Many thanks to Les VK3TEX for the pictures of the Hamfest,  lots of bargains were there to be had, and it was good catching up with fellow amateur operators.  

For those wishing to study for a licence exam, there is a new page where you can download the syllabus, study guides and practice exams.
Many thanks to Les VK3TEX

The latest club Newsletter is now available on-line. You can download it from here :- August 2019 Newsletter

Be sure to have a look at the new Projects page and check out the latest project from Denys VK3ZYZ.

The latest is a 2M synthesizer for upgrading a Willis VHF radio. 

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.

Click on the thumbnails for full size.
Thanks Bruce for the pictures.

Mt Wombat Repeater News
The dstar repeater has been relocated to  Mt Wombat, and is running ircddbgateway software.  

The upgraded 70 cm repeater Unilab KL450  is now in operation with IRLP, and linked when otherwise inactive into the VKLINK repeater network. 

The VK3RGV DMR repeater is now installed and operational on Mt Wombat. Many thanks to Peter VK3TE for supplying the equipment and setting everything up.
The Motorola DR3000 DMR is connected via a 3 port combiner to dual 2 bay binary array ( separate tx/rx) located near the top of the tower.  Initial tests show similar RF coverage to the existing analogue repeaters.  
The repeater is on  438.900 MHz offset -7.000 MHz

Mt Wombat DC supply voltages are being logged and can be viewed here.

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.