I hope this finds you happy & well & I am pleased to advise that the sequel and companion text to last year’s MF Down Under is currently @ the printer & is scheduled for launch/release at the 2017 Wireless Institute of Australia AGM on 20 May in Hahndorf, South Australia.
The covers of both productions set the scene and together the books provide almost 600 pages (586) of LF-MF amateur radio material for interested enthusiasts. This/these may represent the most comprehensive treatment of the amateur Low Bands ever assembled anywhere & the information contained therein is relevant to any enthusiasts irrespective of their geography.
This latest work embraces 242 x A4 pages, 15 chapters, 12 authors, has a travel weight of 700g (approx), lots & lots of resources, links, shared info, projects, hints, some VK commercial supplier information, Low Bands DX-peditions etc.
As was its predecessor, this is a not-for-profit production, with cost-neutrality being the selfish objective but providing another permanent legacy resource to the amateur radio fraternity as the primary goal.
Pre-release orders are being taken, with the book costs being AUD$48 for the first volume & AUD$36.50 for the new release. A $13.50 tracked 3kg postage satchel will accommodate either or both volumes intra-VK. Current international postage rates apply.
Interested parties may contact me, Doc/VK5BUG via email@example.com in the first instance.
Best wishes & 73 for now
On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April 2017, a special activation weekend will be held to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of the VK5 National & Conservation Parks Award.
If you hear a park activator, please giove them a call.
If you intend to activate a park that weekend, please drop an email to Paul VK5PAS at......
The Event – 7-9 April 2017
Antennapalooza 2017, hosted by the Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club will be held in South Gippsland this year. The venue is in Foster, right on the doorstep to the Wilsons Promontory National Park, as well as having three SOTA peaks within 10-40 minutes and three beautiful beaches, all suitable for portable operations. Come along and put a face to the callsign. Renew old friendships; test and compare stations and antennae and general enjoy a great weekend in a casual friendly environment. Come for a day or come for the weekend.
The theme is SOTA, Parks and portable operation. We also plan to demonstrate a stand-alone WSPR station. Our large campsite gives us the space needed to conduct real-time performance comparisons between several antenna types. See how your portable station measure up. Get some inspiration and ideas from others. This is a rare opportunity to perform tests not possible in a regular backyard setting.
Antennapalooza 2017 will be hosted on a large paddock about 3kms south of the township of Foster. Foster is a pleasant 2 hour drive from Melbourne. The paddock is large and provides good access to trees for antennas and plenty of space to spread out.
There will be a camp kitchen with BBQ, fresh drinking water and basic cleaning up facilities. Portable toilets will be provided. Ample fire wood will be available and it is anticipated a large bonfire will provide a meeting point to enjoy a beer and exchange stories.
You can bring a tent, caravan or camper. There is plenty of room. For those wanting a little more comfort, Foster has two motels and a few guest houses nearby.
We are still firming up the details, but expect some great presentations on portable operations, war stories from the field and of course, many will setup their portable stations to showcase what they use in the field. Each afternoon there will be some presentations. Mornings could include a to activate the National Park, a SOTA peak or try their hand operating on the beautiful local beaches. Sandy Point provides vehicle access to the beach….
A presentation pavilion will be setup with a projector for the more formal presentations.
search Antennapalooza on google to see videos from previous events
Mark the dates in your calendar. The venue will be available for those wishing to make a full weekend from lunchtime on Friday 7th April, and we ask everyone to be out by lunchtime on Monday 10th April.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris. ( firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0429 187 593). If you have a name badge with a callsign on it, remember to bring it along.
Call for Presentations
If you would like to deliver a presentation please contact Chris. We ask that presentations be reasonably informal and limited to about 30 minutes. We’ll have a projector and screen if required, as well as a 240v generator. Or, you can make your presentation practical, in the field. Whilst the theme is SOTA, Parks and portable operation, please feel welcome to offer any topic that you feel would be interesting and well suited to the event. It might be a product demonstration or particular kit you have constructed.
To learn more about the event and keep up to date with the latest news please LIKE the GGREC Facebook page(Gippsland Gate Radio & Electronics Club) , or simply visit our website periodically.
About ten days before the event starts a full 'Antennapalooza Event Guide' will be available for download from the web site.
Noel VK5VT is now a Silent Key.
Noel passed away on 2nd March 2017, aged 96 years.
His Funeral Service will be conducted in the Florey Chapel, Centennial Park, Goodwood Road, Pasadena on WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017, commencing at 1.00 p. m.
At the conclusion of the Service the Cortege will proceed to the adjoining Cemetery for the Committal. Following the Committal, refreshments will be held in the Chapels Complex
I am writing to you and your club members to give you an update on preparations for the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) meeting. This meeting will be held at Hahndorf over the weekend on 19th to 21st May 2017.
The preparatory work for the event, prepared by a small group of amateurs representing most Adelaide Amateur Radio Clubs, in now complete and details, including registration, are available on the WIA web page....
A number of attendance packages are available. The minimum package isattending on Saturday, morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided for $45 together with a $15 administrative charge. Other additions available to participants include, attending a welcome and dinner on the Friday evening, a Saturday partners’ tour, gala dinner with guest speaker on Saturday evening and a final barbecue on Sunday evening with associated activities.
The theme for the weekend is Inspiring Leadership: the Future of AmateurRadio and Saturday afternoon will be set aside for a showcase of South Australian (SA) amateur innovation followed by a Question and Answer (Q&A) session. Underpinning the afternoon is the aim of having amateur radio, closely linked the Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts) and Mathematics (STE(A)M) project in schools and to bring out the ‘wow’ factor.
The afternoon will be chaired by a competent MC. Demonstrations related to each presentation will be provided at the Hahndorf Football Oval on Sunday afternoon.
All amateurs are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a member of the WIA to attend, but if you wish to vote at the AGM you will need to be a member. We have been encouraged by the bookings so far. However, places are still available and we urge South Australian amateurs to attend this unique event. This is the first such meeting held in South Australia.
The weekend will be a unique event in SA and unlikely to be repeated for many years. Please distribute this information this information to your members and we look forward to seeing many SA amateurs.
David Clegg, VK5KC
On behalf of the WIA AGM Organising Committee
26th February 2017