News from the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club 15th December 2019
The 2020 Wyong field day preparations are in full swing, Sunday the 23rd February. We have received plenty of interest for car boot sales and commercial traders. Remember there are no reserved spaces for boot sales and it is first come first serve, the CCARC will be providing examination and license upgrade facilities on the day, to register interest, please email the clubs education officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info please head on over to www.fieldday.org.au
The club is continuing to work on implementing a DMR 70cm repeater,
after an intense scrute it was found the Receive VCO on the TAIT unit has failed leading the project to a screeching halt until replacement parts are located. If you happen to have spare parts for a Tait T800, the club is interested in hearing from you.
Not local to the VK2RAG repeater? That’s okay, the club holds a net each Thursday evening from 8 PM on the VK2RAG 2 Meter repeater. This repeater is now linked to both Echo link and IRLP. This week’s highlight was Ed DD5LP / VK2JI all the way from Germany.
On Thursday evenings you can find the clubs repeater connected to Echo link conference server “CCARCNSW” or VK2RAG-R / Node 7060 at any other time. Alternatively, IRLP node 6060. Just make sure to disconnect the node when you have finished. Listeners can also watch the net by checking into the live Facebook video stream each Thursday evening or by emailing “email@example.com” and their comments will be read out. A big thanks goes to Alan VK2MG for providing streaming assistance recently.
A recent change was made to the clubs P25 repeater. It is no longer permanently connected to the 10-400 pacific talk group. Please remember to program in your desired talk group as well as talk group “9999” to disconnect the reflector once finished.
The club has now joined the ranks of DMR. Make sure to keep an eye out for VK2AFY.
Are you more of a packet radio operator? there is a packet radio BBS on 147.600 MHz, as VK2EHQ; it can also be accessed via the digipeater VK2RAG-1.
The clubs ATV repeater VK2RTG will soon be receiving a breath of fresh life with some new equipment being purchased to improve the repeaters footprint, Stay tuned for more updates.
You can find further information about the CCARC by visiting www.ccarc.org.au. The club is also active on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Simply search for “Central Coast Amateur Radio Club” and remember to give them a like and follow to keep up to date on the latest happenings.
Club news is happily accepted at “firstname.lastname@example.org”,
The Central Coast Amateur Radio club is located in Dandaloo street Kariong, Just past the fire station. The clubrooms open from around 10:30am each Saturday with meetings kicking off at 1:00 PM
— This news has been brought to you by Brad VK2NMZ, Vice-President, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club