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.
On 27 Jan members of NERC participated in a school holiday family day showing off radio and electronics. A number of different activites were run, including fox hunting, digital modes, morse code, HF radio and pcb board assembly. By all accounts it was a very successful day with lots of kids and adults showing interest in many things. Fox hunting seemed to be very popular, as was morse code. Word is that the April school holidays may see NERC invited back for another event.
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.