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NSW INVADES QLD FOR WICEN ENDURO OPERATION THIS WEEKEND

WICEN Northern Rivers has been tasked to assist with communications by the Big Country Endurance Riders Inc (Qld), at their annual Spring Mountain Challenge horse enduro.  WICEN personnel will be heading up early Saturday to set up the portable repeater.  Main frequency: 439.525 MHz (-5MHz) VK2RAV/4 portable repeater. Details of the ride are on the BERC website here http://www.bigcountryriders.com.au/springmountainchallenge.php

NEW DOWNLOADS PAGE

Look under the ‘FOR ANYONE’ menu tab, for a new SARC downloads page. Our first item is the definitive book by SARC life member John VK2JWA, of radiotelegraph and radiotelephone codes, prowords and abbreviations . Authors please note: contributions of original material are welcome for this page.

IMPORTANT:    NOTICE OF MEETING AND SPECIAL RESOLUTION

A general meeting of members will be held on Sunday June 11, at 1 pm, at the clubrooms, 412 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill, NSW 2480. The business of the meeting will be to vote on the following special resolution:

“That the club adopts a new constitution, circulated as the draft new constitution V.3.1 of 05-03-2017.” Moved:  Christopher Meagher  Seconded: Duncan Raymont

A 75% majority of members present and entitled to vote including any valid proxies, is required to pass the resolution. All members are requested to attend if possible, to ensure that there is a quorum for the meeting. Members who are unable to attend may appoint a proxy, using the form available here.

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

SARC MEMBERS TOP SCORE IN JOHN MOYLE FIELD DAY 2017

The results are in and SARC members have done it again, but even better this year, taking out 5 first places.

VK2QJ Graeme – 24 hour portable, single op, phone only, VHF

VK2FAAD Pat – 24 hour portable, single op, phone only, all bands

VK2ARL Rob – 24 hour home, all modes, all bands

VK2AGC Geoff – 24 hour home, all modes, VHF

VK2ACD Chris – 24 hour home, phone only, all bands

Congratulations!

SUCCESSFUL GIRARD S.F. HORSE ENDURO FOR WICEN NR

The last weekend in April saw a crew from WICEN Northern Rivers heading out to Girard State Forest, west of Drake. The weather was excellent, mild and overcast (unlike last year which was very cold with high winds). Riders numbers were down, about 70 in total, which made for a fairly easy-going exercise. We did have some problems with the 2m portable repeater getting its system befuddled, but a swap to 70cm brought comms back to normal. Participants were VK2DLR (controller) VK2AGC (technician) and VK2’s IXI, FOOD, ACD, OTA and LRB as radio operators.

Pics above – At checkpoint 2, Malcolm VK2OTA taking rider numbers, and Land Rover based field station of Chris VK2ACD, using Elecraft K3, dual band Diamond mobile whip  on bullbar, 4-element M2 yagi on 2m, vertical for 40m in a tree with 2 ground radials

2017 CALENDAR AND INFO BROCHURES AVAILABLE

Go here – SARC Forms and brochures

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 liaison. 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 100Km from Lismore, you qualify as a DX member at half the normal rate. Download a form for renewal/new membership here.

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.

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Simply send your email address to  moc.liamg@crs2kv with <please subscribe me> in the subject line.