Join us for some basics of contesting and some practice. Over the next few months a few contests and other similar things are going on that you might like to try, such as VHF/UHF field days and the WWFF activation weekend. We will show you how to use some software and some techniques to get your confidence up and be competitive.
In order to participate in the practical aspect please bring along a handheld with 2m capability. We will use 2 simplex frequencies – 146.425 and 146.525 -(no offsets) so it might be an idea to program them in before hand or ensure you know how to drive your rig so you can QSY between them on the night. A pen/pencil and notepad or paper might be useful also as you will be doing some logging.
Your contest master for the evening will be Nigel VK5NIG and comic relief will be Stuart VK5STU.
C U then!
North East radio club member are advised that this Fridays General meeting yes Friday the 13th, any superstitious members out there, it will be on knots.
Members are asked to bring along 1-2 meters of medium diameter rope.
The 2017 AGM has been and gone. A good night was had by all with a great talk by Rob VK5RC on his recent trip to Canada and Alaska. Great photo’s! Thanks to Rob and the outgoing committee for all the hard work and welcome to the new committee.
Well, another very informative and interesting presentation on digital radio and modes by our resident techo Brian VK5VI. A great coverage of digital from the early days through packet radio, QAM, voice encoding etc. into the modern digital world today. Thanks Brian for a great presentation and the preparation done to put a very technical topic into something all those present could understand. 73s Nig.
Our resident culinary expert Les VK5KLD has been out about checking out possible venues again for the Fifth Friday Dinner for the NERC members and has come up with the following venue for the sumptuous evening meal:
Grand North Hotel
737 Grand Junction Road
Start time: 6.30pm
No need to book just turn up for an evening of good food and conversation!
Thanks again Les for organising this months get together.
Another informative and interesting presentation by Rob (VK5RC) on capacitor characteristics and tuning your radio to get the best possible reception from your rig. Using YouTube videos and a Podcast, Rob also made good use of a webcam and his Icom 7300 to put the podcast audio into context. Thanks again Rob and I am sure this was enjoyed by all those present. The digital session scheduled for this meeting is to be presented at the next meeting on the 23rd June 2017.
YouTube and Podcast links spoken of can be found on the General Links page.
Don’t forget to listen out for Les (VK5KLD) to tell you where the 5th Friday dinner is being held this month, and of course the AGM is coming up on the 14th July 2017.
In August we are having a combined meeting with the Barossa Amateur Radio Club at their meeting venue so look out for news on that one. 73s. Nig.
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.