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Sucessful Field Day for SARC, with new bands

The SARC team again headed to Vista Point QF69FU, for the Summer VHF/UHF Field Day, with Pat VK2FAAD, Dave, VK2CDG and Graeme VK2QJ operating as VK2SRC portable.

This time they added 13cm and 9cm to the band coverage, and will enter in the most competitive category – 24 hour portable all band.

On 13cm the longest contact was335km to VK4UH/p at Ocean View Lookout.
On 9cm the longest contact was 311km to VK4CZ/p at Gus Buetel Lookout.
Equipment used was a13cm SG-Labs transverter, modified 70w NEC amplifier, with 24db Gridpak.
and on 9cm, an SG-Labs transverter, Stealth 30w amplifier, with modified 24db Gridpak.

Several SARC members also took part as home stations. The pic below shows the 2021 set-up, note the grid pack antennas on the centre mast.

VK2SRC Portable shacks with a view, Vista Point, 1030m ASL.

Coronavirus and SARC – 20 December 2020 update

The situation remains volatile.

The latest Covid-19 virus outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney shows just how rapidly circumstances can change. At this moment (noon Sunday) SARC clubrooms can continue to operate under the 2SQM per person – 1.5M social distancing rules. This could change if the virus is brought into our area as an unwelcome ‘present’ over the holiday season. Remember that the population of parts of the North Coast treble at this time of year as families gather and visitors arrive to enjoy the delights of this wonderful area we call home.

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 one in each of the Radio room, Office and Kitchen at any time. Please keep 1.5 metres from everyone else as far as practical.

Take care and good luck to us all.

Duncan VK2DLR SARC President
20 December 2020.

Repeater news – Lismore temporarily down

The Lismore repeaters are currently down due to battery discharge during the current period of overcast weather. Please use the woodburn repeater instead.

Coronavirus and SARC – 22 November 2020 update – clubrooms are open

Our clubrooms are open and operating under the NSW COVID-19 Safety Plan for community centres and halls. These plans will change as State and local conditions change. Exams are conducted under the Tasmanian COVID-19 Safety Plan as required by the AMC. Both plans are similar – just different formats to suit the different States.

The key issue will be to stay safe and keep others safe.

Our membership is largely drawn from age and health groups that are most vulnerable to the virus. We can expect that until the majority of the population are immune outbreaks like those in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide will occur in other areas including the Northern Rivers of NSW.

*If you’re unwell or may have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 – STAYAWAY.

*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 one in each of the Radio room, Office and Kitchen at any time. Please keep 1.5 metres from everyone else as far as practical.

Hand sanitiser available. Use it on arrival, before and after touching anything else and on departure. We’ll be giving the place a sanitising clean before the meeting and afterwards. With the clubrooms empty during the week there’s little chance the virus will survive between meetings. Record your details in the attendance on the Record of Visitors at Premises sheet. It’s a condition of us being able to operate under our Covid-19 Safety Plan.

Use your radio or take advantage of our Zoom meetings to “keep in contact without contact”. Take care and good luck to us all.

Duncan VK2DLR SARC President 22 November 2020.