Central Coast Amateur Radio Club News – August 5, 2023
The club rooms at Kariong are open on Saturdays from 10:30am. As always, members and visitors are most welcome.
Last week, a powerpoint presentation took us on a brief journey on the development of microcontrollers and how functionality has evolved from dedicated hardware to transducers interfaced to an Arduino and the functionality provided in software. The ease of use of the Arduino and support available was highlighted.
To show what’s possible, various ham radio Arduino projects were highlighted ranging from station
accessories such as power meters, rotator controllers etc up to the micro BITX Arduino based transceiver. We had a look at the Arduino software to show some of its features.
How to prototype projects was covered before having a lunch provided by Glenn and Steve.
We wrapped up the session with a show and tell of Arduino parts and projects.
The audience went away with some support documentation and all remarked that they enjoyed the day and were eager to try an Arduino based project.
Yesterday, the club held its Annual General meeting. The CCARC expresses its thanks to the outgoing
executive and committee; and congratulations to the incoming with best wishes for the coming year.
At the VK2RAG Somersby repeater site, the D-Star, Rad-Net DMR and 2m Echolink services are fully
functional. The 23cm repeater is currently off-air, being replaced.
The club Web SDR at Somersby. Websdr.ccarc.org.au is configured to listen on 6 metres, 2 metres, 70
centimetres and 23 centimetres.
The Morning Tea Net is run on weekdays at 10:00am and the Weekly net on Thursday at 8:00pm.
Both nets are run on on the VK2RAG repeater – 146.725MHz with a 91.5Hz sub-audible tone, and on the
CCARCNSW and HAM Echolink conferences.
The Thursday evening net is also live video-streamed on the club’s facebook page.
You can find out more about the CCARC, our upcoming social events and other details that we can’t tell you about here on the web at ccarc.org.au, by phone on 02 4340 2500, or on social media by searching for “Central Coast Amateur Radio Club”. Remember to give the club a “like” to follow for any updates.
73, from Alan VK2MG
Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.
Summary of Nets
VK2RAG 146.725 with 91.5Hz tone and echolink through the CCARCNSW and HAM Conferences
- The Morning Tea Net is held Monday to Friday at 10am.
- The Weekly Net is held on Thursday at 8:00pm