Rosebud Radio Fest

A few hardy members made the trip to the Rosebud Radio Fest this year and it was well worth while. A fantastic range of older gear was on display and there was a stand from Icom there as well. The hall was full of interesting people and radio gear The talks were excellent with Robert, VK3XP on QRM; Peter, VK3YE, on portable operation; and Tony VK3JED (from Bendigo) on the M17 digital mode for VHF and above. VK3XP finding power line noise VK3YE pedestrian mobile VK3JED on M17
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Meeting discusses Class Licensing implications

Saturday's meeting primarily discussed the ramifications of the proposal by ACMA to change the way Amateur radio operators are licensed from next year. The ACMA proposal combines a relatively minor change regarding higher power operation along with a fundamental change to licensing. We urge you to read the proposal and the draft response being prepared by the WIA. https://youtu.be/kEFLPiaCNpA Also if you're a member of the WIA, please complete the survey you should have been sent ...
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Quiet meeting during floods

The widespread rain this week in Victoria led to the club's planned JOTA activities being cancelled for this year. Not damp at all There were many stories of local flooding and road damage or closures. Joe, VK3MAB presented his Arduino based morse code device that can decode hand keyed morse and shows the characters both on an LCD display and via the serial port. Joe, VK3MAB, with a mix of new and old technology
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Speleology and an impressive transceiver

Graeme, VK3CDO gave the keynote presentation at Saturday's club meeting at Woodend. Modern AV equipment was used to good effect Graeme gave an excellent account of various caves he's explored and spoke enthusiastically about caves in Tasmania. Many of us did not know that a true hero was in our midst as we learned that Graeme had been urgently recruited to rescue a boy who had become trapped by a rock fall in a cave in Tasmania. A surgeon was taken along who was ready to amputat...
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Presentation by the ACMA

ACMA in Town! No, we weren’t in trouble, the club’s committee decided to invite a representative from ACMA to address a meeting and tell us the regulatory story from “their side of the fence”. Some publicity had been given to a clamp-down on some low quality equipment (including amateur) entering Australia, which was causing some unwanted interference. Mobile Phone Jammers However, the main jaw dropping part of the presentation was what we were told about illegal hand held units...
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Inspection of CFA Gisborne Incident Control Centre

During September 2011, MRARC members were made welcome at the newly constructed CFA Gisborne Incident Control Centre located in one of the few multi-story commercial buildings in the town. The ICC is a management facility for fighting large fires within the CFA Region and is a separate operation to that of the local Gisborne CFA Brigade which is located some streets away. Main Operation Area Our tour leader Ian, provided an interesting explanation as to how large fires are managed and ...
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Well attended AGM

It was a cold drizzly day but 20 members and 2 visitors attended and enjoyed a warm venue. Result of the elections: Office bearers: President Joe and Secretary Graeme start the AGM President, Joe VK3MABV/President, Graeme VK3CDOSecretary, Graeme VK3NETreasurer, Barry VK3BRT Ordinary committee members:Peter VK3PRCPeter VK3TPM (Webmaster)Hugo VK3HUGStephen VK3QD(Stephen has since resigned from the committee for personal reasons. We thank Stephen for his previous 3 years on committe...
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New station: “Shortwave Australia”

In the afternoons and evenings, listen out for a new shortwave broadcast station calling itself "Shortwave Australia". Transmitting from a site north of Bendigo, the station can be heard on 2310khz and 4835khz. 4835kHz Good reception here at Drummond, particularly on 4835. Chief Engineer, Dave, notes that reception is quite variable and often 4835 dies at dusk when 2310 might be better. Good reception is often available via the excellent KiwiSDR at Ironstone Range in South Australia...
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Aerial Construction techniques

Graeme VK3NE. From the archives: At the April 2011 meeting, Joe VK3GFA and Graeme VK3NE discussed and answered questions about construction techniques for both VHF and HF antennas. They displayed a range of examples. Some of members present, were aware of the so called “Plumbers Delight” construction, which made use of soldered copper water pipe to make VHF aerials. Joe took this approach one step further and demonstrated his “Electrician’s Delight” which made use of plastic electrical co...
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