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
The results of this years contest are out. Ted VK2ARA, Brian Vk2AH, Rob VK2XIC, Darrell VK2BLS and Jason VK2FLID locals from Wollongong featured large in the results.
Congratulations to all
Check out the Ross Hull Memorial VHF-UHF Contest page on the WIA website for the full results
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
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
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
Ron Bertrand from the Radio and Electronics School has just published a book
Radio Theory Handbook. Beginner to Advanced
This book starts at beginner level, building the foundations of Electricity, AC Theory and Radio Theory. These foundations are progressively and slowly built upon and culminate at a solid Advanced Level. This is an ideal study program for those wanting an understanding electrical and radio theory. This study is suitable for Radio Technicians, Electrical Technicians, Technical Officers. Also suitable for those seeking to gain a qualification from Beginner to ‘Advanced’ Radio (Amateur) Experimenter; in any country. The book aims to provide a clear understanding of concepts.
The goal is learning rather than memorizing.
The book is available at Amazon. link below
David, VK2FLDW will be taking part in the VK1 Winter SOTA QSO Party on Sunday 7 August 2016. He will be operating from Mt Alexandra, VK2/IL-005 from 09:00 to 11:00 hours weather permitting. Listen out for him on 40 metres 7.100MHz LSB
The publication date of June 20, 2016 is for “MF Down Under”: An edited VK-compendium of articles and projects for the 630m & 160m bands which is the first ever Oceania-based one-stop-reference for embarking upon MF operating, and is all-mode inclusive.
The book contains
345 x A4 pages
ISBN registration 978-0-9873638-6-2
Wire spiral binding so it will lay flat on a desk for convenience
44 articles and projects for 630m and 160m
Material contributed by 15 VK authors
Contents and Index pages to facilitate finding topics of specific interest
It is intended to be a limited-run, cost-recovery legacy to amateur radio in Oceania and the retail price will be AUD$48 plus postage satchel cost if required. Orders are currently being taken via firstname.lastname@example.org