Welcome to the first CCARC news for the new year, and we trust that all of our members survived the festivities without being too bleary-eyed on the following morning.
Yesterday was Project Day, with many a member brushing up on their soldering skills to build a range of kits.
The Club lecture next Saturday 19th January will be by Dave VK2KFU, who will give a talk on how the ubiquitous GPS system works; this talk had to be postponed due to him being somewhat suddenly sick, and he thanks Bob VK2AOR for stepping in at the last moment.
Don’t forget the Wyong Field Day organised by the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club next month; it is the biggest hamfest in the Southern Hemisphere, and will be on the 24th February, at Wyong Racecourse. In the meantime, should anyone have any photographs of the old Field Days then Vice-President Jaye VK2FOMG would love to hear from you.
The list of advised lecture so far include: “Impacts of Space Weather on Aviation” by Vickal Kumar, “How science works” by Brian VK2GCE, “Satellites and collecting telemetry” by Cameron VK2CKP, a talk on the RAVEN frequency-hopping military radio using hollow-state technology by Ray VK2NO (which at the time was hush-hush), and a talk on the Multi Mode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM) by Lindsay VK2AMV; CCARC members had a preview of the latter lecture at a previous meeting. There will be more advice closer to the event as it arrives.
The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club is also interested in collecting some early history about itself, so if anyone has any stories, snippets, or outright gossip then please share them, as some history appears to have fallen by the wayside as various members came and went.
All meetings of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club are held at the Club rooms in Dandaloo St, Kariong, just past the fire station at 1pm, preceded by the famous sausage sizzle run by master chef Steve VK2SKC, starting at 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 every 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 6m 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.
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 noon on Friday. Listeners may “join” the net by email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and their comments will be read out.
Further information about the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club including coming events can be found on the web site www.ccarc.org.au, and it will be updated soon with a completely new look.
— Dave VK2KFU, Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club