All posts by Nig

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.



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Tonights meeting (26/8/16) gave everyone a chance to practice their soldering skills with a great little project – building a 555 osillator.  A big thanks to VK5ATQ (Trevor) for putting this project together.  We had about 16 members make this board with lots of support from the experienced guys present.  Most managed to get their projects up and working.  Well done all and a big thanks to Trevor.  73s.

VK5STU gave a very informative and interesting presentation at tonight’s meeting on websites and web hosting servers etc.  Then on looking at the new website we found how easy it was to use and post messages.  The new site looks great.  Thanks again Stu.

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