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SARC will be assisting Jackadgery and Clarence Endurance Riders Inc. with communications for their horse enduro in Bom Bom and Divines State Forests, southeast of Grafton on 16-17 June.  Personnel will be on site Saturday afternoon, with the first ride getting away at 0400 Sunday. If you want to try hearing us, the main frequency will be 146.500 FM simplex. We may also be on repeater VK2RCV en route, once out of range of SARC repeaters.

SARC at Vista Point for Winter VHF/UHF Field day

SARC members led by Graeme, VK2QJ, will be heading off to Vista Point for the field day, operating on 6m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm bands, as VK2SRC portable. The event runs for 24 hours, from noon 23June  to noon 24th. It will likely be a chilly experience at a tad over 1000m at the lookout.

The grid square is QF69FU, the location is near Mt. Hyland, in the nature reserve of the same name, in the mountains west of . Go to this website for info on the area. Contacts on VHF should be fairly easy from the Casino/Lismore region as there is a reasonably clear path.

Please contact them if you can, to help with the points tally. This will be the first time SARC has done a club operation in this event. Also several club members will be operating as home stations.

Download the frequencies here (text file) – VK2SRC-portable freqs.   Download the rules here (pdf file) –2018 Winter VHF-UHF Field Day Rules

CLUB SHACK REVAMP – Web SDR and Parrot Repeater unavailable

Plans are afoot to re-organise the club shack. This will involve having two seperate areas for HF and V/UHF, with new benches, wall lining and re-arrangment of 12V and 240V power. In the meantime, the Parrot Repeater has been turned off and the WebSDR system is being relocated and will have tests done to resolve some lingering issues with drop-outs.


At the committee meeting Sunday 13/5, it was decided to hold regular workdays at the clubrooms, to attack the backlog of jobs.  At the workday on Sunday 27/5, a large amount of softwood that had been attacked by termites, was removed from the ceiling and burnt.  Also a quantity of cable, odds and ends and old AR magazines were sorted and a fair bit packed up for recycling. Thanks to those workers who put in a solid effort through to nearly 5pm.

There is more to do. The next workday will be on Sunday June 24, put back a week to avoid the Bom Bom enduro. Work will either be at the clubrooms or repeater sites, depending on weather conditions.

Pic shows Paul VK2PMG, Rob VK2ARL on ladder, and Dave VK2ZDR (lowering waste in bucket).


Seven SARC members ventured north on the weekend of 19-20 May, for the Spring Mountain Challenge horse enduro, in the forest reserve west of Browns Plains. Again we used 2m simplex, and comms were excellent using yagis at base and the most remote checkpoint. The only mishap to occur was when a horse and rider parted company, later to be found and reunited.  It was a very long drive for a one-day event – it may be that SARC will not undertake this one in the future. (pics yet to come)


WICEN NR members completed another endurance horse riding event, over the fine, cool weekend  of May 5-6, assisting the Tenterfield Endurance Riders’ Club. This time we used 2 meter simplex, and despite some signal fading, all the traffic was logged, with no horse problems.

Photo: Traffic at Girard checkpoint 1, with Chris VK2ACD taking rider numbers. Pic by Kris VK2KWW.

New 70cm repeater 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


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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