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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   16-12-2018

Well, what can we say about yesterday? Not a lot really as everyone who arrived for the Christmas Do, showed a modicum of excellent behaviour. The weather was great and most of us set up picnic tables outside under the veranda and commenced our Christmas festivities. Our thanks must go to Jeff VK2MCD who, while thinking on his feet, decided to procure a few additives in the nibbles department, which made our own Christmas lunches, which we all brought along, that much more enjoyable.

Our thanks again must go to Jeff who played Taxi and picked up both Uncle Ted VK2UI, who had a smile from ear to ear and thoroughly enjoyed the day, and Allan VK2JED and ensuring they both made the festivities.

The Rafflelator had a very successful day in parting people from their money, albeit the job was made easier when it was known that a half leg of ham was up for grabs.

We gave our new Foundation Licence member Stephen VK2FHRZ the job of drawing the lucky winner. The result was Dave VK2RD who was to be the one to provide Christmas dinner for everyone, as it was he that won the coveted ham. Congratulations to Dave and Jenny – Enjoy!
The weather gods were kind to us as they waited for the last morsel to be eaten before opening the heavens.

Now enough festivities and on to someone who is not so probably well known to all of us.

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (better known simply as Lord Kelvin), OM, GCVO, PC, PRS, FRSE, lived from 26 June 1824 to 17 December 1907,and was a noted physicist and engineer.

William Thomson was born in Belfast, and was the son of James Thomson, a teacher of mathematics and engineering at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. His older brother, (also) James Thomson, became a significant engineer and physicist in his own right. In 1833 the family moved to Glasgow, where his father had been appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow. William Thomson became a student at Glasgow University before, in 1841, going to Peterhouse College in Cambridge. Here he excelled in mathematics and physics, as well as in a number of sports, especially sculling.

In 1845, Thomson did much to support the work of Michael Faraday on electric induction, leading to the discovery of the Faraday Effect, which established that light and electromagnetic phenomena were related. The following year, at the age of 22, Thomson became Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. While at Glasgow he undertook ground-breaking work in the mathematical analysis of electricity and thermodynamics. Perhaps his most notable specific achievement was the development of what later became known as the Kelvin scale of absolute temperature measurement, based on proposals he first made in 1848. Thomson would later also work with Peter Guthrie Tait on a textbook that sought to unify the physical sciences under the common principle of energy. The result, published in 1867, was “Treatise on Natural Philosophy.” Which defined the science of physics.”

In September 1852, Thomson married Margaret Crum, who he had known most of his life. She became seriously ill on their honeymoon and never fully recovered. In 1854, Thomson became interested in the technical problems of undersea cables, specifically how the maximum data rate affected the potential revenue and profitability of a proposed transatlantic cable. In December 1856, he was elected to the board of directors of the Atlantic Telegraph Company. He was actively involved in a series of cable-laying operations over the following years, which included several spectacular failures before eventual success in 1866. Thomson received a knighthood for his part in the operation.
Thomson went on to play a leading role in laying a number of other transoceanic cables. His wife died in 1870. In June 1873, Thomson found himself in Madeira, where he met Fanny Blandy, 13 years his junior. They married the following year after a proposal - and acceptance - that had been transmitted by undersea cable. In later years, Thomson did much to introduce common standards to electricity generation. In 1892 he was given the title of Baron Kelvin of Largs in County Ayr, in Scotland. This was brought about by recognition of his achievements in thermodynamics and also to his opposition to Home Rule in Ireland, and he was the first British scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords. His title came from the River Kelvin, which passes through the grounds of the University of Glasgow.
Lord Kelvin was hugely influential in defining and shaping the world in which we live today. But he wasn't always right. Among the statements he made that were proved wrong were: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible" made in 1895; In 1897 he stated that "Radio has no future," and in 1900 "There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement,"
Absolute temperatures are stated in units of kelvin in his honour. While the existence of a lower limit to temperature (absolute zero) was known prior to his work, Lord Kelvin is known for determining its correct value as approximately −273.15 degree Celsius or −459.67 degree Fahrenheit.

Now we turn our attention to those who do not have heaps of letters after their names.

On the airwaves on Monday we learnt about the “craft” of having little knowledge, sometimes referred to as Old Timers. Craft being an acronym for “can’t remember a flaming thing.” If you haven’t experienced it yet, never fear, you’ll know it when your turn comes.

Other questions that were asked – “Who still owns a suit? And how many remember the safari suits that some of us use to wear? And the age old “What did we do before the days of political correctness?
Alex VK2ZM came on to the net on very low peddle power until he realised he was on the wrong antenna.
Michael VK2OB called in from Narrabri to say that Mum and bub were doing fine but lack of sleep was becoming an issue.

On Wednesday, with a bit of rain around, Geoff VK2GW noticed it was a bit damp out the window and that all the horses had their coats on. Something came up bout old clothes lines that were propped up by a branch from a nearby tree, which then turned into washday Monday and the old cloth nappies. Both pros and cons.

Down at the Club Rooms, the spirit of Christmas was alive and well with Jeff VK2MCD decorating the place out with the obligatory decorations. After that and together with the help of Glenn VK2GST, he fitted the newer rotator and brackets to the now rejuvenated 6 metre antenna. Ken VK2UTC tested the controllers and set about the weekly clean-up in readiness for us messy types to come along and mess it all up again.

No sooner than the antenna was repaired, than the word was out 6 metres is running. Ken, as VK2ATZ, together with Graham VK2FA were talking to Bruce ZL1BWG and Dave ZL1AKW on 50.135. Those mere “Standard” mortals could only sit and listen. From all accounts the antenna passed the test.

Friday seemed to be a trip down memory lane with discussing the things we used to make and do with paddle pop sticks and match sticks. Even shelling peas for Mum was another pastime, with not all the peas going into the pot. Some of us created our own inventions using a meccano set and it is no doubt that such pursuits gave Dave VK2RD his leg up into the motor mechanic trade.

Finally “When is it? And what it is.

Sun 16th December Recovery after yesterday.
Sat 22nd December Westlakes Annual Drone Static display
Sat 12th January NOT General Meeting Day.
Sat 19th January all things Arduino - (Arduino Day)
Sat 2nd February Start of the next Foundation class
Sat 9th February First General Meeting Day for 2019
Sun 24th February Wyong Field Day






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