Good morning, this is Phil VK5SRP with news from the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.
We have started the lunches at the Blackwood RSL again and we had fifteen people attend our first lunch post the shut downs. It was just like old times, lots of chatter and catching up on the latest. The next lunch will be on the 14th of August so long as we do not have an outbreak like VK3 and VK2. If you wish to attend the lunch you will have to book with the RSL on 8278 6253 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can send me an email and I will book for you.
We have permission to use the shack for an assessment and training session on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of August. Please contact the Clubs training officer, Sasi, VK5SN by sending an e-mail to email@example.com and let him know that you wish to attend. He will send back a confirmation of what you require to bring along and any other information that you may need. UPGRADE exams are also held on the Sunday, again contact Sasi to book your self in for these.
Still no date for when we can start the shack coffee and technical mornings.
Barry VK5BW and Paul VK5PH are working on sourcing two Kiwi SDR’s and the other equipment we need to add two more, four channel remote receivers to Pauls very quiet receiving site. We still have to resolve the power supply limitations. He needs more solar cells, batteries and a radio quiet solar converter/battery charger. The KiwiSDR’s are in short supply so it may take some time to obtain them. I do know that AREG and NERC are also in the market for these.
We have two AHARS nets each week on the VK5RAD repeater, 147 MHz with a minus 600 KHz offset. The original Monday night net starting at 8.00 PM and what I am calling the Corona net on Thursday nights also starting at 8.00 PM.
Remember by joining in on the two metre nets you are exercising the social distancing we have to observe, we are two metre apart.
I have received some more information from the Mitcham Council about access to the hall and we should be able to start our General Meeting on the 17th of September. Last Sunday I said this was to be in November, sorry about that.
I have the 17th of September down on the calendar as the annual members Buy and Sell. This event will be limited to current financial members of AHARS. Keep an ear on the broadcasts and an eye on your AHARS emails. If the SA Corona status deteriorates like it has in much of the rest of VK land then we may have to reschedule this even, we will be looking at alternatives at the committee meeting next Wednesday.
We have cancelled this years Buy and Sell in November. I doubt if the borders will be open and our commercial vendors come from Victoria and so do some of our buyers. We will look at running one in the new year.
The AHARS web site has been shifted to Kern Internet, a local Adelaide based business but we are still having a few problems with the site, it did not transfer quite like it should.
We are still looking for a secretary so if you would like to fill that position please email me.
You can send me an email to VK5SRP@WIA.ORG.AU or a text message to 0428 835 621.
That’s all for this week, 73.
Cheers Phil Storr
PO Box 501 Modbury
South Australia 5092