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Dateline 23/06/2015 “A Ham feast” Last nites 23 on 23 netted queit a lot of 23cm activity as reported by Scott VK4CZ

Thanks to everyone who participated…. interesting conditions. Some of the best condx I’ve seen to the south with Grant VK2MAX, but the scatter path to the north well below past 23-on-23 activation events, and no direct path to the north avail.

Worked SSB:
VK4LHD/P – Buderim
VK2MAX/P – Kempsey

Heard SSB:
VK4ADM – Sippy Downs
VK4ZQ – Brisbane
VK4AFL – Birkdale
VK4VU – McDowall
VK4KAY – Warwick

Worked JT65C:
VK4KAY – Warwick

Known to be active:
VK4BG – Hervey Bay (weakly heard SSB on scatter QTF 300 while Glenn was in QSO with VK4VU)
VK4DH – Kilarney
VK2XN – Narrabri

And a big thank you to Robert VK4LHD and Grant VK2MAX for heading our /P…. truly appreciated. :beer:

As for the format… certainly far more appealing to me than just working BNE stations.

My only suggestion I would have is for those that have the ‘easier’ (read as less terra firma) paths to some of the more distant stations, is that they consider assisting others by sustaining contacts longer so a variety of scatter paths can be checked to see if there are definite alternative peaks available other than the direct paths.

Also not listed where VK4JAM, Vk4NE and VK4MJF.

 

Dateline 22/06/2015″Watch your ???” Cro sent us a tip on power amplifiers.

From: Jack Chomley <vk4jrc@gmail.com>

Reply-To: <members@cqara.org.au>

To: cqara members-only <members@cqara.org.au>

Sent: 18/06/2015 9:11:38 AM

Subject: [Members] Fwd:

Ray,

My remote diagnostics indicate your are transmitting too much power, and overloading your power supply. Please reduce power immediately to 10 watts, for at least a month…….to allow it to cool down
73,

Jack

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Dateline 19/06/2015″ACMA under fire” The minister of commications Malcolm Turnbull,has asked for a review of ACMA in one of its bid to trim government spending,

see more here: http://www.itwire.com/government-tech-news/govenrment-tech-policy/68353-turnbull-announces-acma-shakeup

Dateline 12/06/2015 “Second reminder”The Rules for the Winter VHF-UHF Field Day – happening over 20-21 June – have been finalised and posted to the VHF-UHF Field Day page on the WIA website here: http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/

The page content has also been updated. Read it all carefully. It’s new, and fresh. 🙂

Two Field Day enthusiasts – Lou VK3ALB and Andrew VK3MIX – have developed a useful online application, dubbed “Contest Radar”, where you can post your location and see other stations’ locations. Gotta be better than heading for the hills with little or no idea who’s gonna be out there and where! 8)

Advertise your location/s on the Contest Radar website here:

http://www.contestradar.com/

 

Dateline 9/06/2015 “Check Field Day Rules” Please read new rules on the next two Field Days.

http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/documents/Winter%202015%20Rules_UPDATED_FINAL.pdf

 

Dateline 8/06/2015 “New Contest Manger hits back” WIA Vhf/Uhf field day’s have been published.

Upcoming Contest Date & Time

Winter 2015 – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.

Spring 2015 – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November.

 

 

Dateline 5/06/2015 “CRO goes all new” The CRO has had a eye and hip job in the last 30 days, seems though some of the gear needs refurbishment. We hope the wick is still amplifying.  Get well soon from all of us @ the club.

Dateline 3/06/2015 “Odd activity on 23cm” After the last 23 on 23 week end there has been a lot of 23cm traffic all round the state and into NSW. With luck all this new enthusiasm will continue and transfers to the Winter Field Day and beyond.

 

Dateline 31/05/2015″Gippstech 2015″ Its here again Gippstch 2015

http://www.vk3bez.org/gippstech.html

Dateline 30/05/2015″Update on LCD” It appears the regulators have agreed with the changes to the proposed Band Plan 2014, we await with abated breath. Read about it

Here : http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2015/20150523-40/index.php

Date 28/05/2015″Large drop in fees” ACMA has jumped in and lowered the licence fees for all renewals . Read here : http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2015/20150422-2/index.php

Dateline 17/05/2015″K3 has gone” Announced at Drayton Ham Feast the K3 has been replaced by a K3S, looks very much like the K3 with lots of changes. If you are interested head for the Elecraft site for more info: http://www.elecraft.com/K3/K3.htm
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Dateline 16/05/2015 “Re-preaters are  GO” The new Club 70cm is up and running, lots more power. Although the 6 metre repeater is out for the same rebuild, Please be patient will be back up soon.

 

Dateline 2/05/2015″K3 goes LF”   With the update to the KSYn3 with the KSYN3A it is believed that the radio will turn to the LF bands see more: Elecraft web site.

Dateline 13/04/2015 “Don ‘t Forget the Club Meeting on the 14th at the usual place.”

Dateline 11/04/2015 “More dough for the cofers” VK4 NE,CRO and  MJF made a beeline to the redcliffe groups hamfest day on Saturday with a few club treasures and help fill the club bank account to fed our habit. Thanks guys for the effort.

 

 

Dateline 5/04/2015″So how much did you pay” Latest Sherwood Engineering figures are out. Maybe worth a look. I have thrown a couple away last year, nice too see the ones keeper are in the first page. see more :

http://www.sherweng.com/table.html

 

Date line 3/04/2015 “New player “ Little Bird electronics, have a look maybe some stuff there for you. Rasberry Pi stuff have seen, etc.  see more : http://littlebirdelectronics.com.au

 

 

Dateline 30/03/2015″KSY lays down the tiles” KSY has begun new shack construction, see more under this menu Heres My shack .

 

Date line 19/03/2015″ACMA looking for help with 9cm band”

http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2015/20150314-2/index.php

 

Date line 26/02/2015 “CRO goes ABC” Just to follow up on world radio day. Click to hear more.

https://soundcloud.com/612abcbrisbane/world-radio-day

Date line 24/2/2015″Results are in” It seems the Summer field day results are in and the club did well from its beach vantage. WIA has decided to continue to run its dual scoring system for the next few contests.

more here: http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/documents/Summer%20VHF-UHF%20Field%20Day%202015%20Results.pdf

 

 Dateline 22/2/2015″Looks good for non Advanced Holders” WIA have suggested their updated band plan could be adopted as soon as Mid  March 2015.

check here for more:  http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2015/20150221-1/index.php

 

Dateline 15/02/2015″Ultimate 3 started” For those who purchased the QRP radio, its off and running, the project that is. Soldering irons out and off we go, see progress in under projects.

Lots of packets to solder

Lots of packets to solder

 

Dateline 12/02/2015 “612 4QR” An odd call sign to see printed here but, the cro and pi were visited by there reporter for World Radio Day.   KEEP AN EAR ON 612   13/02 around 3:30 pm, for the thrilling report.

Click here :  http://www.abc.net.au/radio/digital/extra/4178614.htm

Dateline 11/02/2015″WIE heads for space” After the club annual general meeting (AGM) with which all positions were filled unopposed from last year thanks to all members concerned, please support them during the coming year in their endeavours. Also a representative from the Queensland University Lachlan, was giving a talk on there future plans to launch a 3 metre balloon with aprs tracking to the edge of space, the club has offered the club call sign to assist in the plan.

 

Dateline 20/01/2015 “Next VHF_UHF Field day date To be confirmed but it will be winter before it happens, don’t forget to book your seat.

Dateline 19/01/2015″Another Project is up and runningSee club projects section for the goss. 70cm amplifiers on the boil some producing 350 watts with the minimum being 260 watts; not bad for $60.00 bucks, also see write up under the same menu.

 

Dateline 14/01/2015″First Contact” 2015 started off with a January meeting at NE’s Rochdale abode. Lots of members turned up and the meeting opened around 8:00pm ,lots of gossip etc hindered the proceedings. Out of all the hype is that the2015  AGM will be in February 2015 meeting at the MtGravatt TAF college. Many interesting topics were brought up, with the meeting closed at 9:30 pm.

 

Dateline 14/01/2015″The Cro Reports”We set off at 330 am to Cleveland Pt. qg62pl and got set up by about 5.00 .
Quiet on 6m except for vk1 and 3 for 2 for 3 hrs ,
John was fairly busy on 2, 70 , and 1296 but at .5m ASL 2.4 and 10ghz was dismal
Lots of interest from morning walkers due to Johns STORMCHASER sign but considering
the HASL and power level , quite a good morning -main contacts on 2 and 70cm
6m was slow until about 10am .
back again next FD

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Dateline 12/01/2015 “early start Sunday” Off we went 3.00 am Sunday to the point set up with a small fight with the mozises all beams on one tower and six metre vertical tired to the shelter. The cro kicked the genie into go mode and we were off. more to follow

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Dateline 9/01/2015″Site found for Field day” It’s no secret we will be @ QG62PL on Sunday 11th from 3.00 am to stumps. If you are planning to visit or help its a sea level approach , no mountain climbing. It’s just before Cleveland point opposite the Air Sea Rescue Head Quarters,”We’ ll be the ones with the biggest antenna’s, maybe see you there.

Dateline 8/01/2015 “The Results are in”Spring Vhf-Uhf results are in see em here:

http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/documents/Spring%20VHF-UHF%20Field%20Day%202014_results_final.pdf

Both Divisions are up on the site, being hours before the next Summer event. A quick look, and it seems VK4OE features well. Club results are as expected need to work, harder next time. There is a summary written on the statistics of the last couple field days, with the true reflections of these events being reported. Good read.

 

A group sitting

A group sitting

 

3 antenna's

3 antenna’s

Dateline 3/01/2014 “2 Metres of String The southeast Queensland  2 metre antenna group, had its general meeting on MtGravatt Hill this morning. On show were 2 metre LFA ‘s 8 – 9 elements to do a duel with an 8 element pommy design currently taking pride and place in the club armoury . All antenna’s were supplied by VK4NE( Harvey Micks store) and erected by VK4cro, VK4so and VK4mjf. The test results will be published at a later date,but it appears the more fragile 9 element was the days victor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 1/1/2015″First for the year”

Summer Field Day VHF-UHF Field Day 2015 – 10/11th January (date confirmed need helpers, location @ a mountain to be advised, under the new Marquee etc.Looks like we are up and running for 2015!

Dateline 24/12/2014 “Greeting From the Boss & Co “. From the executive committee of the City of Brisbane Amateur Radio Society, we would all like to wish our past, present and future club members for the ongoing support and very best for Christmas 2014 with a prosperous New Year 2015.

 

Dateline 23/12/2014 “23 cm up and kick en” December 23 on 23, it maybe very close to Xmas but to-nites good roll up to the event was reassuring. A few new faces using what ever power available, one look at the logger would also confirm this. Great to see 1296cm alive and kicken at least in the South East,

 

Dateline 22/12/2014 “Contact to the north” David and Co. (VK4ksy) have moved from Capalaba, to become a valuable contact from the north in River Heads Qld. For those who have forgotten David, he has been of great help, and frequent a contester on field days with our club. We all caught up with them at the club Xmas bash last week. He tells us he’s looking forward to some antenna erections, in the new year. Also with the future field days from there new home.

Dateline 21/12/2014 “Birdies on 6 metre !!!! “ We’ve all found the odd bird whilst looking for that hard to find beacon. During a recent visit to VK4cro ‘s place, to assist with a 2 metre relay issue etc. My eyes were directed to a mysterious object on his six metre beam, my immediate thought was some new 6 metre upgrade gizmo. As you see in all these 6 metre guru’s shacks, some thingy; to improve the band. “No !”explains Ron, “It s a pee wee nest; I have just worked JA yesterday, didn’t seem to worry them or the contact”. Our thoughts go out to the parents and eggs, seems even technology has caught up with our feathered friends. Odd looking limb, Guys.

Thought I'd  seen it all.

Thought I’d seen it all.

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 20/12/2014″23 on 23 “ Tuesday 23rd December 2014, on 23cm (1296.100 mhz )@ 8.00pm EST with a likely hood of 2.4ghz contacts late on that nite @ around 9.00 EST. Look forward to hearing you there.

 

Dateline 17/12/2014″Fixed” It is advised that the club 6 metre repeater is on test mode for the rest of this week, and if all is well; will switch to full usage @ MONDAY NEXT WEEK. Thanks for your patients. Update the test ok and the repeater is fully functional.

 

Dateline 16/12/2014 ” Seems the lights are out” Someone forgot to tell the meteor Scatter that they should be around the last few days. The  predicted 2 metre Meteor Scatter, seem to show up late last week about ,Monday saw a small opening to VK7 etc. and that seem to be it for the time being.

 

 

Dateline 7/12/2014 “6 Metres out” We would like to advise that the Club 6(six) metre repeater is being updated and serviced , we are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Dateline 5/12/2014“Raffles cancelled” February 2015 meeting will be the next chance to win the big prize,(be there) you maybe the lucky winner???

Could this be it

Could this be it

 

 

 

 

Dateline 4/12/2014 “Postions Vacant Radio operaters”Field day crew required”  for the 10h-11th January 2015. Site to be confirmed. Good mates and loads of fun, no remunerations

Dateline 4/12/2014″Anyone for seconds” Thursday 4th  @ 5:00 pm and on;  CRO’s place Xmas seconds (better than Jaycar recycle ), be there we will. Ron is boasting lobster, crabs and champers (more likely snags and soda water) anyway “alls welcome’, he said.

Dateline 3/12/2014 “New Contest Manager”  VK4zrh Roger Harrison has taken up the post of Vhf-Uhf Field day Contest Manager. Roger seems to be a little more interested, with blogs being posted on the vklogger. Hopefully he will spark a few more VK2’s up; as well as others for the coming Field days. Keep up the good work Roger.

2009 Group good turn out.

2009 Group good turn out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Xmas Party time @ the CRO’s place midday Saturday 29th, see you there.

 

 

 

Dateline 25/11/2014″Scores are IN” We await the prize.

Dateline 24/11/2014 “Koala’s climb our towers” It’s a mystery but after erecting the club field day towers@ Mt Gravatt hill, a few odd bits had been positioned in the rigging and of course; no one could offer any explanation. So we guess something hand placed them in the position for the start of a nest or want ever.. Anyway it all went to plan and we were on our way; for the 8 hour stint. Amazingly even with the club sign out the public still ask what we were doing, bless their little cotton socks.It seems the popularity of the contest is dropping off, with very little contacts made over the duration.  We were ask to hold a parking position for the night shift VK4OE, who arrived in time for us to grab a few contacts before we packed the station away until the next contest in January 2015(TB Confimed)..Thanks to all who helped and worked the station with a special thanks to Margo VK4mjf XYL for her help with the forgotten bit left behind by him that morning.IMG_0004 IMG_0001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 8/11/2014″Banana Pi” You have a fruit shop of names so the latest Raspberry Pi is out called a Banana Pi and its like the rest of fair competition, which type suits you.

http://www.bananapi.com.au

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As the name implies, the Banana Pi is a clone of the Raspberry Pi.

Just like its predecessor it has 2 USB ports, 26 GPIO pins and draws a tiny amount of power. However, with Dual Core 1GHz A20 CPU, 1GB Ram, Gigabit Ethernet, Infrared receiver and SATA adapter, it packs a powerful punch.

The Banana Pi is open source and backwards compatible with the Raspberry Pi, your only limitation will be your imagination!

The Banana Pi was developed to address the commonly encountered limitations of the Raspberry Pi, while retaining the value and flexibility of the original product.

As you would expect, it has 2 USB2.0 ports, 26 GPIO pins, 5v micro USB power In, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI, Composite and LVDS (RGB) video out, a 1080p capable GPU and a CSI camera connector.

However, it also includes an Gigabit Ethernet Port, an IR Receiver, SATA Data and Power connectors, an onboard Microphone, Power and Reset buttons, and USB OTG connector.

It can run Android, Debian, Ubuntu, Raspbian or Scratch.

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Dateline 5/11/2014 “Flex gives the big ones a boot” Some months back Dubus gave some interesting satistics on some of the normally used radios, one was the flex SDR suggesting the concept was a little lacking. So if you have a read the latest Sherwood Engineering stats, it appears the new Flex 6700 has just topped the charts.

Click here : http://www.sherweng.com/table.html

 

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Dateline 2/11/2014 ” Club 70cm bargin” The club has been future enough to purchase a used but almost new IC-FR-4000  repeater. “It was so low priced;” said Mick VK4ne; “I couldn’t say no.” Nice buy Mick.IC-FR4000x2

Product Specifications:

32C operated as Base Station
50W
450–480MHz
Components – Room for duplexer (not included w/this unit) and isolator (not included)
Duplexer Fine Tuning – Tune the duplexer without removing the FR4000 from the rack
Switchable Wide/Narrow 12.5/25 kHz 5-Tone relay function
Telephone interconnect capable
Master/Slave backup operation
DTMF Remote Capability – A DTMF signal allows you to control the repeater over the air from a remote location or over the phone
Accessory connector on rear panel
Auto battery backup
CW ID transmitter
Password and kill/stun feature for security
Self check function checks for internal errors
Output power : 50W (high), 10W (low) selectable (at 13.6V DC)
100% cycle operation
Package Includes:

IC-FR4000 03
Tuning
System set up for customer to deliver as turn key system
N male adaptors and fittings

Dateline 24/10/2014 “V8’s keep Hams away” Gold Coast Hamfest numbers were down this year, lots of comments suggesting V8 Supercar traffic, odd we saw very little traffic in the area to impede our travelling. Maybe the answer is to many clubs having hamfest and too close to each other,not enough time between.

Anyway the coffers had a top up, thats the main thing .IMG_1306 IMG_1307

 

 

Thin crowd here today

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 17/9/2014 “VK3HZ boasts IC9100 fix” According to to-days logger VK3HZ has a 10 mhz reference fix for the IC9100. We will keep you updated on all information. (It is advised that he has other GPS locking systems for many other popular radios.) Furher Updated 20/10/2014. David has produced the boards and they are up and ready for sale, at the Link below.

http://www.vk3hz.net/XRef/XRef_Home.html

http://www.vk3hz.net/XRef/XRef_Icom_IC-9100.pdf

just awaiting boards

just awaiting boards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline  19/10/2014″ No new hill” With the club meeting over on Tesday last, we have decided if no other site is proposed we will make our way to the Mt Gravatt hill again the next field day on November 22/23rd 2014.

Dateline 11/10/2014″ Club Meeting”

Remembering the next meeting is Coming soon.

A room has been arranged for your organisation ‘City of Brisbane Radio Society Inc’ to hold their meetings at our Mt Gravatt Campus every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in our, B Block, Level 3, Room 3.16.

We’ll all there will you ?

 

Dateline 25/09/2014 “70cm is up” Thanks to Alister VK4MV the 70cm repeater is up and running , running very well.

 

Dateline 24/09/2014″ Wet String to VK2″ After several hours last nite VK4NE and VK2MAX made contact on 1296.230 JT65C, this morning.

21:00 23-Sep VK2MAX > VK4NE in QG62NJ on 1296.2300 JT65 -22 > QF68JV @ 387.3km 5°
best down to-8 thanks mick

 

Dateline 23/09/2014 “23 on 23 Roll up”  Another successful 23 cm hook up around south east queensland this evening. Lots of JT65C action with a decoded by VK2MAX /VK4NE complete.

11:58 23-Sep VK4NE > VK2MAX in QF68JV on 1296.2300 JT65 -13 > QG62NJ @ 387.3km 185°
unconferm QSO

11:09 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4NE in QG62NJ on 1296.2300 JT65 -12 > QG62LP @ 35.7km 145°

RRR RXed.Tnx Mick
11:08 23-Sep VK4NE > VK4CZ in QG62LP on 1296.2300 JT65 -2 > QG62NJ @ 35.7km 325°
10:55 23-Sep VK4MJF > VK4CZ in QG62LP on 1296.2300 JT65 -2 > QG62NM @ 28.5km 302° Edit Soft Delete
10:24 23-Sep VK4MJF > VK4LHD in QG63NG on 1295.1000 SSB 42 > QG62NM @ 82.8km 357° 
thks Robert Edit Soft Delete
10:23 23-Sep VK4KLC > VK4MJF in QG62NM on 1296.1500 SSB 53 > QG62MJ @ 16.3km 33°
10:21 23-Sep VK4KLC > VK4EA in QG62MO on 1296.1500 SSB 55 > QG62MJ @ 22.7km 352°
10:20 23-Sep VK4EA > VK4LHD/P in QG63JF on 1296.1000 SSB 52 > QG62MO @ 73.6km 6°
10:20 23-Sep VK4KLC > VK4NE in QG62NJ on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62MJ @ 5.2km 97°
10:18 23-Sep VK4NE > VK4KLC in QG62MJ on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62NJ @ 5.2km 277°
good copy Ron
10:17 23-Sep VK4EA > VK4CZ in QG62LP on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62MO @ 13.7km 297°
10:17 23-Sep VK4MJF > VK4KLC in QG62MJ on 1295.1000 SSB 53 > QG62NM @ 16.3km 213° Edit Soft Delete
10:17 23-Sep VK4EA > VK4KLC in QG62MJ on 1296.1500 SSB 59 > QG62MO @ 22.7km 172°
10:14 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4EA in QG62MO on 1296.1000 SSB 55 > QG62LP @ 13.7km 117°
10:13 23-Sep VK4MJF > VK4CZ in QG62LP on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62NM @ 28.5km 302° Edit Soft Delete
10:13 23-Sep VK4MJF > VK4CRO in QG62NL on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62NM @ 6.3km 217° Edit Soft Delete
10:11 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4NE in QG62NJ on 1296.1000 SSB 54 > QG62LP @ 35.7km 145°
10:11 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4MJF in QG62NM on 1296.1000 SSB 52 > QG62LP @ 28.5km 122°
10:10 23-Sep VK4KLC > VK4LHD/P in QG63JF on 1296.1000 SSB 51 > QG62MJ @ 95.9km 343°
10:08 23-Sep VK4KLC > VK4CZ in QG62LP on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62MJ @ 32.5km 332°
10:08 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4CRO in QG62NL on 1296.1000 SSB 51 > QG62LP @ 28.6km 135°
10:07 23-Sep JR4ENY/1 > VK4-FM? on 104.9000 WFM 31 > PM95SN 0°
TEP 104.9 103.3 101.7opera? vy weak
10:05 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4LHD/P in QG63JF on 1296.1000 SSB 51 > QG62LP @ 64.2km 349°
10:02 23-Sep VK4CZ > VK4KLC in QG62MJ on 1296.1000 SSB 59 > QG62LP @ 32.5km 152°

 

 

Dateline 21/09/2014 “Bad Block Byron Bay” Height not enough at the Byron Bay site.RMDDF5ADEAC16_1

 

Looks like lots of hills to get over

 

 Dateline 20/09/2014 “Club of air” Its advised that the club 70cm and 6metre repeaters are being serviced and modified as per the club annual service agreement.

Dateline 17/9/2014 “VK3HZ boasts IC9100 fix” According to to-days logger VK3HZ has a 10 mhz reference fix for the IC9100, awaiting boards (no mention of pricing as yet). We will keep you updated on all information. (It is advised that he has other GPS locking systems for many other popular radios.) Updated 18/09/2014 David has produced the installation documentation at the Link below.

http://www.vk3hz.net/XRef/XRef_Icom_IC-9100.pdf

 

just awaiting boards

just awaiting boards

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 13/9/2014 “Rattling all the way home” More money in coffers from Sunfest @ Woombye, was again worth the trip. Lots of sales and plenty of new and old freinds to talk the hobby too. Thanks to all who helped, including our  intrepid Photographer for the day Mrs GC.

 

Happy crew

Happy crew

 

 

 

Also some happy customers

Also some happy customers

 

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Dateline 10/9/2014 “Chester may be knocked out” Chester the club field day mascots position  maybe under threat with a mysterious email being past to all members, cute is ok but has it the “ooumph”. Long live Chester.

Cute but has it the oomph for field days

Cute but has it the oomph for field days

 

Dateline 9/9/2014″No this isn’t the last supper”

 

Click image for full view

Click image for full view

 

 

Dateline 6/09/2014 ” Powerful New Rules”. Some of the WIA proposals.

Microsoft Word – WIA -ACMA LCD remake letter- 11-07-2014 – Sent.docx

4.2 Foundation Licence: The current permitted power of 10 W pX for the Foundation licence is experienced to be at a distinct disadvantage in today’s urban RF noise environment on the HF and VHF bands – locally and globally – and in mobile applications on the bands above 30 MHz.

The WIA suggests 25 W pX would better address this issue under Australian conditions.

(i) Many commercial transceivers currently available (HF and VHF-UHF) afford operation at the suggested 25 W pX, more so than those that conform to the current permitted power of 10 W.

(ii) On the VHF and UHF bands, the “tyranny of distance” and scattered population centres dominate the ability of Foundation licensees to operate, particularly for mobile operations.

4.3 Standard Licence: The WIA notes that the permitted power of 100 W pX for Standard licensees was a carryover from the former Novice licence. The WIA suggests that a permitted power of 200 W pX would be a sensible, pragmatic provision for the Standard licence, going forward.

(i) The permitted power suggested affords Standard licensees the opportunity to explore RF technologies and on-air operations at this power level, in context with the urban RF noise environment on the HF and VHF bands now being experienced.

(ii) Many commercial transceivers currently available, and others produced over the last decade, provide output power at this level, manufactured to suit amateurs in the Japanese and North American markets, in particular.

4.4 Advanced licensees: The WIA seeks a permitted power of 1000 W pX without necessitating a separate permit, which is supported by improved awareness of EME requirements (now incorporated in the licence examination syllabuses) and visibility in the LCD, as per 1.2 above.

Microsoft Word – WIA -ACMA LCD remake letter- 11-07-2014 – Sent.docx

Dateline Same Day “look some extra bandwidth” Standard calls not left out. Also lots of extras for the foundation call.

2.2 Standard Licence: The Standard licence’s permitted bands are quite restricted when viewed in the context of like or similar intermediate level licence’s in other countries, as evidenced in Tab B. The WIA wishes to discuss the possibility of increasing the number of permitted bands for Standard licensees between 1.8MHz and 28MHz, and particularly access to 50-52 MHz.

(i) The WIA notes that the Australian Standard licence’s progenitor in the UK has considerably more band access across the spectrum, which has not occasioned notable complaints or issues. Likewise, Argentina, Canada, Japan, the UK and the USA also provide wide access to bands across the spectrum.

2.3 The WIA seeks access to the 5 MHz (60m) band for Australian amateurs, subject to the outcome of WRC-15. It would be advantageous if such an allocation were aligned, at least in part, if not entirely, with other 5 MHz allocations across the Asia-Pacific region within Region 3

2.4 Continued access to 50-52 MHz, preferably on a primary basis, in line with previous WIA representations.

2.5 Consideration of Amateur access to a band at 70 MHz (4m), preferably congruent with, or overlapping, allocations in other countries (eg. Region 1).

2.6 Consideration of Amateur access to a band at, or within, 918-926 MHz (33cm), preferably congruent with, or overlapping, allocations in other countries (eg. Region 2).

2.7 Retention of access at 2300 MHz (2300-2300.15 MHz), as per the WIA’s submission to the 2.3 GHz band review in 2013.

2.8 Retention of access in the 3300-3600 MHz band. The WIA is developing a submission to the ACMA’s review of the 3.5 GHz band.

2.9 Retention of primary access in 77.5 – 78 GHz, coincident with global ITU allocations.

 

Dateline 5/09/2014 “Nice Mod” Have a look here if your looking for some ideas.

Nice job

Nice job.

http://www.geekshed.co.uk/bxf-azimuth-rotator-controller/

 

 

 

 

Dateline 3/09/2014 “More changes” Thanks to Darren(VK4DJB) has posted an interesting snippet.

On 1 September 2014, the WIA lodged its submission to the review into the Australian spectrum policy and management framework. The Department states the review is necessary to “modernise spectrum policy to reflect changes in technology, markets and consumer preferences that have occurred over the last decade and to better deal with increasing demand for spectrum from all sectors”.

The WIA submission highlights the public-benefit aspects of the amateur service and identifies key areas where amateur radio can provide further substantial community value. Additionally, the WIA submission argues for a clear delineation between policy development and policy implementation, strong community input into future spectrum policy development, and increased resources for the ACMA in relation to interference management and enforcement.

link: http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2014/20140901-1/index.php

Dateline 2/09/2014 “Elecraft KX3  Hit”  A must have if your a KX3 owner, 200 kHz bandwidth.

Link: http://www.elecraft.com/manual/PX3_Manual_E740229_REVA.pdf

PX3 PANADAPTER

High-performance companion panadapter for the Elecraft KX3 transceiver
Full-color waterfall and spectrum displays, with fast sweep and excellent sensitivity
Simple plug-and-play operation—no PC, soundcard, software drivers or setup required
Weighs just 13 oz (0.37 kg); enclosure size: 5.4 x 3.4 x 1.7” (13.7 x 8.6 x 4.3 cm)

px3_small

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 1/09/2014 “Spring is on us”  Please keep the 22/23rd November free “Spring VHF/UHF Field day Venue” will be discussed on the next club meeting of the 2nd Tuesday of September 2014. (One site has been proposed is Byron Bay a revisited site going back a few years were the club one the contest out rite.

 

 

 Dateline 30/08/2014 ” New Record Boast”    Keep an eye on the VK Logger a little birdy has suggested a new record could be posted in VK on the higher bands in the very near future

 

Dateline 24/08/2014 “?????????”  Toyko Ham Fair is in full swing; showing all it wares, oddly the Big two manufactures are displaying a few new rigs. Yaesu FT991 HF/6m vhf uhf (FT897 with a pretty screen boring) and Icom IC8750 HF/6m thing, that seems to be a new expensive high end thing(maybe replacing Ic7800, also it has been muted that a limited number production run  ).  Shame was looking for a few new concept and less of the norm, customers are iPhone savvy, expecting inovation and bling, their repective R&D sections must be asleep if they think they can offer the same old tripe year on year. No wonder the hobby is losing the younger interest. The foundation Licence was a great start to the trip back here in AU, takes a little more to keep em coming, FT817 is really getting harder to read as the years fly by so the 991 may helf the sight challenged.

http://www.cqdx.ru/ham/new-equipment/yaesu-ft-991/ replaces Ft897d

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU9sTH7519o seems to replace Ic7800

 

Ft897 with a pretty screen

Ft897 with a pretty screen

 

 

icom_ic_7850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 18/08/2014 “KX3 Software Lifts the benchmark” Elecraft have finally released the KX3 2 metre module also with its release, a new software update to offer the transverter offset as being one item in the updates package. This has been a useful tool in the K3 for some years with ability to add transverters either using 28-50 mhz, or 2 metre IF. Great to see this as this allows the KX3 to operate with a 2 metre IF and with its superior receiving ability makes it a must have radio. VK4mjf reports the KX3 has these abilities after testing the new software, he said ” great to see, this will make a great improvment to the operation of my transverters and along with KX3 easy adjustable 0-10 watts output power and visible frequency readout makes the KX3 HF – SHF(Microwave) portable, a winner for Field day”.

IMG_1203

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 14/08/2014 “K3 a winner” As all 10mhz references have been tried, VK4MJF has to report the only one out of the batch is HIS on his K3. Will keep you up to date on this subject and others and if you here him, remember his K3 is on frequency.

Thats close

thats close to it !

 

Shows * calculating freq

Shows * calculating freq

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 13/08/2014 “Meeting a success” This months meeting was in full swing and we had a couple of visitors a Philip vk5srp and Mike Halasz. Simon VK4TSC gave a talk on a spectrum analyser made from a TV dongle and a raspberry pi, nice thing (is in kit form) . Simon will pass on an item on the project, so keep watching. One thing that can up was a sat phine sleeve for the iPhone so read on. The meeting closed over time and all lifted with a head full of new dreams.

 

 

Simon tutor rarsberry pie

Simon tutor raspberry pi

 

 

Our guests

Philip vk5srp and Mike Halasz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iphone sleeve.

Thuraya unveils new iPhone SatSleeve
By Wam
Published Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Thuraya Telecommunications Company on Thursday launched a new edition of the Thuraya SatSleeve, the world’s first and only satellite adaptor for the iPhone.

The new release not only allows users to make phone calls and to send SMS messages via Thuraya’s satellite network, it also enables them to access emails, as well as all social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp, among others.

Thuraya SatSleeve users can now post news updates, chat via messaging apps with their contacts as well as send and receive email from the most remote locations in satellite mode. The device can be used across Thuraya’s extensive satellite network, with coverage in over 140 countries.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the new product, Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya, said, “The new release of the SatSleeve, which now includes data exchange, underscores our commitment towards delivering new and innovative mobile satellite products. Users today are increasingly relying on their smartphones to stay connected, and we strongly believe in listening to them and to their requirements as we develop new mobile satellite products that align with their needs.”

Thuraya SatSleeve enables users to enjoy ubiquitous coverage even in the most remote environments that are not served or are under-served by existing terrestrial networks. The device also serves as an important mobile communications device, in addition to being a security backup for users that are operating in remote locations and in areas where natural or man-made disasters can render terrestrial communications unavailable.

SatSleeve customers include corporate users, enterprises from all industries, explorers, mountaineers, extreme sports participants and other outdoor enthusiasts. The SatSleeve can be used across the Thuraya network either with a Thuraya SIM card or with a standard GSM SIM card available from 356 worldwide GSM operators in more than 160 countries.

More info and a video @ this site.

 

http://www.emirates247.com/business/uae-s-thuraya-enables-apple-s-iphone-5-to-make-satellite-calls-2013-03-22-1.499526

 

 

Dateline 12/08/2014 “BBS Passes” For all that new Brian VK4BBS.

Brian Beamish VK4BBS, previously VK4NDE and VK4AHD, passed away Thursday 7th August 2014.Brian was an early RTTY & packet BBS operator and continued for many years, and was active on satellites, APRS, HF and VHF until several years ago when his heath deteriorated and his voice became somewhat feeble.

Many older amateurs will remember him as the man behind CW Electronics back in the 1980s and as the primary Brisbane outlet of Icom, Yaesu and Kenwood gear and amateur accessories in SE Qld at the time.

All of us would like send our Condolences to his wife Maureen and children Stephen, Cathy, Christopher and Susan, plus a number of grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Sunnybank District Baptist Church, 127 Nemies Road, Runcorn on Thursday 14th at 2PM. Amateurs who knew Brian are urged to attend.

another award Brian

another award Brian

 

Dateline 7/08/2014 “P25 digital voice repeater” Radi has been out and about the last couple of days a reports about the P25 repeaters,

New to the local repeaters and noticed that during the day, there’s frequent noise/interferences on the various 2/70cm repeaters around town. Are these so called city RF pollution? I note that some of them have a voice in the background. Where are they all from? 2M is so much quieter but LITTLE ACTIVITIES.

P25 Specifications.

Intelligent, flexible and high performing

Key features:
Operation in VHF, UHF and 700/800MHz bands
Continuous duty cycle operation at a range of temperatures and altitudes
Tested for interoperability and performance in a P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) recognized laboratory
Efficient operations with remote programming and software licenses reducing the need for site visits and hardware upgrades
Ensure continuity of service with smart AC/DC switching
Secure communications with support for P25 standard DES and AES encryption
IP connection for ease of diagnostics – connect and configure alerts and alarms, monitor performance and administer the site remotely
Built-in TEST equipment for self-monitoring, with local and remote logging of alarms

Maybe the club maybe interested in these as for the 2 metre supirous stuff.

 

Dateline 4/08/2014 “Interesting observation” We would like to introduce Radi Beamaed the webs new reporter. Radi has been watching the activity on digital modes. So far reports, there has been more activity or interest shown over the last few weeks on these modes than ever before, maybe as winter means less longer distant contacts on SSB etc. This must mean it is the winter sports eqiverlent of the hobby. We would like to welcome Radi on board and look forward to some of the in-depth items that has made Radi famous for, so if you are contacted  in the future please assist,(we also look forward to meeting Radi at a future club meeting).

 

Dateline 1/08/2014  “10 mhz” As reported back in early May 2014, Thanks to VK4CRO for the starting interest VK4 NE and MJF for the effort they all put in to the project. VK4NE has finished the last club 10 mhz reference of just before going into hospital for cosmetic surgery. So far the ones in operation are VK4 NE MJF all just sitting on their benches with there little red light on saying nothing but apparently keep the frequency true. Of course it only takes one other Ham to say the magic words “are u on frequency”  and the whole thing falls apart.  Its a hobby and it s all fun !  Also the club 10mhz  reference also is ready for the next field day.

 

 

Dateline 27/07/2014 “Division II Results”
r1 r2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 26/07/2014 “New menu listing” we have posted a new menu listing on the test equipment requirements in your shack, a good read see if you measure up. lab_shack   Dateline 23/07/2014″Icom Offer D-Star” Icom Australia are offering assistance to some clubs to get D Star up and running will post more as it arrives.   Dateline 22/07/2014 “results in” We have the first list of results with the VK4 highlighted , the official results will be posted on the WIA site for further scutony. Div 2 results posted! The Winter Field Day results for Division 2 have been completed & forwarded to the WIA, the winners, plus 2nd & 3rd places in each section are as follows Single Operator 24hrs 1st VK5TE 24361 pts 2nd VK5KBJ 20899 pts & 3rd VK4OE 14936 pts Single Operator 8hrs 1st VK5NE 33737pts 2nd VK5TE 18191 pts & 3rd VK5KBJ 15036 pts Multi-Operators 24hrs 1St VK5LZ 117213 pts 2nd VK5KQ 83740 pts & 3rd VK3ALB 59680 pts Multi-operators 8hrs 1st VK3KQ 36523 pts 2nd VK3ALB 28886 pts & 3rd VK4WIS 18266 pts Home Station 24hrs 1st VK3MY 37654 pts 2nd VK5DK 19736 pts & 3rd VK3QI 16300 pts Rover Station 24hrs 1st VK5KK 49461 pts 2nd VK5ZT 32445 pts & 3rd VK3QM 11096 pts Top “F” Call Station VK5FSKS 9520 pts. Was in the 8hr Single Operator section.

Dateline 20/07/2014 “Club cash boost, to the coffers” Thanks to all that helped with the stand and thoughts how bought the valueable merchandise from that stand;  at the Cabolture Radio Hamfest venue. Some of us are looking forward to the next Fest @ Wombye later this year.       PS   all the clocks have been sold.

Snap of sales team

Snap of sales team

 

THE PR CRO

THE PR CRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 20/07/2014 ” WIA a Gov dept.” Or are the staff themselves been forgetful, the recent Field day results were published for Div I. Of course thoses Div II results were not listed. These results had to be sent to a different manager (for what reason is not clear, although written in the rules,) were not passed on to the DIV II MANAGER, until they were requested). Now being that, the Div II results will be delayed. So those who are interested in comparing the results a small delay at no fault of the Division II manager. It is also noted that the contest manager has retired, thanks to John Martin for his efforts. As yet no new replacement Manager has been appointed, lets hope new the new manager has the HOBBY in mind , which we would all like to see happen. is anyone interested in these bands, game enough in putting their hand up.

 

Dateline 18/07/2014 “GET UR $10.00 CLOCK” 70mm read out 12 volt. Club members are urge to purchase these clocks for the measly amount of $10.00// $20.00 No Club Members. Limited stocks.   IMG_1172     Dateline 16/07/2014 “Winter Field Day results out”Division I results out on WIA site,have a look we achieved a 4th place. It appears that a lot of stations took up division II, so we await these results. Very small group submitted results with the major prizes going to VK5-VK3 areas as per normal, looking forward to the distance based results Div II http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/documents/Winter%20VHF-UHF%20Field%20Day%202014%20Results%20[Div1].pdf

Dateline 15/07/2014 “Good Numbers” By all reports Gippstech was well supported and all went well. Gippstech said one guy, just keeps getting better. Once again, a good range of topics and speakers kept us all interested. Attendance numbers seem to be rising around 120 odd also there were quite a few new faces about the place this year. Congratulations to Peter and his team for a job well done – again

Dateline 8/07/2014 “Club Typist botches results.” Vk5DK (Colin winter field day contest manager Div.2), about our results of our recent effort. He reported that a contact VK4TGL had a gridsquare of QC62 possibly placing him in the indian ocean, so he was interested to hear if the log was correct in this instance .VK4MJF searched the records to find that the typist had made the error and the correct grid square was re entered for the rests and re forwarded to Colin. I believe the typo was just a one off which is taken up by the software program VK4MJF said, and all contacts were logged as per the first input the results have change from 16000 to 10000 points and all is well. “I m also hoping they will be not be to harsh on the Typist “, said VK4MJF Looking forward to the final results.

Dateline 6/07/2014 “WIA NEWS” A big read. http://www.wia.org.au/members/broadcast/wianews/display.php?file_id=wianews-2014-07-06 Dateline 4/07/2014 “Whats up know” Good morning all ACMA have advised that the Amateur Radio Licence fee has been increased to $74.00. The fee increase is indexed. And rises by about $1 every year or so. Variation to licence fee remains at $49.00.

Dateline 2/07/2014 ” Awaitng next award  “ Vhf-Uhf Winter Field scores are in, we have posted the normal grid square results(690 points) plus the new Distance based results(16900 points). Only time will tell on what result is achieved both as a normal scoing group and the suggested believed to be more balance results on trail by the Contect Manager JM (not mjf)of the WIA.

Dateline 31/07/2014 “WIA to teach us about EMR” Could be fun the WIA is going to hold education class on EMR which means using high powered amplifiers and alike.. check it out here.      http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/hotissues/current/index.php Dateline 26/06/2014 “Wspring gone mad out west” Inland Troppo has and is in abudance the last few mornings with contacts to northern NSW VK2 and Adelaide VK5.

BOM showing conditions

BOM showing conditions

aus006.jpg

 

 

 

Dateline 22/06/2014 ” New digs @ Mt Gravatt”  No not gold or any pressous gems, just the presious hobby on a field day outing. 6.30 am  found us starting the club station erection on Mt Gravatt Hill. VK4 cro,mil,pk,and mjf , were on deck for the 8 hrs of what was the grid square again, what are you doing are you a weather station etc. Anyway we all had lots of fun and many visitors Ham and none Ham verity. We were pack up, finished and gone by about 6.30 pm, disappointed also not as many contacts out there as in the past. under the new digs Great shade under the new digs

Dateline 10/06/2014 “Its a mistery” Some one is going to give us a lesson on “oscilloscope”at tonites meeting see you there.     Dateline 7/06/2014 ” Are you there ” Next Club Meeting has come around, don t forget the place and its Tuesday nite 10th June 2014.  Free tickets for the  luck door prize, Peter has promised so said some one or something I heard was this month and if GC’ s still away extra bonus tickets will be given out on the chook raffle.

Dateline 5/06/2014   UP DATE “situations vacant”  The club has vacancies for good operaters for the June field day apply VK4 NEF, CRO,MJF. will be doing an 8 hour slot at Mt Gravatt  with the new rules in hand should be good fun.            Please don’t be frighten.      PS   We have the new table and chairs covered by the Marquee to keep the sun off us. Winter Field Day VHF-UHF Field Day 2014 – 21/22nd June (date confirmed need helpers, will advice location)

Dateline 4/06/2014 “Whats that on the moon ?” Several years back a couple of blokes walked on the moon, just for fun. Some club members have been trying to bounce signals of the moon over the last few days (maybe into the foot prints), some scorch markss are most likely visable with a good telescope on a clear nite.  VK4 NE, CRO, MIL,MJF have all had a go with some success and just as much fun. I’ m sure the B/ S will flow at the next meeting.   See u there.

Dateline 3/06/2014 “New OS8 coming, FREE”  All you Mac owners will be interested in the new operating systems for the mac family (Due in the US Fall).     Dateline 2/06/2014 ” Mick finds filters” VK4NE found a site on 2/70cm High Power Low Pass filters. hp-lpf       Dateline 31/05/2014 “DJB Drops em in”  VK4DJB offered this news clipping from the Southern Star newspaper who told a few happy snaps at the BARC Fest.     ABCD0002         Dateline 27/05/2014 “(New Ipad)”  Will be due for release on the shop floors for sale, in the next few weeks. HD (High Definition) is its claim for the new version. This could help all thoughs older eyes to use the software side of the hobby, like VK Logger etc used on the iPhone.

Dateline 23/05/2014 “The drift is over” More on this later will compile an article on the fixing of the drift in the KX3 on digital mode. But for now the drift is over.

Dateline 14/05/2014 “Cat starves and homeless” Club cat (not fat cats) looks like missing out on the odd fed as we go into the new finacial year. All donations will be gracefully received  we have been trying so hard to find it a new home with no success. If anyone is reading this that has a property with a shed which could be used as a club venue or if not, we could use the donation too find a home ( the cat would be grateful.)

Dateline 13/05/2014 “situations vacant” The club has vacancies for good operaters for the June field day apply VK4 NEF, CRO,MJF. Please don’t be frighten. Winter Field Day VHF-UHF Field Day 2014 – 21/22nd June (date confirmed need helpers, will advice location)

Dateline 12/05/2014 “Money to the confers” New B A R C …….Very nice venue, seems it may be a bit far south for the northern hams and displayers. Thanks to all that helped and assisted, the club has a new rotator for our efforts and a couple of bucks to the bank. For some of us there was an unscheduled gathering in the carpark with many subjects found and discussed. I m sure there will be stories at the May meeting, see you there.

Dateline 11/05/2014″ 10 mhz ref” Some of the club members who are venturing into 10 mhz referencing as reported last week , they are still procrastinating. Those of us with K3 s are well in advanced with hardware and software coming. We will be kitting out the club radios as well for the higher bands.

Dateline 8/05/2014 “TAXES UP” But not here. Just a reminder. B A R C Fest 10th May 2014. See you there? Venue is:- Corner Beaudesert Road and Kameruka Street Calamvale.ONE SOLUTION TO PAGER INTERFERENCE TO 2M RADIOS:

Dateline 5/05/2014 ” If u have an interest” DUBUS this quarter. Technical Articles A 134 GHz CW Transmitter by Philipp Prinz, DL2AM A No-Tune Waveguide to SMA Transition for 24 GHz by Charlie Suckling, G3WDG Ultra low noise high linearity wideband MMIC amplifier, by Goran Popovic, AD6IW Yagi Design: Aspects of Copyright and “Good Manners”, by Hartmut Klüver, DG7YBN Laser transmitter with frequency diversity, by Wolfgang Demmer, DD8DB Stacking beyond DL6WU – Part 2 An extended Chapter from the TANT Appendix by Hartmut Klüver, DG7YBN 10 GHz EME converter without SHF local oscillator, by Yoshiro Mataka, JA4BLC 50 MHz SSSP Propagation (3): The global perspective, by Roger Harrison, VK2ZRH News and Columns Tropo News Microwave USA Microwave Japan VHF Australia & New Zealand Microwave Europe EME News Solar Cycle 24 – in February 2014, by KH6/K6MIO 4m News / 6m News News & Comments Best VHF DX Expedition 2013

Dateline 2/05/2014 “VHF/UHF WIA ?” All of these are shortened for some other long words. WIA has new rules for the VHF/UHF Field day. These are Distance base and Grid square scoring, very easy to find either in this months AR Magazine or the WIA web site.

Dateline 1/05/2014 “BARC”  B .A. R. C   FEST   see you there club has a table with lots of goodies bring the $$$$$ Venue is:- Corner Beaudesert Road and Kameruka Street Calamvale.   Dateline 28/04/2014 ” Great effort team”  Its official ;VK4WIE has 1st  place , ( first place) in the John Moyle . Great stuff boys bragging rights here for the next meeting. http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/documents/JMFDC%20Results%202014.pdf   Look here for the results.

Dateline 24/04/2014 “10 mhz reference”  VK4CRO has been out with his blinkers off and has secured some 10 mhz reference boards to help the drifting issue some of us have will report on progress.  As well as this if you are looking to add these to your rigs look at VK4HZ has  mods for several rigs for a modest price. (VK4MJF has seen this mod in action and reports the thumbs up)     Dateline 17/04/2014 “Is this YOU”

We Need You

We Need You

We need you as another contact a new club member, a contact on a field day, or just some one to share easter with. HAPPY EASTER to all.      

Dateline 16/04/2014 “Did it help” http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2014/20140416-2/index.php 

Dateline 13/04/2014 ”  Jaycar almost a desert”     We spent a good day at underwood and the customers were impressed with the turn out. VK4CRO is happy with the prospect of some new candidates for licence assessments and Peter VK4PI was  happy with the effort we all contributed to the day.  Although  there are more Guests on a field day, the number of inquires and comments were just as important. Peter asked to thank all involved and is looking forward to the next club meeting.

CRO working the mobile

CRO working the mobile

 

Close to the highway

More gear close to the highway

 

main interview postion

Main interview postion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dateline 8/04/2014                 “Show Off  the Hobby ”  Saturday 12th 7.30 am till 4.00 in the carpark of Jaycar Underwood

The Wireless Institute of Australia congratulates those clubs and organisations
able to register a demonstration station for the Expo to showcase the benefits
of modern Amateur Radio.

It occurs either on Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 11-13, in parks, other
public places and electronic stores. All radio amateurs are invited to join
"CQ Expo" on air.

The club and members will set up HF- 10ghz radio and digital gear. See yah there.

Dateline 1/04/2014 ” Coo what ???”  A small delegation visited Vk4nE in the Mater Private to-day and there was talk of an army uniform and a coo. We questioned his nurse, to which see replied “its the drugs, the drugs are having some sort of effect which will probably subside in the next few days.”

Theres talk afoot of a coo

Theres talk afoot of a coo

Dateline 31/03/2014 “Old President goes in for nip&tuck.” VK4NE has gone under the surgeons knife to straighten out his back problems at the Mater. With the club responiblities lifted from his shoulders and a lenghty recovery period to look forward too. All in the club wish him well.                 Dateline 26/03/2014 “Results are in.” The results are in for the john Moyle contest and we patently await the placings. The results reflect that the contest is geared to 6 metres as the number of contacts to the score per band seem higher.

Top score section

Top score section

The Fat cat section HF

The Fat cat section HF

Atop the MtGravatt Hill

Atop the MtGravatt Hill

Dateline 20/03/2014 “Club is up to date” We are pleased to advise the event calander is running correctly, So watch the thing and you will know when things are happening. Dateline 19/03/2014 “Eyeballed “ Several club members sat around the CRO’S back verandah today to eyeball VK2FWB and his wife.   Dateline  16/03/2014 “The away team on MtGravatt” We set up at MtGravatt Hill from 10am and we were ready for our 6 hour John Moyle contest effort. The team role were; VK4NEF,CRO,IAA GC AND MJF, we ran HF 6m 2m 70cm 1296cm  2.4ghz 10ghz standard format with assistance for VK4NE. We seemed to be doing better in the microwave area as per some extra practice, anyway we filled at least half a sheet per band with contacts on all bands JA, ZR s VK2s etc, is all logged and we just have to sent in the forms and await our fate. Col VK4MIL was on MtWolvi with the Gympie club all handing out great points on the higher bands, thanks guys. Less visitors this time, MJF parked his van so the sign was hard to read, so it was a bit all hands to the job and less keeping the public informed. We finished our 6 hours and pack the gear in about and hour and we were all home by 7.30pm, thanks to all how joined in and to Eric for the lean quizean. We look forward to the next field day ( or camp out), the new low priced club genie worked a treat, good purchasing guys.

Looks more like a camp site

Looks more like a camp site

HF end

HF end

Wide view of field shack

Wide view of field shack

Dateline 14/03/2014 “Further silence on 6 metres” Just an up date on the beacon in VK3. NOW VK3RMV is dedicated WSPR BEACON TS680S GPS TIME SYNC REMOTE SITE 5 watts to 50 watts Also we have a top crew goning to do the John Moyle field day at MtGravatt, see you there. Dateline 13/03/2014  “Col s wish WSPR Beacon” The silence has been broken,Col VK4MIL  will have a new beacon to listen out on 6 metres in VK3. VK3RMV is up and running on wspr 6 metres so there will be lot of reports on the wspr logger. Col is looking to get a 2 metre beacon running for wspr in the very near future.   Dateline 11/03/2014 “Raspberry pie d at the AGM” Congatulations go out to the newly elected team, lead by Peter VK4PI for the coming year Peter vk4pi  — President Ken   vk4gc — Vice President Eric vk4nef —Treasurer Alistair vk4mv — Technician Ron    vk4cro — Secretary Colin vk4mil — Committee Mick vk4ne —Comittee Darren vk4djb —Newsletter – Media We also like to thank the out going team lead by VK4NE which has been running things for such a long time, steering the club to its current popularity.     Dateline 2/03/2014 “Even wiht a bad back the brags come” Am at the news desk and a email event arrived. It was from the President himself; Bragg rights; and on 6 metres. WSPR, hard to believe. Well done to VK4FP, VK4NE and VK4TVL. These are all the signals that got through – 2014-03-01 05:28 VK4TVL 50.294409 -18 0 QH30jq 20 RA0CCK PO80mn 7828 353 2014-03-01 05:26 VK4NE 50.294477 -20 -2 QG62nj 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 8835 350 2014-03-01 05:18 VK4NE 50.294479 -21 -2 QG62nj 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 8835 350 2014-03-01 05:02 VK4NE 50.294482 -16 -2 QG62nj 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 8835 350 2014-03-01 05:00 VK4TVL 50.294416 -25 0 QH30jq 20 RA0CCK PO80mn 7828 353 2014-03-01 04:58 VK4FP 50.294422 -25 0 QH30ip 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 7832 354 2014-03-01 04:56 VK4NE 50.294480 -28 -3 QG62nj 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 8835 350 2014-03-01 04:54 VK4FP 50.294421 -21 0 QH30ip 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 7832 354 2014-03-01 04:52 VK4TVL 50.294414 -21 0 QH30jq 20 RA0CCK PO80mn 7828 353 2014-03-01 04:46 VK4NE 50.294478 -23 -1 QG62nj 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 8835 350 2014-03-01 04:44 VK4TVL 50.294413 -20 0 QH30jq 20 RA0CCK PO80mn 7828 353 2014-03-01 04:42 VK4FP 50.294417 -27 1 QH30ip 5 RA0CCK PO80mn 7832 354 2014-03-01 04:32 VK4TVL 50.294406 -29 0 QH30jq 20 RA0CCK PO80mn 7828 353   Dateline 16/02/2014 “It worked, no white smoke” For thoughs that were at the last meeting VK4MJF did a show and tell on his W6PQL 70cm amplifier with the figures of 580 watts with 5 watts of drive. He fired up the finished article today being driven by a IC910 with 2 watts of drive giving 200+ watts into a dumby load, further trials will be made in the very near future and hopefully on air in 2-3 weeks, after shack reshuffle to accommodate this new toy. This is the forth of a series of six amplifiers he has built, with a success rate of 3 working one with an outsourced amplifier deck issue on (2m). Of course other club members are also busy building amplifiers and transverters as well, with great results.   Dateline 13/02/2014 “23cm power play on a quiet summer nite” VK4CRO,NE & MJF fired up their newly completed 23cm (150 watt) amplifiers in the cool of the evening with all reporting great figures. VK4CRO had built in a khune tranverter to his build. They had several reports from north and south of Brisbane some being VK4KLC & CZ giving glowing reports.   Dateline 11/02/2014 “Not again the AGM” Please be advice at the next meeting being on the 2nd tuesday of March 2014 the City of Brisbane Radio Society will hold its AGM( or Annual General Meeting.) All positions will be vacated. so submit your Can dicey .   Dateline 4/02/2014 “23cm amps testing” by the time this item hits the press and the ink drys the 23cm amps of VK4CRO and VK4MJF will be fully finished and tested. Congratulations to them both and we look forward to hearing from them on that band.  Oh yes I guess we should also mention the el Presidenti  has also finally completed his 6metre 400 watt brick (the question is why, no one hears you out there) and a 2 metre 400 watt job as well. good on ya mick.   Dateline 3/02/2014 ” Its confirmed the parties on?”   The City of Brisbane Radio Society was formed in 1976 which means our 40th Birthday will be  August 2016 then. Must be an exciuse for a Party.   Dateline 29/01/2014 “How Old are we?” If the club was formed in the seventies then the club must be running for 35-40 years !   Dateline 13/01/2014 “Visitors cause bad Field day result” VK4CRO VK4NEF VK4MJF set up the club contest site from about 7:30am @   Mt Gravatt Hill, all went well a few hickups and the show got under way.  Working 6 bands 6 metres to 10ghz. Seems there were a lot of con testers out there just willing to give us points, great to see a few more to help the cause.  Something we didn’ t count on were visitors asking all sorts of questions, Like; “What are you doing”and “What are you handsome men doing here” etc”. Anyway with our heads  swelled we soldiered on must have been about 30 to 40 off them. We had a full day doing the contest and keeping the public happy, (some were very pleasing to the eye). We also had vk4mil doing his thing from Coran near Gympie. Anyway we had a long fun day, packed up @ 7:00 ish and went home, Ah yes, but  before leaving, we pestered VK4OE who had just arrived 30 minutes earlier to take over the spot for the night shift. Also thanks to all club members that came up on air to drop us some points.

Two operaters waiting for the start gun VK4 NEF and MJF @ the microwave gear

Two operaters waiting for the start gun VK4 NEF and MJF @ the microwave gear

Cols VK4MIL @ Coran

Cols VK4MIL @ Coran

Stickybeeks but a great day

Stickybeeks but a great day

                Dateline 9/01/2014   ({“1st Headline for the year”}  “See U @ MtGravatt 11/01/2014”)    We are heading up to MtGravatt Hill for an 8 Hour field day;  running 6metres to 10GHZ . We are looking forward to this short day to flex the gear on the local soil, should be a great day be there about 8.00am for the set up and starts at 11.00am local time (01.00 ZULU GTM UTC) which ever your prefer. We still have a few sickies out there and we hope all get well soon. Anyway hope to see you for the field day.   Dateline 31/12/2013 “HAPPY NEW YEAR”   Happy New Year to all our members and loved ones, from all the club executive and we wish all good DX in 2014. A few 2013 memories

The Specialists

The Specialists

Visitor  Chris Vk4HJ and a smoko break

Visitor Chris Vk4HJ and a smoko break

hopefully we can find a shady section for the microwave guy.

hopefully we can find a shady section for the microwave guy.

Eric in action(Its not the biggest rear end comp) Mick getting shade in the van

Eric in action(Its not the biggest rear end comp) Mick getting shade in the van

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Boys cooking microwave

Boys cooking microwave

Could this be it.

Could this be it.

6 metres took the prime dry spot

6 metres took the prime dry spot

El nothin MtGravatt Hill

El nothin MtGravatt Hill

Dateline 28/12/2013 ” Thousands of towers go up in NSW”  The world may tilt slitly of its orbit in the near future with a state and local government yo allow towers something like the diagram below. see image detail here

Towers and Antennas

Towers and Antennas

Dateline 17/12/2013 “Illness hits Xmas Party”; Club members were a bit thin as the Club Xmas Party and 10 metre contest got underway, at 0100 hrs Saturday. Several phoned in sick and not able to come, due to some serious illnesses about themselves or loved ones, we hope that all are well and on the road to normal operations. The club diehards (not Bruce Willis) were on deck to run through the 48 hours and of course; eat all the festive fair, The CRO finished the last morning off, with lots of previous difficult  contacts. Thanks to all who attended and we will have to have a extra special  Febuary 2014 meeting (like extra biscuits and stuff.)

The CRO down to it the last morning

The CRO down to it the last morning

VK4NEF at the helm

VK4NEF at the helm

Dateline 10/12/2013  “See how your hobby gets promoted” It has been created for anyone who wishes to encourage youth and adults to explore the world of Ham Radio and it also can be found on the home page of the project ,  Click below.
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Dateline 2/12/2013 “Field day November 2013.” By David VK4KSY
Off to a good start everyone up early and keen to get cracking, on an adventure to a new location outside Gatton.
Our host will be Paul and Dianne at their mountain top retreat..
Trip out was enjoyable, after the recent rains the country side was looking lush, green and magnificent.
Crops in,getting ready for the season ahead as we drove by many small crop farms.
A bit on the tummy rumble side (John’o only)  the rest had to follow.
Breakfast at Gatton, the big M of cause.
But those Emu’s a couple of K’s back looked good and tender but someone said the club president would spit chips at the $500.00 each price tag.
Off and looking for anything high took us out of town and there was ZIP except hills way off in the distance.
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I thought, these guys are on happy weed, Needed new medication and glasses.
As we moved on, the high ground closed in and we turning right onto Egypt  road the adventure really started.
This is a pleasant and safe drive up, and up we go. The scenery was very good as we looked down through the valleys and trees, everything green.
Arriving at the top and WOW what a spot. Our hosts came down and advised us where to set up for the best effect on the GHZ bands.
Construction begins, antennas up they go and all ready for the start.
A problem with the 144 MHz rotator, a quick swap did fixed the problem.
A bad connection on 23 cm’s was corrected by John’o quickly after lowering the array.
There was the usual people ready to hand out numbers but there was not a many as normal on 144 MHz band.
The afternoon saw John VK4JMC arrive for some serious GHz competition.
But we all kept looking at the sky , Oh not good.
Need to make a sacrifice to the god’s for calm weather. And where is the club president.
Eric, did you say he was in Gympie. Frightened of a little pain, no less.
Well we had more flashing lights then a 1970 disco, as the bangs rocked my vehicle,  not sure about the other cars rocking.
A song came to mind,  knowing me nowing you (ABBA). I think that mean’s we are going to all cark it.
Big time OMG
Yes a very good outing but conditions could have been better.
If you have a chance to visit them, then do it.
It’s a special place well worth the trip.

Dateline 25/11/2013 “Cyclonic 24 hrs washed out for 8hr” After a phone call from Paul in Gatton the contest commity took the late change to the Gatton site QG62BI to be hosting the Spring UHF VHF 24 hour field day.   We had VK4KSY,CRO,NEF ,IAA and MJF all tuned up and raring to go, for the 24 Hrs contest, with plenty of food drinks etc. We all new a storm was predicted but not the  fierce storm that hit the happy campers. Two storms (not one) hit, the site first one about 6.00 pm and the second around 9.00 pm.  Other than the weather we all made the hill climb and started  erecting the station and accommodations,  the station ready for the start time.  Or was it 1296mhz appear to be deaf and as VK4CRO Ron pointed out ,the coax was not connected to the amplifier (John VK4MJF), this was corrected and off we went. We had a visit from VK4JMC John with his 2.4 and 10ghz gear, thanks John he also left us at 6.00pm. Next morning,  last one I was in, said; “VK4NEF was Mt Wolvi a few years back, when a cyclone hit us, this has to rank close to that day “. Anyway after  a hearty breakfast, followed scones and jam which were supplied by the owners of the property Paul and Dianne, we dismantled the gear and trekked home. All agreed the time was well spent even with the weather issues and look forward to the next Field day.

Who forgot the coax John

Who forgot the coax John VK4MJF

 

How does it all fit and you sleep here too.

How does it all fit and you sleep here too.

 

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6 metres took the prime spot as it turned out

 

Our team on higher bands

Our team 2m 70cm and above

Dateline 20/11/2013 VHF UHF Feild day “will be held at Coran, just north of Noosa east of Gympie, nice big hill 350 metres, Gatton site rained out again. Hopeful for the next feild day. See you all there. Ring Ron, Eric or John for directions. Also if your helping by being on the radio from home, look for our grid squre and info on the VK Logger (VK4WIE).   Dateline 12/11/2013 “DX Contest for Xmas” It has been reported that the club will hold its Xmas Festivities over a 48 hr 10 metre DX Contest from the club chook pen, Barby, heaps of booze and all the trimings. Second full weekend of December. Starts 0000 UTC Saturday; runs through 2359 UTC Sunday (December 14-15, 2013), Bands 10 metres only. Will report more as it comes in. More info here : http://www.arrl.org/10-meter     Dateline 6/11/2013 “Gone Loopy”  VK4MJF has been making a madnetic loop over the last few months, and reports he has some success with his newly acquired variable capacitor. Although still down on signal strenght the antenna seems to work well on WSPR. A few snaps have been attached to show the contacts for the unbelievers. Also the bent signal has nothing to do with the Loop, it seems the broadcaster has this application(or option) installed in his equipment.

Loop didn t bend the signal

Loop didn t bend the signal

 

set up in the barby area

set up in the barby area

                                    Dateline 4/11/2013 ” There is a Bunny in ham radio”  VK4MJF reports on the 5.8ghz shot out, held at the redciffe radio club. Well I arrived  at 10.45; guided in by Siri giving directions as I asked it for the redcliffe radio club; took me straight there, technology. Anyway I  found Club marquees were out to soften the sun and many rigs set to go. I quickly set up the Telstra hope it works gear and precceeded to listen, to my astonishment it sounded remarkably like 6 metres, white noise and white noise. After lots of help and my own personal beacon, I gave up and decided to spy on the opposition. Some where actually hearing the thing; I was amazed ! as you can expect. Anyway I was not alone about 4 others were having issues, so I felt better. The club judged the winner and presented him, cause there was no hers, with the award (see happy snaps) to VK4OE, a Barby and drinks were served in oner of the occasion, with lots of on and off topical conversation. All had a great day and another M A D day 2.4ghz this time, will be scheduled for a time to be advised. IMG_0856 IMG_0855 IMG_0854 IMG_0852 IMG_0853                                           Datekine 2/11/2013 “Money Running out of the coffers” Gold Coast Hamfest was a feast of customers, low numbers were reported, but the club has had a great fund raise day. Thanks to all that helped and made the day a success.  All will be reward at the club meeting with an extra prize in the chook raffle. See you there.   Dateline 31/10/2013 “MJF goes all fruity on 5.8ghz”  With the 5.8ghz MAD day being held at the Redcliffe radio club on the 4th of November.  A new band for the club field days Vk4MJF is trying  to finish the receive  section of the 5.8ghz rig for testing that day. Housed in a burrowed fruit box (not patented) system (used by Vk4OE ), before the equipment is permanently housed in a flasher box. Also testing is difficult  as there is not a beacon available in south east Queensland for this band, (although a little birdie has told us a new beacon’s not far away) . Again all are welcome at the Redcliffe club, to either compete of just have a sticky beak, with a sausage sizzle and light drinks available.

using the IC910 with 144 IF

using the IC910 with 144 IF

 

Powered with an inverter off 12 volts

Powered with an inverter off 12 volts

Dateline 30/10/2013 “New club meeting time” We will be publishing a new club starting time very soon, before the next meeting. We are waiting for the executive people to maje up their minds. Watch this space. Dateline 29/10/2013 ” Don’t forget the Gold coast hamfest  Held on the 3/11/2013 at the club rooms behind the Pacific Fair shopping centre. We have more goodies to sell radios amps lots of pre loved quality merchandise. Dateline 14/10/2013 “VK4MJF loses 70cm amp power board” W6PQL replaces the board for zilch, what a nice gesture had to tell the story here, so if your looking for some quality gear for your next project, check out his web site. Dateline 8/10/2013 “Meeting on to-nite” Topics to be discussed,  Redfest results, need more quality murch for hamfest sales, Events ;Field day  HF and VHF contests and many more rivetting subjects/ Come along all are welcome.   Dateline 2/10/2013 ” REDFEAST” Redcliffe and distrcts radio club are having a fest, be sure to be there.   Dateline 21/09/2013 QG62?? “Scouting out new bands”  VK4MJF has been busy finding 5.8ghz gear,  a source has been found , very low prices and he has a seemingly large source of equipment for these bands and others.

5.8ghz gear on offer

5.8ghz gear on offer

Date 20/09/2013 “WSPR, season, seems its time to watch”. WSPR (digital) season will soon be up and running on 10 metres, so the experts say.  Also the normal 80-40-20-30-15-17-2-70cm are also working well; including the magic channel 6 metres. With the invention of Troppo, aircraft enhancement and meteor scatter, its not just the SSB blokes which will be having fun on the air ways ( although the WSPR (digital) is normally running sooner). See you there we hope.

10 metre WSPR past 24hrs

10 metre WSPR past 24hrs

Date 19/09/2013 “13cm has been retained” Thanks to all that joined the campang to ask the question of the ACMA on this band has been successful. It seems that if some one has the interest and backing of the masses, sense will prevail. Although 124 submissions were forwarded to the proposal, it seems that this was enough to sway the vote (shame the same was not used to save 70cm segment lost). I have listed the world usage on this band, of cause the Australian band is listed in the call book under Band Plan. Our club is active on this band and can be found this band been used in Field Days as well:

      Canada: 2300-2450 MHz. Weak-signal/EME 2302.90-2304.2 MHz.
      Japan: 2400-2450 MHz. Weak-signal/EME 2424-2424.5 MHz.
      New Zealand: 2396-2450 MHz. Weak-signal/EME 2424-2424.5 MHz.
      UK: 2310-2450 MHz. Parts subject to regulatory change: 2322-2400 MHz. EME 2320-2320.025 MHz.
      USA: 2300-2310 MHz; 2390-2450 MHz.Weak-signal/EME 2304-2304.1 MHz.

Date  14/09/2013 ” Club has bonnza day” Wombye Hamfest 2013 was held in the normal venue, many club members were @ the Fest to-day, scooping up the bargains and chatting with the old and new fellow radio buffs. Bargins were found all through the stands, Tim VK4QP found some interesting items for his growing shack, VK4CRO found some items @ a bargain price. The club thanks all; for their effort in helping. See you there next year and redcliffe radio club are holding one in October 2013.   Date 28/08/2013 “New Radio Heats up” During the winter two of us have been playing with WSPR on 180 mhz to 432 mhz, lots of fun, with lots of contacts  been made over the period. However this low powered mode is a great one to do with other things going on in the shack, all done no hands with little input from the operater. Anyway us KX3 owners found the mode heating up the rigs whilst using 5-10 watts, seems to radiate temperatures just below egg coooking.  VK4NE got the head to work and with a donated  heatsink from  a

Upgrade to the KX3

Upgrade to the KX3

unknown sauce,  modified it to  accommodate the heat (this problem is not found in the K3). This mode can be operated from all other rigs at .5 watts to 10 watts world wide.                 Date 23/8/2013  UPDATE “Club members go mad on amps”.  Some members have been busy over the cold winter months, building feet warmers for their gear.  6 metres (400-500 watts) 2 metres (200-400-500 watts ) 70cm (500 watts) 1296 mhz (150 watts) 2403mhz (17-75 watts), others have been busy building antennas, and transverters for 1296mhz and 2.4 ghz  Lets hope they all come out to play.

1296mhz 150 watts

1296mhz 150 watts

 

on the bench

on the bench

 

6 metre amp

6 metre amp

 

Cols 2 metre amp

Cols 2 metre amp

Date 13/08/2013 ” IS IT TRUE? “”HAS THE CLUB  FOUND ITS VERY 1ST HOME ?””   Keep watching more to follow :

Could this be it.

Could this be it.

Date 5/08/2013 “ 6 metre Repeater has benn reinstalled ”     our 6 metre repeater has been repaired and is up and running.             Date 1/08/2013 “El Presidenti goes 2.4ghz on KX3” From Mt Gravatt Look out @ 08:00, VK4MJF and VK4NE at his QTH @ Underwood made their first 2403.150

El nothin MtGravatt Hill

El nothin MtGravatt Hill

 

El Presidenti stationary mobile

El Presidenti stationary mobile

contact on their KX3 and imported tramsverters. Good signals  were report by both and a party was held with the champenge flowing, after several months of trails the first contact was completed. It was found the both radios were about 5-8 hz off the beacon frequency and a ezy off set tuning was done via the KX3 s menu and all was well.                   Date 28/07/2013 “Wheres the becon” Several members who were interested in the micro wave test and tune up day, spoused by the UHF Group, made their way to the club 600 metre contest site; to-day (VK4 mjf,ne,cro and aii). We tested our micro wave gear and monitor  how cold its is up at pauls place. Well what a  nice place, for radio too, good for 6 metre, 2,70,and 1296cm both North, South east and west, really works well up there. As far as micro wave goes, we will have to revisit and stop looking for the beacons and just trust the gear, ( with a few mods done will help) and talk to the stations out there looking for the contacts. All had a great day setting up the stations and the shelter , just as well the heavens opened up but finally the sun came out and Tea and cake was the feast for the day. We set of home around 11:00 , stopping for a snack at the local restaurant, for fresh hambugers and steak sandwiches, washed down with coffee. Thanks again to all that helped, roll on too, we look forward to the next Field Day in November 2013.

Boys cooking microwave

Boys cooking microwave

Date 23/07/2013 “WAKE UP CALL to WIA CONTEST MANAGERS” VHF/UHF Field Day results are in, there is a lack of entries. It appears the weather (being winter) was a possible cause for the lack of these entries. I have it on good authority that the contestors are voting with their microphones, in “Queensland” it had been boycotted, with other states also following. With the hope that contest managers would wake up and smell the radio waves, or the lack of ,not been transmitted. Also it has been muted that the interested Queensland contesters would hold their own, with the intention to try and bring in the North Queenslanders and I’ m sure some of the Northern NSW stations would be interested. All sounds great and await further News, as the club is very active in these activities. Keep watching either here on CBRS web site or the VK Logger. Check out the results :WIA web site. link  http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/documents/Winter%20VHF-UHF%20Field%20Day%202013%20Results.pdf    “ITS A BOY” PRINCE WILLIAM HAS ALSO BEEN QUOTED “THAT THE NEW PRINCE WOULD BE VERY ACTIVE ON HAM RADIO, WHEN HE IS OLD ENOUGH.” Of coarse he will have many other interests like horse riding etc , its too early to give a list of the activities, but he is sure they will be listed in the coming years.     Date 21/07/2013″ Caboolture Club ham fest a success for the CBRS(City of Brisbane Radio Society) Several club members were found behind the tables of the 1st hamfest in the Caboolture grounds , all had fun selling goodies for the club, spreading rumors, also listening and telling stories to the customers.Thanks go out to all that helped.     Date 18/07/2013   “VHF  Group Test & Tune up Day”   All are welcome at the new site on 28/07/2013, at Gatton. This day will be devoted to testing all gear from Bands 1296mhz and up

At the start line

At the start line

 

Adjustments needed the Armstrong method

Adjustments needed the Armstrong method

        Date 21/06/2013 “Winter Field Day WASHOUT”  This years winter field day has been washed out, due to heavy rains in the Toowoomba area, our guy in the sky Paul the owner of the site, rang Ron CRO to explain that the last rain depression via WA, had made the site impassable and it would not be advisable to venture to Gatton. More details as it comes  in.       Date 10/06.2013 “I was there”, New club 2metre 12 element  and 70cm 23 element antennas ,straight off the factory floor.

El presidenty sharpening the whip

El presidenty sharpening the whip

 

Factory floor

Factory floor

Date 31/5/2013   “SRD whats this item” . Its the end of the month and its been very quiet here at the web desk, so I found this item invebted by the president(VK4NE) no  pantent pending.

SRD (Secret Radio Devise)

SRD (Secret Radio Devise)

16/5/2013 “Going out on 2 metres”  I (VK4MJF) spent a week in Texas looking for the yellow roses, John Wayne and the Cisco Kid, didn t find them. Also running 2 metres with VK4NE antenna with a slight angle for take off, Snagged a couple of contacts in VK2 nd VK3 on meteor scatter, gave the KX3 a work out with contacts up and down the east coast. We had to camp beside the Durmaresq river site, just out of town(GPS 283metres elevation) not a bad feild trip.

2 metre set up slight angle of tack off for scatter conditions

2 metre set up slight angle of tack off for scatter conditions

Date 15/5 /2013 “Where are we , only the cro knows”   (He has a mic in his hand so its something radio.) 2013 holiday 239

The cro @ the helm

The cro @ the helm

Date 21/4/2013 “Mirco wave makes a big hit”  VK4NE and VK4MJF visisted the Redcliffe Amatuer Radio Club, Microwave feild day, we spent the time looking at the test gear and the types of home brew and recycled bit and peices. All built gear was tested and given the rubber stamp.  There was also a 10ghz shot out.   This a linkto the video of the gathering:http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plcp&v=fgSUR11N-o8At the start line

At the start line

 

Count the Dishes

Count the Dishes

Ten (10) complete rigs were in the shot out so there should be plenty of points on the next vhf/uhf feild day in June. We tested the club 10 ghz gear and found them to be working well, funny there was no prize or enoucement made on the eventual winner of the shot out, enquires were made,will report back.     Date 31/03/2013 “Killer 24 hour contest” Eric (VK4NEF) organized this year,s first for the club CQ WPX Contest SSB at the Chook shed @ Belmont. Multi op-single radio. This contest is 48 hours in lenght and turned out to be a very enjoyable and entertaining time, we used the Elecraft K3 and the KPA500 amp, with lots of extras to assist in the set up.  How it works is you have lots of keen operaters and one radio to man 160-11 metres, work as many station world wide as possible calculate the score and hope you have scored enough to win !!!. Our thanks go  out to all that helped and to CRO for the use of the shed,also the power. We eagerly await the results.

The cro sits in on the grave shift.

The cro sits in on the grave shift.

Date 21/03/2013 “Another hill to conour”  Some of the new team will be up early on Sunday 24th, making their way to a new site for the VHF/UHF field day contests. 590 metres, good shots North and south with a direct path to Brisbane on offer, sounds great being about 300 higher than our last site at Cooran. Will report on the trip later, will be monitoring the club 2metre repeater and 7070 HR, so we hope to hear or be heard on the bands we take up to test. Date 20/01/2013 “UpDate on : show us your elecraft” Only one photo was taken which is of  Tim (VK4OP soon) receiving the award for his 6 metre log effort.  David(Vk4KSY) for his 2 metre log award ,(sent his apologise ) We all had plenty to eat , laugh and brag about (VK4NE had 2 contcts on the yagi P29, El salvador and Chile) we had to listen to the presidental bragging and we all left about 10.00pm.

Tim VK4OP award celebrations

Tim VK4OP award celebrations

Date 18/01/2013 “Show us your Electraft” Saturday 5.00 pm. Chook shed @ belmont VK4CRO s place bar- b-que and take a look at the latsest KX3 and its big brother the K3 and what ever else you may have thats good to show off. All welcome don t be shy.

K3 and KX3 size doesn' t matter

K3 and KX3 size doesn’ t matter

Date 14/01/2013 “Update uhf vhf field day” Boiling hot @QG63KQ would you beleive 35-36 degres both days,in the shade. Five of us braved the extreme heat to compete in this years summer field day. We meet at the CRO s place and ferried our way to the hills of Cooran (deliverence comes to mind), loverly spot (as shown in the 7/01/12013 report) has what seems to be extremes in weather, hot by day cool by night. We set up our gear and drank the Cooroy dam almost empty, Tim(VK4PQ) took up 6 metres, David(hairy chested VK4KSY) took up 2 metres, Ron (VK4CRO took up the 1296 and 10ghz post) John (VK4MJF)70cm, after a slow start and what we all thought was a pour antenna selection for 1296 we started a our mission.

Visitor  Chris Vk4HJ and a smoko break

Visitor Chris Vk4HJ and a smoko break

 

Hard work looking after the Microwave contacts

Hard work looking after the Microwave contacts

As the afternoon roled on the contacts flowed and after trying to contact Brisbane on 1296cm we came to the conclution a larger  antenna other than a grid pack would be a better selection. We made contact with (VK4ADC on Beechmere about 200 klms) one being 1296cm and we all felt a form of relief, we continued with many other contacts on all other bands. VK4MIL arrived from Gympie with an esky full of cool drinks, jumped in and relieved on several bands and offered lots of assistance.  Early in the night, were we spotted by Dough VK4OE on 1296cm and  we asked for a try on 10ghz, well we all listened for a tone, tuned it and waited.VK4WIE/P yelled the CRO, deaferning silence; VK4OE was the reply, we all jumped and yelled.The club record was Mt Gravatt to Springbookabout 160 klms and after this contact  Cooran to Springbrooke (200 -300 Klms) is know the Club nemisis. We carried on though the night till about 2 am and arose early Sunday. Well what a difference, by 9 am we had bagged ZL and far Nth Queensland, 2metres  and 70cm ((KSY is still pounding his chest and is looking for the club award (which the CRO offered, but unable to report here)), our 2 nd 10ghz contact was bagged and 1296cm back to Brisbane was finally open. Tim report that 6 metres was belting in: into New Zealand and reported by most ,by the end he had bagged a full dance card, Australian east coast  including VK5 and VK7. Two metres boasted Vk2 ,North Queensland ,NZ and I am not sure about the rest ;KSY was slurring with,” I gots”. We had many visitors including a coulple of local ham and several more 30 odd ,what are you guys doing. We collected all the gear aroind  noon and made our way back home, only with a stop at the pie shop at Mobby Dicks which has change to a shell. Our thanks to all that helped and hope all had a good time I know I did. 73 s

our station @ 350 metres above sea level

our station @ 350 metres above sea level

Date 7/01/ 2013  “uhf vhf field day  3 confirmed”, would like to see ome more to helpvolunteers are still needed for the Summerfield day at Cooran QG63MO (sorry no belly dancers f rom the local restauant, has been booked for a bucks that night.)

South aspect

South aspect

Date 15/12/2012:   “ Boss pounds chest while we all sleep”.   VK4NE made contact with VK2MAX 1296cm  389.3  kms.   Mick writes: Hello John hear is the details of the contact with VK2MAX on 1296.150mhz @ 2030 hours UTC 15/12/2012, signal report Sent 5-9 received 5-9+ the QSO was nearly 10 minutes or more in fact, I had further contacts with him over the space of the morning for a futher 2 hours in fact on 1296mhz I attach a photo of the radio in my station.  Editors note: 2 metres and 70 cm also ran well into the late morning.

Its a shame the contact was with a Kenni.

Its a shame the contact was with a Kenni.

 

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