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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Meeting at Woodend RSL, 10am Saturday 17th September 2022

Hi Everybody, This Saturday is the next club get together. Time: 1000 HrsVenue: Woodend RSL. Guest speaker this month is club member Graeme VK3CDO.Graeme used to be involved in cave exploration and has prepared an illustrated talk about his exploits. After the meeting some members have lunch at one of the local cafes. Regards,Graeme VK3NE,Secretary, MRARC. PS: Please don't park on the grass near the RSL. People have complained and also you might get bogged.
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Coffee morning 7th Sept 2022 at Bullengarook

Hi Everyone, The Wednesday coffee morning is this Wednesday. There will be an alternate venue this month. We will meet at the Bullengarook CFA station in Bullengarook. To get there travel past the Gisborne CFA heading west and continue for 7 KM.The Bullengarook station is the first building on the left in Bullengarook just past the 80k sign. Time: 10am. We will return to Gisborne for the usual lunch. Regards,Graeme VK3NE.
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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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Coffee Morning, 7 Sept 2022 – Different venue

Hi All, The Gisborne CFA have the opportunity to accept a booking for 2 days next week. They have offered the Bullengarook CFA meeting room as an alternative. I have accepted this offer, subject to confirmation, on the clubs behalf and will confirm it if the committee is in favour of the change. Bullengarook fire station is 7 KM from the Gisborne station along the Bacchus Marsh Road. Regards,Graeme… Coffee will be on from 10am if confirmed.
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Radio exercise this Sunday

Hi to all central Victorian based radio amateurs (and all others who may be taking an interest in our setting up of a “Radio Watch” in our shire).Our Castlemaine coffee morning will take place as usual on the last Sunday of the month - 28 August 2022. Then, from 2 pm to 4 pm, we will have an “activity day” which is a radio event where the object is to contact as many other radio stations as possible. We will use the VK3RCV repeater and 146.550MHz simplex (moving off if you want to chat lo...
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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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Coffee Morning & Net 3-Aug-22

Hi Everyone, Here some entries for your diaries: Wednesday 3 Aug 22.Coffee morning. 1000 hrs at the Gisborne CFA.VHF Net, 2000hrs on VK3RMMHF Net, 2030 hrs on 80M, 3.685Mhz. Saturday 20 Aug 22.The club AGM is this month. There will be a light luncheon provided after the meeting. Graeme will put out the official notice for the meeting soon. Regards,Graeme VK3NE.
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