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every Sunday at 9am on
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News Broadcast 26-3-2017
Well again the car park was full of happy members, ready
to find a comfortable seat to sit and have a chat..
BUT! Seating was at a premium, as only the common room
was partially available and outside on the bench of
knowledge still had a few spaces…
The reason for the shortage of seating was the
refurbishment of the Library room.
Glen, VK2VAE and Luke,VK2LGW took on the task of
removing the old carpet and underlay and stripping the
walls ready to paint. Well they did not quite finish it
off- ready for yesterday’s opening but we made do with
The walls have been painted and 90 percent of the Carpet
tiles have been laid. They took yesterday off for a
rest. The two of them have been non-stop Since
Wednesday. Great job well done guy’s and a grateful
thanks from all members.
Good to see Allan VK1AL arriving at the club yesterday.
Al is renovating an older Family Home at Fishing Point
and escapes to the club to spend a few hours. Good to
catch up Al…
There is a large fancy cabinet in the Common room taking
up some room. If you need a good looking piece of
furniture for your shack then
Hitch your trailer on and come and take it away for
“FREE)! There is also a large wooden Cabinet as well…
A SIGNAL LINK Digital interface has been donated to the
club to enable us to us the Digital modes that are
currently popular. We will advise when this is all set
up and if you wish to have a go at Digital modes then
you can come to the club and try it for yourself….
A discussion took place later in the afternoon as to
what we can do to provide a better News Cast. Quite a
few ideas were put forward by the 4 members present and
these may be trialled in coming months.
Next Saturday will see the Annual Car Boot Sale held at
the Clubhouse, York Street TERALBA Come along, Bring
anything you wish to get rid of and possibly pick up
that rare part you have been looking for. A Bar-B-QUE /
sausage sizzle, will be available from around 10:00am.
Rain, Hail or shine it will be on.
Our Store is bursting at the seams with so much stuff
becoming available due to items left to Westlakes.. If
you need any parts, then see Ally in the store. He will
be so glad to see you…
Yes… We have to report it.. The Meat tray was once more
well subscribed, with Barrie, VK2QG doing the collecting
in the absence of Lloyd VK2XXA who was crook in the
Tummy. It went to a good home, with Geoff, VK2YGA taking
home the Bacon… So to speak!
The monthly Magazine will be sent out early next week as
Greg will be away and also there will be the inclusion
of a nomination form to cover the upcoming AGM. Please
nominate a member for Committee or the Executive to
steer your club for the next 12 months. If you wish to
nominate a person then that person has to agree on the
Foundations of Amateur Radio
A phrase I hear regularly is "life's too short for QRP"
and today I think that it's appropriate to start a
conversation about that sentiment. When propagation is
poor the high-power amplifiers get on air and use it to
prove that you need power to get out and about.
Far be it for me to deny another amateur the pleasure of
working a thousand stations at the same time, a
so-called pile-up. It's a thrill. I've done it during
contests. It's fun. You call CQ and the biggest problem
you're faced with is deciding on which station to pick.
In the past I've mentioned that I've made a contact with
Cuba, about 18,000 km away using 5 Watts. Over the
weekend I managed just under a third of the distance,
Perth to Tuvalu, 7,000 km with a wire and 5 Watts. You
could take away from this that I like bragging about my
contacts and it's true that I'm proud of having achieved
those things, but that's not actually what I want to
Amateur Radio is a lot like fishing. You can go out and
throw a stick of dynamite into a pond and pull out all
the fish, or you can stand up to your armpits with a
reel in your hand casting a fly to catch a fish.
Operating QRP is like fly-fishing. It takes practice,
patience and perseverance. Of course it's not for
everybody, but then neither is fly-fishing.
If you hold an introductory Amateur Radio license like I
do, the rules of engagement restrict how much power
you're allowed to use. For some this restriction appears
to inhibit their ability to enjoy the hobby. This
podcast started life some six years ago precisely
because a new entrant was expressing their need for more
My contact over the weekend wasn't particularly earth
shattering. It was made with a minimum of equipment, a
wire antenna on a squid-pole strapped to a house, simple
radio, running off a battery in preparation for a
contest that was happening the next day. The thing to
note is that it happened on 40m, using 5 Watts and the
distance was twice the maximum distance within my own
This means that any amateur who is starting out can
achieve the same thing. It means that you might need to
review your assumptions if you think of a 4,000km
distance between stations as a hurdle that cannot be
The take-away should be that while QRP is not for
everyone, it's a perfectly valid way of enjoying the
hobby and smelling the roses along the way.
In case you're wondering, yes, I was wearing a grin from
ear to ear after making my contact. Better still, I
didn't have to kiss any fish.
I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Well that’s all the news from Westlakes that I have for