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ISSUE No 14-41 28th November 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Help wanted on Saturday
  2. Upcoming Meeting
  3. ARNSW Trash & Treasure
  4. December 2014 AR Digital Edition – Now Available
  5. Dick Smith – Amateur Radio & Adventure
  6. Portable activity sets new record
  7. History This Week
  8. Broke & fixed
  9. Reminders



1. Help wanted on Saturday


The old awning at the club house will be dismantled on  Saturday 29th November 2014     starting at 1000 hrs.   Bob can’t do it all by himself.  Helpers are required to carry this out.  Come along and also check out the progress of the new outside area.



2. Upcoming Meeting


There will be a monthly business meeting on  Saturday 6th December 2014     starting at 1300 hrs.



3. ARNSW Trash & Treasure


The ARNSW Trash & Treasure sale is on at Dural 0930 hrs on Sunday 30th November.




4. December 2014 AR Digital Edition – Now Available


Inside this issue…

• ‘Ham satellites SSB portable’ – the next step after working the satellites with your HT!
• A class-D 100 W AM transmitter for 1.8 MHz
• Remote Ham Radio: A dream station from a suburban lot

• Titan Missile Museum discone antenna, Arizona
• Stalwart takes leave from top ARISS job
• YLs at War
• An introduction to amateur radio
• VHF UHF band plans – are they working?
• Foundation success story
• An education role for amateur radio
• Gridsquare Standings at 17 October 2014
• Band Plan Notes

Members Go to this link and start reading: December 2014 AR.


5. Dick Smith – Amateur Radio & Adventure


Dick Smith lectured recently at MWRS.  Dick talks about how he got started, the early Dick Smith Electronics days, his round the world adventures in a helicopter, balloon, and plane, and how amateur radio played a huge part in his adventures and saved his life.

1 hour 18 minutes long but well worth the watch.

From EEVBlog on Youtube





6. Portable activity sets new record


 There was a lot of portable activity at the weekend throughout VK3 for the Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award with a record 33 of the 45 National Parks activated, 8 more than last year. Award Manager Tony Hambling says he has now received new award applications as a result of the increased activity. 

Some interstate visitors from VK2 and VK5 supplemented VK3 portable operators, resulting in a very big thank you to all Hunters and Activators. John VK2AWJ took the Murray River road trip with a detour South activating 6 parks along the way, while Larry VK5LY activated the Murray-Sunset National Park. And Paul VK5PAS was in 6 National Parks, 4 SOTA Peaks plus put 4 VK5 Conservation Parks on air while travelling east, for the VK5 Parks Award. Paul VK5PAS qualified on the weekend for the KRMNPA Merit Plaque working Peter VK3PF in the final three East Gippsland Parks that he needed…. taking it to all 45 VK3 Parks Worked. 

Allen VK3HRA stopped by Morwell National Park to give Bernard VK3AMB/VK3AV his final location to also qualify for the KRMNPA “Merit” Plaque. He also has qualified for the “Merit” award and now VK3HRA is now focussing on activating his final 25 Parks for the Grand Slam Award. Frank VK2HFS was also busy, and in his words Frank said “Having had a ripper time over the weekend working 16 different parks”. Another KRMNPA Basic Award is on the way to Frank who only needed 10 National Parks to qualify. 

Some of the National Parks were activated as a courtesy to help those chasing them, while others remained there for long periods of time working many Hunters to ensure the best coverage possible. All activity was put up on the ParksNPeaks website which had plenty of hits over the weekend, and included “spotting” by many Hunters from all classes of licence. 

There were stations working DX via Long Path Europe on 20m, and on the DX Clusters were spotted at least Peter VK3ZPF, Joe VK3YSP and Paul VK5PAS. And of course stations took part in the VK Spring SOTA Party at the same time. This included many activations from Interstate as well as VK3, leading to even more KRMNPA activity. In the thick of things for the VK5 Award and VKFF were Col VK5HCF and Tom VK5EE in South Australia’s Canunda National Park located South-East of Adelaide. 

The next KRMNPA Activity Period is November 13-16 2015, although National Parks may be activated at any time, with all involved mindful of Parks Victoria requirements, particularly during the bushfire season.

From : Jim Linton – VK3PC




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, 24 November, 2014

1621 Galileo perfects the telescope.
1666 Robert Hooke invented the spirit level.
1783 Charles & M N Roberts ascend 2,000 ft in a hydrogen balloon. Paris.
1834 The electric motor was invented by Thomas Davenport.
1874 The first U.S. patent for barbed wire was issued to JF. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois
1877 First sound recording made by Thomas Edison.
1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the gramophone, the next day.
1886 First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo.
1895 America’s first auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH




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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