News from the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club
At the Annual General Meeting on 17th August the following Committee positions were elected unanimously; President: Jaye VK2FOMG, Vice-President: Brad VK2NMZ, Secretary: Mark VK2CCR, Treasurer: Dave VK2DLS. The Club would like to thank outgoing president Myles VK2ASS for his dedicated work over the past 12 months; the sub-committee positions will be filled at the next General Meeting on 7th September.
The inaugural Echolink net was a success, with over 20 amateurs joining in, both local and overseas.
The annual Shahzada 400km Horse Enduro was held last week; a summary will be presented when available.
The next Central Coast business meeting will be this Saturday 7th September, and the next lecture will be on Saturday 21st September.
All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the Club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong, just past the fire station. Meetings start at 1pm, preceded by the famous sausage sizzle run by master chef Steve VK2SKC from noon, followed by Karen VK2AKB’s home cooking; a specialty being her homemade cakes and pikelets.
The Club rooms are accessible by bus, with a stop just opposite Dandaloo St, serviced by the route 34 bus from Gosford railway station every hour, and one can usually arrange a lift back. The Club rooms are usually open from 10.30am on Saturday, for general chit-chat and access to the Club workshop and library.
The Club relays VK2WI News broadcasts every Sunday morning and evening. Callbacks are taken after the morning news only, on the Somersby 6 and 2m repeaters VK2RAG on 53.725 and 146.725 MHz respectively; both repeaters require the standard sub-audible tone of 91.5 Hz.
The 70cm VK2RAG repeater on 439.950 MHz is a mixed-mode repeater, currently supporting analogue FM and P25, with 2m IRLP access now working and 70cm access coming soon. A 91.5 Hz tone is required for analogue access, and is highly recommended for receiving (unless you like listening to digital noise).
There is a net every Thursday from 7pm, on the 2m repeater VK2RAG on 146.725; all members are encouraged to join.
Further information about the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club can be found on the web site www.ccarc.org.au.
— Dave VK2KFU, Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club