The Wyong Field Day organized by the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club is now over and the dust has settled; yesterday’s Club business meeting was a dissection of the event, and we hope to report the results next week.
We can report that the raffle winners were: 1st prize: Peter VK2APS; second prize: Richard VK2FKRO; third prize: Don VK2ICE. The Lucky Draw was won by wrist-band number 071320, but the name was not known at the time of writing. Regretfully, technical difficulties prevented live streaming via YouTube, but appear on the Club’s Facebook page; the videos of the lectures will appear online in due course. In the meantime, should anyone have any footage or stills that they would like to share then please contact the Club.
The Club would like to thank the various sponsors, including but not limited to: Icom, GME, TET-Emtron, Karera Communications, and Radio 5-O Plus; if necessary, a more complete list will appear next week.
The next event on the Club calendar is a working bee next Saturday; the Club rooms at Kariong will be spruced up first, then an entourage will head towards the Somersby repeater site, and of course all Club members are invited.
The next lecture will be by Mark VK2CCR on “Capacitors, inductors, and first order circuits”, on Saturday 16th; he says that it will not be too technical.
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 (onions optional) run by master chef Steve VK2SKC, from noon. 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. The Club rooms are usually open from 10.30 am on Saturday, for general chit-chat and access to the Club workshop and library. The Club also conducts Foundation training on an as-required basis.
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; please note that both repeaters require the standard sub-audible tone of 91.5 Hz.
The Club also runs a mixed-mode repeater VK2RAG on 439.950 MHz, which is connected to the P25 network; 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 held every Thursday on the 2m repeater VK2RAG on 146.725, starting at 8pm; all members are encouraged to join (especially if Club news for the ARNSW broadcast is involved). Club news is happily accepted at “email@example.com”, preferably by 12 noon on Friday. Listeners may “join” the net by email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and their comments will be read out.
The Club also has a Facebook page: just look for “centralcoastarc”, so be sure to “like” it to receive further updates. There is also a Twitter account on @ccarclub, and a YouTube channel streaming world-wide via several modes which is proving to be quite popular, especially with Amateurs both interstate and overseas. The Club wonders whether this is a first: “We lead, others follow”.
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