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Subj: VK7 Amateur Radio News 17Feb19
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FOR SUNDAY 17 February 2019

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Welcome to the VK7 Amateur Radio News for the 17th of February 2019. This broadcast is brought to you by VK7WI, and read today by Justin, VK7TW.

This broadcast utilises repeaters around VK7 and the following HF rebroadcast stations:

On 3.670 MHz by Ross, VK7ALH

On 7.140 MHz by Mike, VK7FB

On 14.130 MHz by Garry, VK7JGD

On 28.525 MHz by Tony, VK7VKT

Australia wide on Talk Group 3809, user activated, VK7 News only from 0930 - 1000 by Clayton, VK7ZCR

This broadcast is repeated on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RTC in the South and VK7RAA in the North.
VK7 QSL News
QSL Update

Happy New Year to all. Just to let you know that this evening (Friday 8 Feb) I have received the first Major QSL Card delivery from WIA Headquarters.

Unfortunately not enough time to complete the sorting and listing of all cards received for today's broadcast.

So will publish the complete list soon. In the meantime I will send the list to the usual regional contacts who arrange for the delivery of cards in their area.

I expect to be up North soon so may drop cards off, at the usual locations, on my travels if time permits.

(73 de Herman WIA Manager VK7Inwards QSL Bureau)
Event NEWS
Meet The Voice 2019

The 2019 Meet the Voice gathering will be held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th March, with the main activities occurring on Sunday 24th. There is a slight change of venue this year. We will be based at the Ross Recreation Ground instead of the caravan park. All members of the ham community are welcome to attend and camping is available onsite. The cost for camping is $10 per person, and you will have access to ALL of life's luxuries, such as running water, a flushing toilet, and electricity, maybe even a shower!

Sunday's activities will begin at 10:30am, and are expected to conclude by 3:30pm. There will be a $5 per person entry fee, for which you will receive a raffle ticket. Further raffle tickets can be purchased if you want to boost your luck.

Anyone who wishes to donate a prize for our raffle are asked to contact Dani VK7FREQ via email vk7freq @ or by phone 0409232419.

We believe that we have exclusive use of the grounds for the weekend, so there will be plenty of space for outdoor activities, but we also have full access to the clubrooms should the weather be uncooperative.

Meet the Voice, 23-24 March at the Ross Recreation Grounds. Enquiries to Dani vk7freq @ or 0409232419.


The fist gathering of the group is going ahead on March 2nd starting at 2pm. Anyone that is radio minded is welcome to visit. Drop in is from 2 until 5 pm and you dont have to be a member of a club. It is a non-club thing for amateurs in general, from anywhere, and their partners, to meet and chat. It is hoped it is successful and will therefore continue. If you have anything to show in the way of a project or subject to discuss it will be welcome.

Location is the Penguin Sports Centre, Ironcliffe Road, Penguin.

It would be appreciated if you could supply a small plate of goodies for afternoon tea. I will supply Tea and Coffee.

It is planned for us to monitor channel 50 - 2mtrs to give directions to anyone requiring them.

My phone is 0417 392 583. If you have any questions.

Cheers from Shirley, VK7HSC

North West Tas. Radio & TV Group (NWTR&TVG)
NWTR&TVG Meetings

The Club AGM held Saturday 2nd. February has resulted in several changes to the Club Executive for 2019.

Results from the nominations are:-

President - Shirley Hardstaff VK7HSC, Vice-President - Steven Lloyd VK7LA, Secretary - Georgie Lloyd VK7FGJL, Treasurer - Eric Van Der Neut VK7EV and Executive - Kirsty Williams VK7FKKK.

It was great to see one of our recent students take on one of the positions.

Congratulations to all & we trust you will enjoy your tenure.

It was voted to retain all levels of membership subscriptions the same for 2019.

Membership Subscriptions now Due.

Members are also advised that Membership Subscriptions for 2019 are now due as of 1st. Jan. 2019.

The appropriate reminder has been forwarded by email or posted to all members recently,including the Renewal Forms (Regular & Student) for 2019.

Members are asked to return the renewal form along with the

appropriate payment, to the Club Membership Officer at their earliest convenience.

Thank you to those members who have now renewed their membership for 2019.
Sheffield Horse Endurance Ride

The Club has been invited to again provide comms for the 2019 Sheffield Horse Endurance Ride.

Initially the Ride was scheduled for 16th. March. 2019, however other events are also to take place on that day.

Organizers have decided to change the date to 11th. May 2019.

We have 6-8 personal offering their assistance for the comms for this event.

One or two extra would be good, so if anyone is interested in helping out on 11th. May, please let Roger VK7ARN or Dave VK7DC know.

(73 until next time, Tony VK7AX - Club News Officer)
News from the North
SOTA and WWFF Parks and Reserves Group

Meeting times are from 10:30am on Monday and Friday At Glebe Gardens Cafe, 166 Henry St, Launceston.

For more details contact Al on Mobile: 0417 354 410.

73, Al, VK7AN
BBQ at Lilydale Falls.

As most Amateurs in the North will be aware, it is traditional to have a BBQ in early Autumn at Lilydale Falls. This year it will be held a little earlier, on Thursday 28th of February. Hopefully it will be a little warmer than in previous years. All interested Amateurs, radio enthusiasts, their families and friends are invited to attend. In recent years this has become a non-club event with attendees coming from all corners of the state and the occasional Main-lander. The event is timed to start about 4.00PM and cooking is generally underway by 5.00.

There are two free electric BBQs onsite sponsored by the council, but as the turn up is often well attended, it may be prudent to bring your own portable stove to prevent waiting or over-crowding. There are toilets and play equipment on site as well as a moderate amount of parking. The site is also frequented by tourists with their campers & motor-homes so early turn-up is suggested. Someone is usually about from 3.00PM, so come and have a chat or go for a walk to the falls before dinner. The area and surrounds are quite photogenic at this time of year. Bring your camera and capture the essence of rural Tassie while you are here. Please B.Y.O. everything, including chairs etc, and don't forget it can cool off rather quickly as the sun sets. Lilydale Falls Park is situated about 2 kilometres north of the town on the Lilydale main road "B81". Bring a few nibbles to share, a bottle of wine and enjoy the evening.

See you all there, Peter, VK7PL
Northern Tasmanian Amateur Radio Club Incorporated

We commence this week with a roundup of the NTARC Annual General Meeting held last Wednesday 13 February which saw an attendance of 30 voting members and 1 visitor.

Extensive reports by the President, Treasurer, each of the club activity leaders and the all-important Auditors statement were tabled and each well received by the membership, leaving all with the sense that 2018 had been another great year for NTARC.

The elections saw the return of Idris VK7ZIR as President, Peter VK7KPC as Vice President, Yvonne VK7FYMX as Secretary, André VK7ZAB as Treasurer, and Roslyn (no call sign) as committee member.

Yvonne VK7FYMX was appointed as our Public Officer. There was no nomination received for the position of Internal Auditor and the Committee will therefore need to appoint an auditor as an early task, as required by our clubs rules.

All the club activity co-ordinators were again appointed to their respective tasks; Tony VK7YBG as Northern Repeater Officer, David VK7JD continuing his role as Project Manager for Mt Arthur, with both being assisted by Paul VK7KPA and Andrew VK7DW as Assistant Repeater Officers. Further afield, Hayden VK7HH continues as our Repeater Officer (South), assisted by Michael VK7MRS.

We thank Peter VK7PD for agreeing to continue as our Education Officer. Peter will have some interesting times ahead until all is been sorted out with the Australian Maritime College now taking over as the examining agency for ACMA. Tony VK7YBG will continue on as the weekly WIA broadcast facilitator and IRLP Coordinator; Peter VK7KPC as our JOTA/JOTI Coordinator and Norm VK7KTN as our Safety Communications Coordinator, with Kevin VK7HKN continuing in the role as our QSL Coordinator.

The business of the meeting proceeded at a good pace, with the agenda completed by 2029hrs. President Idris therefore brought matters to a close and gave all a quick break to refresh their tea or coffee before opening the February General Meeting which was completed by 2157hours. This was followed as usual by what else a very heavily laden supper table which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Once again our lady members excelled themselves. The last members departed the club room and closing up about 2245 hours.

The minutes of the AGM and the General meeting will be posted on the NTARC Yahoo in the coming days. Once the members side of the NTARC website has been installed we will transfer documents across. Hopefully that will be quite soon.

Last Friday at coffee we had a visitor, Frank Richards who had been active on the amateur radio bands in times gone by. Frank has been having a clean out and dropped into the club room to hand over some items. One of those was an Icom 22A radio, which as all old-timers will know, was a real landmark in the early development of commercially manufactured FM transceivers for the 2 Meter amateur band and one that really help set Icom on the road to being the giant it is today. In light of this history, Franks radio will be set up in our small meeting hall and used to monitor our 2 meter repeater on VK7RAA. Many thanks Frank and we hope you will pop in occasionally and join us for tea or coffee.

2018 Membership fees – I know that I said I was going to do this in the week just gone by but that never happened, due to my need to attend to all paperwork required for the AGM. So, a final reminder notice will be sent out this week to those who havent as yet renewed their 2019 membership. Your membership for 2018 expired on 31 December and your name now appears on the membership register as an unfinancial member. It will remain as such on that register until renewed or until 30 June, when your name must be removed if your annual subscription remains unpaid at that date.

In the interim, a reminder that NTARCs 2019 membership fees are $30.00 for a Full voting member and $5 additional for each Family member that the voting member wishes to add to his or her primary membership.
Coming events

Technical sessions – Wednesday 20 March from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm Club room Archer Street, Rocherlea. These nights are proving very popular so why not pop in catch up with amateurs, bring along something that you are currently building or just ask questions. Endless tea and coffee along with biscuits is available for a small gold coin donation.

March general meeting - Saturday 9th will be a BBQ meeting. We are aware that this a long weekend but have decided to continue with the BBQ and meeting as planned. BBQ to commence at noon, cost $10.00 pp and this covers your lunch and afternoon tea. The meeting will follow at 2.00pm. As always we ask for donations of salads etc to share with others to accompany the meat and donations of cakes, slices and other delights would also be appreciated to share at afternoon tea.

Coffee mornings – A reminder that our twice-weekly coffee sessions are normally held every Monday and Friday commencing at 10.00 am and running through till about noon or longer if members want to linger longer.

Please remember that aside from the good company, freely offered philosophical views, maybe less than expert political analysis, tall tales and genuinely good fare on offer, these coffee events are normally a good opportunity to collect your QSL cards. At the moment we have some cards awaiting collection and I understand that those members have been advised accordingly.

Please demonstrate your appreciation of all the effort that goes into operating the club and its facilities and other services we provide by joining us at these sessions, enjoying the company, coffee and the cake and leaving a gold coin or two, or even a small bank note, in the jar to assist in our on-going operations.

A reminder to all members that if you have any items of news you would like added to the weekly roundup, then please email the following address 

	ntarc.emails @

As always I look forward to seeing you at Rocherlea.

(73, Yvonne VK7FYMX, Secretary NTARC Inc)
Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania
REAST Car Boot Sale - Next Week

Its on Again! REAST is having a radio and electronic car boot sale Sunday February 24th from 10am (right after the broadcast) through until 2pm. Like the last car boot sale, there are no fees associated with having a stand, so if you are looking at making some money, or if you are in the market for any items, this will be a great time to come on up!

We have already heard that there will be a few sellers on the day, but there may be many more who are just turning up! Please let us know if you are planning on selling to make sure we have something in next week's broadcast! just email to let us know.

This time around the BBQ will be a BYO affair, well supply the BBQ and you supply your lunch! We will have some sauce and soft drinks in the fridge though (soft drinks are a small fee).

We look forward to seeing you there!

(Sean, VK7FAZE, REAST President)
REAST Annual General Meeting - Today @ 11am

The REAST AGM and BBQ being held TODAY at the Queens Domain Clubroom , followed by a BBQ lunch being provided by the Association.

Most reports and minutes from the previous AGM can be found in the members area on the REAST website. Members are strongly encouraged to print their own copy of the reports to bring along, as there will be a few paper copies supplied on the day due to printing costs.

The BBQ will be supplied by REAST including sausages, hamburgers, bread and condiments. A small amount of vegetarian options will also be available.

Over the past 12 months, 3 positions have been vacant within the ex-officio roles:

    Clubroom Officer

    Presentations/Events Officer


If you feel that you can assist with any of these roles, I strongly encourage you to nominate at the AGM. Without people filling these roles, it is left to the committee to do what they can with the time they have to fill in these roles where possible.
REAST Member Packs

All member renewals have member packs that are available from the clubrooms for pickup. We strongly encourage members to pick these up at the AGM next week or the car boot sale the following week. Any packs left at the clubrooms after the car boot sale will be posted out and this can get expensive quickly!

If you cannot make it to the clubrooms to collect your member pack before the end of the month, but do still want to collect rather than post, please email 
	secretary @ by the end of the month.

(Ben VK7BEN, REAST Secretary)
Experimenter's Night Wrap-Up

From a slow start with just Ben VK7BEN and Justin VK7TW the night exploded with standing room only and lots happening.

We welcomed Ketaro who came along to see what we got up to. Ketaro is into CB and wanted to learn more about what the Experimenter's nights are about.

Kim VK7KB and Alan VK7KAJ were clutching recently acquired solar panel battery charge controllers that have been decommissioned from the Antarctic Division. The interesting thing is that Alan actually built these devices into the weather proof box completed with fuses and relays, when he was an employee at the AntDiv! Niece work Alan!

Scott VK7HSE called in to do some work on the RaspberryPi that controls the MMDVM modem on the DR-1X digital repeater. Scott also picked up a 23cm 19dB Yagi so we can expect a stronger 23cm signal from Scott for the QSO Parties.

John VK7FPJA bought along a Kenwood scanner handheld complete with about a one inch LCD screen for receiving analogue TV. The screen was faulty but I have no doubt John will get in and try and fix it. Good luck John.

David VK7FABE was beavering away on his tablet and was in deep conversation with Justin VK7TW about his vast commercial flying experience.

Scott VK7LXX came along with his very nice Ettus Research SDR in VNA mode and showed some recent programming using GNU radio to sweep an RF device and provide a VSWR plot. Scott showed a very nice integrated development environment that allows the embedding of images and text into the stream of the Python code to document what the code is doing. Scott also pointed us toward PothusWare which is like GNU Radio on steroids. Thanks Scott.

Justin VK7TW bought along one of his new HPSDR radios that now has a Russian band pass filter PCB installed and change over relay. Justin was having trouble with configuring the Open collector outputs and this was resolved during the night when he realised that due to the nature of an opera collector output the logic is in fact reversed! The configuration was reversed and magically everything came right! Justin was controlling the HPSDR with a PiHSPSDR control surface.

We get back underway this Wednesday night from 7:30pm.

See you there.

73, Justin, VK7TW
Regular VK7 gatherings and events over the coming months:
Regular gatherings:

SOTA Group – Monday and Friday Coffee Sessions from 10:30am at Glebe Gardens Cafe 166 Henry St, Launceston

NTARC - Monday and Friday Coffee Sessions from 10am, Technical Sessions on Wednesdays from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm in the clubrooms Archer Street, Rocherlea, Launceston.

REAST – Wednesday Afternoon Group meets from Noon and the Experimenters Nights from 1930 in the Queens Domain clubrooms.

REAST – MICROWAVE QSO Party – following after the Sunday broadcast on 1296.15 MHz FM.

VK7 – February 28th - Lilydale Falls BBQ

REAST - February 17th - AGM from 1100am

REAST - February 24th - Car Boot Sale from 10am

NORTH WEST - March 2nd - Chat and Show Group starting at 2pm

WIA – March 16 & 17th – John Moyle Memorial Field Day

VK7 - 23rd to 24th March - Meet The Voice at Ross

A reminder to those people rostered for next weeks broadcast:

Newsreader: VK7ZIR

Repeaters: REAST, NTARC and NWTR&TVG

80m: VK7JGD

40m: VK7ALH

20m: VK7TPE

10m: VK7VKT

DMR: Talk Group 3809 VK7ZCR


This broadcast is repeated on Tuesday night at 8:00pm on repeaters VK7RTC in the South and VK7RAA in the North.

Thanks to all people and organisations that assisted with this broadcast.


That concludes our VK7 Amateur Radio News Broadcast for this week.

Next week the National WIA news can be heard at 0900 followed by the VK7 Amateur Radio News at 0930 hours.

Items for the broadcast can be emailed to vk7arnews @

Further information about the broadcast can be found at the VK7 Amateur Radio News Groups.IO Group.

The deadline for items is 21:00 on Friday prior to the Sunday of the broadcast.

VK7WI is now closing but will reopen shortly for callbacks and relay reports. Callbacks will be taken on the frequency to which you are listening. Relay stations will use their own callsigns during the callback.

From the VK7 Amateur Radio News, it is 73 from Justin, VK7TW.

		(Posted to the packet network courtesy Tony VK7AX)

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