News from today’s on-air club meeting:-
The Club Annual General Meeting has been postponed until we can have an “in-person” meeting. Which might be possible on 7th of November

This Australian on-line repeater directory looks very handy.

The September Newsletter is out. Click Here to Download

We now have a club forum up and running for club announcements and for club members to post their projects and latest aqcuisitions.

The September Hamfest has been cancelled due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. So this means there will be many more bargains to be had when we return next year.

The QSL Cards for the VI3RA weekend have arrived from Ukraine! Many thanks to Gennady UX5UO for the excellent printing. If you want qsl cards printed check out his website
This is the VFO software that Denys VK3ZYZ is designing a PCB for. So it can be used in multiple different radios/ Denys’s project is in the Club Forum Section
Geoff VK3FTRK has very generously offered to pay for and get some club stickers printed, a motion will be put to the club members during the club meeting this coming saturday. The above artwork is just a draft to see what people think.

ABC Radio interview with Rod VK3UG is here ..

And for those who missed Rod’s earlier interview with Matt Dowling on 11th March

The Radio Australia Special Event was a fantastic weekend, the moonbounce on 15 meters was a historic event, and one of the many highlights.

VI3RA Closing Video

Many thanks to Lee VK3GK for his help on the weekend, and for the video he took of the event.

Calculations have shown that HF operators are much safer than UHF operators 🙂

Radio Special Event Station Closing Down Message (Thanks to Dallas VK3EB)

Lee VK3GK operating 40m to the US and Europe on PX4

Jason VK3FNQS operating 40m to the US
Shaun VK3KK operating 40m to the US

The information package for the Radio Australia weekend is now available for download..

Guide to locations around Shepparton for the Radio Australia Event Weekend
Vision Australia Clubrooms
Radio Australia
Shepparton Brewery

Radio Australia
Special Event Station – callsign VI3RA

Registration is now open

This special event will be held on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th, of March 2020. The event will be commemorated with a special QSL card.

Amateur radio operators are invited to register at the above site to participate in this special event, site restrictions limit us to no more than six on site at any one time, so there will be a roster, and reservations for specific time slots will be required.
Please note: This is not a tour of Radio Australia, this access is being provided just for operators of the special event station.

Murray Quad 2019 

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

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.

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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.