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Well the WIA conference at Handorf is now over for another year, with many interstate visitors making their way home.  A great turnout by NERC members who attended many of the events on offer throughout the weekend.  This included the AGM, visits to the Birdwood Car Museum and many other activities that makes radio magic.  Many facets of our hobby was on show Sunday afternoon at the Handorf Oval including EME, STEM conducted by by Joe (VK3YSP) and Julie (VK3FOWL), a great ‘show and tell’ by Steve (VK5SFA) on magnetic loops and many other great presentations and displays.  The highlight of the afternoon was the HORUS balloon launch which went off after a few last minute checks by the AREG boys, with contacts being made through the parrot repeater payload to the VI5WIA special event callsign.  A great event and congratulations to the organising committee for making this a big success.

Even one of our own members became the official photographer capturing all the action at the oval on Sunday!  73s.  Nig.


Another very informative evening at the North East Radio Club technical meeting this month.  President Rob (VK5RC) gave us some great ideas on how we can use common ICs to control anything from voltage, logic and display, to frequency generation.  A good turn out again for this meeting with many going  away we some good information on ICs they can use for their radio projects.  I counted 8 different ICs instead of the advertised 7 and that didn’t count the 555 circuit printed on Robs ‘T’ shirt he wore to the meeting!   Thanks again Rob.

Amateur Radio Magazine – NERC showcase.

You had better make sure you get a copy of the May edition of Amateur Radio magazine published by the WIA.  Not only did some great photos taken by Stuart make it into a couple of pages inside to support NERCs involvement in STEM at the TTG Library, but one of these great shots made it to the very prestigious front cover of the mag!  Well done to everyone involved particularly NERC’s ace photographer (VK5STU) and a reminder for those that missed the event back in January, we are planning to do it all over again in the next school holidays so get involved.  73s.

Everyone is invited to come and join the members of NERC at this technical meeting. Whether you are new to radio, electronics or merely interested in this meetings presentation you are most welcome to attend.

The presentation for this meeting is:

Not 1, not 2, not 3 … but 7 things you can do with an IC.

Presented by:


Meetings commence at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start at the Modbury West Community Hall, Capulet Crescent, Modbury.

Who needs a projector and laptop to give a presentation?  Not our President!  Give him a whiteboard and a whiteboard marker and he’s on fire!   A very informative session on power supplies from discussing about regulated, switch mode, DC/AC and transformers to everything in between.  A great session and a big thanks to Rob (VK5RC) for this presentation.  Thanks also to Stuart (VK5STU) for summing up and providing some great power supplies for members to modify should they so desire.  73s and see you at the Christmas meeting on 9th December at 6.30pm at the club.  Nig.
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imageAnother enlightening and informative session on test equipment for the ham presented by Brian (VK5VI) at tonight’s (28/10/16) technical night. A stack of test equipment was also on show.

Who would know I can still use my old 27mhz SWR meter with a mod to test an antenna on the VHF band.  A great turn out again to this meeting and thanks Brian and all for attending.


The Classic Adelaide Rally organising committee are looking for help in running Comms again this year.  This would be a good opportunity to experience the operating side of the Classic Adelaide rally. This is not dramatically different to Rally of SA.  Susie Newcombe-Carter is the stage director tasked with running the Corkscrew (Montacute Road) stages on Friday the 18th and Gorge Road/Castambul stages on Saturday the 19th of November.  SusIe is seeking suitably experienced people to assist as the communications tracker at the finish of these stages.

Report time for Friday is 6.50am, with a road closure from 8.00am until approximately 1.15 pm. The Gorge/Castambul stages have a road closure time of 11.00am until 3.00pm on Saturday, so report time would be 9.40am.

If you are interested give Trevor (VK5ATQ) a call or speak with Susie direct on 0418 873 744 or drop her  an email  if you are able to assist.

Trevor (VK5ATQ)

I have been informed of a general meeting of interested amateurs in VK5 being held to discuss and answer questions in relation to latest proposed no-confidence motion, request for financial audit and other issues relating to the management of the WIA.  These issues have been mentioned in various broadcasts and recent publications including the latest edition of the AR Magazine.

This meeting is being held on Monday 10th October 2016 at the Blackwood Community Centre, Young Street, Blackwood commencing at 7.30pm.  Two serving Directors of the WIA, Mr Andrew Smith (VK6AS) and Mr Paul Simmonds (VK5PAS) are intending to provide an overview of the current situation and answer any questions you may have in relation to this issue.  This meeting is open to all amateurs and not only those members of the WIA or affiliated club.  My apologies if you have received this information already from other emails or websites.

For your information should you wish to attend and find out more.

Nig  (VK5NIG)

A very informative and inspiring meeting last night with a presentation from Sergeant Derrick McManus from SAPOL.  Derrick provided a great insight into his remarkable recovery from being shot 14 times by a high powered weapon in a siege in the Barossa Valley in 1994.  Derrick relived this incident with members and visitors present, describing how we all need to have a ‘Plan B’ in  life and how we should value our friends and workmates in guiding us through the hard times.  A very motivational and inspiring presentation.  Thanks again Derrick.

You can read more about his story and other presentations and interviews about this remarkable feat of survival by visiting Derrick ‘s website at

VK5STU (Stuart) and I (Nigel VK5NIG) again went portable and on this occasion activated the Para Wirra Recreation Park WWFF1739 on 27th August 2016.  This is a lovely park close to home and only recently added to the parks award.  It is well worth the entry fee charged to get in.  We setup down the far end of the park near the north oval which is often used by the local guys for contests.  We set up an inverted V and endfed longwire between some high gum trees and worked a heap of stations.  Stuart managed to work a few pile ups on 40m and finished with the 44 contacts needed to qualify.  This is the first time he has achieved this feat so a great effort.  I am sure he would like some comments on this post!  Some photos below (more in the gallery) to inspire you all to get out and activate portable – we are always happy to show the ropes if anyone is interested.  73s and 44s!  Nig.