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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
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
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
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
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
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
Now we continue with our light hearted look at the
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.