Byron Bay repeater to be deactivated – postponed to Sunday 25th

Providing the weather is OK, the Byron Bay repeater will now be removed Sunday 25th April. The postponement is due to rain, the track on clay soil becomes very slippery. The crew will meet at the Federal shops enroute to the site. If you can help, be at the shops at 0830. You may have to leave your vehicle in the parking area across the road.

We have been fortunate to have had access for many years courtesy of the previous owner. However the land has been sold and we have to dismantle everything asap. A new site is yet to be found.

Woodburn repeater workday postponed

The workday for the repeater has been postponed, with the Byron repeater removal and enduros likely to take up most of the time and energy available at present.

Temporary shutdown Lismore 70cm repeater

Due to an equipment failure, the 70cm repeater on 439. MHz is out of action, awaiting a replacement. It seems the controller section of the Yaesu DR-1X repeater has failed; we will be installing a Unilab unit in its place.

Club Nets update

There is now an informal HF net on Fridays at 2000. This is on 3.604 MHz +/- QRM. all are welcome to participate.

The Thursday net will remain temporarily on the Woodburn 2 metre repeater, until the Lismore 6 metre repeater is operational again.

Coronavirus and SARC – March 2nd update

SARC clubrooms are open

Our clubrooms are open and operating under the NSW COVID-19 Safety Plan for community centres and halls. This plan currently requires us to operate under 2SQM per person and 1.5M social distancing rules. The 2SQM rule in theory allows the number of people occupying the clubrooms to double. However the practicalities of the layout of the clubrooms when considering 1.5M social distancing is limiting. With a membership that is largely drawn from age and health groups that are most vulnerable to the virus SARC will continue to take a conservative approach.

* If you’re unwell or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 – STAY AWAY.

* Record your contact tracing details at the front door.

* Sanitise your hands

* Maintain social distancing and stick to room numbers limits.

Numbers at the clubroom will be limited to ten in the main room plus two in each of the Radio room, Office and Kitchen at any time. Please keep 1.5 metres from everyone else as far as practical.