The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted
every Sunday at 9am on
2 meters at 146.775
WARC News Broadcast 18-6-2017
The monthly meeting took place yesterday and was
preceded with a Committee meeting to outline some points
of action to benefit members for the next 12 months.
President Barry, VK2FIM was absent as he and Wendy are
touring the Greek Islands Ö In Office for a month and
already on a Junket Overseas!.
The meeting attracted a full house of members eager to
see the new management in action. Barrie VK2QG Chaired
the meeting and handled the meeting well.
We have it on good authority that the Westlakes Store is
not the best place to have a stretch and a nanna nap, if
caught you will be dispatched via ambulance to the
appropriate medical institution. Well thatís what
happened to Geoff Linthorne VK2GL anyway! Whilst
occupying the foremans stool in the Store, Geoff fell
victim to a debilitating back spasm and associated
issues. At last report Jeff VK2MCD confirmed all was ok
with Geoff at the hospital, and family had arrived to
ensure all was ok. At 4pm he was waiting to play guinea
pig whilst they done further tests. Thanks also to
Michael VK2CCW and Barry VK2BZ for ensuring Geoffís
vehicle was ferried home for him as well. Get better
Geoff! Aly needs your supervision.
Meanwhile Joe Buddingh VK2JBS, the storeís quiet
achiever, has been holidaying in the Southern Highlands
of NSW, some people will go anywhere to cool down!
Much of the vast majority of Valves have been sorted by
Jeff VK2MCD, so if you know of anyone requiring valves
for a project then contact the store. We intend to
advertise these items in various publications and also
put a posting on VKham and EBay. Check us first Ö there
may be just the right one for that project.
ALY, VK2AFZ requires shoe boxes and ice cream containers
for the store. If you can help, pass them along to Aly
in the store. You do need new shoes, Donít you! With a
target of at least fifty, all are asked to try and
The Secretary now has Wind Cheater Jackets with the club
Logo as well as Vestís. See Jeff and look smart this
Ian, VK2FIGM took home the meat tray much to his delight
... A first time winner, he was still smiling as he left
to go home some time later.
The work never ends for some! The website keeps changing
and updating thanks to Luke VK2LGW, the activity room is
being attended to by Norm VK2KNC and Lloyd VK2XAA, all
the display boards of Westlakes history have been rehung,
literally thousands of valves are going through a
sorting process, and all sorts of day to day tasks that
magically just ďhappenĒ. To those that do the simple but
necessary tasks such as washing up, mopping, toilet
cleaning, fridge stocking, vacuuming and so on we are
grateful, to those that may be shy, feel free to help
out with a broom or by taking garbage away, even just go
for a walk around the building and pick up any rubbish
the locals have kindly left for us.
As from July, the Friday maintenance days will be
recommencing. Disappointingly these ran off the rails
due to ongoing weather issues, and lack of availability
of organizers. There are many regular tasks that need
doing, inside, outside, painting, mowing, cleaning. The
first one will be 9am Friday July 6th, all welcome for
whatever time you may be able to spare and whatever you
are capable of assisting with. There will be a list of
tasks that need attention on the wall in front of the
sign in book for those willing and able to assist.
NooElec and AmateurRadio.com have picked the winners of
their June 2017 SDR Receiver Giveaway. Among the ten
world-wide winners is Westlakes member, George Vielhauer
What was the prize? A NooElec NESDR SMArTee XTR Bundle -
Premium RTL-SDR with Extended Tuning Range, Aluminium
Enclosure, Bias Tee, 0.5PPM TCXO, SMA Input for 3
Antennas. This Premium RTL-SDR bundle includes NESDR
SMArTee XTR in a beautiful brushed aluminium enclosure,
re-designed antenna base with 2metres of RG-58 feed
cable, and 3 antenna masts. Fabricated by NooElec in the
USA and Canada!
Thanks to Dennis VK2XDW for spotting this item
Last December we announced a club project to build the
This project was the brain-child of Dennis VK2XDW.
Progress has been made of a sort. Two kits have been
assembled one by Dennis and the other by Norm VK2KNC and
they work of a sort. Consider the Globespan as a work in
progress. The PCB's have arrived and are in the
Westlakes Store as are all the kit parts. Another month
or so and there could be some good news of a sort. It is
anticipated the kits may be ready for Christmas.....or
the one after.
Since changing frequency to 80 metres Ö 3.565 MHz Ö
instead of the non performing 40 metres at 9:30am, we
are averaging 10 or more check-inís on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday mornings. It makes a huge
difference to not have to strain to hear other stations.
So if you are enjoying your morning coffee still dressed
in your PJís, We donítí care Ö Join in and brighten your
For a big kick, come to Westlakes Ninth Car Boot Sale in
the club grounds at Teralba.
Anyone can be a seller. Anything can be sold. Pot
plants, tools, tea sets, rubber boots - even radio gear
has occasionally turned up.
It is an absolutely free event for all. There is no
charge for sellers, buyers, or lookers. What will be
available is lunch from the Westlakes barbecue and
drinks at bargain prices. It all gets underway at 9 am
on Saturday 15 July.
A wedge-tailed eagle has attacked and badly damaged a
drone flying over farm machinery in Western Australia.
Leigh Nairn was using the drone to check the set-up of
his airseeder when the eagle swooped and knocked the
unmanned aerial vehicle out of the sky. The farmer from
Binnu, north of Geraldton, said the bird grabbed the
drone with its talons.
"It was probably all but one or two seconds. The next
thing I saw was my drone tumbling to the earth." He said
the drone camera was damaged and a propeller was knocked
off. He was concerned the eagle would carry the drone
Members are encouraged to maintain vehicle security,
particularly when attending outside of the normal
Saturdays. Our neighbor had one of his vehicles stolen
recently by some well known to Police car thieves,
whilst out driving around the bush he was met by his
stolen vehicle albeit with a fresh paintjob but even
after following it back to a known illegal car operation
and waiting there for police nothing has happened, so
obviously the priority for all of us is prevention
rather than recovery.
There has been a high level of health issues of late,
with several members having some rather nasty problems.
Some are on the mend, some weíre not sure and one has
beaten the big C and been declared all clear! Our
thoughts and warmest wishes go out to members doing it
tough at the moment. No need for names, but we need to
realize that things may not always be as they seem with
our fellow members, always keep an eye out and try and
be mindful of otherís and their wellbeing, and if
feeling a tad poorly, donít be shy in visiting the local
Doctor for a once over. None of us are immortal, no
matter what we might tell you!
Foundations of Amateur Radio
You know you've been at something for a while if you
come across a topic that you want to dig into and
discover that you already covered it in great detail a
year ago. For me that topic was the "FM capture effect",
which I covered in great detail a while back - the
research says: "This happens, we know it happens, it
happens under these circumstances, but precisely how,
we're not sure."
I finished off with a quote by Arthur C. Clarke who
wrote in 1973: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic." -- by that definition,
Amateur Radio and the "FM capture effect" is clearly
For me Amateur Radio is about the constant quest of
learning, the ongoing pursuit of explanation and
understanding, the relentless curiosity that burns a
hole in my mind waiting to get filled with information
and knowledge about anything and everything.
In that same environment I am the holder of the
beginner's license in Amateur Radio and that is the
cause for some members of our community to scoff at my
skills, to demand that I upgrade, to ridicule the level
of licence that I hold and to brandish their higher
level certificate of proficiency as a weapon against my
meagre understanding of this hobby.
How is it possible that this irrational belief that one
license is more valid than another can exist in a world
where something as basic as the "FM capture effect" is
not understood, not documented, not explained and not
taught to those holding the summit of knowledge, the
highest level of Amateur License?
I've been a student all my life and truth be told,
that's true for most people I meet. There are a few
people who know everything already, but the rest of us
are able to understand that learning is a continual
process. The level of license you hold has nothing to do
with your ability to learn, your ability to understand
or your ability to be a higher class of human.
A high level license is a privilege to incur a higher
level of responsibility and acknowledgement that at some
level you're able to walk and chew gum at the same time.
Clearly for some it's the ultimate expression of their
superiority, but for the rest of us it's a token that
affords us extra access to radio spectrum and
One reason I'm raising this is because if you're a new
entrant to our hobby, you might be confronted by
Amateurs who demand that you update your license at
their insistence, rather than your interest, which can
lead to you leaving our community which is a regrettable
and undesirable outcome.
Another reason I'm raising this is because there are
many things in Amateur Radio like the "FM capture
effect", phenomenon we know happen, but have little
understanding about. These things have implications far
beyond our hobby. For example, the mobile phone in your
pocket, or the laptop on your knees or the wireless
headphones on your head, all use technologies that are
subject to the "FM capture effect" and understanding and
research in our hobby can and will help the wider
So, don't let your lowly license deter you from
learning, from participating, from being curious and
researching things that interest you. Who knows, one day
you'll add to the body of knowledge that we call Amateur
Radio and we'll all be better off.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Well thatís all the news from Westlakes that I have for