Sadly Max Johnston a life member of SADARC passed away peacefully on 1st July at the age of 94. The funeral service to celebrate Max’s life will be held on Wednesday 10th July at 2pm at the Owen Mohan Memorial Chapel at the corner of Corio and Nixon Street, Shepparton. A private cremation will follow the service. Our condolences are extended to Anna and the family at this sad time.
The latest club Newsletter is now available on-line. You can download it from here :- June 2019 Newsletter
Be sure to have a look at the new Projects page and check out the latest project from Denys VK3ZYZ. http://www.sadarc.org/index.php/projects/
Denys has written up a full description of how to install his Arduino VFO in a Hawk commercial radio, and also provided the code for you to upgrade your own crystal locked radio.
Also from Denys, is a simple modification to convert an existing 2M J-pole to cover 70cm. The details are here on the project page.
Echuca Steam Rally Preliminary Report
Bruce VK3PNG reports that a great couple of days was had by all, and has sent some preliminary pictures.
Thanks Bruce for the pictures.
Mt Wombat Repeater News
The testing of the dstar repeater prior to being relocated to Mt Wombat is under way after being upgraded to Icom-G3 software.
The upgraded 70 cm repeater Unilab KL450 is now in operation with IRLP, and linked when otherwise inactive into the VKLINK repeater network.
Mt Wombat DC supply voltages are being logged and can be viewed here.
The July meeting will be held on Saturday 6th at the Vision Australia Rooms near the corner of Channel Road and Archer St. The starting time will be 11:00am, and will kick off with a BBQ.
Exam update from VK6AS
The Australian amateur radio community is desperate for some factual information after the ACMA’s announcement of the successful tenderer for the contract to provide assessment and call sign services. I think that this will add somewhat to the news item provided on the National News.
I returned to Perth late on Friday evening having spent the week with the staff of The Australian Maritime College In Launceston Tasmania the new supplier of Amateur Radio Assessment and Call Sign Services.
The College is part of the University of Tasmania and holds full educational accreditation at all levels.
The college has an 18 year history of successfully and with almost no complaints delivering assessments and call signs for marine communications.
I was invited to become a member of their bid team and was named as one of their advisors.
The aim of last week was to implement the processes for amateur radio and to discuss issues with the ACMA, our regulator. I can report that this was successful.
I think it is time that there was some myth busting
Amateur Radio Assessments and call sign allocations will continue with only a minor interruption.
There will be little initial change in the delivery of assessments and the AMC will be in contact with all the current assessors as soon as it can to explain how the process will occur. Goodwill of the current team is considered critical.
Despite rumours there will not be a significant increase in cost for those wishing to obtain a certificate of proficiency or call signs.
The current tiered structure of licences and call signs together with the underlying educational syllabus will not change in the short term and the ACMA through the College has outlined a methodology for engagement with the sector so that there will be engagement in any changes that may be proposed for the future.
The previous provider could ease the path for the ACMA in the introduction and development of the new system by promptly passing on the historical data including the multiple choice question bank to the AMC. This is not essential for services to be provided but there is no doubt that co-operation will make things a lot easier for the AMC.
To my knowledge the ACMA has acted professionally and appropriately, if a tad slowly, in handling the award of the contract and there has been no breach of any rules that I am aware of in the process. Our meeting with ACMA delegate on Thursday was cordial and professional.
The Wireless Institute has been aware that they were not the successful tenderer for some time and their President, on behalf of their Board did indeed approach the College with a request that the WIA continue to maintain its current services on a sub-contractor basis. It is my understanding that this is precluded under the new deed.
Finally and perhaps most importantly for those directly engaged with assessment and call sign allocation is that the previous excessively onerous and bureaucratic business rules developed by the previous provider have been swept away in the new deal. This allows the College far greater degrees of freedom to introduce modern methodology for assessment and call sign management with the full approval of the regulator.
This can only be of benefit to the hobby and is probably the most exciting development in the last 20 years. I hope that you will be supportive of The Australian Maritime College and its advisors and faculty made up of radio amateurs such as yourselves but also with people who have professional experience in delivery and assessment in technical fields.
This is Andrew VK6AS
MURRAY QUAD 2018-11-24/25 Murray Quad Pictures
SADARC were invited again to assist Tim Roadley with the Murray Quad, this time it was organised under a different format and to be run over two days, the 24 th . And the 25 th . Of November.
On the Saturday the canoe section was held from Thompsons Beach Cobram along the Murray to the Tocumwal Town Beach. The foot race section was on the Sunday starting at the Yarrawonga Rowing Club and running along the foreshore of lake Mulwala to the bridge and back to the Rowing Club at the start and finish lines.
There were 23 canoes on the Saturday and over 100 runners took part in the Sunday foot race.
Darren VK3HEN and Bruce VK3PNG arrived at Tocumwal about 4pm on the Friday and Andy VK3AJA arrived soon after where we set up our caravans at Tocumwal Town Beach. Saturday Graeme VK3PGK, Peter VK3FSPR and Mark VK3KMF arrived at the Town Beach Tocumwal to get their radio positions for this canoe event. After receiving directions to their various check points Andy, Graeme, Mark and Peter travelled to their appointed positions ready for the start at 3pm. Graeme was at the starting line at Cobram, Darren and Bruce at the finishing line at Tocumwal Town Beach and Andy, Mark and Peter were at various positions on the Murray between Cobram and Tocumwal. This event started at 3pm and finished at around 6.30pm. Reception to all radio points from the start to the finish was excellent and we were able to track were every canoe was via our radio network at any time from the start to the finish of the race. We used the 147.200 Yarrawonga repeater for this event.
After the last canoe arrived at the finish line we packed up and travelled to the Rowing Club at Yarrawonga to get ready for the Sunday foot race. Bruce and Darren, Andy, Graeme and Mark stayed at the Rowing Club on the Saturday night ready for the Sunday event.
Sunday an early start at 7.45am. Darren and Bruce set up base at the start and finish at the rowing club, Peter was at the turn around point at the Mulwala Bridge, Mark, Graeme and Andy at various drink stations along the way. It was a complicated route and a few of the runners had trouble keeping to the route that was mapped, apart from the few who had problem finding their way it was a successful event. Part of the proceeds from this Sunday event Tim is going to donate to Heart for Kids.
Once again our radio communications part of this Sunday event was very good; we had excellent reception from all check points both days. For this Sunday event we used simplex 146.500.
An enjoyable and successful weekend by all the SADARC members who took part.
Bruce VK3PNG and Darren VK3HEN.
As of 30th November both the 5 meg split UHF repeater 439.775 MHz and the 7 meg spilt repeater 438.650 MHz were returned to service with improved performance. We now have our full complement of repeaters on air – VHF and UHF
2018 JOTA Report
A bit of history – the balloon launch video is on line
Show Us Your Shack
Ham Fest 2018 Pictures
S.A.D.A.R.C is a group of keen “Ham Radio” operators who participate in most aspects of the great range of activities available in this hobby. In order for a radio amateur to obtain a radio call sign, and transmit and receive radio signals from around the world, it is necessary to pass an examination recognized by the Wireless Institute of Australia. Our club is able to conduct these examinations for those interested in entering the fascinating world of radio communication, using their own radio, or one of those at our Club Station Base Station, VK3SOL
Visitors wishing to learn more about the hobby of amateur radio are most welcome to attend.