SADARC - Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club, Founded in 1979, Incorporation No:A6677.

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MURRAY QUAD 2016:

Images of the Murray Quad 2016 Yarrawonga to Tocumwal.
1.Bruce and Alan main control.
2.The start of the running leg.
3.The 2 meter home brew beam of VK3DP.
4.Steven VK3DP set up at checkpoint 11 Brentall's Beach.

SADARC Calendar of Events:

Table Bookings can still be made through John VK3PXJ phone
03 5824 1188 or his email address is glengordon@bigpond.com

Email link. Hamfest Email Booking Can Be Made Here To John.

3.4GHz transverters.

You will also see that one of our members Geoff Angus donated to the Geelong Amateur Radio Club some 3.5GHz subscriber transceivers.
These are suitable for conversion to 3.4GHz transverters. The converted units will work with a low power 70cm radio.
The conversion will take about 8 hours to complete. Three complete transceivers are required to make two transverters.
This is because parts must be recovered from one unit to complete the conversion of the other two.
While this may seem a little wasteful, the resourceful ham will no doubt be able to use some of the remaining parts from the third unit in other projects.
It is recommended that two people get together and modify two panels sharing a third panel to complete the conversions.
Transceivers are available from the Geelong Amateur Radio club in lots of three at a cost of $50 (Buy two, get one free) This information was taken from the GARC Website and I wish to acknowledge them for that.
More information on this project can be found at Geelong Amateur Radio Club including documentation on how to carry out the project.

Sadarc Hamfest September 13 2016:

Our annual S.A.D.A.R.C. Comms Day/Hamfest will be held on Sunday 13th September at St Augustines Hall, Orr Street Shepparton.
This is our usual venue and the doors will open at 10:00am for the public. And 8:00am for the Traders.

A very reasonable $5.00 door entry fee as per normal.
And can be purchased before 10:00am for the door line up.

There will be plenty quality food at good prices.
With plenty of comfortable seating with tables for a chat/QSO.
As well as a raffle and door prizes on the day.

Our usual vendors will all be there.
And thanks again for there on going support.
Plus many other tables of pre loved equipment.
With about 30 tables all up in total.

Link to More Infomation on the 2016 Shepparton Hamfest

Table Bookings can still be made through John VK3PXJ phone
03 5824 1188 or his email address is glengordon@bigpond.com

Email link. Hamfest Email Booking Can Be Made Here To John.

Come and support the Shepparton Hamfest and know the proceeds go towards the upkeep and improvement of the VK3RGV repeater site.

How to find the Shepparton Hamfest at the St Augustines Hall, Shepparton.
Vic Roads map 273 Ref M8

Location of the Shepparton Hamfest.

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Clubroom Location.


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Mt Franklin Get Together:

I hear on the grapevine that the fourth bottle shop net meet and greet will be held at MT Franklin near Daylesford Victoria.
It will be held on the weekend of 27, 28, 29 and 30 of March 2016. That's the last Wednesday to the Monday of the month of March.
Last year about 50 Amateurs turned up with there family and friends.
The camp ground is in Mt Franklin which is an old extinct volcano. No local rumbling has been noted lately.

Most who choose to stay bring along their caravan. But a tent would work as well. Loud Generators are not suitable for this area. As there are other people camping in the grounds.
The camp ground has basic amities and last check dogs are allowed under control. There are water tanks there. But don't rely on them. Bring some water with you. The toilet is a earth pit thunder-box. So some other arrangement might be better.
There is properly constructed fireplaces around the campground for anyone to use. But firewood is scarce. If wanting a fire bring some firewood.
It is also free to camp. With easy two wheel drive access with a caravan.

Here is the information pamphlet to MT Franklin Reserve, Parks Victoria.

Some Amateurs just turn up for the BBQ on the Saturday. Some of which drive a fair distance for the meet and greet. I went last year and had a great weekend. Put some call signs to faces. Look forward to meeting some new faces as well as the old. GPS Co-ordinates of Mt Franklin Reserve: -37.2655149,144.150924

Location Of Mt Franklin Reserve Victoria

Mt Franklin Reserve. Australian Campsites

Steven VK3DP.

P.S. The Bottle shop Net is on Friday Nights At 7:45PM on 3590Khz for first check in. And attracts around 30 to 40 Amateurs. It specializes in old valve transceivers (Boat Anchors). But transistor final transceivers are welcome as well. We love em all. I have a occasional check in. Great Net.

The Next S.A.D.A.R.C. Meeting Will Be:

SADARC club meeting

The first Saturday next month is on Easter weekend. To be advised. Most people show up around 12Pm for a club meeting to have a bit of QSO beforehand.
All people are welcome at the SADARC meeting.
If interested please feel free to come along and have a chat.
But sorry we cant take old communication and electronic equipment.

An Extract from the latest newsletter. Please download and read.
* Latest SADARC Newsletter *
As you read below you will see that our President and Vice-President have a number of ideas to make our club function even better than it has – but it will require your input as expressed below in both ideas and assistance as needed.

A number of articles will appear in the newsletter from time to time with photos or diagrams as is appropriate. Your input is needed.
RodneyVK3UG - Newsletter editor.

STOP PRESS:
The Technical Committee has just had a call from Amateur Radio Victoria. The planned changes to the guy wires on Mt Wombat are now not going to occur. There are other positive things likely to occur that will be beneficial to the Club. More information as it comes to hand and hopefully at the next meeting.

Our annual S.A.D.A.R.C. Comms Day/Hamfest will be held on Sunday 14th September at St Augustines Hall, Orr Street Shepparton.
This is our usual venue and the doors will open at 10:00am for the public. And 8:00am for the Traders.

A very reasonable $5.00 door entry fee as per normal.
And can be purchased before 10:00am for the door line up.

There will be plenty quality food at good prices.
With plenty of comfortable seating with tables for a chat/QSO.
As well as a raffle and door prizes on the day.

Our usual vendors will all be there.
And thanks again for there on going support.
Plus many other tables of pre loved equipment.
With about 30 tables all up in total.

Link to More Infomation on the 2014 Shepparton Hamfest

Table Bookings can still be made through John VK3PXJ phone
03 5824 1188 or his email address is glengordon@bigpond.com

Email link. Hamfest Email Booking Can Be Made Here To John.

Come and support the Shepparton Hamfest and know the proceeds go towards the upkeep and improvement of the VK3RGV repeater site.

How to find the Shepparton Hamfest at the St Augustines Hall, Shepparton.
Vic Roads map 273 Ref M8
Or view the Google map as shown here below.


Open a Google map of Hamfest Location.

Mt Gwynne Amateur Repeaters:

As many members will remember the Mt Gwynne amateur repeaters and a GPS system were stolen several months ago.
A replacement 70cm repeater has been installed in the last few days.
The repeater on 439.650MHz is accessed by using a 123 Hz tone.
This repeater does not have the dual tone and noise mute systems like the Mt Wombat repeaters.
The repeater has voice identification compared to the more common Morse identification.
I understand that it is using a Philips FM815 transceiver which is capable of 50 watts output, compared to the previous repeater which was capable of 25 watts.
It is quite useable here in Mooroopna. Congratulations to Ray VK3RW, Daryl VK3KL and Hilton VK3AHY on a job well done.

Rodney.
Thank you,

Murray QUAD 2014

Please don’t forget that on Saturday May 10th is the Murray QUAD quadrathlon.
The SADARC club is doing the communication for this event.
We still need more people to help out with this day.
This involves setting up and operating portable stations of communication along the quadrathlon coarse.
Darren and Bruce have spent a lot of time and effort in making sure the communication on the day runs successfully.
Please support both Darren and Bruce in this financial Club Project.
Any one who would like to help with the communication on the day.
Turn up at the Yarrawonga Yacht club on Friday night May 9th at 5PM.
Or contact Bruce VK3FBNG on Home(03) 5484 1343 Mob 0427 715 663 or Darren VK3HEN with their intentions.

There is free camping with power available for people helping out with this event.

Link To Murray Quad Website.

VK3DP Go’s Retro with a Collins S Line:

Hi Everyone,

Here is the Collins 32s-3 transmitter and 75s-3 receiver that I acquired lately. It was made around the early 1960's.

It is all still all original and in good working condition.
They use all valves from start to finish.
And it sounds a treat from that single ended valve audio amp.
Collins 32s-3 transmitter and 75s-3 receiver
The Microphone is a high impedance crystal Astatic D-104 on a G stand.

I have built a power supply to run the 32s-3 transmitter.
As I didn't get a power supply with the rig.
I will get one in the future, but for now I go with the home brew.
I had to wind the transformers as well as make a chassis, rectifier board and the umbilical cord myself.
Basically had to construct the whole power supply unit from scratch.
It runs +800VDC, +275VDC, -90VDC to -40VDC and 6.3VAC.
Here is a image of the bottom of the power supply that I made.
Collins 32s-3 Power
I am in the process of getting a 30L-1 valve linear amplifier to go with Collins S-Line line up.
One is coming from Hal at landaircomm at the moment. They run four 811 tubes.
Hal website is HERE and he resides in New York City.
He has heaps of old boat anchors. Worth a check for a collector and don’t let his web page put you off.
He is good to talk over the phone.

Cheers Steven,
VK3DP.

The Upcoming Mt Franklin Get Together:

I hear on the grapevine that the third bottle shop net meet and greet will be held at MT Franklin near Daylesford Victoria.
It will be held on the weekend of 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 of March 2014. That's the last Wednesday to the Monday of the month of March.
Last year about 50 Amateurs turned up with there family and friends.
The camp ground is in Mt Franklin which is an old extinct volcano. No local rumbling has been noted lately.

Most who choose to stay bring along their caravan. But a tent would work as well. Loud Generators are not suitable for this area. As there are other people camping in the grounds.
The camp ground has basic amities and last check dogs are allowed under control. There are water tanks there. But don't rely on them. Bring some water with you. The toilet is a earth pit thunder-box. So some other arrangement might be better.
There is properly constructed fireplaces around the campground for anyone to use. But firewood is scarce. If wanting a fire bring some firewood.
It is also free to camp. With easy two wheel drive access with a caravan.

Here is the information pamphlet to MT Franklin Reserve, Parks Victoria.

Some Amateurs just turn up for the BBQ on the Saturday. Some of which drive a fair distance for the meet and greet. I went last year and had a great weekend. Put some call signs to faces. Look forward to meeting some new faces as well as the old. GPS Co-ordinates of Mt Franklin Reserve: -37.2655149,144.150924

Location Of Mt Franklin Reserve Victoria

Mt Franklin Reserve. Australian Campsites

Steven VK3DP.

P.S. The Bottle shop Net is on Friday Nights At 7:45PM on 3590Khz for first check in. And attracts around 30 to 40 Amateurs. It specializes in old valve transceivers (Boat Anchors). But transistor final transceivers are welcome as well. We love em all. I have a occasional check in. Great Net.

SADARC April Meeting will be held at the Shepparton Show grounds on April 6.

The next club meeting will be at the Rotary Club of Shepparton Motor Show & Market Day. The club is going to give a demonstration on Amateur radio for interested public. We are going to set up a basic Amateur radio station with the limited space we have. This is to do with the April WIA Amateur Radio promotion.

Those club members who are interested in helping please attend at the Shepparton show grounds on the Sunday. Remember that there will be no club meeting at the Scout and Guide hall for the Saturday April 5. We will start setting up at about 7AM. And this event will run most of the day. We will give a demonstration on Amateur Radio as well as having light club meeting.

So get involved with the public and help promote Amateur radio. As well as have a look around at the Market and cars on display. We will have a small area where we can meet and talk. We can't have too many people helping and sharing the load.

Steven VK3DP - Station Manager.

Rotary Club of Shepparton Motor Show & Market Day.

Promoting Our Hobby.

Christmas Dinner and Meeting Will Be:

Our Christmas meeting will be at the Benalla Bowls Club on Sunday December 1st.
This will be a informal club meeting as well. For the first time this will be a combined Christmas gathering with the Vintage Radio Club of North East Victoria.
Many of our members are a member of both Clubs so a combined gathering makes life less hectic at a busy time of the year.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at this enjoyable day.

Christmas get together Sunday 1st December at 12.00noon at the Benalla Bowls Club.
Please contact Ron VK3COP to book in.
pegron@bigpond.net.au

Jota Next Weekend:

To all Members,

We have had confirmation that the Scouts require that all people who come into contact with their members at JOTA must have a Working With Children Certificate.
This therefore means that only those with this Certificate can assist on Saturday 19th October.
A couple of members that said they can help are now not permitted to at this stage. They have applied for the Certificate but we do not expect them to be through in time.
Can you please let me know if you can help and please note you must have a Working With Children Certificate.
Assistance is required on Saturday afternoon and evening only. We are not required on the Sunday.

Thank you,

Peter
FK3FPSR
President - SADARC

GET READY TO PARTICIPATE IN JOTA ON 19 OCTOBER 2013!

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio.
Radio signals carry their voices to virtually every corner of the world!
The sheer excitement of having a live conversation with a fellow Scout or Guide in another country is the main thing that attracts so many youngsters to this event – JOTA is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared.
It is a unique opportunity for each individual Scout to get a true feeling of belonging to a worldwide Movement.
"Extract from the Jota Website"

Bruce VK3FBNG has been in touch with the Scouts and it has been all arranged for JOTA to go ahead.
We will be operating at about 2.00pm on the Saturday 19 Oct and go through into the evening till finished.
We feel we need about 6 – 8 volunteers for the day to share the workload.
So if you are available to help on the day any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

This year we will be hosting JOTA from the SADARC clubrooms which happens to be inside the Moorooppna scout and guide complex.

More Infomation on Jota, Jota Website.

Working Bee At SADARC Clubrooms

To all Members,

Greg VK3POP has been able to book the Cherry Picker that was previously spoken about for this Saturday, 12th October. The Cherry Picker will be at Mooroopna Scout Hall at 9.00am this coming Saturday. If anybody is available to help on the day can they please contact Greg on 0438 785 940 or respond to this email and I will forward your response onto Greg.

Thank you in anticipation,

Peter.

VK3FPSR

President - SADARC

Squid Poles have turned up for collection:

The Squid Poles that Rod VK3UG has ordered is available at our next meeting. Those that ordered please bring along your money to pay for the poles prior to collection.

2013 SHEPPARTON HAMFEST:

Hamfest Location Map Shown Below

Our annual S.A.D.A.R.C. Comms Day/Hamfest will be held on Sunday 8th September at St Augustines Hall, Orr Street Shepparton.
This is our usual venue and the doors will open at 10:00am for the public. And 8:00am for the Traders.

A very reasonable $5.00 door entry fee as per normal.
And can be purchased before 10:00am for the door line up.

There will be plenty quality food at good prices.
With plenty of comfortable seating with tables for a chat/QSO.
As well as a raffle and door prizes on the day.

Our usual vendors will all be there.
And thanks again for there on going support.
Plus many other tables of pre loved equipment.
With about 30 tables all up in total.

Link to More Infomation on the 2013 Shepparton Hamfest

Table Bookings can still be made through John VK3PXJ and his email address is glengordon@bigpond.com. Email link below.

Send John an Email

Come and support the Shepparton Hamfest and know the proceeds go towards the upkeep and improvement of the VK3RGV repeater site.

How to find the Shepparton Hamfest at the St Augustines Hall, Shepparton.
Vic Roads map 273 Ref M8
Or view the Google map as shown here below.


Open large map

Vale: William James "JIM" Scott

Members of SADARC & Vintage Radio Club. It is with regret that announce the passing of William James "JIM" Scott. Jim was the inaugural president of the Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club. Jim’s (Thomas William James SCOTT) funeral is on Friday 11 am at St Brendan’s Catholic church, Knight Street Shepparton.

Thank you,

Peter Rentsch
President – SADARC
VK3FPSR.

Guest Speaker Will Be Kevin VK3CKC:

Our Guest Speaker for the month of July VK3CKC as our guest speaker. Kevin will be known to many of you as he is the immediate Past President of the Midland Amateur Radio Club. Kevin’s topic for the day will be his ability to go Trike Mobile and the purpose behind the whole exercise. So, please come along and support your Club at the next meeting and listen to a great guest speaker on a topic that is educational, fun & purposeful.

Our Guest Speaker for the month of June was Felix, VK3FAR. Felix is a very keen Amateur Satellite operator. His talk will cover Space Communication and Amateur Satellites. A history of Amateur Satellites and AMSATS history as well as operating hints and getting started in Amateur Satellites.

Our Guest Speaker for the month of May was Mark Tell from ACMA. He gave a speech about things not to do and do on Amateur Radio. It was well worth the effort to show up for.

Our Guest Speaker for April was Peter Freeman (VK3PF). He spoke about National Parks Activation and Summits of the Air – SOTA. This is to encourage Amateurs to activate there radio gear in mountain areas. To read more about Peter Freeman and SOTA then select from the links below.
About Peter Freeman VK3PF and SOTA.
SOTA UK
SOTA Australia

The Upcoming Mt Franklin Get Together:

I hear on the grapevine that the second bottle shop net meet and greet will be held at MT Franklin near Daylesford Victoria. It will be held on the weekend of 16,17,18 and 19 of May 2013. Last year about 20 Amateurs turned up with there family and friends. The camp ground is in Mt Franklin which is an old extinct volcano. No local rumbling has been noted lately.

Most who choose to stay bring along their caravan. But a tent would work as well. Loud Generators are not suitable for this area. As there are other people camping in the grounds. The campground has basic amities and last check dogs are allowed under control. There are water tanks there. But don't rely on them. Bring some water with you. The toilet is a earth pit thunderbox. So some other arrangement might be better. It is also free to camp. With easy two wheel drive access.

Here is the infomation pamplet to MT Franklin Reserve, Parks Victoria.

Some Amateurs just turn up for the BBQ on the Saturday. Some of which drive a fair distance for the meet and greet. I went last year and had a great weekend. Put some call signs to faces. Look forward to meeting some new faces as well as the old. GPS Co-ordinates of Mt Franklin Reserve: -37.2655149,144.150924

Location Of Mt Franklin Reserve Victoria

Mt Franklin Reserve. Australian Campsites

Steven VK3DP.

P.S. The Bottle shop Net is on Friday Nights At 7:45PM on 3590Khz for first check in. And attracts around 30 to 40 Amateurs. It specializes in old valve transceivers (Boat Anchors). But transistor final transceivers are welcome as well. We love em all. The bottle shop net is ran by Barry VK3MBW and Gavin VK7VTX and other various supporters. I have a occasional check in. Great Net.

Nagambie Weir Get Togeather

The Nagambie Weir Get Togeather:

Also on the social calendar is the annual get-together with the Midland Amateur Radio Club. This will be on Sunday 21st April at Goulburn Weir for lunch. Please supply your own food and drink and there are plenty of BBQ’s on site.

Last year we held a Car Boot Sale and this year I suggest that we do the same as last years was very successful. There is no charge for the Car Boot Sale, just bring you excess treasures and who know what you may sell. Please note that only goods of an electronic nature are to be sold at this event.

Location of Goulburn Weir Nagambie.

Abstract from the February 2013 Newsletter.

Sad News:

To Members of the Amateur Radio Club of Shepparton and the Vintage Radio Club of North East Victoria, It is with regret that I announce the passing of Allan Dodson, VK3AYD. Allan passed away on Monday night the 25th March. His funeral will be at the Owen Mohan Memorial Chapel corner of Nixon and Corio Streets, Shepparton at 10.30am Thursday 28 March. Following the service there will be a private cremation. Thank you,

Peter VK3FPSR

Repeater Site Outage:



An electrical storm went through the Mt Wombat area the evening of 14 February.
It caused a number of two way sites to have problems and so did we as our heavy duty power supply was damaged.
It was brought down for repairs on 16th by Rob VK3ECH and Toby VK3PNF.
It is at VK3UG’s QTH. How soon it goes back depends on spares and available time.
Currently the ONLY repeater on site operating is the 2 metre repeater running on its internal supply.
There is no battery back up at this stage.

Abstract from the February 2013 Newsletter.

Here is the latest on the repeater as of 6 March 2013.

G’day Gents,

Went to Mt Wombat today 06/03/2013. The power supply has been reinstalled and all services are operating except for the D-Star which is with Toby VK3PNF.
Cheers for now,

Rodney VK3UG

MT WOMBAT REPORT:

I enquired of Alan Tattersall (Austereo) about the progress with the installation of the new self supporting tower on the mount. At this stage Austereo is waiting for a quote to make the top section of the track safe for a concrete pumping vehicle to negotiate. It is a very rough track and these days O.H. & S. has high priority. Once a quote is agreed on (I understand) that work will be done then the job of installing the tower can commence. The tower itself is currently in storage at Shepparton. The person who will be in charge of the tower installation is well known to a number of members and I am quite confident the work will be done to a high standard. When the work on the new tower commences the lattice mast and the antennas on it will be taken down. The standby antennas on the hut will then be put into service so we will not lose repeater facilities, although some repeaters may be down a little in performance. All repeaters except D-Star are working well, however, no work of consequence is envisaged on any repeaters until the new tower is installed.

Six Metres. The two co-phased 6 metre antennas will be installed. The performance of some of the cavity resonators needs some improvement by modification and/or retuning (there is some desense). The digital signal processing is doing its job satisfactorily but a by-product of its operation causes the audio output level to drop with weak noisy signals into the repeater. This could mean an audio AGC circuit may need to be fitted to overcome this. The improvement in performance is hard to be specific about with these improvements but an improvement of from 3 to 6 dbs in the repeater performance is not unreasonable to expect.

Two Metres. The repeater will have a new two metre antenna installed as it was considered by ARV that it was not a good policy to reinstall the existing antenna on the new tower from the point of long term reliability. Very little has been done to this repeater for some considerable time so a general check over of the cavities and the repeater itself would probably occur, although no problems are evident. Seventy Centimetres (analog). The repeater had a replacement high gain antenna installed on the hut a couple of years ago and this is working well. There are thoughts that the repeater output power could be increased to 50 watts to make it more usable.

D-Star 70 Centimetres. This is currently working at Toby Corbet’s QTH I believe (I don’t have D-Star capability), which means it doesn’t have much range. It is hopeful that in due course we will be able to reinstall it on Mt Wombat with an internet connection which will give it a much wider communication range with enhanced facilities.

UHF CB Repeater. I have not heard any adverse reports on the 3/33 repeater. Apparently by 2017 the repeater will have to meet new standards. (The licensee for this service may need to do some checking.) Phil VK3ELV can tell folk more about this as he has just installed a new UHF CB repeater at 1200 metres on the Black Range near Cheshunt. This is rather higher than the 799 metres at Mt Wombat and I suspect it is probably being powered by batteries charged from solar panels. No doubt Phil can tell us more. Other facilities. As time progresses the centre pole in the hut will be removed and a 19” rack will be installed to house our equipment, which will include the two power supplies (main and standby). Most coaxial cables going to the present lattice mast are expected to be replaced over time, but none on the hut are expected to need replacement. 24/11/2016

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