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 16th of June
2019. Your announcer this morning is Barrie VK2QG, using
the club call-sign. Call-backs will be taken after the
Here comes another Westlakes Weekly News, for added
authenticity please insert your own preferred News theme
here! Channel 9’s CW theme will suffice.
Another fun filled day of fantastic frolicking and
fellowship, but first, a little bit of trivia regarding
our news. Sometimes we might wonder if we have many
listeners and/or readers and if they take any notice of
our ramblings. Well last Wednesday Jeremy LDX and Jeff
MCD were reminded that they do. A surprise visitor,
Gary, VK4FGRZ had read our news and decided whilst in
the area he would call in and check us out as per our
weekly invites. Well done that man! Gary currently hails
from Brisbane and is relocating south to Coolah NSW. As
he has grand children at Belmont, he will likely become
an irregular regular visitor or a regular irregular
visitor… anyway good to see people taking notice of our
broadcast and seeking us out, and yes Jeremy did manage
to discreetly provide Gary with an application form.
Thanks Gary, hope to see you again soon.
Before you wonder, yes Ken UTC was in attendance but at
the other end of the building in the Shack, where else?
He had finished hoovering and had moved on to sorting
out computer and electrical matters. Jeremy LDX and Jeff
MCD done whatever it is that Treasurers and Secretaries
do, sorting invoices, stocking the kitchen etc. Sadly
due to a lack of assistance, more antenna and rotator
work was left for yet another day. On a brighter note,
Ken will be double checking we have everything we need
and will be ready for lots of assistance next Saturday
to get things ready before reengaging the rigger. As we
already have an abundance of Supervisors both young and
old, with short term and long term restrictions, some
fit willing and able workers would be appreciated!
Yesterday was our Monthly Committee Meeting and General
Meeting, put back a week as usual due to the prior long
weekend. And what good meetings they were! Productive,
quiet and respectful, it was a pleasure to be there.
Members are asked though, to consider assisting with the
meeting day BBQ or any other meeting day lunch/afternoon
tea activities that may be developed. It is with extreme
gratitude that we thank Jeremy’s partner Susie for
helping us out and doing a very much appreciated job. As
far as we are aware it was achieved without fuss or
issue, and well received by all. We don’t know what
Jeremy had to sacrifice to seal the deal but thanks to
him for being brave enough to ask hi hi.
Lots went on at both meetings, but if we tell you
everything here, you will have no need to attend the
Club, we can however report that following Steve NCS’s
visit last week, John EV arrived after having been out
of circulation for a couple of months. Like many, John
is still recovering but is heading in the right
direction, it was good to see you John.
Unfortunately to recognise good, we need to have not so
good as well, spare a thought for Glenn GST and Lloyd
XAA whilst they continue to have some ongoing family
situations preventing them from being with us. Sadly,
Glenn has had to stand down from being our Public
Officer, as well as many other sidelines of painting,
mechanics etc and is very much missed by the Wednesday
crew. To ensure continuity, whilst discussing this at
yesterdays Committee Meeting, Warren UWP volunteered to
take up the role. As you do, we accepted Warren’s offer
before he could even lower his arm, and as a long time
Committee Member we are sure he will take it in his
stride. Thank you Warren.
On brighter notes, it was great to see Alan JED back
behind the wheel and getting his independence back.
Likewise, Dave RD kindly advised us that it was around
minus 2 in Katoomba yesterday morning, so what you may
ask, well whilst warm in bed or in the sun spare a
thought for Greg CW and Penny who were visiting there
this weekend, they must love the cold as it was only a
few short weeks ago they were in Canberra! Dave RD also
managed to shatter the dreams and illusions of one
member, who witnessing Dave and Jeremy arrive at the
club with car horns blaring etc commented that when he
grew up he wanted to be like Dave, and now realises Dave
isn’t going to grow up first! Bugger!
Now back in ’71 lot’s was getting done. WARC membership
had increased to an outlandish $5. It had been
calculated that each member cost the Club $3.70 per
annum. This included Electricity, Post Office, PMG
Licence fees, Telephone rental and calls, Lake Macquarie
council charges etc – interestingly the membership was
around 150, which seems to be a regular figure over some
One piece of trivia mentioned, was that Foxhunts were
first introduced to Amateur Radio world wide, in 1934 at
the Woy Woy Field Day. Amazing history. In the April 71
newsletter, a rare comment from one of our quieter
members was a Letter to the Editor correcting some
errors regarding propagation that had been previously
printed. As I said, unusual, Herb ZVF is usually such a
Back in the day Les RJ was a Champion foxhunter, taking
out 1st and 2nd place in 4 of the 8 events at the
Westlakes Field Day, and later in the year scored a few
more at the Hunter Branch Field Day, well done Les. Not
to be forgotten, our own Jamie YCJ and Greg Shearer were
tied for 1st place on the Westlakes Leader board for
weekly Club Foxhunt events! Jamie also achieved some
other awards as part of his involvement with the Youth
Radio Scheme. Another, now holding the callsign FHRZ,
was Stephen Hallinan, who received a Credit in the YRS
Herb, being the considerate member, declined the
opportunity to take part in a Club organised underground
mine tour so that he could instead attend the local
hospital and keep the nurses occupied, rumour has it he
did get better but we don’t know if he was discharged or
evicted when being sent home!
Sadly, but part of our colourful history was at the end
of 1971, when the Club motto was briefly changed to
“Progress Through Adversity”. The Club was required to
relocate from the Anzac Parade facility, back to
Booragul to the Church Hall. Hardly a Merry Christmas at
the time, but through hard work and determination we are
still an operational club, some 48 years later. Anyway,
the news reader needs another cup of tea so we will
leave it there and look at “Where were you in 72” next
Upcoming Dates to Remember
June 22nd – Working bee on Antennas and Rotator
June 29th – A introductory presentation by John Proctor
VK2DLP of Port Stephens Radio Club, on Digital Mobile
Radio Operation and equipment.
July 13th – Monthly Meetings Day
July 20th – Car Boot Sale
October 13th WARC Field Day
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 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