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ISSUE No 14-44 19th December 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Winstone VK2BS  OBE.
  2. New Icom IC-2730, a practical dual bander with optional Bluetooth headset!
  3. New WIA Repeater and Beacon Licence Recommendation Policy Directions paper
  4. The first female Ham Radio operators, and their awesome legacy
  5. ARISS-SSTV images
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. Winstone VK2BS  OBE.


I am told that Winstone has had his eightieth birthday this week.  Congratulations and may you have many more.



2. The Icom IC-2730, a practical dual bander with optional Bluetooth headset!


Icom are pleased to announce details of the new IC-2730E dual band mobile transceiver which will be available in early 2015. This stunning new VHF/UHF dual band mobile transceiver provides VHF/VHF, UHF/UHF simultaneous receive capability as well as VHF/UHF receive. 
An independent tuning knob, separate controller and large display makes it ideal for easy, intuitive mobile operation.

The IC-2730E is the latest Amateur radio product from Icom to provide optional Bluetooth capability allowing you to control the IC-2730E with the optional VS-3 Bluetooth headset (optional UT-133 Bluetooth unit must be installed in the IC-2730E).

Planned Features

• Optional VS-3 Bluetooth Headset. Large Easy-to-See, Backlit Display 
• Easy Vehicle Mounting with Optional MBF-1
• HM-207, Remote Control Microphone
• VHF/VHF, UHF/UHF Simultaneous Receive Capability
• Controller Attachment to the Main Unit with Optional MBA-4
• Independent controls for each band

Other Features

• Wide frequency coverage, 118–136.975MHz (AM/AM-N), 137–174MHz & 375–550MHz (FM/FM-N)
• 50W output power on both VHF and UHF bands
• 104 DTCS and 50 CTCSS tone codes
• Split tone function allows you to encode and decode different CTCSS/DTCS tones
• 1000 memory channels, 2 call channels and 50 scan edges with 8-character channel name
• Cross band repeater capability
• Free download PC programming software, CS-2730
• Versatile scanning capability
• Squelch delay and squelch attenuator
• Sub band auto mute function
• Sub band busy beep function
• Auto power off
• Time-out-timer
• 16 DTMF auto dial memories

The IC-2730E will be available in January from all authorised Icom Amateur radio dealers with a suggested selling price of £299.95 (inc.VAT).

From Southgate AR News



3. New WIA Repeater and Beacon Licence Recommendation Policy


After lengthy consultation the WIA has released a new Repeater and Beacon Licence Recommendation policy. The policy aims to clarify the WIA’s role in the licensing of amateur radio repeaters and beacons, where the WIA may make recommendations to the ACMA, and the ACMA has a long standing practice of having regard to the WIA’s recommendations and recognises the WIA’s expertise in regard to the use of Amateur spectrum.


Author : Phil Wait – VK2ASD via WIA



4. The first female Ham Radio operators, and their awesome legacy


Ashley Hennefer writes about some of the early female radio amateurs

Many hams consider amateur radio to be the original maker skill, requiring knowledge of electricity, geography and communication. And it’s one of many mediums that gave women the chance to have a global voice — and they took it.

Read the article at



5. ARISS-SSTV images


The Russian ARISS team members plan to activate SSTV from the ISS on Dec 18 and 20. Expected mode will be PD180 on 145.800 MHz with 3 minute off periods between transmissions. A total of 12 different photos will be sent during the operational period. Start time  would be around 14:20 UTC on December 18 and 12:40 UTC on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 21:30 UTC each day. Space-X 5 will be launching the same week and delays in the launch could adjust SSTV operational times.




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, 15 December, 2014

1599 In Scotland, an ordinance was issued that the 1st of January should thenceforth be accounted the first day of the year in Scotland.
1839 First celestial photograph (the moon) made in US, John Draper, New York NY 
1849 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope 
1879 Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey.
1890 Telephone service introduced in Japan, Tokyo – Yokahama.
1892 The first U.S. patent issued for a pneumatic automobile tire that could readily and easily be detached or mounted to the rim of a wheel. 
1903 The first powered flight was achieved by the Wright brothers in the Kitty Hawk, at Kill Devil Hill.
1928 First auto-giro (predecessor of helicopter) flight in US
1965 Largest newspaper-Sunday New York Times at 946 pages (50¢) 
1974 The pioneering Altair 8800 microcomputer was first put on sale in the U.S. as a do-it-yourself computer kit $397.



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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