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A cold weekend for the Field Day, but good scores

A club team headed out again to Vista Point on the weekend 22-23 June, for the Winter VHF/UHF field day. The location is on Chaelundi Road west of Dundurrabin, and at over 1000 metres altitude, the temperature fell to minus 4 on the Sunday morning.

The operators were Graeme VK2QJ, Pat VK2FAAD and David VK2CDG, working on 6m, 2m, 70cm and 23 cm. They report a good score, which was helped by 23cm contacts which have a 3.7X multiplier. Dave VK2ZDR worked Vista on 23cm with a hand-held, accumulating about 600 points per contact. Several other SARC members took part, including VK2JWA, ACD, ELH, SLM, OTA and FTAY.

The set-up at Vista Point

Another Bom Bom Success

Eight members travelled south on June 15th for the horse enduro in Bom Bom and Divines State Forests, south-east of Grafton..  Steve VK2ARS and Roger VK2LRB came down from the Tweed while David VK2IXI, Rob VK2ARL and Maeva VK2MWL came from Kyogle.  Paul VK2PMG and Duncan from the Lismore area with Chris VK2ACD from Woodburn.  Communications were established Saturday afternoon and worked flawlessly.  The 5m tall vertical mounted above the roof line of Rob and Maeva’s van served very well with the two checkpoints being able to operate at reduce power levels.  Noisy but workable communications could even be carried out using a hand held.

The start was 0400 and cold. Taking numbers in the dark from riders hurrying past and sending the information back to base makes the pre-dawn hours challenging.  Eventually the rush of the morning gives way to riders being spread all round the tracks.  This is the time when the riders focus on managing their horses fitness.  An overstressed horse means disqualification.  The final hour or so seems to drag as the last of the riders make their way back to base before the time limit expires.

Why do we do it? Mostly because it’s fun.  Partially because you’re challenged to provide communications in difficult or unusual situations.  And finally – for the good feeling that comes from volunteering your time and expertise to help nice people enjoy their chosen sport. (edited report from VK2DLR)

Rob and Maeva at base before dawn

SES looking for communication specialists from SARC

Representatives of SES and SARC met recently to discuss a new SES unit to be formed on the Northern Rivers.  Rather than SARC members being recruited as message handling radio operators, this unit is looking for members who want to increase their technical knowledge and put their skills to good use.  SARC endorses this new concept and asks that any interested members check the details at the links below. Some of our members who have seen the letter are very interested.  If you decide to join, please let SARC know and we’ll put you in touch with other like minded individuals so you can support each other. SARC will not be formally involved with the unit but will support our members who join SES.

More on SES Visit at SARC

During the SES visit, we were able to inspect the new SES ‘Cell on Wheels’ vehicle (COW for short. This is an IVECO 4WD light truck, with on-board diesel generator, clark mast, hydraulic lifting rig, various radios, and 4 complete repeater systems. Thanks to Peter VK2PF for organising this.

SES Northern rivers Region Co-ordinator Mark Somers shows the COW to Duncan VK2DLR, club president.

The COW’s number plate, very appropriate for ham radio.

Web SDR is now running

The SARC Web SDR is now running on 80 and 40 metres.

MEMBERSHIP – have you renewed?

The April 1 deadline for membership renewal has passed. If you were a member in 2018, but have not renewed, your membership is now cancelled, as required by the club constitution. To renew or join, check the information page –


The new system under the Australian Maritime College is up and running. Information on our courses will be posted as soon as it is available.

For info on the college, see the website at http://www.amc.edu.au/industry/amateur-radio



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