SARC will be operational for Field Day at Vista Point

This info from Graeme VK2QJ –

VK2SRC will be portable from Vista Point* the weekend of 15th & 16th January for the Summer VHF UHF Field Day.  We plan to set up Friday afternoon & should be available for testing on most bands Friday night.    The competition starts at 12.01# (see note below) Saturday, finishing 12:00 Sunday, contacts can be made on each band & repeat contacts once every two hour.    

David will be operating 6m 50.150 – 50.200 USB 52.150 FM on request  
Pat will be operating 2m  144.150 – 144.200 USB 146.500 – 146.550 FM 
David will also be operating 70cm 432.150 – 432.200 USB 439.000 – 439.050FM  
Graeme will be operating 23cm, 13cm & 9cm 1296.150-1296.200 USB, FM on request. 2400.100 & 2403.100 – 2403.200 USB 3398.100 – 3398.200 USB    
This event activation will be dedicated to the memory of long time SARC member VK2EA Leith Martin.
Hope to hear from you during the event, if you can spare a little time, give us a call & help make this a great & successful event for Leiths memory.

*Vista Point is at grid square QF69FU, west of Coffs Harbour, near Mt. Hyland

# NOTE – information from Roger Harrison, contest manager

As a mark of respect for Mike VK3AVV, I ask that participants observe one minute’s silence at the opening of the contest.
That is, across the Australian eastern states – VK1-2-3-4-5-7-8, it will commence at 0101 UTC. In VK6 it will commence at 0401 UTC.
Following the contest, would participants please send your logs to the WIA online log uploader in the usual way.

New repeater work commenced

Construction for the new SARC 2 metre repeater VK2RNR at Hogarth Range is underway. On Sunday Dec 20, Rob VK2ELH and Chris VK2ACD set out the tower base and slab reinforcement ready to pour concrete on Monday 21. It is hoped to have it operating in February 2022. ACMA has approved the callsign with the downlink frequency 147.050MHz, 600KHz positive offset, plus a 70cm band frequency for linking to the 2m Lismore repeater at Parrots Nest.

ROB VK2ELH tying reinforcement bars to the slab mesh. There are 3 deep holes for each tower leg attachment.

Vale Leith Martin

Several SARC members, along with family and friends, attended the memorial service for Leith, VK2EA on Wednesday 1 December, with many apologies from those unable to make it on the day. The eulogy was delivered by Duncan VK2DLR.

A wonderful photo sequence highlighted his family history and his breadth of experience, in the army, work, volunteering with the SES and WICEN, flying light aircraft and ham radio. Leith and Shirley lived in Grafton until he was appointed head of the Lismore Water Resources Commission office. They moved to high ground in Goonellabah in the 1960’s, where he set up his ham station and joined the Far Northern Radio Club, which had been established in 1959, later to become SARC.

Next commitee meeting January 2022, no Christmas party for 2021

Due to the education sessions being held in December as well as covid restrictions, there will not be another committee meeting until 16 Jan 2022, and there won’t be Christmas party.


SARC is looking for a treasurer. You would need basic ability with organising and reporting on club finances, no accounting software is involved.

Contact the committee if you are interested

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.