Posted By Royce VK5FRWF.

Basic Antenna fundamentals – Beams

We were treated to a very informative night by Mike MC Quire vk5zc with his talk on Antenna fundamentals.

Accompanied by a well presented handout, Mike proceeded through his talk, regarding how Antennas work, with several videos explaining the theory.

Mike also had on display several Beams or Yagi’s he has built, handing one of them around, so members can view his work.


Rob vk5rc  has requested some information be put posted regarding the sinking of the Titanic, which is very interesting reading, plus some other links.

This was requested from Sarah Boyd whose son Alex is currently doing a communications technology project for his Tech class.
Well done Alex.

Here is one of the links:
Gaining your Foundation License

Price is $34.50 through WIA,  check with NERC club secretary, we usually have these in stock.

1) During the sinking of the Titanic , the radio officer called for help – which was mostly received and he (and radio) were responsible for saving many lives. Shortly following that event, the vital importance of radio was widely recognised and radios and radio operators became a vital member of ships’ crews.


Another vital importance that ameteur radio plays, is in times of disaster, even the NASA space station uses amature radio operators to keep the vital communications links open.

2) In Hurricane Katrina recently in the USA – for the first few days Amateur Radio was responsible for some of the early communications. The internet, optical fibre and or microwave links are relatively complex and fragile structures and readily fail in time of natural disasters. Amateur radio is quite robust.

3) Almost every Astronaut and Cosmonaut is a Amateur radio Operator.

4) The video protocol that was used to bring the signals from the Moon landing (Slow Scan TV) was developed by Amateur radio Operators for Amateur radio experiments in TV – NASA borrowed it.

Now some practicle info on Morse Code

And from logs record from the Titanic

Learning Morse code

And a way to visualize morse code.


A Foundation licence manual is produced by the Wireless Institute of Australia for $30
Today tonight ran this story on NASA Communications via hams

And check out this one.

What a hobby to be involved in.

As requested by Rob VK5RC Posted by Royce VK5FRWF

NERC topics 2018

Topic Presenter Contact via Date Completed
Regulations Peter Watts OK for 12th Jan. (Away Feb) 12/01/2018 12/01/18
FT8 Charlie VK5KDK 09/02/18
Fun Cube Peter Watts

UHF David Minchin VK5KK Phil Storr

Digital voice Ben VK5BB

Antennae Mike VK5ZC Les VK5KLD

Antenna Analyser John VK5COR EU1KY

Smith Chart Vidx3 Alan Wolfe (You tube) Rob VK5RC

First Aid ?”Dennis ?les

Equipment Review ? Stu

Telemetry ?Matt AREG

Show and Tell Everyone

Quiz/Pizza Nite

Volt-nuttery Rob VK5RC

Apps design Person suggested by Paul VK5PH or Sue Southcott AHARS

J Pole (20min talk) T Quick

2 Metre beam Phil Storr

FEB 9th FT8 Charlie
FEB23rd Smith Chart Rob
MAR 9th Mike macguire Antennae
MAR 23r ??John Ant Analyser
APR 13th


Committee members required !!! Hi to all members of  NERC, committee positions need to be filled Urgently.

We need at Least a President and a secretary, please put you hand/s up.

The club needs new members, if you have ideas to attract new members put your hands up, with suggestions, the club requires some younger people to take over  positions with great new ideas, and give the senior members a break, we thank them sincerely for all the work they have personally put into the club, but the club needs new members under 65, maybe even 55, or even younger, perhaps some sort of advertising campaign through the local papers may be an idea, maybe some flyers handed out at shopping centers, just suggestions. but we need new members,  new young club members.

A certain senior member of the club suggested a name to me, for president it sorta goes like this STU for president, anyone know who he might be referring to ?

We need you

We need you, for president and secretary




NERC topics 2018


Topic            Presenter         Contact via          Date        Completed

Regulations        Peter Watts  OK for 12th Jan. (Away Feb)        12/01/2018    12/01/18

FT8             Charlie VK5KDK                    09/02/18

Fun Cube                    Peter Watts


UHF            David Minchin VK5KK    Phil Storr


Digital     voice        Ben VK5BB


Antennae        Mike  VK5ZC        Les VK5KLD


Antenna Analyser     John VK5COR  EU1KY


Smith Chart Vidx3    Alan Wolfe (You tube)    Rob VK5RC


First Aid        ?”Dennis        ?les


Equipment Review    ? Stu


Telemetry        ?Matt AREG


Show and Tell        Everyone


Quiz/Pizza Nite


Volt-nuttery          Rob VK5RC


Apps design   Person suggested by Paul VK5PH  or  Sue Southcott AHARS



2 Metre beam        Phil Storr

J Pole            T Quick



FEB 9th    FT8 Charlie

FEB23rd ? Smith Chart Rob

MAR 9th Mike macguire Antennae

MAR 23r  ??John  Ant Analyser

APR 13th



Your local Amateur radio club can help you with that curiosity. If you live in Adelaide South Australia, come along to the

Introduce your self, and be welcomed in to the wonderful world of electronics and radio communications.

Here are some of the tools required to get you started with electronics.

Authors note: I will correct the orientation of photos.

A very simple and highly portable antenna can be supported by a Squid pole. These antennas consist of a long wire, spiraled up the squid  pole, and coupled to your portable radio, achieve extremely good results.

Here is footage courtesy of one of members Stu as he is known VK5STU with his daughter helping him.

Posted by Royce VK5FRWF