morse code

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Hello NERCs,

General Meeting and Tech Night 7:15 for 7:30

The get together is a bit open because an anticipated guest speaker is for October now.

A morse demonstration from Trevor VK5ATQ, it will be short so any other input is welcome of a tech nature.

NERC members Mick VK5MCH and myself Tom VK5TOM were guests of Ian VK5CZ at Clare to do some SOTA activations. Mick went with Hugh VK5NHG and I went with Ian it was a fun day of 4wding and hiking for many contacts made. We will be doing park activations tomorrow (Friday 11th) listen out for us on 7144.

Just a reminder of the Remembrance Day RD Contest this weekend Christopher VK5CL, Nigel VK5NIG and Stu VK5STU are at an air raid shelter using the club call sign VK5WOW on Saturday please keep an ear out and give a shout to them and others.

This weekend several NERC including Tony VK5FBIC, Allan VK5BEN, Ben VK3NEB and myself Tom VK5TOM will be at stationed at various checkpoints for the Walky 100 Car Rally starting at Eudunda. (An ACRM Gawler Barossa Coms group coordinating)

Our committee group have been invited together with other city and regional clubs to John Kent’s place (President of AHARS) Monday next for morning tea. The aim is to assist inter ham relations throughout clubs (and outside) and ways of holding a knowledge and information bank all can draw from. (Early days but my discussions with the Adelaide Presidents ((including WICEN) has been super positive).

Congratulations to Graham Kimber who has passed his full call exam. Well done He is waiting on his call sign confirmation. Please give him a stir when you see him at the club or coffee.

We are still looking for potential guest speakers and topics for tech nights if you have any ideas please contact the president Tony Green VK5FBIC, his contact can be found on the contacts page

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Rob vk5rc  has requested some information be put posted regarding the sinking of the Titanic, which is very interesting reading, plus some other links.

This was requested from Sarah Boyd whose son Alex is currently doing a communications technology project for his Tech class.
Well done Alex.

Here is one of the links:
Gaining your Foundation License

Price is $34.50 through WIA,  check with NERC club secretary, we usually have these in stock.

1) During the sinking of the Titanic , the radio officer called for help – which was mostly received and he (and radio) were responsible for saving many lives. Shortly following that event, the vital importance of radio was widely recognised and radios and radio operators became a vital member of ships’ crews.


Another vital importance that ameteur radio plays, is in times of disaster, even the NASA space station uses amature radio operators to keep the vital communications links open.

2) In Hurricane Katrina recently in the USA – for the first few days Amateur Radio was responsible for some of the early communications. The internet, optical fibre and or microwave links are relatively complex and fragile structures and readily fail in time of natural disasters. Amateur radio is quite robust.

3) Almost every Astronaut and Cosmonaut is a Amateur radio Operator.

4) The video protocol that was used to bring the signals from the Moon landing (Slow Scan TV) was developed by Amateur radio Operators for Amateur radio experiments in TV – NASA borrowed it.

Now some practicle info on Morse Code

And from logs record from the Titanic

Learning Morse code

And a way to visualize morse code.


A Foundation licence manual is produced by the Wireless Institute of Australia for $30
Today tonight ran this story on NASA Communications via hams

And check out this one.

What a hobby to be involved in.