Radio Operators wanted for the O’Keefe Marathon
Bendigo to Heathcote
Sunday 2 May 2021

The O’Keefe Challenge, qualifying for Major Event status, consists of a number of events that require Radiocommunications in order to operate: 
1 and 2. A 42km running Marathon on the O’Keefe Rail Trail and a 7-stage Ekiden Relay from Junortoun (East of Bendigo) at 7.30am to Barrack Reserve, Heathcote.
3. A 21km Half Marathon on the O’Keefe Rail Trail starting at Knowsley at 8.30am, running towards Axedale to turn around in the Knowsley Forest and finishing at Barrack Reserve, Heathcote.
4. 10k Fun Run starting at Barrack Reserve at 9.45am, through bushland and returning to Barrack Reserve, Heathcote via the McIvor Creek Trail.
5. 5k Run/Walk Against Dementia starting at 9.30am via a circuit along McIvor Creek Trail and ending at Barrack Reserve, Heathcote. Event courses and other event information is available at: https://www.theokeefe.com.au

Contact: Kevin Crockett VK3CKC if you want to participate in this fun day out using amateur radio.
Email: kcrockett@bigpond.com
Mobile: 0418 337 715
Full written instructions will be provided. There will be a small monetary donation to SADARC funds.


March 2021 club newsletter is now available for download.
http://www.sadarc.org/files/NewsLetter/year2021/Complete%20Newsletter%20March%2021.pdf

Bottle Shop Net – Mt Franklin

Bottle Shop Net get together March 17th to March the 22nd

Those attending this event started arriving at the Mt. Franklin camp ground from Tuesday prior, by Thursday 16 March most had set up camp of the weekend.

A great time was held by all for the next few days. Steve VK3DP set up a HF portable base station on arrival, Gavin VK7VTX arrived on the Friday and soon had a portable station up and running.. Barry VK3NBW coordinated the Bottle Shop net on the Friday evening at around 8pm using Steve’s Collins radio, most of us took part in this net using Steve’s radio. Gavin VK7VTX coordinated the Tasmania sewing club net also on the Friday at 6pm.from Mt. Franklin.

Most of the time was spent around the camp fire chatting about many various subjects including of course our rigs, travelling and many other subjects.

Present were the Following.

VK3NBW.Barry,VK7VTX,GavinVK3DEP.Steve,VK3KLB.Albert,VK3DAE.Dean,VK3FJAE.Doug,VK3FLMJ.Lorraine,VK3DNQ.Ian,VK3NKC.Kevin,VK7ADQAlvin,VK3PNG.Bruce,VK3ZIP.Zorra,VK3KY.Dave,VK3LTA.Trevor,.VK3KCQ.Richard.,VK3NMK.Mike.

Some visitors arrived for the day on Saturday, they were Kevin VK3CKC Jim, VK3VBC,.JohnVK2MOP, Barry VK3TDX and Monica VK3FMON.

The ladies who accompanied their partners were Sandra, Kay, Helen, Leann and Myrle.

Radio Australia Museum … Greater Shepparton Council’s call for proposals. — See Forum Announcements

Address Update:- Our club rooms now have a new name.
The Shepparton Flexible Learning Center.
Address remains the same.

18 Channel Road
Shepparton 3630

Latest club newsletter is now available for download.
http://www.sadarc.org/files/NewsLetter/year2021/Complete%20Newsletter%20Feb21.pdf

The latest club newsletter is available for download from here:-
December January Newslette

Merry Christmas to everyone, and a Happy New Year

The Mt Wombat repeater got an early Christmas Present in the form of a new 2M receive antenna, early indications are that it’s performing pretty well, and hopefully we have seen the last of the dreaded crackle.

Photo by Denys VK3ZYZ. The installation was by Paul VK3YLS and his very competant crew.

Following the changes to coronavirus rules, the Christmas club breakup, meeting will be held at the :-

Noble Monks 120-126 Maude Street Shepparton at 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Hope to see you there!

Unforseen circumstances forced the Royal Mail to cancel our booking!

More details will be in the November club newsletter which can be downloaded here:-
http://www.sadarc.org/files/NewsLetter/year2020/Complete%20newsletter%20Nov%202020.pdf

For current status on the Mt Wombat Repeaters check the forum
http://www.sadarc.org/xenforo/upload/index.php?threads/mt-wombat-repeater-status-updates.61/

This Australian on-line repeater directory looks very handy.
https://www.onlinerepeatermap.com/

We now have a club forum up and running for club announcements and for club members to post their projects and latest aqcuisitions.
http://www.sadarc.org/xenforo/upload/index.php

HAMFEST UPDATE!!
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 https://www.ux5uoqsl.com/
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
http://www.sadarc.org/xenforo/upload/index.php?threads/vfo-design-with-adaptive-step-rate-and-vernier-display.11/
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 ..

http://www.sadarc.org/files/RA/ABC%20Radio%20interview_Rod%20Champness%2029apr2020.mp3

And for those who missed Rod’s earlier interview with Matt Dowling on 11th March
http://sadarc.org/files/Matt%20Dowling%20_Rodney%20Champness%20ABC%20Radio%2011Mar2020.mp3

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)
http://www.sadarc.org/files/VI3RA%20sign-off%207183KHz%20by%20Rex%20James%201300UTC%2015Mar2020.mp3

Lee VK3GK operating 40m to the US and Europe on PX4
http://www.sadarc.org/files/200315%20VI3RA%207180%20LSB.MP3

Jason VK3FNQS operating 40m to the US
http://www.sadarc.org/files/VI3RA%20Jason%20VIA%20Northland%20SDR.wav
http://www.sadarc.org/files/VI3RA%20Jason%20via%20Northland%20SDR.wav
http://www.sadarc.org/files/VI3RA%20Via%20Northland%20SDR.wav
Shaun VK3KK operating 40m to the US
http://www.sadarc.org/files/VI3RA%20Shaun%20via%20Northland%20SDR.wav


The information package for the Radio Australia weekend is now available for download.. http://www.sadarc.org/files/vi3ra-mailout.pdf

Guide to locations around Shepparton for the Radio Australia Event Weekend
Vision Australia Clubrooms https://tinyurl.com/sadarc-clubrooms
Radio Australia https://tinyurl.com/vi3ra-radio
Shepparton Brewery https://tinyurl.com/vi3ra-brewery

Radio Australia
Special Event Station – callsign VI3RA

Registration is now open

https://ra.sadarc.org