2 metre repeater

The Club’s Yaesu DR-2X repeater has been taken out of service following a failure in the transmitter section.  The repeater is on its way to Melbourne for repair under waranty

We are still on the air with the usual frequencies on 2 metres with our backup repeater, but on FM only.


Tri Club Picnic 21 April 2018

The second Tri Club Picnic was held on 21 April 2018 with members from the Illawarra Amateur Radio Society, the Goulburn and Southern Highlands Radio Society and the Mid South Coast Amateur Club attending.  Although it was not a fine sunny day the weather was tolerable.  About thirty people from the three clubs attended.

There was a variety of gear on display.  The multi mode repeater from IARS was setup and functioning.  John VK2JG had a working 23cm television system running. There were also a number of HF rigs set up and operating.

Orlando, VK2ZOB from our Club attended his first picnic. His constant companion the video camera was put to good use.  Looking forward to seeing the video of the event

There was even a strange flying object moving around the carpark

The next edition of the Lyrebird will have more information and pictures


On Saturday 9 September the members of the Mid South Coast Amateur Radio Club , the Illawarra Amateur Radio Society and the Goulburn and Southern Highlands Radio Society met at the Fitzroy Falls Reservoir Picnic Area for the Tri Club Picnic. It was a fine sunny day with a light breeze. In all, including wives and children there were around sixty people in attendance.

There were a number of portable stations set up and operating ranging from HF through to 23cm.  The members from all Clubs mingled and much was discussed.

There was a break for the lunch which was prepared by the wives from our Club. The sausages, homemade rissoles (thanks Sue) and onions were eaten on bread and washed down with tea or coffee.  A  very enjoyable meal.

After lunch we gathered together for a few short speeches from the Presidents and the obligatory group photo.

A great day out enjoyed by all
For those who did not come you missed a great day.
Do not miss the next Tri Club Picnic

The Group Photo

The club Presidents
Rob, VK2XIC, Bill, VK2AIY and Martin, VK2VOM


Remembrance Day Contest

Gerald VK2HBG took part in the Remembrance Day Contest 2016 earning himself 616 points.   This was enough to gain sixth place overall and second place in VK2



Gerald, VK2HBG
pictured with the certificate he was awarded

Congratulations and well done Gerald

Combined Picnic

A Radio/ Picnic day was held on Saturday 24 September 2016 with members from the Mid South Coast Amateur Radio Club and the Illawarra Amateur Radio Society attending.  It was held at the Killalea State Park


The above picture shows the members who attended with the banners of both clubs.
The picture below shows the whole group including the wives and children of the members attending. Not a large number of contacts were made but much time was spent discussing equipment and radio in general.  Of special interest was the demonstration by Steve who with the aid of his tablet operated his home station by remote control


More pictures and full report in the next edition of the Lyrebird

SOTA Activation Mt Alexandra (VK2/IL-005)


David, VK2FLDW as part of the VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party activated Mt Alexandra near Mittagong.  Contacts were made to to Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.  Local contacts to New South Wales and Canberra were almost non existent on the day.  Maybe a NVIS antenna for the next expedition.  David found a comfortable operating position at a lookout near the summit.


Operating position with a view to the Blue Mountains



Logging QSO’s


IMG_1748      Station gear


Interesting contact today with Ade Larsen, VK4SOE/P operating from a hilltop on his family farm near Stanthorpe  Queensland
He is operating a Codan 7727-C crystal locked radio on 7.1128MHz. Yes that is right 7.1128 MHz, that is the frequency the crystal is cut for.
Currently he is operating most afternoons from 14:00 to about 17:00 hrs
See the YouTube video to see his portable setup
Listen out and see if you can contact him

David, VK2FLDW