The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted
every Sunday at 9am on
2 meters at 146.900
(the Hunter Radio Group's Repeater)
Good morning. This is VK2ATZ portable
with a summary of news and events for Amateur Radio
Operators and listeners on behalf of Westlakes Amateur
Radio Club Incorporated. It is Sunday the 14th of July
2019. Your announcer this morning is Jeremy VK2LDX,
using the club call-sign. Call-backs will be taken
immediately after the broadcast.
The outdoor weather gauge was checked yesterday, and the
scientific result was that it must have been cold based
on the lower number of vehicles present!
Discussions varied and included what some members would
do for the Club if they were in receipt of the elusive
Lotto wins. Michael CCW, was busy preparing his award
winning CW Sessions, before taking on the task of
running the BBQ. Thanks Michael much appreciated. The
previous Chef is according to her partner, “Flat on her
back in Hospital” We think she has been carrying LDX too
much and injured herself hi hi. Speedy recovery wishes
Of course, it was all about business today, and the
Committee held their meeting, while Stephen FHRZ's guide
dog Ike was keen for it to end so he could check out
sample the quality of Michael CCW's cooking.
The General meeting came and went and in almost record
time. Perhaps the Secretary should be kept away more
often! Even the super Saturday meat raffle was a
challenge, requiring several attempts to draw a
successful winner.....a very deserving Dennis XDW!
Things are starting to progress rapidly with regard to
getting the Log Periodic and wire antennas back in the
air, don't be shy if you can assist.
During the week the passing parade consisted of Ken UTC
doing his regular cleaning for the benefit of all,
Jeremy LDX participating in the Wednesday net among
other things, Jeff MCD called in after his regular cast
removal and replacement and took away some excess
rubbish etc. Ian HDZ called in for a quick chat on his
way home from a job at Wakefield, and as always week in
week out, Alex ZM attending to the Bureau. There's
always something to be done!
Here we go again, through the mystery of history!
1975 was another interesting year for our Club, as work
continued at the new facility and funds were in demand.
Members were encouraged to pay an increased fee of $10
and by the end of the year we had 152 members.
Our incredibly active member, Jamie VK2YCJ was among the
first to receive test transmissions from the ground
breaking ABC radio station 2JJ. The station commenced in
January 1975 on 1540 Khz. This was the forerunner of
today’s 2JJJ on 102.1 MHz.
During the year there were a couple of Ray McCook's
mystery tours up into the Wattagans with the University
Amateur Radio Group and Westlakes members. Our
correspondent now based in the US, Simon Clowes, took a
late night walk up to Mt Warrawolong to take in the
lights of the now defunct “Old Sydney Town” complex.
Having been up there many times in daylight and by 4wd,
Jeff MCD reckons to do it on foot at night would be no
At the 1975 AGM, the late Geoff Linthorne VK2GL, then
ZGL became the club's Public Relations Officer along
with being somewhat involved in the company Digitronics
which was very supportive of WARC. August found both
Geoff, and Barry Parsons VK2YCK studying feverishly to
gain the Morse and AOCP upgrade. Barry was also relaying
the VK2AWI broadcasts on a Sunday evening.
The 1975 membership list contained a few familiar names,
including Les RJ, Jamie YCJ, Stephen FHRZ, the now WIA
President Greg Kelly GPK, Dave Lawrence, Paul BPL to
name a few. Under the heading Noise Bursts were details
of visiting members who live out of the area, one of
these was none other than Herb ZVF! Noise burst indeed,
interestingly his place of residence was Bondi Beach,
nothing like living in the great outdoors.
There was mention of a past member who had started a
radio museum at Warners Bay, what a shame that didn't
survive. Another item lost to the past was the regular
160m Foxhunts, using everyday AM radios, modified for
160m of course.
Much was said regarding the 27 MHz pirates, and the anti
Novice Licence fraternity. No doubt opinions are still
divided on both issues, let alone Foundation licences!
There was a new Radio Club formed at Cessnock High
School, and the first Novice Exams were scheduled for
June, with the Novice Licence to only be granted for a 2
year term. Interestingly, the governing body at the time
postponed these several times and they will no doubt
appear in future broadcasts.
Greg Kelly passed his Limited Exams to become VK2ZQE,
with previously mentioned Simon passing his theory but
missing the regs. Remember, there were no Assessments on
demand back then!
The 10/40/50 rule was applied to WARC, where 10% done
the work, 40% watched and 50% done neither! Obviously in
the 10% Jamie was noted for his reading of the VK2AWI
news. The new club project was a Digital Clock.
The big event of the year however was the Combined
Newcastle Field Day, consisting of the WIA Hunter Branch
and WARC combined field days and the Official Opening of
Westlakes ARC by several local dignitaries. The plaque
to acknowledge this event was organised by Jamie YCJ,
and the Club was presented with the Australian Flag.
Overall a big year for our Club.
Car Boot Sale July 20th
Field Day October 13th This year’s Radio Raffle will be
for a TYR 390 Dual Band DMR Radio and Hot Spot foe DMR
Next Meeting Day August 10th.
And as always members and visitors are all invited and
welcome to attend these functions.
That brings us to the end of the news for this morning.
Does anyone have any late breaking news that they wish
to have announced this morning?
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club Incorporated is situated at
6A York Street Teralba, NSW, and is open from around
10:00 am every Saturday. We maintain a fully equipped
store and have a limited Canteen with Meat Pies,
Pasties, Sausage Rolls, a variety of cold drinks, ice
creams and of course tea and coffee are always on
together with an interesting selection of Biscuits.
And most importantly, visitors are always welcome.
Now standing by for call backs.
Firstly, from Visitors, then, Mobiles and Portable only.
Followed by fixed stations,
And finally, stations that wish to make a comment, to
this news or a topic in general.
This is VK2ATZ/portable. At this time, we would like to
thank The Hunter Radio Group for the use of the
Repeater. It is very much appreciated.
Thank you for listening and have a great day. Have a
great week. VK2ATZ/portable is now closed. Good Morning