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News 23.02.2019

News 23.02.2019

Welcome to the special Saturday evening CCARC news, as there will be no broadcast tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is of course the Wyong Field Day, organised by the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, so as a result this bulletin will concentrate upon the various lectures.

It’s the biggest hamfest in the Southern Hemisphere, held at Wyong Racecourse; naturally there will be a free bus service run by the CCARC to and from Wyong station.

There will be plenty of new rigs on offer along with various raffles, and also an Outside Broadcast van from a local community station along with a local communications company, and a roving camera crew which will stream over the net.

Regretfully, there will not be any VK Amateur assessments at this Field Day, but Julian VK2YJS/AG6LE (VE) will still conduct USA assessments; Foundation courses will of course continue to be conducted by the Club as needed.

There will be two lecture streams running at the same time; briefly, they include:

Lecture Room 1:

  • Ray Palmer will give a talk on the Australian Touring HF Club, along with the use of digital HF.
  • Ray VK2NO will present the historic frequency-hopping radio “RAVEN”.
  • Brian Clarke will enlighten you on how science works; do you really know why and how things work?
  • Vikal Kumar from the BOM’s Space Weather Services department will talk on Space Weather, and how it affects aviation.
  • And David VK5GDR will give a talk on the FreeDV HF digital voice mode.

Lecture Room 2:

  • Lindsay VK2AMV will be talking about the new MMDVM (multimode digital voice modem) digital mode, and how easy it is to cross various digital borders.
  • Cameron McKay will talk about satellite telemetry and Cubesats.
  • And Paul VK2GX will run a conference on JOTA, including requirements for “adult helpers” and “badge work”.

It is understood that all lectures will be filmed.

Further information about the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club including coming events can be found on the web site www.ccarc.org.au.

— Dave VK2KFU, Publicity Officer, Central Coast Amateur Radio Club

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