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WARC News Broadcast Sunday 15-4-2018
Firstly a note from our President.
The April General meeting was held at the club
yesterday. The meeting room was quite full with many of
our members contributing to the discussion. The major
issues discussed included:
Members were reminded that the club’s inaugural Open Day
is being held next Sunday 22 April and that although
preparations are proceeding well, help from more members
will be required next Saturday to help clean up the club
and on Sunday at the Open Day to marshal and guide
visitors, answer questions and help with security. Make
sure you all attend on Sunday to ensure the Open Day is
a success. We will be holding a debriefing session the
week after the Open Day so make sure you record the good
and the not-so-good things on the day to help us in the
planning of next year’s event.
Nominations for executive and committee positions closed
at 1300 hours yesterday and a healthy number of
nominations were received which should see a number of
new faces join next year’s committee.
A number of issues were raised on the Work Health and
The club has five trained First Aid officers – Barrie
Downward VK2QG, Jeff Green VK2MCD, Lloyd Jennings
VK2XAA, Warren Payne VK2UWP and Barry Finlay VK2FIN. A
sign will be erected on the noticeboard to ensure
members are aware of these people.
An accident occurred at the club a few weeks ago where a
member fell down the stairs near the club’s computer
room and toilets. A number of points came out of this:
All members should check the club before they leave of
an afternoon to ensure all have left safely.
An incident book is to be introduced to track all
incidents in the club (to allow follow up). This will be
a red folder near the sign in register.
The stairs will be reviewed against the building codes
to determine whether work is required to improve them.
Building codes will be checked to determine whether
smoke detectors are required in the club.
Electrical circuits and lighting will be reviewed to
decide on appropriate maintenance/ upgrade requirements.
A staircase has been located which may suit the
emergency exit adjacent to the shack, and appropriate
enquiries have been made regarding suitability and / or
Significant discussion ensued on options available to
fund new equipment for the club. Firstly, the new
Icom-7300 for the club’s radio shack will be purchased
from funds gained from the Open Day raffle and from the
sale of radio equipment excess to the club’s needs.
Secondly, other funding options will be examined
including donations for specific items of equipment by
members and by grants.
The Newcastle repeater is of course a major topic of
discussion. The committee is exploring options for the
return of an effective repeater to suit club needs.
The next big project at the club will be the
refurbishment of the club’s Common Room so the donation
of some of your time will be very much appreciated.
73’s Barry VK2FIN.
Now for the rest of the news. There must have been a
meeting at the club on Saturday as the car park was
full. Yes it was meeting day, as we have just heard.
Activities were going on in the Activities Room with Col
VK2YP making a VHF / UHF antenna, assisted by Maurie
VK2CD and Les VK2LT. There were complaints that the
measurements were imperial and not metric. One would
have thought that those of us in senior years would be
able to handle imperial measurements.
The seat of knowledge was popular for the day’s
discussions about nothing in particular.
At the conclusion of the meeting the raffle was drawn
and the lucky winner was none other than Ken VK2UTC. A
worthy winner for all the work he has done in upgrading
the Shack. Congratulations Ken and from all at the club,
well done for your efforts over the past couple of
After the meeting there was the usual scurry down to the
common room for the usual afternoon tea put on by Gladys
and Christine. Even Ike, Steve Hallinan’s guide dog was
interested in the smells of the afternoon delights. Dave
VK2RD doesn’t know how close he came to losing his as
Ike just about stole it from the plate right under
The news was also good from the Classroom / Shack as all
Foundation students passed their exams, one student
attaining 100% in the theory exam.
Monday on the airwaves showed conditions to be a bit
tough. Glenn VK2GST still can’t find the source of the
water running onto the road off his property, so while
contemplating same he decided to mow the lawn before the
heat kicked in. Dave VK2RD tried his favourite trick of
talking into the mouse yet again. Dave reiterated the
mention in last week’s news that the next two
Wednesday’s become working bee days to get the clubrooms
in readiness for the Open Day / Boot Sale.
Monday night saw four turn up for the net on 3.650 MHz
where the discussions weren’t on strength signals and
weather reports, but a more interesting topic was
discussed. More on that later.
Ken VK2UTC told us of the glorious event he attended on
Saturday that of his daughter’s wedding, in which
everything went like clockwork without a hitch.
Congratulations Ken on your acquisition of a son in law.
On Wednesday on the net we heard from Alan using his old
callsign of VK1AL. Conditions were such that he could be
heard from the ACT. Luke VK2LGW stated that now was
going to be a good time to work some Slow Scan T V with
the passing Space Station. Also we were advised that we
were no closer to the answer regarding a dog and its
bottom lip. Maybe Ike can tell us.
Wednesday at the club was a hive of activity with a
working bee in progress working towards getting the Club
Rooms ready for the Open Day / Boot Sale. Ken VK2UTC and
Col VK2YP were busy making modifications to some of the
antennas with the aim of having them resonate where they
should. Barry VK2QG spent the morning going around in
circles proving that he could handle the ride on mower.
He even managed to cut a bit of grass on the way round.
Jeremy VK2LDX upset a lot of spiders by dismantling
their homes from around the building. Jeff VK2MCD, our
resident greenkeeper, just about ran out of nylon string
on the whipper snipper as he gave quite a bit of the
outlying areas a severe trim, and was last seen trimming
or pruning the lower branches of the trees on the
property. A fully laden Ute must have gone to the tip on
the way home.
On Friday the conversations were all about Friday 13th
and all the bad luck stories connected with same.
However we did learn about how chickens get yellow feet.
It was good to hear Steve VK2NCS on the airwaves again
after a few weeks absence. He seems to have renewed his
peddle power. At certain times everyone was going shush,
what’s that sound? It sounded like someone was talking
but who could it be. It was none other than Ken VK2UTC
trying to make himself heard with what turned out to be
a faulty microphone. A quick mic change sorted the
problem. The topic changed to Morse decoders and their
accuracy or lack of it. It was decided that the best
decoder was the one between the ears.
Now back to the more interesting topic referred to on
Monday night’s net. The comment was made that once upon
a time, the bands were busy, one had to jostle for space
to work a contact. People enjoyed the hobby of picking
up a microphone and talking to someone. Dits and Dahs
were heard all through the bands.
Some 63 years ago a gentleman by the name of Mr Seeger
composed the well-known question “Where have all the
flowers gone?” Well we might ask. Most of us say that
they have gone to cell phones, Viber, Skype, Facebook,
(we won’t go there), Instagram, What’s App, Twitter,
(Well there’s not much room on there either), and all
the myriads of other platforms out there of which there
Now here’s the conundrum. When was the last time we
heard “You’re a five – nine” on your cell phone. When
did anyone go “CQ DX” on Skype? Heard any Dits and Dahs
on Twitter recently? As the late Ritchie Benaud said
once, “I’ve heard plenty of twits.” How many of what we
would call traditional Amateur radio calls have you
heard on any of the above mentioned media. Next to none
I fear. That old song needs to be rewritten “When will
all the flowers return?”
The above has been postulated for one sole reason, and
that is to provoke some thought.
Any positive thoughts of a solution would be welcomed by
Now for some items from the housekeeping department.
While talking of a red folder in which details of any
medical mishap must be entered. Next it will be a yellow
folder which is a sign-out, sign-in book for any piece
of equipment or club property which is being borrowed by
anyone. In short – If you borrow it, sign for it.
Also don’t forget April is amnesty month to facilitate
the return of bits and pieces with legs which have
inadvertently walked away from the club. If they arrive
back wrapped in plastic or brown paper. Enough said.
From the reminder Department, don’t forget that next
week is the Open Day / Car Boot Sale on Sunday 22nd. I
know the boss has already mentioned it. One week today.
As many as can roll up for set up at 0700hrs next
Sunday, you will be gladly welcomed. One very slight
change to proceedings is that the Radio or Red Balloon
voucher raffle will be drawn at 1.30pm (not 12 noon).
Also next Sunday there will be no Sunday Morning News
Broadcast owing to the early arrival requirements for
the Open day.
And now for this week’s pearl of wisdom. Winners always
compare their achievements with their own goals, while
losers compare their achievements with the failures of
This is the news we have for you this week. 73.