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WELCOME TO SARC      The LATEST NEWS  

atomicANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  + WICEN   SUNDAY February 14th

At 1300 hours. Clubrooms will  be open from about 0900 hours for the WICEN meeting and training at 1000 hrs.  We are hoping to have a presentation on the use of SSTV in field operations.  Everyone is welcome to attend both of the meetings

Nominations for office-bearers are now open. Nomination forms can be downloaded here.

BYRON REPEATER MAINTENANCE DELAYED

Due to heavy rain, the vegetation clearance and maintenance has been delayed. Able-bodied persons are needed for the clearing. Stay tuned for info.

SUBS FOR 2016

Club member subs are due January 1. The rate is $40 for membership in 2016 ($20 for ‘DX’ members). Download a form for renewal/new membership here.

For full details of how to pay,

2016 CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE

You can now download the 2016 SARC calendar HERE.   (Includes WICEN NR dates and various ham events).

SUCCESSFUL FLY-IN

With good weather for the whole weekend (9-10 Jan), the Great Eastern Fly-In at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome was a big success. There were large crowds both days and the camping area was overflowing.  The highlight was the aerobatics by 2 Yak aircraft, performing amazing feats. (VK2ACD missed out by one number in the raffle to win a free flight in one of these aircraft.)

SARC set up the airband comms antenna at the runway and also recorded the traffic at the ‘Radio Room’ overlooking the main apron. We did a bit of promotion of amateur radio, but most of the people who came up to our spot on the verandah were looking to access the ATM which was next to us!  Nevertheless we completed our main task of assisting with the airband comms.

12 volt power was provided from the mini-bus of VK2ARD, which has solar panels, battery, regulator and charger.

fly-in pic 1 for web
Photo:  VK2PMG and VK2AGC at the monitoring station.

MORE THAN JUST A BAND-AID SOLUTION!

The club has received a generous donation of 2 top-quality first aid kits, from members David and Taya Straw. Pic below shows Duncan VK2DLR accepting the kits at the recent meeting / xmas gathering at the clubrooms. The tall white box is a commercial unit with modular bags for different types of injuries. The black box has been specially put together by for field use by Taya (who is a registered nurse).

dlr fdav taya with 1st aid

IRLP back on Mt. Nardi

The SARC IRLP 6220 is back on Mt Nardi 438.675 after re-build and testing. Reports received indicate that all is well and that audio quality is good. A few minor problems with Echolink and remote access seem to exist and are being investigated.

Please give it a severe thrashing and report any difficulties noted so that
they may be fixed (in time). (from Geoff VK2AGC)

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