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every Sunday at 9am on
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(the Hunter Radio Group's Repeater)
WARC News Broadcast Sunday 17-6-2018 ...
Yesterday saw a relatively sedate get together at the
Club with the weather, while starting out cold becoming
a nice sunny day, the sun being enjoyed by quite a few.
Stephen together with Ike in tow took off up to the
Shack to re-acquaint himself with the IC-7300. Greg
VK2POP gave Stephen some tuition on the workings of the
radio while Ike continued his search for that ever
illusive crumb on the floor.
Up in the Meeting Room things were taking a different
turn with Greg VK2CW showing off part of his collection
of money box clowns that he use to collect.
In the Activities Room there was a discussion taking
place probably on future plans for projects for members.
The meat tray raffle was drawn at the appointed time
with the bacon going home with Michael VK2CCW. Something
to munch on when he doing his CW school. Congratulations
Michael and enjoy. We know you don’t need lessons on
As far as we can recall last Monday was a Public
Holiday. A fact which became less obvious as the calls
to join Monday’s net raced in. Seventeen stations were
on board to keep Geoff VK2GW company for the morning. It
was great to hear Gerard VK2JNG, although he was not at
his normal abode in Bligh Park He was transmitting from
his caravan in Geurie just outside of Dubbo running QRP
on 10 watts. He was putting in a great signal to this
neck of the woods.
Col VK2YP was complaining that he was surrounded by
puddles and that the pool fence was now known as the
Ken VK2UTC was heard with a beautiful crisp clear signal
only to be told by his neighbour Fred VK2YF to turn it
down. It sounds like the peddle power slipped up a cog.
As Ken’s audio was nice and clean he was given the
advice that Herb VK2ZVF gets most Saturday mornings on
the EZB Net. “Leave it alone – Don’t touch it. Most of
you will recall that the weather has not been that great
and Monday was no exception. So one can imagine the
thoughts of everybody when George VK2BGU came up and
said “The weather here in Sydney is great, the sun is
shining, and it’s not raining. Thanks George. We needed
that. Conversely someone up this way reckoned that even
the ducks were starting to protest.
Wednesday wasn’t much good with everyone complaining
that the bands were noisy, which became an idea of a
rewrite of an ad campaign of a major grocery chain, as
in “Down Down the signals are down.” There again our
hobby is called Amateur Radio. It’s where we make the
most of what we have. We can get a piece of wire, slap a
tuner on the end of it and make it work. As we heard a
couple of weeks back, we can tune up a rubbish bin, even
a Ping Pong Ball, and yet we still make noises about the
atmospheric conditions we are forced to work with. What
we have got is all we have got. So let’s make the most
of what we have and just make it work.
On Wednesday work at the Club Rooms was more successful
than contacting on the air with Ken VK2UTC doing some
extension power cord work in the Activities Room with
Glenn painting the back corridor and kitchen area. It
transpired that during this process the painter took
unscrewed the door handle from the door of the Lecture
Room while prepping the door for painting, and put the
screws together with the handle on the floor underneath.
Painting done he went home forgetting the handle.
Problem was that anyone meandering down that end of the
corridor yesterday had to keep a watch out for a couple
of loose screws. Not really a problem for most of us, as
it is pretty much what we do when going to the Club on a
On Friday we were greeted with a birthday greeting of
sorts as Greg VK2CW informed us that it was the fifth
birthday for the morning HF net. The question was raised
“What did we ever do before the days of computers? Ken
VK2UTC had spent some time going through old callsigns
and seeing where they were now, only to find that it was
one of Greg’s hobbies too. Greg went on to talk about a
Fergusson mains muffler that he ‘acquired’ when he gave
up working. (And no it doesn’t go on a tractor).
Glenn VK2GST aka the painter stated that there was
definitely no truth in the rumour that the kitchen door
in the Club Rooms had been painted shut, thereby leaving
the only access for the sausage roll brigade, to be the
servery hatch. Now wouldn’t that be a good look for
some? No names mentioned of course.
By the way don’t forget next week with the talk on S. D.
R. BY John VK2ASU.
A few weeks ago you will recall we spoke of the
Westlakes Cook Book. Well in a 1988 club newsletter was
the following under the title of SUPER SALESMAN. The
club has finally sold the last of the “AXZ COOKBOOK” The
remaining six were purchased by the author himself Les
VK2AXZ. The cookbooks have been an excellent money
raiser for the club and the recipes aren’t bad either.
The amazing thing is that Les has personally sold 300
cookbooks on behalf of Westlakes.
Now just for a slight bit of difference. Spotted on the
internet the other day was this little gem. Did you know
that the world’s oldest computer was noted in biblical
days? Yes it can be traced back to Adam and Eve. We know
it as the apple. It had a very limited memory. Just one
byte in fact. Then everything crashed. What chance did
S. D. R. have?
Now for today’s pondering. Success is rooted in vision.
Always affirm that you will succeed.
This is the news we have for you this week. 73.