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40th Anniversary Meeting

I would like to congratulate all those members that worked so hard to make our 40th Anniversary Celebration a great success.

The weather was just right, the venue was great and the company was first class. It was good to meet so many “old” acquaintances, some of them had travelled quite a distance. Roger Harrison VK2ZRH was the WIA representative and he travelled down by train. Fortunately  Bob VK2TG was able to take him back to Sydney.

Our thanks must go to Jenny and her helper for the splendid meal.

Also to Gerald VK2HBG for all his work in organising the VI2HQ40 roster, and to everyone else who worked so hard in their own way to make things go so smoothly.

Let us hope that we can all stick around for the club’s 50th

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

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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

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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.

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Operating position with a view to the Blue Mountains

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Logging QSO’s

 

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VK4SOE

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

New Book by Ron Bertrand

Ron Bertrand from the Radio and Electronics School has just published a book
Radio Theory Handbook.  Beginner to Advanced

TRTHB2Ahis 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
https://www.amazon.com/Radio-Theory-Handbook-Beginner-Advanced/dp/1534696121

New Book MF Down Under

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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
  • Nine chapters

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 d.wd@bigpond.com