Mt Wombat repeaters are back on air, the problem was the circuit breaker at the fire hut had tripped. We have a problem with the 6M Receiver power connector being intermittent and is being replaced with Anderson power pole connectors. Also the UHF CB repeater Receive antenna connection is intermittent.
Preliminary work to allow the new power management system to be installed has been carried out and the new system can be installed this coming weekend.
October Newsletter is out, Click here to download
We have lost power on Mt Wombat as a result the 2M repeater is off air (at least until we can get up there to find out what the problem is).
So this weeks Wednesday net will be on VK3RDU Mt Major at the usual time 8:00pm
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.
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.
Many thanks to Lee VK3GK for his help on the weekend, and for the video he took of the event.
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.. 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
Special Event Station – callsign VI3RA
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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
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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. http://www.sadarc.org/index.php/amateur-radio-exam-package/
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. http://www.sadarc.org/index.php/projects/
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.