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.
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.
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 http://derrickmcmanus.com
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.