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Amateur Radio Club Inc.




The Westlakes Weekly Broadcast.

The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted 
every Sunday at 9am on 2 meters at 146.900 MHz
(the Hunter Radio Group's Repeater)


WARC News Broadcast Sunday 15-7-2018 ...

Yesterday was in fact meeting day although it is felt that the weather told a few to stay home in the warmth of their own abode. It was cold on the seat of knowledge, just ask Allan VK2JED. Most headed for the warmth of the air conditioner in the Meeting Room. Michael VK2CCW was busy preparing CW passages for his training sessions on Monday and Friday nights. GlennVK2GST aka the Eleebana Museum curator, brought in his next exhibit, another CW key to show off.

Luke VK2LGW showed us some snippets of his latest digital TV project which he has been working on.

The Committee Meeting commenced at 1100hrs with most of the discussion being in general terms on aspects of fundraising for the club and how to enhance same.

The General Monthly Meeting commenced at 1300hrs with one Barrie in the chair filling in for the other Barry.

AN update was given by Ken VK2UTC in regards to the equipment we have recently procured from the estate of Bill VK2XT. When the equipment has been checked, the majority of it will go up for tender. We are still to go through the items in the Bill’s storage shed.

Allan VK2JED announced that we would not be participating in the Trans-Tasman Contest next weekend but we will be in the RD Contest next month.

Tenders have closed for the tribander antenna. As there were no bids for the unit the antenna will be put up for sale.

The Christmas dinner was mentioned and it was proposed that as the ladies of the club put in a lot of effort each year, it might be an idea to give them a break and come up with another alternative to the dinner at the club rooms.

At the conclusion of General Business Jamie VK2YCJ gave a report on the recent W.I.A. Conference held at the Sea World Resort in the Gold Coast. Topics covered in the various technical forums were, communicating with lasers, various digital modes, communicating with an overseas station via moon bounce and meteor scatter.

It was also reported that the next year’s conference would be held in Sydney and will be hosted by the Waverley Amateur Radio Society. It will be a good opportunity for some of us to go down and catch up with some of the latest technologies available.

After our meeting the all-important meat tray raffle was drawn and won by a gentleman who had decided to double his normal ticket quantity, as he was feeling lucky. Congratulations to Aly VK2AFZ. Enjoy as it was well timed.

On Monday, the question was asked of those on the airwaves, “How many of us use a G5RV antenna. This started all the antenna stories and many had variations of such in their back yards. Ken VK2UTC was amazed that anyone could hear him at all as he admitted that his antenna was facing the wrong way to be heard by the majority.

Reference was made to the late Les Daniels VK2AXZ who used to use an isopole antenna for 2 metres and used to think it was a brilliant antenna. Living on Cardiff Heights as Les did, and bearing in mind his great elevation, even a wet piece of string would work well.

Wednesday proved to be a real mixture ranging from the number of moving parts in old timepieces to someone doing the washing in an old copper.

At the Club Rooms Ken VK2UTC spent the morning photographing and cataloguing all the newly acquired equipment in preparation for same to be entered into the Assets Register.

On Friday, many were complaining about the prices to get into things such as the zoo. This turned into a conversation about our first pay packets and the things you could do with a pound in your pocket, and how much change you would have left over. Greg VK2CW told of the time he discovered that sea horses were not mythical creatures like fairies at the bottom of the garden. He found them at the bottom of the zoo.

The question was then posed as to what timepiece has the most moving parts, and the other poser being what four letter word is shorter when two letters are added. Those that were on the net need not answer.)

At this time we can spare a thought for Lou, VK2NZ who when he rose out of bed to greet the day at 0600hrs on Wednesday morning found the temperature at Falconbridge to be a whole one degree.

Now for a change of pace. We would like to convey our hearty thanks to those dedicated volunteers who took on the task of sorting through the shack belonging to the late Bill Hall VK2XT. This was all done at the request of his son. Through this activity, the Club will surely progress.

Now we continue with our light hearted look at the amateur bands.

This week we start with;
6Metres – This VHF band evokes a passion unknown on any other band. The most dedicated bunch of amateurs monitor 6 metres day and night, hoping to make a once-a-year-contact. These “more money than sense” operators genuinely consider 6 metres as the best band available, such is their delusion.

Limiteds abound on 6 metres and it’s not hard to work out why. This band is the only way these blokes are ever going to make a contact beyond the range of the local VHF or UHF repeater. It is true that an extensive world-wide range of 6 metre 24 hour beacons are in operation. However one could be excused for not believing this because one can never hear them.

2Metres – This band has been called “CB Mark II” and “The lowest common denominator.” This is quite unfair and those who have resorted to such comments should be ashamed of themselves. But 2 metres is the closest to broadcasting that amateurs will ever get. The simplex channels are not confidential and heaven forbid should try to pass a private message via a repeater. Literally hundreds of listeners monitor 2 metres day and night.

It is fair to say that good operating practice often slips on this band and this is the main reason for the distain that many hold for 2 metres. Hogging repeaters when in simplex range, not leaving a 3 second pause between overs and a ridiculous over use of callsigns are silly habits. To sum up, I reckon 2 metres is a pain to listen to, but very handy when you want to use it.

This article is to be concluded next week.

Just a note at this point that we have just received a consignment of caps and jackets etc. If you are one of those who have ordered one or more of these items, talk to Lloyd VK2XAA, before we sell them again. We’ll do anything for a quick buck.

At this point here is another reminder of the Car Boot Sale on Saturday 28TH of this month, and again we re-iterate, there are a number of new foundation amateurs in our midst. I’m sure they will appreciate the opportunity of procuring the odd piece of amateur equipment that you no longer require.
Also don’t forget the Field Day on 14th October this year. Time to start fossicking through your junk and make an odd donation to the auction.

In conclusion, another pondering. Don’t Count the Days, Make the Days Count.

This is the news we have for you this week. 73.





Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. York Street, Teralba NSW