities for people to activate or work into new grid squares.




7. History This Week


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

Monday, 3 November, 2014

1631 Pierre Gassendi observes transit of Mercury predicted by Kepler.
1804 The first U.S. patent for a separable electric attachment plug was issued to Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut . 
1862 Gatling gun patented (Richard J Gatling).
1862 New York-San Francisco direct telegraphic link established. 
1895 First US patent granted for automobile (George B Selden). 
1895 Wilhelm Röntgen first observed X-rays during an experiment at Würzburg University.
1906 “SOS” adopted as the international distress signal at the International Wireless Telegraph Convention in Berlin.




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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