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G'day All!

As per the winter schedule will kick in now so the net will be at 0930Z on 7051.2 followed by QSY to 3515 KHz. Tonight I will run the net as usual at 0830Z, announce the new schedule, then rerun the net at 0930Z.

73 & 77 de Peter VK4QC

Hi all,

For those learning to use the key and can read CW starting Monday week, i'll be listening from 7pm Monday to Friday on 3550 plus or minus QRM for 30 minutes writing up CW practice sessions, for those who wish to try there fists to see how your fists are going. Those interested in joining in are most welcome and this will give you the chance to overcome your fears. Every second Thursday I will not be available due to work comments. Speed is not the point, but to overcome your fears.

73 & 77 de Michael VK2CCW

Michael VK2CCW

80m CW Learners net by Michael VK2CCWMichael VK2CCW, 07 Apr 2017 09:28
0830Z CW Net
VK4QCVK4QC 05 Apr 2017 01:01
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » 0830Z CW Net

Hi All,

Propagation has been no good these last few days for short distance QSO's so if there are no check-ins within 5 mins we will QSY to 3515 Khz.

73 Peter VK4QC

0830Z CW Net by VK4QCVK4QC, 05 Apr 2017 01:01

Let's hope 7050 could some day become like this

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Watch this final transmission at EAC to understand this: there is nothing more SERIOUS than the FINAL transmission on 500kHz after almost 100 years but look how casual — walking around, smoking, chatting, and at the same time sending messages as such OPs lived and breathed CW every day as easy as chatting among friends

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

I've generally placed 'em into the re-cycle bin
most places, that I've tried to give 'em to - didn't want 'em.

maybe just placing 'em, in stealth mode .. ..

well, I'm just looking some activity - - any activity.
- on any part of any band.
coz there ain't that much about.

Re: Activity around 7030 by Peter VK6ISPeter VK6IS, 12 Mar 2017 10:48

All those that enjoy getting on the Sunday CW Net Also need to jojn in on volunteering

Posting about this here is not likely to get many results. The vast majority of those that take part in the CW net are not members of, and many of them don't even have a computer or email. You have a great opportunity during the CW net when you are NCS to ask stations if they would consider volunteering, when they check in. And at the end of the net make another announcement. But best chances are to ask directly when they check in.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Hi all,

All those that enjoy getting on the Sunday CW Net Also need to jojn in on volunteering. Looking at the current roster there is 3 stations on multiple times this month. This is unacceptable everyone that enjoys this net needs to help out and there is no excuse for not helping with another 8 volunteers the NCS only needs to work about once every three months or so. Its like I said once before its always the same that help out get left in the dark. Everybody wants the net to survive but no one, but the few do the net. I can tell you that I'm not going to be the NCS twice a month. This needs fixing as there are plenty of you out there that can help but don't want to. Come on guys be fair its not a hard thing to do, if I can do it so can others. You want the net to survive so help do your bit.

73 & 77 de Michael VK2CCW

Michael VK2CCW

Anyone notice the concentrated CW activity around 7030, all in a 3k band??
Bit like the bash!

73 es 77


Activity around 7030 by VK7MAVK7MA, 01 Mar 2017 07:24

Wow. Very Nice indeed. Great job George.
It sure has gone to a good home. I agree with Chris, well deserved!

73 es 77

That looks like a very precision piece of kit! Well done George and well deserved Lou.

Re: Brainteaser
VK5EEEVK5EEE 25 Feb 2017 04:31
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » Brainteaser

Nice one! I got all except UDA, and thus learned something! Similar to Morse, the one less behind it got the fame of the name: "It was invented in 1926 by Shintaro Uda of Tohoku Imperial University, Japan, and (with a lesser role played by his colleague) Hidetsugu Yagi." Thanks OM!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Brainteaser by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 25 Feb 2017 04:31

I'm with you on waiting rooms and more fortunate countries which will appreciate those magazines. One good place would be the Sahara DX Club in Algeria, they'd sure value those magazines. Any club that is organised and contactable. Otherwise waiting rooms is good and inexpensive, if the cost of sending, which is very high from Australia, is an issue.

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Re: Recycling radio magazines by VK5EEEVK5EEE, 25 Feb 2017 04:23

What a wonderful gift from George VK2DLF "for getting all the CW action going here in Australia" — THANK YOU George! It works a beauty! Lovely to look at, lovely to operate, and lovely sound no bounce, no scratchy dits!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

Brainteaser by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 25 Feb 2017 01:28
Re: Antenna
Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT 24 Feb 2017 22:44
in discussion Forums / General Discussion » Antenna

When I first started in radio with my novice licence, I was restricted on HF to 80, 15 and 10m (if I recall correctly). At first, I tried using a commercially made G5RV. That wasn’t very successful for a number of reasons. Then I tried a homebrew dipole for 15m. I used copper wire for the elements and a 1:1 balun fed with RG213 coax. I made my first DX contacts into Japan with that antenna and I fell in love with 15m!

I also wanted to use 80m, but after the failed experiments with the G5RV, I decided that a vertical was the way to go. I pestered my parents to buy me a Butternut HF6V for Christmas in 2000. I remember putting it together on Boxing Day and after that I spent most of my radio time on 80m. My brother’s bedroom was nearest to the antenna and he could always tell when I was on-air because his stereo system would be overdriven by RF!

Fast forward to now… I use an inverted vee fed with 300 ohm ladder line. The antenna is 100 feet long and tunes all bands, some better than others! The centre support is a Spiderbeam squid pole which has been in service for just over 10 years now. Being a telescoping fibreglass pole, it used to collapse in strong winds and part of it broke in a storm. To prevent it from collapsing, I installed small self-tapping screws in each of the joins and it has been faultless ever since.

For portable operations, I use a dipole for 40m with a feedline of RG174 coax. It has a 1:1 balun which was made from a kit produced by SOTABEAMS in the UK. I recently bought an MFJ-2286 telescopic HF whip for $100(US) from DX Engineering. It is 17 feet long when fully extended and collapses to 27 inches. It comes with a loading coil for use on 40m. I’m looking forward to trying it out on-air soon.

Re: Antenna by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 24 Feb 2017 22:44

One of the reasons I really enjoy getting my monthly copy of the RSGB Radcom magazine is the advertising material within its many pages of all things amateur radio. It’s great to see the products that are available, especially the Morse keys!

I can remember a time (not so long ago) when the WIA Amateur Radio magazine had many more advertisers than it currently does. There were ads from Andrews Communications, Strictly Ham, Harris Communications, ATRC, Dick Smith Electronics and others. Some of the retailers have sadly gone out of business, but there are new companies selling amateur radio and electronics products. Jaycar now advertises in the magazine, but a lot of their products leave much to be desired…

Nowadays there mainly seems to be the usual Icom and Yaesu glossy ads on the inside front cover and back cover of AR magazine. Is it a sign of the times, or simply apathy on behalf of the publications committee who do not actively seek out companies to advertise in the magazine?

What do you do with old (printed) radio magazines and club newsletters?

As a member of several radio organisations, I accumulate quite a number of publications each year. I could simply switch to electronic delivery where that facility exists, but I much prefer to get printed copies in the mail.

I could throw them in the recycling bin, and I have done that on occasions, but it does seem a pity to do that. So here are some alternatives. At the end of every year or so, I try to find them good homes. I advertise them on VK Classifieds, eBay or make direct contact with people I know that would appreciate them. If I offer them for sale, then the price I put on them is mainly just to cover the postage costs. I also clearly state their condition and supply a photo or two.

What else could be done with them? How about leaving a few radio magazines in the waiting room at your local dentist or GP? You never know, it may spark someone’s interest in the hobby. Or perhaps they could be donated to local schools and libraries, or sent overseas to radio clubs in less fortunate countries.

Recycling radio magazines by Chris VK1CTChris VK1CT, 24 Feb 2017 04:50

Indeed, 5W CW is equal to around 100W or more on SSB! Well done and a good reminder for some of us to get /P!

77 de Lou, VK5EEE

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