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.
Everyone involved in Electronics has heard of this mans name, he is a great Australian, I am talking about Dick Smith, yes the original owner of Dick Smith, when it was a real electronics enthusiast shop. Talking about Amateur radio.
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. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9228945/ns/technology_and_science-wireless/t/ham-radio-operators-rescue-after-katrina/#.WqIRUGcUlaQ
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
Your local Amateur radio club can help you with that curiosity. If you live in Adelaide South Australia, come along to the northeastradioclub.org.au
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.