Welcome to Summerland Amateur Radio Club
Who are we?
We are primarily amateur radio enthusiasts. Full members are licenced amateur (“ham”) operators, with an offical callsign issued by the licencing authority of the country in which they operate. Associate members are non-licenced persons with an interest in radio and electronics. Ages range from school-age to old-age. There are as of November 2014, 61 financial members. Most come from the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, but we do have some ‘DX’ members from interstate and overseas.
Where are we ?
The clubrooms are at 414 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill, about a 10 minute drive east of Lismore. We use repeater sites near Lismore, Byron Bay and Woodburn.
The club services the North East corner of NSW, extending roughly south to Yamba and Grafton, north to Byron Bay, west to Tenterfield and east to the Pacific Ocean. A number of members come from outside this general region.
Informal gatherings on Sunday afternoons from about 1300 hrs. Committee Meetings are held on the second Sunday each month unless changed to avoid other events. The usual start time is 1300 hrs.
The club shack
At the Richmond Hill clubrooms we have a solar-powered radio room. As at November 2014, the “shack” is slowly being restored, following the theft last year of almost all the transceivers and associated equipment.
There are two antenna masts, one holds a multi-band beam, the other holds various verticals, HF dipoles and small beams.
What do we do ?
The club promotes and supports ham radio activity in the Northern Rivers region. We are affiliated with the Wireless Institute of Australia and a numbers of members are also active in WICEN. See the HISTORY page for background on the club origins. Repeaters are maintained on 6m, 2m, and 70cm. Most activity centres on the clubrooms at Richmond Hill, but there are also a number of field operations throughout the year. A highlight is participation in the John Moyle Field Day held annually in March. Regular nets on HF and VHF/UHF keep members in touch and may focus on particular topics of interest SARC also promotes ham radio by providing courses for those seeking to obtain or upgrade an ACMA licence. Apart from meetings, there are social and other activities such as the monthly chinese lunch “nosh-up” and the annual SARCFEST, where hams meet to buy and sell electronics, radio gear and assorted oddities.
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