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Want to visit Ballina Marine Rescue?

Thanks to Bernie VK2WJ SARC members have been invited to tour the Marine Rescue building at Ballina.
When: Saturday 23rd September at 1400 outside the Ballina Marine Rescue building. Sensible footwear is
We’ll assemble in the garage for a short briefing and sign in as visitors.
Have a look at the antennas, from ground level only (unfortunately).
Then take the lift or stairs to the Training Room on level 1 for short explanation of the history and role of the
Move to level 2 and look at radio facilities and operations.
The tour will probably take about an hour to an hour and a half and the lift makes access easy for everyone.
Please e-mail *protected email* if you’re coming so we’re a rough idea of the numbers.
Wear your club shirt or logo if possible.
Don’t forget that Marine Rescue is another volunteer service that relies on public donations.
Think generously when you spot their gold coin donation bucket.


About 50 people took advantage of a clear blue sky to come along to SARC’s “Show, Tell & Sell” day.  Our good friends from the Clarence Valley were there in strength as were our northern neighbours from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The day was promoted as a chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and have a good yarn. No repeater time outs, no band fades but a good bit of QRM from everyone else having a good time. With the telling part of the day being handled by everyone; the showing part consisted largely of two digital stations set up to talk to each other.
Chris VK2ACD, Paul VK2PMG and Duncan VK2DLR sat down with curious individuals and gave them some insight into how the stations operated. Nothing beats face to face, hands on learning when it comes to the mix of hardware and software available today. Dave VK2ZDR showed just how small and economical a Raspberry Pi can be a computer system. A handful of people doing the telling and a handful were doing the selling. The star seller had to be Darren VK2AUX who kept things moving in SARC’s bargain basement.  Darren worked on the principle that the only way to make the basement floor visible was to keep the bargains rolling. Glad to see some of that stuff go to good homes because most of what’s left will head for the great e-waste trailer in the sky. The handful of private sellers in attendance seemed to have a good day also with a lot of gear changing hands.
Special thanks to Elizabeth “E2R” (Mrs. VK2DLR) and Lachlan VK2FOOD for superb catering that gave us the strength to talk a bit longer and take ‘just one more look’ at the goodies on display. A very good day out indeed. Our thanks to those tireless SARC members who work quietly in the background to make days like this happen. They are the magic that makes SARC special.
(de Duncan VK2DLR)


The winter VHF/UHF field day saw several members take part.

Leading the charge were Graeme VK2QJ and Pat VK2FAAD operating from the panoramic heights of Vista point.  Photo shows their set-up


Look under the ‘FOR ANYONE’ menu tab, for a new SARC downloads page. Our first item is the definitive book by SARC life member John VK2JWA, of radiotelegraph and radiotelephone codes, prowords and abbreviations . Authors please note: contributions of original material are welcome for this page.


Tune in Monday evening 2000 hrs to the Lismore repeater 146.800 (123 tone required). Net control Paul VK2PMG takes call-ins, then all QSY to another frequency and mode for the digital net.  We are now using the Woodburn repeater 147.250 for liaison. The net has been experimenting with a variety of modes, including those for text, images, forms and file transfer.

To take part or just listen (eg for F calls) you need to install suitable programs.  A very popular one with a wide variety of modes is FL-Digi, which is downloadable free from here.  For SSTV, we suggest using MMSSTV,  free download here. Another program the group has been using for sending images is Easypal, which is capable of excellent results under the right conditions. Download here.

You need some kind of computer to radio interface. This can be as simple as an audio cable from the radio to the computer, using the computer’s sound card. However, a dedicated interface is better, some new radios have this built in to the rig itself. The Tigertronics Signalink unit is probably the most popular interface on the market.

Also see the short introduction to fl-digi under the ‘technical stuff’ menu of this (SARC) website.


Membership subs are due January 1. The rate is $40 for membership in 2017 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 here.

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.

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Simply send your email address to  moc.liamg@crs2kv with <please subscribe me> in the subject line.