Last month’s Shahzada 400km Horse Enduro held to its promise of all four seasons in one day, and sometimes all at once, but it is not known whether the infamous “St. Albans Fade” took place (wherein it is not possible to communicate with Base until the rising sun burns off the mist). Several members took part in this important event, with many bods working many shifts during the day, but at least there was some time to do some serious DX work. There were no known breakdowns this time (nor riders going the wrong way) and all horses returned with their riders attached to them.
The next lecture will be on Saturday 21st September, on a topic to be advised.
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 pro-tem, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club