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News 14.06.2020

News 14.06.2020

Whilst restrictions have not yet been lifted, the team have been busy preparing the club rooms for re-opening. Recently, Brad VK2NMZ, Jaye VK2FOMG and Steve VK2SKC spent a day in the club rooms performing a thorough winter spring clean. All surfaces and floors have been disinfected and sanitised, the rooms have restructured and signposted to ensure club member compliance with social distancing requirements based on the 4 square meter rule.
Hand Sanitiser has also been placed in various areas of the club rooms including entry and exits.


The Club wishes to advise Mark VK2CCR has made the decision to step down as Secretary of the CCARC due to personal reasons. Mark has provided the club with near three terms of office and has been pinnacle in guiding the team with numerous matters and considerations, the club thanks Mark for his service and hope to see him around the grounds and on the air.

In the meantime, Club President Jaye VK2FOMG will fulfil this role in his place until the next AGM coming up in August.

The club’s membership renewals date is fast approaching on the 1st of July, please make sure you renew your membership, contact treasurer@ccarc.org.au to renew or check your current membership status.

The Clubs repeater committee team have been working hard in the background preparing for the implementation of a VK-DMR repeater-based service to the VK2RAG repeater facility. The teams have been working with associated teams for frequency allocations and antenna array selection and are good to go. The club advises to watch this space!

Did you know the Clubs education facilitator Karen VK2AKB is an AMC Level 3 assessor and the club has the capability to perform remote assessment sessions? If you are interested, please reach out to by emailing education@ccarc.org.au

The club recently held a combined net with KR4KZ-R via Echo Link on the June 10, 2020. This was a highlight for all on the 222 Fun-net (hosted in Orlando Florida). One station who had been licenced for 38 years in Florida said it was the best net they’ve ever been a part of. The team welcomes this to happen again

The club wishes to acknowledge Bob, VK2AOR for hosting an “Are you okay” net at 10:00 AM each day. This has been an incredible initiative and the Bob receives an average of 15 check-ins each day from stations both local and afar. Today will be day 73 of this net now. An amazing achievement!

The clubs Thursday evening net this week was facilitated by Brad VK2NMZ with a topic of “What the most exciting/fulfilling thing that you’ve done in Amateur Radio” and he was amazed at the responses.
There were many examples of stations clearly remembering their first contacts, DX-peditions, awards and building a piece of equipment from scratch and no smoke coming out when power was applied.

The standout comment was from Myles VK2ASS who said “the most fulfilling thing in amateur radio is the people they have met and the friends they have made and the people who have helped him and the people he has been able to help with different things, sharing experiences and learning from other people”

This comment resonated with many participants on the net who resonated closely to the comment. An incredible discussion topic and is a great conversation starter.

Remember, you can view the live stream of the Thursday evening net from the clubs Facebook page, join in via Echo link using the *CCARCNSW* conference server.

Both nets are available via the VK2RAG 2 Meter repeater 146.725Mhz.

You can find out more about the CCARC on the web at www.ccarc.org.au or the clubs Facebook page, just search for Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

Brad VK2NMZ

Vice-President, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club.

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