The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted
every Sunday at 9am on
2 meters at 146.900
(the Hunter Radio Group's Repeater)
WARC Broadcast 15th December 2019
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 15 December 2019. Call-backs
will be taken immediately after the broadcast.
The monthly meeting was held at the club yesterday.
Despite the small number in attendance, a number of
important issues were decided upon or discussed. There
was a sense of Déjà vu in the meeting, however, as we
discussed many items that have been on the meeting
minutes for quite some time. The club has been able to
move forward over the last couple of years, due
thankfully to the small number of volunteers who help at
the club. This small band of volunteers cannot, however,
do everything that needs doing around the club. The
committee needs more help to cope with the many
activities that are required to keep the club going.
Thanks therefore to Michael, VK2CCW, who prepared a
great lunch for us again yesterday and to Jamie, VK2YCJ
and Greg, VK2POP, for volunteering to clean out the
lean-too guttering and clear the down pipes. But
remember volunteers are always welcome.
We are aware that many of you have helped in years gone
by and that many of us are getting older. We need,
therefore, to recruit new younger members to take the
club forward. As one member said in the meeting, ‘if we
do not get younger people in, the club won’t last many
more years more years’. With this in mind, the committee
will be planning to identify ways of making the club and
the hobby more attractive to younger people. Early in
the new year we will be welcoming members from the
Central Western Amateur Radio Club to the club. A number
of their members will be visiting our club on Saturday
22 February before continuing onto the Central Coast
Amateur Radio Club Field Day on Sunday 23 February. We
are looking forward to showing off the club and sharing
ideas with our western cousins. Our President Barry,
VK2FIN, has also been in touch with Jaye, VK2FOMG, the
President of Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, to
discuss ways we can add value to both clubs and the
hobby through closer collaboration. We will follow up
with a meeting in the new year.
Our President Barry, VK2FIN, is also keen to get
Foundation licence holders together to see how we can
better serve the interests of these important members of
the club and the hobby.
So, we are keen to grow club membership and particularly
interest younger members to the club. This will be a
major focus in 2020.
Today’s lucky monster ham raffle winner was Jeff VK2MCD.
Enjoy the ham Jeff.
If you have any news you would like included in the
weekly broadcast please communicate it (email, SMS,
wireless, etc) to our Treasurer Jeremy or President
Did you know that Westlakes Amateur Radio Club has
Facebook page? This page carries information about what
is happening around our club, our Sunday news, WIA news.
ARNSW news Southgate and WICEN as well as others news
interests and topics of interest our members.
Now to Coming Events:
Wednesday 25 December 2019 – Christmas
Thursday 26 December 2019 – all you kiddies try out the
new gear Santa left you
Saturday 8 February 2020 – our first general meeting of
Radio and Christmas:
As it is Christmas, I thought I’d look for something
related to the festive season and found the following by
Brian Fung, a reporter with the Washington Post.
The few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas [in the
US] are typically when radio stations start blasting
holiday tunes across the country. In 1906, though, there
was but one radio station as we think of them today. And
on Christmas Eve, it beamed out the world's first radio
At 9 p.m. that night 113 years ago, the Canadian
inventor Reginald Fessenden set up his violin before the
microphone at a studio in Brant Rock, Massachusetts, and
proceeded to play "O Holy Night," a live performance
that was heard, by some accounts, up to 12 miles away.
That recital was followed by a reading of the Bible.
"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men
of good will," Fessenden read aloud.
There doesn't seem to be an original recording available
of the show, but you can listen to a recreated version
of it on line.
Fessenden's voice transmission to the public was the
first of its kind. Until then, even though the telephone
was already three decades old, Morse code was still the
lingua franca among wireless operators on board ships,
whose crews were among those to hear Fessenden's
Fessenden put years of research into developing radio
technology. His theory? By boosting the power of the
radio signal, he might be able to achieve a steady wave
on a single frequency that could carry sounds. Here's
how one observer from the American Telephone Journal
described the contraption that Christmas Eve:
Speaking broadly, wireless telephony by this system is
accomplished by generating a practically continuous
succession of electromagnetic waves, modifying the
character of the emitted impulses by means of sound
waves without interrupting their continuity, and
receiving them in a constantly operative receiver of
suitable form which controls a local circuit containing
a battery and a telephone receiver. The apparatus which
was seen in successful use at the time of the recent
tests is the result of a series of diligent
investigations in which a large amount of work was done
to show the necessity of rejecting plans which did not
lead to the required quality of transmission.
Fessenden needed a massive tower to broadcast his
signal. Partnering with a couple of wealthy Pittsburgh
financiers, he built a 400-foot tower at Brant Rock
capable of sending out an audio signal at tens of
kilohertz — a much higher frequency than the spark
transmitters of the day.
Radio has since become an ordinary technology. But this
is where it all began — 113 years ago at Christmas.
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 also 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 stand 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. From the
Committee of Westlakes Amateur Radio Club, we wish you
all the best for Christmas and hope that you have a
prosperous and safe new year.
VK2ATZ/portable is now closed. Good Morning all.