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ISSUE No 15-26 14th August 2015

In this Issue:


  1. AGM This Saturday
  2. Remembrance Day Contest
  3. ILLW headed for another success
  4. Shahzada August 22-28 operators required
  5. Arduino CW Decoder video
  6. History This Week
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders



1. AGM This Saturday



Saturday 15th August 2015, commencing at 1300 hours will be the CCARC AGM.



2. Remembrance Day Contest


Next Contest = 15th & 16th August 2015

Contest Manager

Alan Shannon

It is acknowledged that some ANZAC Special Event stations may be operating over the RD weekend. Here are some guidelines for those stations.
1. Dedicated participation in the contest is not encouraged, however…
2. Special event calls may exchange numbers with contesters.
3. Special event calls, Please use 59(9) 001 for all exchanges with RD contesters.
4. Special event stations will not be eligible for any awards.
5. Logs will be appreciated if contest calls are made by Special Event stations.

“The opening speech for the 2015 RD Contest is given by Lieutenant Colonel Deane Limmer, Commanding Officer, Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, VIC (and VK3HWX). This follows introductory remarks by the host, Peter Ellis VK1PE and Phil Wait VK2ASD, President of the WIA, and a reading of the names of WIA members killed during WW2.

NOTE: For broadcast immediately before the RD Contest, please start the 18min 30sec broadcast promptly at 02:41:30UTC 15 Aug 2015; it has 5min of frequency clearing announcements before the speakers commence.”

Contest Introduction

This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.

It is preceded by a short opening address by a Guest Speaker transmitted on various WIA frequencies during the few minutes prior to the contest. During this ceremony, a roll call of amateurs who paid the supreme sacrifice during WWII is read.

Aim Of The Contest

Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.
* Points are only awarded for valid contacts between VK, ZL and P2 stations.

This Years Contest

15th & 16th August 2015

Start 0300Z (1pm AEST) Saturday
End 0300Z (1pm AEST) Sunday

Source: WIA News


3. ILLW headed for another success


The registrations for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend are coming in a late rush, with 460 site so far ready for portable activity in the annual big fun event held this weekend.

Whether you are in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania or the Americas, there will be plenty of action with 40 seafaring countries involved to honour this old form of maritime navigation.

The latest registrations include those from Australia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Estonia, Iceland, Isle of Man, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland – that will use the unique callsign of HB9ILLW.

Germany has 70 registrations followed closely by Australia and the USA both on 65, and England with 42.

If you want to registered in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August 15-16 visit the website www.illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC

Source: Southgate AR News



4. Shahzada August 22-28 operators required


Enhance your radio experience.
Apply your radio skills to a practical application.
Meet lots of interesting people.
Thoroughly enjoy yourself for a week.

What is this you ask !!!

Shahzada Calls.

A horse ride endurance event.
Last full week of August,  22 to 28th.
Location,  St Albans a small, pleasant and historically beautiful village just past Wisemans Ferry.  A good excuse to camp out for a week.

Radio operators required to pass progress reports and supply emergency comms when necessary.
All under control and coordinated by a base station.

A full 5 days of your time would be appreciated.
Then again, even one day only would be of great help.

Contact Col (vk2zco)  4324 5576  for details.



5. Arduino CW Decoder video


Dan Trudgian M0TGN has released a video about his Arduino Morse decoder project 

He wanted to create a project that would ‘inspire’ young electronically minded students that might have an interest in radio – (i.e the Morse code) some coding experience and some construction / electronic interest.

Watch Arduino CW Decoder 

Budd’s Channel 

Arduino Sketch 

Read Dan’s blog about the project at http://www.m0tgn.com/

Follow Dan on Twitter @M0TGN


Source: Southgate AR News



History This Week


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

Monday, 10 August, 2015

1248 Construction of Cologne Cathedral begun
1642 Christiaan Huygens discovered the Martian south polar cap.
1743 Earliest boxing code of rules formulated in England (Jack Broughton)
1815 The massive volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora was the most powerful in 1,600 years.
1851 Isaac Singer granted patent for his sewing machine
1870 The U S  Transcontinental Railway actually completed
1880 Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed
1893 France issues first driving licenses, included required test
1894 The first wireless transmission in Morse code was demonstrated by Oliver Lodge at Oxford, about 150 yards
1909  SOS First used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC




The CCARC Website is now working again thanks to Mark VK2MP.
The Kariong antennas have been damaged and are being repaired.


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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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