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WELCOME TO SARC      The LATEST NEWS

PROPOSED NEW CONSTITUTION – Important update

At the committee meeting held 12 March, a motion was passed to approve a revised draft of the proposed new constitution to be presented to the members, for a vote to be held at a special general meeting in June.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

May 13 – Deadline for comment / submissions on the draft constitution.

May 14 – Committee meeting, to consider all comment and submissions, and make any alterations considered necessary.

May 16 – Notice of special resolution to be sent to members (21 days notice is required by law)

June 11 – Special general meeting, held to vote on the special resolution.  A majority of 75% is required by law. Proxy votes are permitted.

June 13 – Advice of the resolution, if carried, is sent to Fair Trading NSW.  A new constitution would not come into effect until approval is received.

The draft constitution can be downloaded here  –  SARC draft V.3.1 new constitution    It is also on display at the clubrooms. Please note in particular,  changes from the previous draft V.2 to clause 8 (fees and subscriptions) and the addition of clause 48 (objects).

The existing constitution can be downloaded here – SARC constitution as at Oct 2015

IMPORTANTComments from all interested parties should be forwarded to the secretary (Paul VK2PMG) by post to the clubrooms, or via vk2src”at”gmail.com, and must be received by 5pm May 13.

REPEATER DEVELOPMENTS

Under development is a 23 cm repeater, assembled into a custom built case, by Geoff VK2AGC. Also the WICEN ‘parrot’ repeater is being trialed from the clubrooms on 146.575 FM simplex. Send a transmission, and the parrot will repeat it back to you. Present output power is about 50W, you will need to get a reasonably clear path due to low height of the antenna.

23cm Rptr_sml23 cm repeater in rack mount

Icom and Yaesu transceivers with control unit in centre.

2017 CALENDAR AND INFO BROCHURES AVAILABLE

Go here – SARC Forms and brochures

 SUCCESSFUL FLY-IN

The weekend of January 7-8 saw SARC at the Great Eastern Fly-In. We set up at the old canteen building opposite the main apron, with receivers monitoring the CTAF and aerobatics frequencies.  Also we had a small information display. The weather was unhelpful most of Saturday with shifting showers keeping the lighter aircraft away. By Sunday it had cleared and a large number of aircraft had flown in to accompany the warbirds. By lunchtime it was blue sky and puffy clouds and the place was humming with people and planes.

The only noteworthy radio event was the accidental key down by one of the parked aircraft, which effectively wiped out the CTAF for local aircraft for about half an hour. SARC plans to build some direction finding airband antennas in case of a future need for a ‘flying fox hunt’.

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Pic: Warbirds on the main apron,’including this fan-jet fighter-trainer.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks to the SARC members who set-up and manned the operation – VK2ARD, AGC, ACD, DLR, LRB, PMG, ZDR

DIGI NET CONTINUES

Tune in Monday evening 2000 hrs to the Lismore repeater 146.800 (123 tone required). Net control Paul VK2PMG takes call-ins, then all QSY to another frequency and mode for the digital net.  We are now using the Woodburn repeater 147.250 for liasion. The net has been experimenting with a variety of modes, including Thor, SSTV, Easypal and JT65.

To take part or just listen (eg for F calls) you need to install a multi-mode digital comms program such as fl-digi, which is downloadable free from here.  For SSTV, we suggest using MMSSTV,  free download here. 

You also need some kind of computer to radio interface. This can be as simple as an audio cable from the radio to the computer, using the computer’s sound card. However, a dedicated interface is better, some new radios have this built in to the rig itself. The Tigertronics Signalink unit is probably the most popular interface on the market.

Also see the short introduction to fl-digi under the ‘technical stuff’ menu of this (SARC) website.

WANT TO JOIN SARC?

Membership subs are due January 1. The rate is $40 for membership in 2017 and if you join part way through the year, the payment is pro-rata. If you live more than 100K (by road) from Lismore, you qualify as a DX member at half the normal rate. Download a form for renewal/new membership here.

Members receive discounts on most shop items and are covered by WIA/club insurance while attending club events.

For full details of how to pay subs, go to  here.  The preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer to the club’s Summerland Credit Union account.

To receive the SARC weekly Newsletter you DO NOT have to be a member, it’s available to all.
Simply send your email address to  moc.liamg@crs2kv with <please subscribe me> in the subject line.