G'day folks, you should find a PDF file of a 2020 committee nomination form. 2019 is coming to a close and this means the AHARS GM will be on Thursday the 20th of February. We are looking for new blood on the committee. As I have served three years as President, according to our constitution, I must stand down and I will nominate for the position of Vice President. Please give some serious thought about standing for a position on the committee.
The January 2020 AHARS annual picnic will be at the Marion RSL. It will be on the 19th of January and the starting time is 10AM onwards. The committee has decided the picnic will be free to AHARS members but your partners and friend will have to pay $10.00 for the meal unless they are also members of AHARS. I am collecting names for the picnic so please send me an email with your name and call sign and the names of anyone else who is coming with you and indicate if they are also AHARS financial members.
While I am talking about finances, your subs for 2020 are due at or before the February AGM. The cost of membership is still $20.00 if paid before the end of March. After that date it will be $25.00. Please make sure we have a valid email address.
Cheers Phil Storr
PO Box 501 Modbury
South Australia 5092
Hello, from Shirley, VK5YL, Vice President of ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association. Our Association was formed in 1975 to encourage ladies into amateur radio, and to support and engage those who already had their call signs. This was at a time when there were few YL operators on the bands. (YL stands for YOUNG lady, no matter what age!)
Today ALARA has around 200 members, some of whom are from overseas and often sponsored into ALARA by Australian members. Many of these sponsored members, reciprocate by sponsoring VK ladies into sister organisations overseas. This way we are able to keep abreast of YL events world-wide.
ALARA publishes an excellent quarterly Newsletter which is distributed by post or email, whatever your preference. We also have a Certificated Award for the number of ALARA members worked, and an annual contest held on the last full weekend in August.
Every three years, as many of us as possible get together in person, at our ALARAmeet. This usually takes place over a four day weekend and is held in a different States each time, so that it gives us a chance to meet face to face, with the voices we may only have worked on air. Our next ALARAmeet will be in Bendigo Victoria, from 2nd to 5th October 2020 which is shaping up to be an exciting weekend.
We hold regular Nets every Monday night on either 80 meters (3.570 MHz) or on Echolink - a radio link via the computer with only licensed amateurs able to connect.
From time to time lunches are held in a number of States. In VK5 they are monthly and in VK3, bi-monthly. Other states meet irregularly.
If you are a YL who is considering getting your Foundation licence, or upgrading to a Standard or Advanced licence, ALARA now has a Grants Program, which will reimburse half the cost of the licence and examination fees, and, on top of this, ALARA will also give you one year’s free membership.
For more information on this, or any of the other subjects we’ve mentioned, please go to our website www.alara.org.au
Come join us for some fun radio times which are not always technical.
33 Shirley VK5YL
For 2019, we shifted the very successful AHARS Buy and Sell to the Marion RSL because of the restricted parking we were experiencing at the old venue. It was great success and we had three overseas visitors in 2019. From Austria we had Wolfgang OE4WOG and Hans OE2JOM, and from France we had Patrice FK8HA and his wife.
We only had three commercial vendors this year; from Melbourne we had Ross from Strictly Ham and Graham from RBL communications, the first time has made the journey to Adelaide. Another first appearance was Pat Cookson who is wishing to dispose of a stock of Jackson hardware including exquisite tuning capacitors and reduction drives. Pat and her late husband, Charles run Cookson controls who supply a vast range of spare parts for ovens, cook tops and all manner of kitchen hardware. Her husband had ordered a lot of Jackson hardware just before the Jackson factory in the UK burnt to the ground and now the stock they have may well be the last of many of these items left anywhere in the world. If you would like a list of the items, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 annual picnic was held at the Marion RSL and was a great success, so much so we have booked the venue again for 2020. It will be on the 19th of January and the starting time is 10AM onwards. The committee has decided the picnic will be free to AHARS members but your partner and friends will have to pay $10.00 for the meal unless they are also members of AHARS. The treasurer, Pat is collecting names for the picnic so please send her an email with your name and call sign and the names of anyone else who is coming with you and indicate if they are also AHARS financial members. Pat’s email address is email@example.com
While I am talking about finances, your subs for 2020 are due at or before the February AGM. The cost of membership is still $20.00 if paid before the end of March. After that date it will be $25.00. Blackwood RSL lunches on second Fridays, the last one for 2019 will be the 27th of December, yes two days after Christmas. Then in 2020, the lunches will be January the 10th and the 24th, February 14th and the 28th. No more shack mornings for 2019. The 2020 January shack mornings on the second and the fourth Saturday will be 11th and the 25th and in February the dates will be the 8th and the 15th. Best wishes for a safe and happy silly season and 2020.
Phil Storr, VK5SRP.