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WORKDAY – date change

To avoid a conflict with the Lighthouse Weekend, the SARCFEST prep. workday has been brought forward to Friday August 17.

LISMORE REPEATER – all systems are go

The Lismore repeater hut has a good set of batteries installed. Many thanks to VK2’s ZDR, DLR and ACD for this work. The system had been cutting out after dark, due to failure of the old batteries.

We are awaiting arrival from the USA of two new sets of Trojan T105RE batteries, which will bring total capacity to 500 ampere hours at 12 volts.. The ones now installed have been generously been loaned to us for the interim by Enirgi Power Storage, of Ballina,

Pic – shows the temporary set plus the new main fuse holder which has 2 x 100A HRC fuses, with quick disconnect by a pull=out handle.




Rob VK2ARL has made the new benches. The SDR and parrot repeater have been relocated to the main room. The batteries and solar system are in operation. We are looking at getting modern radios installed, possibly SDR transceivers with spectrum displays.

SARC gets highest score in Winter VHF/UHF Field Day

SARC members Graeme VK2QJ and Dave VK2CDG,  went to to Vista Point for the field day, operating as VK2SRC in the 24 hour multi-op portable category. The location is near Mt. Hyland, in the nature reserve of the same name, in the mountains west of Coffs Harbour, at an elevation over 1000m. Several club members also operated as home stations.

VK2SRC was the highest score in any category, with 81, 857 points, 212 QSO’s at an average distance of 187km.  As well, some club members were in the points – in the home all-band 24 hour section, Robert VK2BBR 1st, Pat VK2FAAD 3rd, Rod VK2TTL 6th.  Chris VK2ACD was 1st in the home single-band 24 hour, operating on 144MHz only.

Pic below – the set-up at the Vista Point lookout car park, with yagis from 6m to 23cm.








BOM BOM ENDURO – another SARC operation done

The Bom Bom horse enduro has been and gone. SARC provided rider logging through 2 checkpoints, with information transmitted to the station at ride base. We were short on personnel, but made it despite being very busy. At base was Duncan VK2DLR, at CP2 Roger VK2LRB and Paul VK2PMG and at CP1 Chris VK2ACD. We arrived about noon on Saturday and the CP operators camped out overnight, rising at 0400 Sunday for the first ride.  There were about 80 riders. It was cold overnight and very windy from mid-morning.  Pic below – Checkpoint 1 with Land Rover of VK2ACD in the background, with 4 element 2m yagi attached.


New 70cm repeaters down South

The Clarence Valley Amateur Radio Group have a new 70cm repeater at Mt Lofty (540m ASL), south west of Grafton near Nymboida 439.850MHz -5.0MHz with 123.0Hz access tone.

Also we have been advised that they have a DMR repeater, callsign VK2RCV, TX 435.9125  RX 434.9125. DMR = digital mobile radio, a system designed principally for government and commercial services. For more info go to http://vkdmr.info/


Download the calendar of events and important date here:  SARC Calendar2018 Version 1

WANT TO JOIN SARC or renew your membership?

*****Membership subs were due January 1****

The rate is $40 for membership in 2018 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  Membership + Information Form 2018

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. Make sure you add <your callsign or name – subs> to the transfer reference.

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