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News Broadcast 23-4-2017
A busy day again saw quite an attendance at the club
yesterday. There has been an influx of spare parts which
has kept Secretary Jeff quite busy over the past few
Most of the equipment has been stored in the activity
room and will take some sorting. Can certainly seeing
Ally’s hair turning grey.. hi! This makes a good start
for our yearly auction in September.
Speaking of auctions etcetera…. Another car boot sale is
in the planning stage for the 17th July. We have had
many enquiries regarding another sale that we feel, “Why
Not”! So, start digging out those excess unwanted bits
in the shed.
Another 2 items arrived yesterday to go toward the
upgrade to the club rooms. Firstly a large wall mount
bracket assembly was donated by Greg VK2POP to mount the
new Television come Monitor in the new lecture room and
secondly, The new Bar Fridge was picked up by Jeff when
he was in town. Looks good although it doesn’t seem
natural to have a black fridge, now if we can just get
the milk from the table to the fridge, maybe.. It has
already been unpacked and is running well. Thanks guys.
Please Note: the new fridge is located in the common
room to house the cartons of milk for coffee etc. It is
beside the coffee/tea making desk so make sure you put
the milk away.. No excuses…
The committee met yesterday to discuss the coffee cup
saga and following up relevant information regarding
health issues. It was therefore decided to rescind all
past motions pertaining to the use of the coffee making
facilities. If you do bring your own mug, please put
your name on it and do not leave them laying around….
All nominations for the executive and committee have
been submitted and the nomination period closed at 1pm
Saturday. All nominees are listed near the sign in book.
Don’t forget the AGM will be held on May 13th, your
attendance would be appreciated.
It is highly recommended that everyone reacquaints
themselves with the Club website as Luke VK2LGW has made
more improvements and added yet more resources. Check it
out and let Luke know what you think of it, keeping
websites up to date is no doubt a challenge but thanks
to Luke ours keeps on improving.
Jeff and John have the current foundation class
underway, Richard VK2FRKO won the meat tray and sad to
say… The Swans went down to BWS… Sorry Greg..
The first order for Club caps and shirts will be
submitted early this coming week, any last minute
requests please let the secretary know asap. Orders and
enquiries can be sent to the club secretary or contact
him on the Club Phone number outside of club hours.
Yesterday was also International Marconi day to
celebrate the birthday of Marconi, some special
callsigns where on air for this occasion. In Australia
it was the Hornsby Amateur radio Club using the special
callsign VK2IMD. Thanks to Ken who last night alerted
listeners on the Repeater that he was on air and
conditions where excellent. Some of our members
took notice of this alert and went to 7.141 MHz where
VK2IMD was calling CQ, the time I was listening contact
was made by Paul, VK2PBL, Richard, VK2FRKO, Dave, VK2RD
and Luke, VK2LGW. Thanks Ken.
The first Australian-built satellites in 15 years have
been launched into space by NASA, after being developed
by Australian universities One of the miniaturised
satellites was built over four years by about 50
University of Adelaide staff and students.
Paul, ex, VK5 F P A U, who now lives in the USA, and
sent us this story says it is one of three "nano
satellites" developed in Australia as part of a research
project involving Australian universities under the
European-funded project, QB50, an international network
of 50 CubeSats. Lifting off from Cape Canaveral on
Wednesday they are part of the initial 28-satellite
strong QB50 mission of CubeSats involving 27 countries.
They will play a key role in investigating the
thermosphere, a layer of atmosphere from about 95
kilometres to 500 kilometres from the Earth's surface
with the aim of increasing understanding of climate and
weather modelling. Australian universities in Sydney,
Canberra as well as South Australia had their satellites
rocketed for deployment from the International Space
Station and should be deployed in May and June.
Foundations of Amateur Radio
There is something magical about getting a new radio. I
remember it well. Fondly even. I had done the research,
consulted my bank account and picked my radio. It
arrived in a courier delivery and I sat at the kitchen
table, opening the box and marvelling at the parts that
made up my first purchase as a radio amateur.
I'd joined my local radio club a month earlier and proud
as punch I took my shiny new box of joy to the club and
showed it off to anyone who came near. I vividly
remember one member's first comment: "Wow, that's an
I was heart broken, insulted, confused and didn't quite
know what to do with that experience. My radio was
beautiful, tiny, special. It was just what I wanted, it
wasn't ugly and besides, it was mine. As irony would
have it, several months later I saw their radio and
thought that it wasn't something that I would like to
Fast forward six years.
The other week, I went to a local Ham-fest, it's a
place, often a local hall with tables around the edges
stacked full of an amazing array of stuff, where
amateurs come together to meet and exchange their
obsolete junk, uh, surplus equipment. It's not uncommon
to arrive at a Ham-fest with one box and to leave with
Among the tables and amateurs I was introduced to a new
radio. I looked at it and in my head I thought: "Wow,
that's an ugly radio!" - fortunately I managed to keep
the thought to myself and instead asked the amateur who
was showing it off about how it worked, how they liked
it and what it cost. The amateur was excited to share
their thoughts and I learned something from the
When I got home I searched the 'net for some more
information and found that this particular radio was
more than it appeared and that my initial dislike of the
visual translated into an interest that might yet see me
as the owner of that radio.
I know you're busting to ask which radio and which
amateur, but I'm not here to advertise any particular
radio, just to observe that beauty is in the eye of the
beholder and that things can change once you know more.
I wish I had those words to share with the first person
who told me that I had an ugly radio, but I'm pleased
that I have them now.
So, beware, ugliness is an emotion, not always accurate
and if you experience it, bite your tongue and learn
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Well that’s all the news from Westlakes that I have for