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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.
A successful day was completed on July 15, with a big tidy up of the SARC lab and office room. The next one will be to prepare for the upcoming SARCfest.
WEB SDR and 6 metre repeater both up and running
The SARC web sdr is back on air, now back at the clubrooms, on 40 and 80 metres. Thanks to Rob and Ross.
Also after a long absence, the 6 metre Lismore repeater is back and working well – 53.550 MHz, -1 MHz TX offset.
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.
CLUB SHACK REVAMP – update
The re-organisation of the club shack is underway. The room has been almost completely stripped out, ready for a new arrangement which will involve having separate areas for HF and V/UHF, with new benches, wall lining and re-arrangement of 12V and 240V power.
Rob V2ARL is making the new benches, one already in place. We are looking at getting modern radios installed, possibly SDR transceivers with spectrum displays. More pics soon.
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/
WHAT’S ON AT SARC?
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