Today you should have or will received an email from Barry VK5BW outlining what is happening with the JOTA event next weekend on the 17th of October. If you have some time to help, email Barry to let him know you would like to be involved. If you want to use your home station to contact the JOTA participants round Australia, Barry’s letter gives you an indication of the frequencies that will be used. We setup/fixed three antennas at the shack last weekend and these are 40, 30 and 20 Metres. Barry’s email is VK5BW@wia.org.au
Lunches at the Blackwood RSL are on the second and the fourth Friday of each month. The next lunch will be on the 23rd of October. The last Friday at the RSL was good with ten members attending. Numbers were down because ALARA has its Friday lunches at the Police club on the second Friday of the month. You can book for the lunch at the RSL on 8278 6253 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The RSL would like us to book for the Friday lunches a day or two before the actual day so they have an idea of how many will be attending.
Our next General Meeting will be on the 15th of October and it will be our 2020 show and tell. Look around you shack and shed for something interesting to show off on the night. We will have the projector and a computer setup and so you can bring your notes and diagrams for your demonstration along to show.
Our first general meeting after the Covid shut down on the 17th of September was a success and in spite of dreadful stormy weather, we had 26 people attend. We are hoping for double that number at the next general meetings.
The November meeting Brian, VK5VI, will present a presentation on the South East Radio Group linked repeater network. This will be interesting to many as it's a complex network with a lot of history. Soon it will extend its reach into Western Victoria.
Remember AHARS has no general meetings in December and January and we start off the new year with the AGM on 18th of February. We will still hold the RSL lunches and we may even be able to put on a technical session during this down time.
Lloyd Butler turns 96 in October and has decided it is time for him to retire and hand over maintenance of the club history records. If you would like to take over this important task please email me and I will send you the letter Lloyd has sent the committee.
At the recent committee meeting we decided not to have a Christmas Dinner this year but we will have the January picnic. If the weather is fine it will be held outside under the trees. I still have to confirm a date with the Marion RSL.
Paul the web master and his technical expert have both been unwell for some weeks and so no progress has been made on getting the web site fixed, keep an eye on these emails for now.
PO Box 501 Modbury
South Australia 5092
This coming weekend we are helping the Girl Guides by operating the Shack as VK5BAR for the JOTA weekend on Saturday 17th of October as per last couple of Sunday morning broadcasts. The attached list contains the frequencies to be used, both internationally and here in Australia.
We have been busy at the shack preparing for this event, repairs to antennas and the addition of a new 30m antenna as well, and cleaning up of the shack and surrounds thanks to several volunteers and regulars, this has been very much appreciated.
If you have some time to spare on Saturday, please keep and ear out for us, we will have quite a number of Guides coming through the shack to talk on the radios, we could probably use an extra operator or two to help out.
All COVID restrictions apply, so spacing needs to be observed and contacts lists will need to be kept as per the regulations, the GG leaders will be assisting in the chaperoning duties and running their own events in the main hall, with quite a few items such as simple Morse sessions and Semaphore exercises happening through the day.
Thanks to all who have helped !
Regards & 73
Mob 0429 825 590