Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS; http://www.ahars.com.au/) will be conducting the next Foundation licence course and all levels of assessments on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of February 2020. Booking is essential. For further information please contact Sasi Nayar at email@example.com or by phone at 0417 858 547
Dear fellow Amateurs of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society Inc.
As you are all aware the AGM is coming up on the 20th February, and Phil has extensively made this known for the last 3 months on the Sunday broadcast and also with emails to our members. We have been soliciting for members to step up and take an interest in the running of the Club and inject some new ideas and drive into the Committee, but unfortunately so far we have only received a single nomination for one of the committee positions. This is a disappointing outcome in a Society of 164 members.
The committee is in an awkward position of potentially not having a President, due to the current constitution specifying that a member may only serve for a maximum of 3 years in that position. This is now causing problems as none of the current committee wish to take over the position, but the current incumbent is willing to continue, hence the reason for this proposed alteration.
This will allow the position to be filled until the next AGM, at which time any extended tenure will be again subject to the nomination process and election, it also continues with the highly desirable objective of refreshing the leadership of the society on a three yearly basis, and creates a workable compromise when there are insufficient nominations to hand for the President's position.
We also consider that anyone who thinks they would like to be considered for the position should become a committee person for the previous year to see how the system operates and become familiar with the workings of the Club. With a membership of 164 persons, I am somewhat dismayed at the lack of interest in stepping up and helping in the running of your society.
To this end, notice is hereby given that the next AGM on Feb 20th 2020, there will be a special general meetingbeing held prior to the AGM proceedings to consider this required constitutional change.
On behalf of the Committee Executive - Barry VK5BW
The two attachments are :-
1. AHARS-2020 draft constitution - the whole document including the amendment.
2. Proposed alteration of the Constitution for AHARS - just the section 6.2 of the Constitution in which the changes are to be made [ Para 6.2 b). ]
Regards & 73
Barry Williams VK5BW
Mob 0429 825 590
G'day folks, you should find a PDF file of a 2020 committee nomination form. 2019 is coming to a close and this means the AHARS GM will be on Thursday the 20th of February. We are looking for new blood on the committee. As I have served three years as President, according to our constitution, I must stand down and I will nominate for the position of Vice President. Please give some serious thought about standing for a position on the committee.
The January 2020 AHARS annual picnic will be at the Marion RSL. It will be on the 19th of January and the starting time is 10AM onwards. The committee has decided the picnic will be free to AHARS members but your partners and friend will have to pay $10.00 for the meal unless they are also members of AHARS. I am collecting names for the picnic so please send me an email with your name and call sign and the names of anyone else who is coming with you and indicate if they are also AHARS financial members.
While I am talking about finances, your subs for 2020 are due at or before the February AGM. The cost of membership is still $20.00 if paid before the end of March. After that date it will be $25.00. Please make sure we have a valid email address.
Cheers Phil Storr
PO Box 501 Modbury
South Australia 5092
Hello, from Shirley, VK5YL, Vice President of ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association. Our Association was formed in 1975 to encourage ladies into amateur radio, and to support and engage those who already had their call signs. This was at a time when there were few YL operators on the bands. (YL stands for YOUNG lady, no matter what age!)
Today ALARA has around 200 members, some of whom are from overseas and often sponsored into ALARA by Australian members. Many of these sponsored members, reciprocate by sponsoring VK ladies into sister organisations overseas. This way we are able to keep abreast of YL events world-wide.
ALARA publishes an excellent quarterly Newsletter which is distributed by post or email, whatever your preference. We also have a Certificated Award for the number of ALARA members worked, and an annual contest held on the last full weekend in August.
Every three years, as many of us as possible get together in person, at our ALARAmeet. This usually takes place over a four day weekend and is held in a different States each time, so that it gives us a chance to meet face to face, with the voices we may only have worked on air. Our next ALARAmeet will be in Bendigo Victoria, from 2nd to 5th October 2020 which is shaping up to be an exciting weekend.
We hold regular Nets every Monday night on either 80 meters (3.570 MHz) or on Echolink - a radio link via the computer with only licensed amateurs able to connect.
From time to time lunches are held in a number of States. In VK5 they are monthly and in VK3, bi-monthly. Other states meet irregularly.
If you are a YL who is considering getting your Foundation licence, or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced licence, ALARA now has a Grants Program, which will reimburse half the cost of the licence and examination fees, and, on top of this, ALARA will also give you one year’s free membership.
For more information on this, or any of the other subjects we’ve mentioned, please go to our website www.alara.org.au
Come join us for some fun radio times which are not always technical.
33 Shirley VK5YL
For 2019, we shifted the very successful AHARS Buy and Sell to the Marion RSL because of the restricted parking we were experiencing at the old venue. It was great success and we had three overseas visitors in 2019. From Austria we had Wolfgang OE4WOG and Hans OE2JOM, and from France we had Patrice FK8HA and his wife.
We only had three commercial vendors this year; from Melbourne we had Ross from Strictly Ham and Graham from RBL communications, the first time has made the journey to Adelaide. Another first appearance was Pat Cookson who is wishing to dispose of a stock of Jackson hardware including exquisite tuning capacitors and reduction drives. Pat and her late husband, Charles run Cookson controls who supply a vast range of spare parts for ovens, cook tops and all manner of kitchen hardware. Her husband had ordered a lot of Jackson hardware just before the Jackson factory in the UK burnt to the ground and now the stock they have may well be the last of many of these items left anywhere in the world. If you would like a list of the items, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 annual picnic was held at the Marion RSL and was a great success, so much so we have booked the venue again for 2020. It will be on the 19th of January and the starting time is 10AM onwards. The committee has decided the picnic will be free to AHARS members but your partner and friends will have to pay $10.00 for the meal unless they are also members of AHARS. The treasurer, Pat is collecting names for the picnic so please send her an email with your name and call sign and the names of anyone else who is coming with you and indicate if they are also AHARS financial members. Pat’s email address is email@example.com
While I am talking about finances, your subs for 2020 are due at or before the February AGM. The cost of membership is still $20.00 if paid before the end of March. After that date it will be $25.00. Blackwood RSL lunches on second Fridays, the last one for 2019 will be the 27th of December, yes two days after Christmas. Then in 2020, the lunches will be January the 10th and the 24th, February 14th and the 28th. No more shack mornings for 2019. The 2020 January shack mornings on the second and the fourth Saturday will be 11th and the 25th and in February the dates will be the 8th and the 15th. Best wishes for a safe and happy silly season and 2020.
Phil Storr, VK5SRP.
Here is the AHARS Christmas newsletter.
Time is running out to book for the AHARS Christmas lunch on the 24th of November at the Belair Hotel.
The price is $25.00 per person.
Choice from four main courses:
Free range chicken schnitzel with Italian herb crumb, chips, garden salad and sauce of your choice.
Beer battered blue cod with tartare, chips, garden salad.
Roast turkey with pumpkin, carrot, green beans, potatoes, Yorkshire, gravy, cranberry sauce (Gluten free).
Eggplant parmigiana with buffalo mozzarella, tomato ragout, parmesan, fresh basil (V).
Steamed Christmas pudding, brandy anglaise, cream, fresh cherries
Also gluten free choice but we need to know a week before the event if you require this option.
The meal is $25.00 per person.
This years AHARS buy and Sell, will be on Sunday the 3rd of November and this year it is being held at the Marion RSL, Norfolk Road Marion. We have sold all the tables we have available.
Buyers are $5.00 entry and get two raffle tickets for the door prises. Commercial sellers are $10.00 a table unless they donate a door prise, and they will receive food vouchers. Clubs can book one
table for free.
Sellers will have to wear a sellers RED wrist band and buyers will receive a buyers YELLOW wrist band. No wrist bands, no entry to the sales area.
I am looking for volunteers to help setup the venue on Saturday the second, and to say behind on Sunday the third to help clean up. Please take away all the stuff you do not sell at the Buy and Sell and the boxes and packaging you bring your stuff in. I envision we should start packing up by 2.00 PM on Sunday.
Ross is bringing the Strictly Ham shop over again this year and he has asked for six tables. We also have two new vendors this year, Pat Cookson who is wishing to dispose of a stock of Jackson hardware including exquisite tuning capacitors and reduction drives. She will also be bringing a selection of Hammond stock.
The second new vendor is Graham, VK3GL from RPL Communications in Melbourne. He specialises in the supply of antennas, cables, adaptors of all sorts and various types of Coaxial cable. He also stocks high end SWR and Power meters. He is donating a Door Prize, a Dual band Antenna. You can visit his web site at www.rlpcomms.com.au and pre order something that takes your fancy.
We have been offered entry to the halls from 1.00 PM on Saturday, the second of November and this will take some of the pressure off the mad rush on Sunday morning.
On Sunday the 3rd, sellers can enter the RSL hall from 7.00 AM to setup and the door will be open for buyers from 9.30 AM on the Sunday morning. The RSL are catering for the event and we will have bacon and egg roles for breakfast, 8.00AM to 10.00 AM @ $5 a serve, coffee and cake from 10.AM @ $3.00 and a lunch time sausage sizzle @ $2.50 each serve from 12 noon. The bar will be
open for soft drinks and something harder if you wish.
Cheers Phil Storr
G'day folks, we have a new vendor who has just signed on for the Buy and Sell.
"We will be offering some Hamfest discounts on AVAIR SWR meters on the day. We carry a wide range of RF adapters etc - all the stuff you can’t get at your local electronic store."
Cheers Phil Storr
G'day folks, it is that time of the year again, the grass has grown out of control at the shack site and needs to be cleared to keep down the fire risk. Instead of a Techo session on the 26th of October we will have a cleanup day and we need all the helpers we can muster with brush cutters, mowers and other garden tools. We will put on a BBQ lunch to reward our helpers on the day.
Cheers Phil Storr