Portable Operating

Your local Amateur radio club can help you with that curiosity. If you live in Adelaide South Australia, come along to the northeastradioclub.org.au

Introduce your self, and be welcomed in to the wonderful world of electronics and radio communications.

Here are some of the tools required to get you started with electronics.

Authors note: I will correct the orientation of photos.

A very simple and highly portable antenna can be supported by a Squid pole. These antennas consist of a long wire, spiraled up the squid  pole, and coupled to your portable radio, achieve extremely good results.

Here is footage courtesy of one of members Stu as he is known VK5STU with his daughter helping him.

Posted by Royce VK5FRWF

Contesting basics  & practical

Starring Laurel & Hardy aka

Nigel VK5NIG   Stuart VK5STU

With Nigel trying to be serious, and Stuart, doing  a good job of not being serious, his jokes were good. What is CW?

Amongst all the humor and fun, members had a good night, learning about contesting.

A variety of hand held radios, and portables, were brought along by members, who eventually joined in the fun, of NERCs contesting night.

Stuart VK5STU

Stuart VK5STU

Nigel gave a talk on how to look at contesting, which is recognized as a sport in Amateur radio, he also showed a video from Germany which proved to be an eye opener of equipment and coffee machines!

Every one enjoyed the night, with members logging in from all over the world including the south pole. and a place tidli… don’t know how to spell

It was also shown you can get into this sport for very little money around $50.00, I found one on Ebay.com.au for less ?

Portable radio equipment

Portable radio equipment

Several field days dates were given including

WWFF activation Weekend (25-26)

  1. John Moyle Memorial Field Day (17 – 18 March) 2018
  2. Check out WRTC 2018 and contest websites
  3. All contesting dates and times are listed on line, including the WIA

All members are reminded they can contact me on shazroyce@gmail

For any corrections, additions etc.

Posted by Royce VK5FRWF

 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://www.wia.org.au/members/armag/2017/may/

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.

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