4 Dandaloo Street, Kariong NSW 2250
+61 (02) 4340 2500
ccarc@ccarc.org.au

News 01.08.2021

News 01.08.2021

Due to current public health orders, the clubrooms are currently closed for access until at least Saturday the 28th of August. The clubs executive team continue to monitor the ongoing public health situation are hopeful the doors can reopen again soon.

The club’s general business meeting is scheduled for next Saturday the 7th of August at 13:00 and will be facilitated online via Google Meet with the link having been distributed to members. If members have not received this communication, please reach out to the club’s executive team.


The club will also be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday the 21st of August at 1:00 PM. The current team will not be standing for re-election and all executive board positions will be open. Nominations forms have been sent to club members via E-mail. With the current restrictions, the club’s executive team will accept signed and scanned copies of committee nomination forms no later than 12:00 PM Wednesday the 18th of August.

Club Member Peter VK2EHQ has recently received a QSL card from Mario VP8EME in the Falkland Islands IOTA SA-002 after a successful contact on 80 Meters. For those who are unsure where the Falkland Islands are, it is just shy of 30,000kms long-path from Peters QTH. Congratulations Peter!


The club’s Brand Meister DMR repeater is currently offline due to an unknown power related fault. The team have not yet been able to fully isolate and locate the cause of the issue and are hoping to investigate this further when travel restrictions ease.


Adrian, VK2ABS held his slow scan SSTV Net on Friday the 30th of July at 7:30 PM. With multiple stations attending on the evening. The next net will be on Friday the 13th via the 147.125 MHz 2 Meter WICEN Repeater. The club thanks Adrian for putting together a great show for all the stations that checked in during the night.


Bob VK2AOR and Dave VK2KFU continue with the clubs Morning Tea net every day. And with the most recent travel bubble placed onto the greater Sydney area, it is a prime time to check in on your mate! Whilst some days are starting to lighten up, the boys continue to push through. A massive thanks go out to Bob and Dave for running these nets, it sure brightens up everyone’s day.


Brad VK2NMZ hosted the Thursday Evening 2-meter net with a topic of “Headspace during COVID” There were several discussions from stations of what they have been doing to keep themselves busy during this challenging time. Some are keeping themselves occupied with self-education and others are focusing on revisiting music production, A fantastic discussion had by all.


Both nets are held on the VK2RAG 2 Metre repeater, 146.725Mhz with a 91.5hz sub audible tone.


Unfortunately, the Echolink and IRLP system remains offline, and the team hope to have this returned soon.


The club is still looking for more operators to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the RAAF at the end of August so far only 2 operators have put their hand up. This is a fantastic opportunity to get out on the bands and share in celebrating this momentous occasion portable or otherwise. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to the club directly.


Did you know the club has a YouTube channel? It contains lecture recordings from previous events as well as numerous technical videos covering a range of topics.


You can find out more about the CCARC on the web at www.ccarc.org.au; via telephone on 02 4340 2500 or Search for Central Coast Amateur Radio Club on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find us. Remember to give the club a “like” to follow for any updates.

Brad VK2NMZ
Vice-President & Publicity, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

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