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ISSUE No 16-12 10th June 2016

In this Issue:

  1. Business Meeting This Saturday
  2. ATV News
  3. Australian radio ham helps schools link to ISS
  4. 73 Magazine Archive
  5. Ed’s Icom IC-7300 review and projects
  6. dogparkSDR Version 1.04 released
  7. Broke & fixed
  8. Reminders


1. Business Meeting This Saturday

The next CCARC Business meeting will be held on Saturday 11th June 2016, commencing at 1300 hours.



2. ATV News


On Thursday May 19th. I received an email from Peter Cossins in Melbourne to say that his lecture the following day has been cancelled for the present due to ill health. On the scheduled day for a live ATV interstate hook up we received via internet a new schedule for the evening starting at 1830 EST. The broadcast was to be a televised ARISS hook up. (ARISS Amateur radio in space shuttle) and comprised 15 school children along with an audience of about 250 people. The 15 children took turns speaking to an operator in the shuttle via amateur radio. The Australian amateur tracking station and operator were situated in S.A.

The event took place and we broadcast the entire proceedings, I made an off air recording from our digital ATV repeater and will make it available to the club for replay if the club is interested. To my knowledge the broadcast went out live in Melbourne, Brisbane and from our repeater. Quite a nice effort from the Australian ATV fraternity.


Victor VK2BTV ATV chairman



3. Australian radio ham helps schools link to ISS


ABC News reports chance encounters of the space kind give radio amateur Shane Lynd VK4KHZ a chance to help NASA

Experimenting with amateur radio equipment had led to a rare position as a NASA volunteer for a central Queensland man.

Mackay man Shane Lynd was tinkering with his radio equipment 18 years ago when a chance encounter with space changed everything.

Mr Lynd made radio contact with Andy Thomas VK5JAT/VK5MIR, the first Australian member of NASA’s astronaut corps, who was on board the Russian Space Station Mir at the time.

“That sparked my interest,” Mr Lynd said.

He soon began thinking of opportunities for schools to link with space.

It was another series of chance encounters that took Mr Lynd a step closer to his goal.

He was invited to join Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a project that helps students engage with amateur radio and make contact with the International Space Station (ISS).

Read the full story at

Glenmore State High School students had a successful amateur radio contact with astronaut Tim Kopra KE5UDN / NA1SS


Source:  Southgate AR News


4. 73 Magazine archive


73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today)  was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials. All are available for free download.

Read 73 online, or download PDF files  here: http://www.archive.org/details/73-magazine
Sam Faber VK2ZZ

5. Ed’s Icom IC-7300 review and projects


It’s really a great rig. I’m hearing stations I couldn’t hear before and the RTTY decoder in it is fun to use as well.

Here’s a link to my script and a few rig related projects for the IC-7300 that I have created:





6. dogparkSDR Version 1.04 released


Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.04 of dogparkSDR has been released.

dogparkSDR is the first Native Mac client for the Flex Radio Systems Signature series SDR Radios.

What’s in this version:
• Added FM Squelch controls.
• Audio prefs meter shows Radio as well as Remote (Mac) Mic levels.
• Added Agc-T to FlexControl tasks, task prefs reset.
• Added Hide Hud when app is in background option to Radio prefs.
• Added Profile selection to the Shortcuts menu.
• Added Reconnect after sleep.
• Fixed Profiles delete.
• Remember Local and Remote Volume setting.
• Remember FlexControl button settings.

This is a free update for all Version 1 customers and can be downloaded from: http://dogparksoftware.com/dogparkSDR.html


Source:  Southgate AR News




Nothing to report.


This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:

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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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