13th & 14th December 2008 - Foundation Licence Training.
This was conducted by Sasi VK5SN and Barry VK5BW at the Aviation Museum.
ALARA Christmas 2008.
Sunday 7th December 2008 - Christmas lunch.
This was held at the Mount Osmond Golf course clubrooms. Anout 400 people passed through the doors. As well as the usual bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates handed out to the lucky ticket holders, two double dinner passes were given away by the Mount Osmond management.
20th November 2008 - Construction night.
This was held at the Belair Comunity Centre. Construction guru Graham Dicker VK5ZFZ (aided by the Master’s Apprentice, Cameron), guided the club in the making of something very interesting but different, this year – a Van Der Graaf generator.
Two of our brightest sparks with their creations: Cameron VK5FCMD and John VK5UX.
Cameron VK5FCMD (left) and John VK5UX (right)
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18th November 2008 - Classic Adelaide.
A total of 17 AHARS members turned out to assist WICEN to ensure the success of the event.
9th November 2008 - Buy and Sell.
This was held on Sunday the 9th November 2008 at the Goodwood Community Centre.
About 400 eager amateurs crammed through the doors to take part. There were 50 tables occupied by second hand and commercial sellers and club display tables. ALARA and the North East Radio Club provided food and drink for all.
Icom launched their D-STAR repeater. Paul VK5FPAU won the HF mobile antenna donated by Bushcomm. Paul VK5PH won a 23cm grid back antenna donated by Radio Specialists. Yaesu Vertex presented Geoff VK3ACZ with an FT7800 and David Clegg won an Icom R5 scanner donated by Icom.
October 2008 - ALARA Meet South Africa.
Christine VK5CTY had the good fortune of attending this ALARA meet in South Africa.
25th & 26th October 2008 - Foundation licence training.
23rd October 2008 - South Australian RAOTC Annual lunch.
South Australian Radio Amateur Old Timers enjoyed their anual lunch at the Matrion Hotel on 23rd October. Thirty amateurs attended with the most senior being Darcy Hancock VK5RJ at 97 years, with Ray Deane VK5RK and Frank Holsetn VK5LK both 91.
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16th October 2008 - General meeting.
This took place at the Belair Community Centre. Air-Stream devotees Kim Hawtin and Karl Goetz gave an illustrated lecture on their other interest, the Air-Stream community area network (CAN or WAN). Air-Stream provides a network to its members and associated clubs, utilising 4 watts EIRP on the 2.4 and 5 GHz ISM bands, and consumer and commercial WiFi equipment, to its 80 active members.
The network is made up of a backbone network run by the network team - built from funds provided by membership and other funds raising activities - and members maintain parts of the network and provide access to all the members services and content on the network.
27th September 2008 - Visit to Sea Rescue Squadron.
About 25 AHARS members attended a most interesting and educational visit to the SA Sea Rescue Squadron.
Our own AHARS member, Sasi, VK5SN, is the radio guru for the organisation.
Our party was split into two, with Sasi taking one group, and Skipper Craig Wilson the other. We were shown Sea Rescue 1, a fine, modern boat, with all the conveniences of modern technology, including a bevy of marine radios, a Master-Slave GPS unit, depth sounder, and the like. We noted the proximity to each other of the various aerials on the boat, but were assured that they all worked well.
A look over the command radio van left us WICEN people drooling. Now – if only we had one of those!
This roomy (cavernous?) vehicle has its own generator, sink, and multiplicity of radios (including GRN). The Sea Rescue organisation has about 6 0 0 members, with about 150 operational members. The SA SRS is looking for volunteers to do radio shifts or become sea going operational members. The squadron also offers accredited courses in radio voice procedure (Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency, 27 MHz marine radio awareness session and SA-GRN user training), seamanship (SA boat operators licence), coastal navigation and first aid.
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September 2008 - ALARA meeting Tasmania.
A number of AHARS ladies attended the ALARA meet in Tasmania.
18th September 2008 - General meeting.
This took place at the Belair Community Centre. Club member, Sasi, VK5SN, took us on an illustrated adventure upon the seas, explaining the workings of the Sea Rescue Squadron, and its importance in creating a safe environment for small boat users, and also as an organisation which people can belong to and contribute to.
The importance of radio in maintaining the safety of those who go down to the sea in ships was well shown.
August 2008 - General meeting.
The WIA VK5 Broadcast: How it's Done and its History by Brian Roberts, VK5VI.
After supper there was a talk on Accuracy & Measurement of Power Mains ETSA v/s DDVM by Robin DeVore VK5ATT.
2nd August 2008 - Antenna construction workshop.
Construction of a 2m beam, hosted by Jim Tregellis VK5JST & Barry VK5ZBQ.
Thanks to Saint John's School at Belair for the use of their excellent workshop.
19th July 2008 - Mid Year dinner.
The Mid Year Dinner was held at the Mount Osmond Golf Course clubrooms. It was organised by Paul VK5PH and the WIA Advisory Board.
17th July 2008 - General meeting.
This was a display of members equipment.
The usual range of interesting and useful gear was paraded by its proud owners. From a handy automatic repeater timer to a 3 KW dummy load, the presentations for all items were received with enthusiasm by those present.
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July 2008 - Coopers Rally.
A number of AHARS members were radio operators in the Rally of South Australia in the Mount Crawford Forest.
12th & 13th July 2008 - Foundation licence training.
An assessment of six students was held on the second weekend of July. All passed.
June 2008 - General meeting.
This was held at the Blackwood Community Centre. Andrew Russell VK5ZUC delivered a presentation 'The Heart at Radio Frequencies.'
Andrew, a gifted speaker and scientist to boot, Andrew took us on a whirlwind tour of the many clever monitoring machines available to Modern Medicine. Perhaps an unintentional outcome of the talk was the understanding of just how much effort and science has to go into those machines, and hence an appreciation of why they cost so much.
May 2008 - General meeting.
Electromagnetic Radiation Hazards, Big Transmitters and Tall Towers by Arthur Weedon VK5AZY.
April 2008 - General meeting.
This was a special event to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of AHARS. A total of 75 AHARS members attended this evening. Graham VK5ZFZ delivered a presentation on Clever Valve Radio Receiver Design. This was followed by the cutting of the 25th anniversary cake.
Following supper, we had a short meeting, then the remainder of the celebration of the Quarter Century of the club.
Various displays were set up for members’ interest:
Club Archivist, Geoff Southby, brought along some old photos and club records for display. ;
Christine Taylor brought along some 1983 magazines and literature, and others brought old radio gear from about that era too.
Hans Smit read out a goodwill message from Marshall Emm, the first President of AHARS. Marshall (N1FN) now lives in Denver, Colorado.
The celebration was concluded by a slide show of the history of the club, from pre-AHARS time to the present.
March 2008 - John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
Unfortunately because of extreme temperature, AHARS cancelled their involvement this year in the John Moyle Memorial Field Day.
22nd February 2008 - AGM.
The following positions were filled: Club President John VK5EMI, Vice President Leigh VK5KLT, Treasurer Hans VK5YX, Secretary David VK5AMK, Committee Christine Taylor, Jim Tregellas and Graham Dicker.
The Denis Greig Award for the amateur of the year was presented this year to Christine VK5CTY in recognition of her role in publicising the club in AR magazine.
A presentation was also made by Geoff VK5TAW and his XYL in appreciation of the suppers the club has enjoyed throughout the year.
Tina VK5TMC spoke of the John Moyle Memorial Field Day soon to be held.
Paul VK5PH spoke on Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Exhibition.
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4th February 2008 - Presentation by Professor Mike Underhill.
A special talk on small antennas by Prof. Mike Underhill G3LHZ.
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19th January 2008 -Club Picnic, Bridgewater.
The annual BBQ was held at a different venue this year. The venue was pronounced a good choice. We went to a small green area created by one of the local service clubs, next door to the Bridgewater Mill.