CCARC NEWS 15-04
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 15-04 6th February 2015
In this Issue:
- Upcoming Meetings
- SSTV from the ISS
- New Book publications!
- History This Week
- Broke & fixed
1. Upcoming Meetings
There will be a number of events on Saturday the 7th February. There will be a Field Day planning meeting starting at 1100 hrs, then a BBQ lunch at 1200 hrs, then the Monthly Business Meeting at 1300 hrs.
2. SSTV from the ISS
Russian SSTV transmissions were sent from the International Space Station on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1. The transmit frequency was 145.800. The expected mode is PD180 producing a high quality image with a frame scan of 187 seconds.
Amateur radio operators from several different countries have received SSTV images from ISS.
Some of them have sent their received SSTV images to the ARISS SSTV gallery:
If you have received SSTV images please send them via the ARISS SSTV submission page:
As received by Doug VK2MDC.
3. New Book publications!
As many have learned, “Radio Mobile” is a highly sophisticated piece
of software for use in the simulation of VHF to Microwave propagation.
Yet another valuable tool to assist in the use of the power of the PC
to make contacts all the more predictable.
Once you have designed your own ‘VHF to Microwave’ Antenna system,
the Radio Mobile software allows you to simulate its radio coverage
performance over a Real landscape when attached to Real equipment —
and you can also incorporate Land Coverage losses into the plots if
And, this amazing software is FREE which is amazing considering how
feature-packed and capable it is, authored by Roger Coudé, VE2DBE.
It has been translated into several languages on great demand!
Handbooks on how to use the software
Back in May 2011, antenneX published a 350-page Illustrated Handbook
about how to use this special software. The book, authored by Ian D.
Brown, G3TVU, is a “must-have” reference for anyone wishing to quickly
explore the workings of Radio Mobile in all its facets and to produce
the type of radio signal coverage plots they require. This Illustrated
Handbook makes the learning process intuitive and easier, plus
includes an installer program.
Now, we have published a new 184-page book authored by Ian entitled
“Radio Mobile Handbook Companion.” This new book has been written to
act as a complimentary tutorial taking users through each Handbook
chapter in turn. This allows users to experiment with the program and
produce their own versions of the chapter illustrations and thus gain
experience of the functions and features as described in the Radio
Moreover, both the Radio Handbook and the Companion volumes are
available in Spanish. This may be news to some that have waited for
both volumes in their choice of English or Spanish.
The PDF book format used for both books is fully searchable for any
required keywords or topics. The books are available by download
anywhere or on a shippable CD-ROM.
For more info about these books please go to this page in the antenneX
Shopping Shack BookShelf section:
For this and many other fine and useful products, be sure to visit the
Contributed by Bruce VK2ZAD
4. History This Week
A look back at events that made history this week – compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW
BROKE & FIXED
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 …