to one of the
largest Amateur Radio Clubs in Australia with over 200 members.
Celebrating 50 years of progress through activity.
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club is located at York
Street,Teralba on the Western
shores of Lake Macquarie which is 100 Kilometres NNE of
Sydney and 10 Kilometres
SW of Newcastle NSW.
We are a not for profit
club, with the aim of promoting Amateur Radio in all its
and enjoyment. The club is not gender specific, having
both female and male members.
Members come from all walks of life with a mix of
experience, young and mature,
novice and technical.
The most important aspect of
the club is the willingness of all members to share
knowledge for the benefit of others.
To find out more about the
club and it's activities, please follow the various
links on our website or
contact one of our members, or
come along to our meetings.
Canteen and activity room are provided and the club is
also home to the WIA QSL Bureau.
Please call in when you are in the area. Tea and coffee
are always on.
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15,000 Radio Amateurs in
Australia. It's a hobby for most and is a form of
communication and probably the earliest form of social
networking. It's ham radio. But what does it entail
The Wireless Institute of Australia has
recognised the record breaking achievements of Andy
Nguyen VK3YT by
naming him in its WIA Merit Award program, while one of
his pico party-type balloons VK9WI flew at high
Andy VK3YT was given the WIA Technical
Excellence Award for his work with the pico space
balloons, including one that circumnavigated the
Southern Hemisphere nearly three times.
In the middle of 2015 pico balloon PS-46
floated more than 110,800 km before descending into the
Indian Ocean due to bad weather.
Additionally Andy VK3YT while on a
working holiday also floated and tracked two solar
powered pico balloons that he launched in the USA.
The prestigious WIA Technical Excellence
Award was granted amid warm applause by those at the
annual general meeting held on Saturday May 28 on
Andy VK3YT who was unable to be at the
AGM was later very humble in receiving the award for
what many see as pioneering work and a new era for small
solar powered balloons carrying Amateur Radio payloads.
The PS balloons have sparked a lot on
interest among trackers throughout the world, and is
known to have given a few radio amateurs a new
For the occasion the balloon PS-64 was
launched that included a greeting message to the WIA AGM
using the VK9WI callsign
for its tracking telemetry, but it was brought down by
However, Andy was ready with a back-up
the VK9WI balloon and launched PS-65 that initially
headed south to Tasmania, then across to New Zealand and
at last report moved southerly toward South America.
Like his recent balloon that latest PS-65
has a 25mW transmitter using WSPR and JT9 on the 30m
We have put down a landmark in the Teralba area.
Many thanks to
the workers and the assembled witnesses
The club is open:
Saturday from around
11:00 am. Also on a
Tuesday evening from
around 6:00 pm
and of course visitors are always welcome!
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