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   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 modes
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 their
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.


What is Amateur Radio...

 Are you new to Amateur Radio? and you like to know more about our most rewarding, interesting, educational, democratic hobby, then click here, and we tell you all about our exciting hobby!

   There are 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 exactly?
 


New or Updated Content:

Australian Ham Radio License Numbers Stagnant
- 20-11-2017
WIA News reports amateur radio license numbers are stagnant despite lapsed licensees returning to the hobby in significant numbers 

RadFxSat (F0x-1B) Launched
- 20-11-2017
The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC's WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic "Fox Tail" of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa.


WARC News Broadcast 19-11-2017 - 20-11-2017
Fixed the Broadcast Sound Upload to the website!

WARC News Broadcast 19-11-2017 - 19-11-2017
The club’s third and final car boot sale of the year was held yesterday. The usual suspects turned up with their car boots and ute trays filled with goodies and the usual casualties arrived with their wallets full. The sale was a hive of activity with a number of bargains being snapped up quickly. A pushbike for $5 and a CRO (remember what they were?) for $10. As usual the car boot sale acted as the meeting place for members and visitors to catch up on the news of the week from the latest in amateur radio to politics from the neighbourhood to the nation.


GOES -15 Satellite Magnetometer -
10-11-2017
Magnetometers provide realtime data of the local Earth magnetic field at ground level. Sharp deviations in the data could signal the development of geomagnetic activity. This data is measured by the GOES-15 satellite which does monitor Solar X-Rays. This information is very important in tracking solar flares. Large X-ray bursts cause short wave fades for HF propagation paths through the sunlit hemisphere. Solar flares can also trigger geomagnetic storms which produce aurora and nice openings on VHF.




Whether you enjoy writing software, getting hands-on with practical equipment, developing new technology or simply want to use what’s already there to communicate with others across the world, you’ll find all of this – and more – within amateur radio. It is also great fun. Why don't you try it and join the
 World of Amateur Radio?

 


The finished meeting room now complete with audiovisual equipment installed


The renovated library now the meeting room.

 



 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!
Club's Phone number: (02) 49 060 456

 

  

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Westlakes Club News  VK2ATZ broadcast Sunday's 9.00hrs on the VK2RTZ Repeater on 146.775MHz
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. York Street, Teralba NSW