Military medals including the Victoria Cross

At today's meeting, Graeme VK3CDO, gave a fascinating talk about military medals and ribbons. Graeme, VK3CDO, first got interested in the subject of medals and ribbons when he was fairly young and served in the Air Training Corps in the Air Force. When he did his NCOs course he had to do organisations, administrations, drill and many other subjects. Part of this was about rank and the badges that go with it. Also medals were covered. In talks to school kids, Graeme finds that they lis...
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Saturday Meeting, 15 June 2024

Hi Everyone, This Saturday is our June meeting. The presentation this month is by club member Graeme VK3CDO. Graeme will lead us through the history of the Victoria Cross. What is it for, how many have been awarded and many other interesting details. Lunch afterwards at one of the local cafes. When:  Saturday 15 June 2024.Venue:  Woodend RSL hall , Anslow Street, Woodend. Regards,Graeme VK3NE,Secretary, MRARC.
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Yaesu update from VKRadio & QMX case notes

At the Woodend meeting this month we were pleased to welcome Guy DeSimone, VK3GUY, who runs VK Radio Repairs and is our local authorised Yaesu Dealer and repair centre. Guy demonstrated an FT-710 transceiver working in to a remote tuned screwdriver antenna outside on the lawn. There was some discussion of the Australian dealer network and some common repairs that Guy deals with. At the time of our meeting the Dayton hamfest has just begun and only a few announcements of gear up...
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Moorabbin Hamfest a great show

A few club members made the trip to the Moorabbin Hamfest which was a terrific show this year. Loads of interesting radios, test equipment, connectors and books were on sale. As well as beautifully restored older gear there was a display of modern Yaesu equipment. Towards the end of the morning's show prices started to come down and some tables were giving away what was left. It's worth staying to the end. Thanks to the organisers for a well run Hamfest, we look forward to next yea...
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Saturday Meeting 18 May 2024

Hi Everybody, Early notice for the monthly meeting on 18 May. The Guest presenter is Guy VK3GUY. Guy has considerable experience in repairing electronic equipment and will pass on some interesting highlights. Date:    18 May 2024Venue: Woodend RSL, Anslow Street Woodend.Time:   10 am. Some members will have lunch after the meeting at one of the many cafes in Woodend. All are invited. Regards,Graeme VK3NE,Secretary, MRARC.
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Raspberry Pi Pico controlled coil winder

John, VK3JCB, showed his home-brew coil winder at the last show and tell meeting and we asked him for some more details on the project. Earlier this year I was given a cardboard box containing several hundred reed switches of varying sizes. Included in collection were a number of Comus GC-1513 switches. Just after receiving these switches, the February 2024 edition of Practical Wireless included an article detailing the construction of an antenna switching unit based around the use of...
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