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Work on renovations to the repeater hut commenced Tuesday 11th Sept, with removal of asbestos-cement sheeting from 2 walls and replacement with Hardiflex sheet. Painting has commenced, the chosen color is ‘Pale Eucalypt’ from the Colorbond range. Also a new cable tray has been fitted to the tower to give all feedlines convenient access tfrom the ladder.

The next task is to put in new footings near two corners where the bearers have rotted. The timber frame is being primed with an anti-fungal preservative. After that, the two remaining walls are to be re-sheeted, including a total replacement of the dilapidated door. Then is is on to the interior, with replacement of the masonite with Villaboard.

Thanks to VK2 – ACD,  ARD and KWW for the work so far. Pic shows Ross ARD suited up for the asbestos-cement removal, and the new cable tray.




The projects page features a new multi-band end-fed antenna project by VK4YE, here –  sarc projects


SARC members activated lighthouses at Cape Byron and Ballina, in fine weather. Pic below – the group at Cape Byron, camped outside the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Read the report here – ILLW cape byron 2018



SARCFEST  – a wet day , attendance down but big bargains

The BOM prediction turned out to be on target, with light rain early and getting gradually heavier. So attendance was down and there were no car boot sellers. Nevertheless the club sales were brisk with quite a lot of gear moved and some very good bargains were had. Great food as usual from the Raymont team.


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.








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

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