The 2019 AHARS Buy and Sell will be held on Sunday 3rd November 2019 at the Marion RSL, 31-39 Norfolk Road, MARION.
FreeDV Global QSO Party at the Shack.
The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) have organised a major international event to expose more people to a digital voice mode FreeDV, which has the potential to provide noise free reception of weak signals where SSB would be hard to hear, on the weekend of the 27/28th April.
What is FreeDV?
FreeDV is an open source digital voice transmission mode developed for HF Amateur Radio by David VK5DGR. It is founded on open source principles with the Codec2 specification and code fully available to the Amateur Radio community at no charge.
Peter VK5APR has agreed to set up a station running FreeDV at the shack using the club callsign VK5BAR. All members are encouraged to come along and see this mode in action, or alternatively set up a FreeDV station at home and join the fun.
If you currently run digital modes eg FT8 then running FreeDV only requires downloading and configuring free software. Note that 2 soundcards are used. The 2nd soundcard may be a USB headset, audio dongle, USB radio interface eg SignaLink or in the case of modern transceivers the inbuilt USB interface, along with the computers inbuilt soundcard.
For a lot of info regarding this QSO party and getting and setting up FreeDV see the AREG homepage at https://www.areg.org.au/ .
The QSO Party is from 0030hrs Z 27/04/2019 to 0030hrsZ 28/04/2019 ie 1000hrs Saturday to 1000hrs Sunday ACST.
It is proposed that the shack would be open mid morning Saturday into the evening, and possibly on Sunday depending on interest shown.
Hope to hear you on air experimenting with an exciting, new digital voice mode designed from the ground up for communicating over difficult real world HF radio paths.
If you would like to take part in this event at the shack please email Peter (VK5APR) at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Peter onHome: 83525904 Mobile: 0419 965 904
We are having a working bee at the shack on this coming Saturday. We need to clean up the GG shed in preparation for the plasterer to commence work on the following Monday morning.
We will be dismantling / clearing away the shelving frames to give a clean floor that can be accessed, clearing out all the spider webs and any other assorted live stock we may find, and plugging the holes and flutes of the GI roof with rock-wool to prevent them coming back. A general clean of the dust and dirt will help as well.
I have a couple of volunteers already, but more will be needed, tools required are a broom(s) perhaps some with extended handles to get to the top of the walls and the apex of the roof area. We also have to disconnect the lighting and bundle the cables ready to be brought down through the new ceiling gyproc ready for the lamps to go back up. I will bring some flood lights and an extension cable as the power to the shed will be isolated before hand.
If you have a reasonably tall 'A' frame ladder, that would probably help with this exercise as well.
If you can lend a hand, then please drop me a line before Friday, so I have an idea of who is coming !
Regards & 73
Mob 0429 825 590
TO ALL AHARS' MEMBERS
In case you haven't been listening to our weekly broadcast (shame!):
Our next meeting, THURSDAY MARCH 21,
MEMBERS' BUY AND SELL
Deceased Estates Manager
This weekend is the special activation weekend to celebrate the 6th year anniversary of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.
There are now 17 different parks in S.A. being activated on Saturday, and 13 different parks being activated on Sunday.
If you do hear a VK5 park activator calling CQ, please give them a call. There is nothing you need to do. No requirement for a log or any paperwork. Just a simple case of picking up the microphone and saying g'day. Many of the activators will also be trying to qualify the park/s for the WWFF/VKFF program, so they will appreciate your call.
Tomorrow is your last chance to register. Please drop me an email if you intend to head out this weekend to activate a VK5 park.
Only those activators who register, will receive a special activation participation certificate.
4th February 2019
RE: ACMA Announcement on 1st of February regarding tender for Radio Amateur services.
Dear WIA member,
The WIA congratulates the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) in being selected by
the ACMA as the preferred provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination, callsign management and
associated services. See attachment for details of the ACMA announcement.
The WIA board views this as a watershed moment in the history of amateur radio in Australia. The expedient
delivery of these services by a skilled team backed by a sandstone university promises to deliver a robust,
cost-effective and efficient qualification service for the Australian amateur community.
It is the view of the WIA board and the WIA Education Group that anything other than a smooth transition to the
AMC will damage the already fragile amateur radio community. For this reason, the WIA and ACMA met in
October last year to begin planning for this potential eventuality. We are committed to ensuring that the WIA
does not cause any obstruction to this process.
The WIA National Office is in the process of transferring all callsign applications, assessments and other
activities that were in progress on Friday the 1st of January, 2019 to the ACMA.
The WIA sincerely thanks all WIA volunteers, assessors and learning facilitators that have been involved in the
previous examination systems over the past 20+ years for their incredible contribution to the hobby of amateur
There will be changes and uncertainty in the near term. To ensure a smooth transition and continuity of
services for this great hobby the WIA will work collaboratively with the AMC and trust you will as well.
It is the view of the WIA Board, the WIA education group and many members we have spoken to that the
transition to the AMC will allow the WIA to re-focus its resources on delivering all of the objects of Institute.
The WIA has a 100 year plus legacy of serving the amateur community. It will continue to do so into the future
with your support.
For those that are unaware, the objects for which the Institute was established are:
There are a number of exciting initiatives that are being delivered by the WIA:
few months. If you have a suggestion for a service or service improvement that you would like the WIA to
deliver, please email email@example.com
Until next time.
Wireless Institute of Australia
As you are probably aware the AHARS AGM is being held on Thursday the 21st of February (this month), this also means that membership renewals are now due. The cost has been kept at $20 for those that pay by the end of March and $25 after that, renewals can be paid at the AGM or by transfer to Direct deposit to the following:-
Acc Name: AHARS
BSB: 105 186
Acc no: 036 248 940
Please email the Treasurer with the details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Your membership status will be updated, this will ensure that you will continue to receive Club information and auction notices (new auctions will shortly be circulated), plus any other relevant notices.
There will be two speakers at the AGM, first will be Sasi VK5SN, who will give us a run down on the changes to the training regime now that the ACMA has selected the Australian Maritime College to handle the examinations and assessment process and how the current WIA assessors will be affected, this is important information for all. In consideration of Sasi's other duties as a maritime radio monitor, he will be allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting before the AGM commences so he may be released if required.
The second speaker will be Paul VK5PAS who will speak on how to drive the AHARS web site, this will commence after the completion of the AGM proceedings and the supper break as per normal.
Working Bees !
We are calling for volunteers to assist in completing the GG storage shed. This involves putting up the ceiling furring strips, insulating the roof area above the new ceiling, and lining the walls with insulation material. As the walls are already gyp-rocked, it is intended to remove the outer iron sheeting and old nails, put the insulation in and them Tek screw the sheeting back into position, this solves the problem of loose nails and sheets of iron in one operation.
If we get enough volunteers then this should not take very long to complete, so please come and help all of us.
Regards & 73
Mob 0429 825 590
At the AHARS AGM on 21/2/2019, Paul VK5PAS will be giving a quick presentation on the AHARS website.
TO ALL AHARS MEMBERS:
I sold a toroidal transformer to someone at the last Buy and Sell.
It was without the top metal cap, and rubber caps.
I have now found those parts.
If you'd like them, please let me know, and I'll arrange to get them to you.
Deceased Estate Manager, AHARS
The RAOTC broadcast will be relayed on Tuesday 4th at 8pm by Hans VK5YX on the VK5RAD repeater (7000).
This is being done to extend the coverage of the broadcast to those who are unable to listen to it at it's normal time and frequency. The broadcast is expected to go for about 40 - 50 minutes and I expect that Hans will want to do a call back after.
If you have listened to the broadcast, would you please call in with your callsign to Hans so he can get some idea of whom it reached, as per the WIA Sunday morning broadcast.
Thanking you in anticipation :
Barry VK5BW RAOTC #1551