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ISSUE No 14-43 12th December 2014

In this Issue:


  1. CCARC & WICEN 2014 Xmas Party Saturday 13 December 2014 & WICEN meeting.
  2. New Outdoor area at Kariong
  3. ARNSW’s Last Trash and Treasure for 2014
  4. WIA submits comments on the Government’s Potential Reform Directions paper
  5. Great efforts by Philippine hams
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. CCARC & WICEN Xmas Party Saturday 13 December 2014 & WICEN meeting.


CCARC & WICEN Xmas Party at CCARC club rooms, Kariong.

Saturday 13th December 2014 from 1200 hours.

Cost $10 per head.

BYO drink.

RSVP to Karen, VK2AKB, by Sunday 7th December 2014.

Phone: 02 4373 1237  (leave a message).


Email: kahdraft at ozemail.com.au


The next Two Monthly Wicen Meeting will be on this Saturday 13th December starting after the party.



2. New Outdoor area at Kariong


The new outdoor area at the clubroom at Kariong was used for the first time last weekend.  Come along and see it now for yourself.  Bob VK2PEP has put in a huge amount of time and effort to get the project this far.






3. ARNSW’s Last Trash and Treasure for 2014


Sunday, 31st November was a busy day at the ARNSW premises in Dural, New South Wales, when they were besieged by hordes of Amateur Radio Operators looking for bargains and hard-to-find spare parts.


Author : David Harvey VK2DMH



4. WIA submits comments on the Government’s Potential Reform Directions paper


On 11 November 2014, the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, announced the release of the Spectrum Review – Potential Reform Directions paper for public comment. The deadline for submissions was 2 December. 

Despite the short timeframe, the WIA compiled a submission of more than 3000 words, addressing seven of the 11 proposals put forward in the Directions paper. These proposals were judged to be of most interest to, and likely to have particular impact on, the Australian radio amateur community.


Author : Roger Harrison – VK2ZRH via WIA



5. Great efforts by Philippine hams


The emergency communications provided by hams continues as the devastating Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby) moves slowly across the Philippines. Thelma Pascua DU1IVT, Philippines Amateur Radio Society (PARA) Chief Operating Officer reports that both 7.095 MHz and 144.740 MHz is in use by the Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network. “As Typhoon Hagupit enters its third day ham operators continue to provide essential traffic as the storm progresses through Philippine territory,” she said.

Want to know more ?

Author : Jim Linton – VK3PC via WIA



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, 8 December, 2014

1478 The first printed arithmetic book, Arte dell’Abbaco (“The Art of the Abacus”), printed in Treviso, Italy.
1769 Venetian blinds were patented in London by Edward Bevan in England.
1845 Civil engineer Robert Thompson patented pneumatic tyres in London.
1868 Gas-lit traffic lights were first placed in operation at the corner of Bridge Street and New Palace Yard, London, England.
1896 Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of his radio equipment at Toynbee Hall, East London.
1901 Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio signal from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland.
1903 Wright Brothers make 1st flight at Kittyhawk
1909 Englishman Colin Defries makes a brief flight of about 345 feet (105 metres) in a modified Wright biplane at Victoria Park Racecourse, Sydney.
1934 First streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany NY) 
1961 The first Ham satellite, 10-lb OSCAR I , The Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio was deployed in low orbit.




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.

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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