Due to an extended AGM there was no time to appoint the various sub-committee positions; this will be done at the next meeting instead, and the current occupants will continue in their roles in the meantime. We also apologise to Karen VK2AKB and Glenn VK2GEM for neglecting to mention that they were made Life Members for all their hard work.
The next lecture will be on Saturday 21st September, on the ins and outs of capacitors.
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 and Echolink access, 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 random noise).
There is also a packer radio BBS on 147.600 MHz as VK2EHQ; it can also be accessed via digipeater VK2RAG-1.
There is a net every Thursday from 7pm, on the 2m repeater VK2RAG on 146.725; all members are encouraged to join, especially if Club news for ARNSW is involved.
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 of the weekly streaming news via several modes which is proving to be quite popular, especially with Amateurs both interstate and overseas.
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