The Westlakes news broadcast is transmitted
every Sunday at 9am on
2 meters at 146.900
(the Hunter Radio Group's Repeater)
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 the 18th of August
2019. Your announcer this morning is Ken VK2UTC, using
the club call-sign. Call-backs will be taken immediately
after the broadcast.
Let there be light they said, and there was! Alex ZM had
been at it again, trying to cut down on our donations to
the power companies by fitting some LED tubes in the
common room which certainly did brighten things up a
bit, and even better they are the type that don't create
interference to our radios! Win Win, thanks Alex.
Speaking of bright lights, members should be aware that
Teralba is apparently a hot spot for Police speed
checks. Often over the last few months we have seen
multiple highway patrol vehicles patrolling our end of
York St, and again this morning they were at it again
and had no shortage of customers. Apparently though, now
no longer using the good old Commodores and Falcons, the
newer vehicles take a bit more manoeuvring, upon
arriving at the club driveway the Secretary had one
complete a high speed but cumbersome 3 point turn
directly in front of him, thankfully slowing for the
driveway saved a possibly embarrassing T Bone collision.
The big event for the day was of course the RD Contest,
as part of the preparation Ken UTC and Jeff MCD tried
adjusting our wire antennas on Wednesday whilst battling
against some vegetation prohibiting a clear path, so
yesterday Jeff arrived with a pole saw so we could trim
a couple of branches and make way for the wires. A big
thanks to Ken UTC, Ian FIAN, Mark FMWP, and his grandad
- oops dad Warren UWP! The work took some time and had
the WARC contest team pacing impatiently waiting to get
stuck into the event. As we aren't sure what time the
team finished, if Alan JED or Ian FIAN are listening
this morning, they could update us hopefully.
Whilst all this took place, our good Treasurer, Jeremy
LDX continued separating people from their cash as he
sold raffle tickets, jams, pens and anything else he
could get a dollar or two for, no doubt this explains
why Dave RD, Michael CCW and Greg CW safely remained
seated in the meeting room.... Eventually though he had
to bring in last week’s Ticket Tamer, Charlie CLH to
select the new prize steak winner which was Greg POP,
well done Greg!
Last week John EV had some candidates sit for upgrades
and as expected, passes to all, AMC also get a tick for
getting results back in 5 days, somewhat better than the
processing of Assessors which is currently 5 months and
ongoing, and better than the last batch of Foundation
Assessments, which took around 3 months to complete the
process. As they say, not all change is progress.
John is also starting a Standard theory class at 10am
next Saturday, closely followed by a Foundation Class a
week or two later, the date yet to be confirmed.
In even better news, we have some Project People to lead
those wishing to construct J Poles/Slim Jims and even
magnetic loops if members are keen. The start date
hasn't been set but an indication of numbers would be
appreciated so we can gather some resources. Oh, and by
the way, a big thank you to Dave RD and Maurie CD for
taking this on. Please let them or the Secretary know if
you are interested.
The last offer of equipment for tender closed today,
with only one submission received the job was easy,
congratulations and thank you to Brad VK2???? for his
It was also good to see the Activity room well populated
with some great discussion going on and Keith KBH
educating listeners on some electrical theory, good work
Spare a thought for our mate Barry BZ, after a brief but
serious hospital attendance, he is back home but tells
us he is not allowed to drive for 3 months, perhaps it's
time to put that “little” row boat back in the water and
scull your way across the lake Baz! Hi Hi.
Now, let’s see how Westlakes entered into the 80's.
Firstly, Jamie YCJ now, was off to PNG for a 3 year
placement for his career, this gave him yet more
callsigns of P29VCJ and NCJ. Also, for those frustrated
by our current lack of a repeater, fear not, a mere 39
years ago the local WARC repeater on Channel 10 as per
designations of that time, was having just as much
trouble as we do now, some things don't change.
Westlakes found itself challenged to a cricket match by
the Newcastle Land Rover Club, the eventual match was
won by Westlakes by an “indeterminable” score, however
due to a shortage of starters, half the WARC team were
in fact the Land Rover Club's B Team.
Another education first was the provision of a new
course, “Electronic Calculators and Mathematics for the
Radio Amateur”. Another 1st but this time in the
newsletter, was the addition of a Supplement which was
the Taree Radio Club news. An interesting concept,
perhaps we could do this for the Port Stephens ARC?
Computers were starting to become a “thing” and another
new course arrived, “Flowcharting and Programming”.
Books were another item on the increase with Westlakes
taking responsibility for the printing of another book
“QSO JA Now” for basic phrases etc to assist with JA
1980 was the year for Alex and upgrades, he had become
VK2PCO then achieved Full Call status with VK2DPY. This
was also the year the “new” library (now meeting room)
was first carpeted and seen as being somewhat luxurious.
Field Day October 13th.. This year’s Radio Raffle, will
be for a TYR 390 Dual Band DMR Radio and Hot Spot for
Next Meeting Day September 14th.
Maintenance / Clean up days – Every Wednesday between 9
And as always members and visitors are
all invited and welcome to attend these functions.
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 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 standing 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. Have a
great week. VK2ATZ/portable is now closed. Good Morning