The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted
every Sunday at 9am on
2 meters at 146.900
Please note that the VK2RTZ
Repeater is now for almost
6 months OFF air.
As the club does not own the repeater
we are NOT sure when it will be again operational.
but this is now the third time in 3 years that it is not
for a prolonged time.
WARC News Broadcast Sunday 20-5-2018
Winter showed its hand again yesterday with that cold
nip in the air making it pretty uncomfortable for anyone
wanting to take their place on the seat of knowledge.
The best place to be was in the Meeting Room with the
air conditioner doing its job. One of our new Foundation
Licensees advised us of his new call sign, so when you
next check out the bands, keep an ear out for Tony
The Shack had had the photo of an IC-7300 replaced by
the real thing. A new 7300 had taken up residence and
was fully operational, thanks to the efforts of Ken
At 1300hrs in the Meeting Room John VK2EV gave a talk on
the latest project he had been playing with; that being
a UBITX Transceiver QRP kitset. Anyone wanting any
further information on one of these units just Google
UBITX, or better still talk to John. You’ll find him at
the Club Rooms most Saturdays. After the demonstration
the raffle was drawn with the bacon last seen under the
arm of Norm VK2KNC. A barbeque coming up in East
Maitland I fear. Congratulations Norrm.
Monday on the airwaves found Dave VK2RD on a different
radio as he had dusted off his IC-7000 and replaced the
Yaesu that was giving him trouble. His only fear was
that he couldn’t remember what all the knobs and / or
buttons were for because he had misplaced the manual.
One has to spare a thought for Lou VK2NZ who during his
first over started transmitting a horrible noise. It was
suggested that he check his power supply, and it was
mooted by one of those on air that the power supply had
gone out to lunch. Judging by his second over, it didn’t
make it back in time for dinner either.
Monday night on 3.650MHz had only two on air. So put in
your diaries Monday night at 2000hrs on 3.650MHz.
Wednesday saw Dave having problems with his 7000 as he
was still trying to get to the bottom of his problems.
George VK2BGU was all happy with his new garden makeover
as he had someone come in on Tuesday to give him a hand
to get it up to scratch. While this was all happening
Ken VK2UTC was down at the Club Rooms installing the
Shack’s latest toy. With the new IC-7300 up and running.
On Friday we heard a new callsign come up on the net
namely VK2FWCB. Welcome to the bands Brenda and
congratulations again on your achievements. Also Lou was
heard well as he must have fixed up his power supply
issues. Alan VK2XAL was all happy about his recent eye
surgery and went on to describe what he saw in the
mirror when the bandages were off (which he described as
rather ugly). Alan we could have told you all that
without the use of a mirror.
In conclusion. For today’s ponderings. You have never
done anything in life if you have never made a mistake.
This is the news we have for you this week. 73.