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Part 1 - NEWS Summary

News from Central Queensland
- Central Highlands ARC Theresa Creek Campout
- Central Highlands ARC AGM Weekend

News from North Queensland
- Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening soon
- TARC Communications Support with a Rally Date Change
- Cardwell Gathering October Long Weekend



News from the Naughty Lad
- Noels Nutty Campers




Part 2 - Whispers On The Ether
- nil this week



Part 3 - News Section



Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted
- Rock has the Heliax you need
- Rossco has the electronic keyer you have always wanted
- Jason has some neat callsign stickers available
- Ken has a radio package for sale




- Communications Support Events



TARC Services
- Book Book Book !
- Exams Service
- contacting theTARCinc



WICEN
- WICEN Net



Part 4 - http references
Part 5 - Regional Activities
Part 6 - NQ HF Propagation
Part 7 - VHF Net Callbacks


News from Central Queensland

- Central Highlands ARC Theresa Creek Campout
The Theresa Creek Campout will be happening from Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th June 2016
Theresa Creek Dam is located 22 km southwest of Clermont in Central Queensland, with bitumen access all the way
to the boat ramp plus 2 boat ramps to choose from.
This is the perfect dam for those that like swimming, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, or just relaxing and watching
time pass you by.
Theresa Creek Dam is well worth a visit, with a couple of toilet blocks, HOT showers, shaded picnic tables,
bins, BBQ’s, 6 x 6 camping shelters and plenty of spots to access the dam for land based anglers and red claw hunters.
Red claw crayfish are the main target species in the dam however; you can also chase Barramundi, Golden Perch,
Eel-Tailed Catfish, Sleepy Cod, Silver Perch and Bony Bream. Permits for fishing are required through DPI.
Sorry no EFTPOS as phone coverage is not real great. Pets welcome with strict rules.
NO powered sites as the site is a camping ground and - remember - the site is a glass free area.
Campfires are permitted. Camping fees are $15 per couple/per night kids free and there are no bookings,
first come first camped. Generators are permitted within specified hours.
The CHARC members usually camp as you first drive in on the right opposite the first set of toilet and shower blocks.
Happy Hour at 4pm!
BYO Food, Drinks and Water.
BYO Firewood for the camp fire.
If you are able to come along for a great weekend, let Helen/VK4FHEL know by email
[qrm] helenlwood [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
making sure to release the countermeasures first.



- Central Highlands ARC AGM Weekend
The famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend
will be happening at Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, approx 25km southwest of Emerald,
from 2pm Friday 23rd to 10am Sunday 25th September 2016.
Some hams and support crews will be staying a bit earlier or later at the fabulous lakeside
venue renown for a great climate, friendly management and buckets o redclaw for the catching.
The venue is just down the road from the impressive Fairbairn Dam and the local model aircraft
flight centre.
There will be great chances to catch up with hams and support crews from all over the country
who attend to get involved the only fundraising activity CHARC has to finance the licencing,
maintenance and expansion of the Central Highlands Linked Repeater System, analogue, digital and APRS.
Experience the raffles, gastronomic feed ups (with dessert) and the Mega-Auction held in the huge
camp kitchen shelter.
Get cracking and get your accommodation booking in now.
Visit www.lakemaraboonholidayvillage.com.au  on the interweb
or phone the friendly reception people on 07 49823677
and make sure you let CHARC Secretary Helen know you are attending on
email [qrm] vk4wch [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm]
or by sms on 0412038033
(being sure to release the counter-measures first)




- News from North Queensland

- Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening soon
If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region on Saturday July 2nd from 1pm and want to get
involved in a Foxhunt then Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you. You have until 29th June to get your
attendance numbers in for the Foxhunt. There will be activities for all family members to participate
in during the Foxhunt and things will end up with some in flight catering.
Foxhunt Base will be Area 2, Rossiter Park, Aitkenvale (where the TARC AGMs are held).
To cater for the event Tony needs to know your attendance numbers and you need to quiz
Tony further regarding details about the Foxhunt. Who do you have to call ?
Tony VK4TJS of course, on 47677137




- TARC Communications Support with Strand Swim

There is a full programme of Communications Support events that you can get involved with
and have some radio fun !

Sat 28 May            - TCAC Cardwell Rally Recce at Cardwell
Sun 29 May            - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 2 - Mount Stuart
Sat 18 to Sun 19 June        - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Plantings Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sat 25 and Sun 26 June        - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Bluewater
Sun 31 July            - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 3 - Mount Stuart
Fri 12 to Sun 14 August        - TCAC Cardwell Rally
Sat 20 and Sun 21 August    - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Full Moon Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 25 Sept             - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 4 - Mount Stuart


For those who are attending the Cardwell Rally 2016 - Heckler has invited operators to join him
at Cardwell for a guided tour of the rally special stage courses - your chance to get a sneak preview
of where all the start, flying finish and stop points are. Meet up at the Cardwell Sports Grounds at 9am
on Saturday May 28th.

Please note that due to the lack of Course Checker availability before the original date that it was going
to run the TCAC Hecklers Farewell Cardwell Rally has been postponed until Fri arvo 12th to Sun morn 14th August.

Some more details of these events -


Whitsunday Region Endurance Riders Association Inc Euri Gold Farm Endurance Rides.
All the rides happen on the verdant slopes of Euri Gold Farm, just out of Merinda
north of Bowen North Queensland.
You are able to camp out early at Ride Base from Thursday onwards.
The ride starts up on Friday afternoon and will mainly run into the evening.
Your chance to get out into some lovely countryside, set up camp with a portable station
or three and communicate in a relaxing fashion as the horsies and riders go by, day and night.
Hey Mackay and Bowen horsie operators - you can join in the fun too !
Canteen, hot water, bbq din din plus brekkie and mod cons available at Ride Base.
Fri 17th to Sun 19th June - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4IGM, VK4ME, VK4HSV
Fri 19th to Sun 21st August - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Harvest Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4IGM, VK4ME,

TCAC King Of The Hill Hillclimb on the Mount Stuart.
A chance to get out in the field and mix your radio with high speed organized autosports.
Operators needed to man the Start and Flying Finish positions on the Mount Stuart Road.
Safety and Time Control communications and your chance to get a CAMS Officials Licence.
7-30am start, a free burger or steak sandwich at lunchtime, finish by 3-30pm
Sunday 29th May - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda,
Sunday 31st July - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda,
Sunday 25th September - operators so far - VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4HSV,

Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity.
Your chance to make a real difference and show the youth of today how useful
Amateur Radio can be. Teams tracking and a chance to set up portable at a spot
you would not normally go to. Arrive at Nighthawk HQ around 3pm on Saturday,
then go to your checkpoint for a night of easy operating in the field tracking the progress
of Nighthawk teams, with some in-flight entertainment as you observe youth members try to impress
the Scout Leader judges with finesse in their activity.
Sat 25 and Sun 26 June 2016 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Bluewater area.
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4IGM, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4HSV, many more needed.

TCAC Rally
Play with radios out in the field to the sound of high performance machinery.
Scribe Start or Flying Finish times onto competitor time cards and relay safety, timing and
logistic info to and from Rally Control and points.
Operate at Rally Control or at a point out in the forests.
Primary comms VHF between points and Rally Control, UHF-CB between Start, Flying Finish and Stop
on each special stage.
Some time between competitor runs to play with HF amongst tall trees.
Start arriving on Friday afternoon, be at checkpoints with comm checks
completed by 9-45am Saturday, say hi to the 00 car from 10-30am, wave to the 0 car
from 11-30am and competition will start at 12pm with competitors completing 3 runs of the 3 special
stages during daylight, and 1 run of the 3 special stages at night with finish time around Saturday Night at 10pm.
Fri arvo 12 to Sun morn 14 August - TCAC Cardwell Rally - in the Cardwell and Kennedy State Forests
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4FABT, VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4HSV, many more needed !

Please contact Gavin/VK4ZZ either on mobile 0427182469 or on
email [qrm] vk4zz [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm] as soon as you can
figure if you can support any of these events.




- Cardwell Gathering October Long Weekend
The Cardwell Gathering will be taking place from Friday afternoon September 30th to
Monday morning October 3rd at the Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park.
This is a call to all Hams and support crews and anyone interested in taking up
the hobby of Amateur Radio to spend a long weekend in paradise
- meeting up with friends
- swap ideas
- catch up on new techniques
- build a new thingie
- cook up a masterpiece
- socialise
- engage in extreme loafing (a lost art form)
- visit the local attractions such as
   the Rainforest to Reef Info Centre
   Telegraph Museum
   nice cafes and restaurants
   the Jetty to view dugongs, turtles or Bruiser the Croc
   Coral Sea Memorial Park
   Forest Drive, Cardwell Lookout or the more challenging Dalrymple Gap
   Girringun Cultural Centre
- kill a fish or two
- mangle a Jesse's Famous Pie or three
- visit the Saturday Morning Markets at the Coral Sea Memorial Park
- engage in some group games for young and old
- do glorious battle in the famous North Vs South cricket match
- bend your mind to the fullest at Shazza's Trivia Challenge
- recycle some treasure at the famous Monster Auction.
- get some good buys at the bonus Deceased Estate Auction.
The Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park has a wide range of accommodation
choices from luxury ocean view villas, executive and standard motel rooms,
poolside cabins, powered and unpowered sites that can take from the biggest rig
down to the smallest swag. Find out more about the facilities and accommodation
options by surfing to http://www.cardwellbeachcomber.com.au
You can also contact the venue on telephone 07-4068550 or book on the
toll-free number 1800005633 .
The TARC Communications Van, Mop's Big Dome and the Big Tarps will be set up on Site 80.
Hope to see you at Cardwell beside the Sea.

Camping and Caravan accommodation for that long weekend will be starting
to get scarce !
Avoid dissapointment and book now !
More information at
http://tinyurl.com/cardwell-gathering



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News from the Naughty Lad
- Noels Nutty Campers
Noel VK4NL has been organising the famous and popular
Noels Nutty Campers weekends away for many years.

Interested in heading along to one of these funtastic weekends ?
Contact Noel via email
[qrm] vk4nlnoel [at] gmail [dot] com [qrm]
look at him on the web at http://vk4nl3.wix.com/noelsnuttycampers
on on the mobily 0413958216
to find out more !


Part 2 - Whispers On The Ether
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- nil this week

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- News Section
- Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted
Note - there has been an increase in operators discussing buying and
selling of equipment on Amateur Radio Frequencies.
This is being done by operators holding any class of licence.
You need to know this is a breach of Australian Law.
Haggle, Discuss or Bargain face to face, or on the telephone.
Be Responsible ! Now - onto the bargains !
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- Rock has the Heliax you need
Rock (ex VK4TFT) has a quantity (read drums) of 1/2" heliax for sale,  it is RFS 12-50,
( the RFS equivalent of Andrews LDF4-50 Heliax)
Rock is looking for $1.50 per metre but it must be pickup or proxie pickup
from the wilds of Mareeba, Far North Queensland.
Rock also has available Heliax connectors - $10 for new ones, others negotiable.
Contact Rock/VK4TFT on
[qrm] rocktronics [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
making sure to remove the countermeasures first.


- Rossco has the electronic keyer you have always wanted
Rossco/VK4AQ has a MFJ-422b-X Electronic Keyer and Paddle for sale.
Learn to use a CW Paddle with this innovative oscillator without the need to be on-air.
Includes DC lead that needs a bit of TLC, otherwise in good working order.
Only $175AU or nearest offer.
Contact Rossco now on [qrm] vk4aq [at] bigpond [dot] net [dot] au [qrm]
to find out more or make this amazing device your very own.
( ensure to remove the countermeasures first )



- Jason has some neat callsign stickers available
Want a classy professional decal of your callsign for your car, boat,
bike, snowmobile, spacecraft, aircraft, deep sea diving vessel or subterranean borer ?
Jason/VK4OT has available large and small lettering callsign decals custom made for you.
They cost $15 each.
Contact Jason on [qrm] vk4ot [at] iinet [dot] net [dot] au [qrm]
or on phone 07 44039504 to find out more,
ensuring to disengage the countermeasures first.



- Ken has a radio package and an antenna for sale
Ken/VK4HAI is selling the following items as a package deal.
Icom IC718 HF Transceiver with Diamond CP6 80m to 6m vertical multi-band antenna.
Both units in excellent condition and for sale as a package for $2600
He also has a Diamond CP6 HF-6m Vertical Antenna for sale for only $280.
Contact Ken now on mobile 0407502838.

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- Communications Support Events

Atherton Tablelands Region
Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club Inc.
- Co-ordinator Dale McCarthy VK4DMC 0407962700

Sat 4 to Sun 5 June - FNERA Woodleigh Station Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Mon 27 June to Sun 3 July - FNERA Pioneer >TREC< Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 13 to Sun 14 Aug - FNERA Gemstone Moonlight Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Sat 24 to Sun 25 Sept - FNERA Cordillera Trail Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 15 to Sun 16 Oct - FNERA Brooklyn Horse Endurance Rides Tepon


Townsville Region
The Townsville Amateur Radio Club Inc.
- Co-ordinator Gavin "Og" Reibelt VK4ZZ 0427182469

Sat 28 May - TCAC Cardwell Rally Recce - Cardwell Sports Grounds
Sun 29 May - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 - Mt Stuart
Sat 18 to Sun 19 June - WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sat 25 to Sun 26 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Sun 31 July - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 - Mt Stuart
Fri 12 to Sun 14 Aug - TCAC Cardwell Rally
Sat 20 to Sun 21 Aug - WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sun 25 Sept - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 - Mt Stuart



Mackay Region
Mackay Amateur Radio Association Inc
- Co-ordinator George Adams VK4HAN 0413289220
- Co-ordinator Gary Crothers VK4CUZ 0410462892

Sat 28 to Sun 29 May - DeJay Arabians Endurance Ride - Denison Creek Station
Sat 23 to Sun 24 July - Greg Willoughby Memorial Endurance Ride - Denison Creek Station

Want to help out ? Contact the co-ordinator in your region and join in the fun !




TARC Services

- Book Book Book !
WIA Foundation Licence Manuals 2nd Edition
$20 per copy in Townsville
See Gavin VK4ZZ to obtain yours !



- TARC WIA Exams Information
Exam sessions in the North Queensland
region are held on demand with WIA Assessors
and assessment packs available for all 3
levels of licensing.
Contact theTARCinc Assessment Co-ordinator Roger/VK4CD
on mobile 0417 638366 or on email
[qrm] vk4cd [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm]
to have a mutually suitable date and
WIA Assessors assigned to your assessment.
[remember to remove the countermeasures first]

Further information also available at
theTARCinc website ...
http://www.tarc.org.au


- contacting theTARCinc
email address [qrm] vk4wit [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm]
phone contact 07-47234351
aprs short message protocol to VK4ZZ
snailmail po box 333 Garbutt East, QLD 4814
Facebook - search on Townsville Amateur Radio Club
homepage http://www.tarc.org.au  -  home of The Stink and Family !

Want to help add or correct something in this Dispatch ?
contact the bleary og VK4ZZ by dropping a line to
[qrm] vk4zz [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm]


- WICEN >> since 1946 << -
- WICEN NQ >> since 1971 << -
- Curly Wind Season is nearly over, however you never know when severe weather
  might strike ! Check your radio shack, antennas and batteries to make sure
  that you are ready with the call to action happens !


- WICEN NET
WICEN Queensland holds a net every Sunday on 7075kHz from 8-30am (2230UTC)

The net calls in regular stations and then invites new stations to call in.
If conditions are poor on 7MHz, net control might move to around 3600kHz
depending on how pliable the net operators are.
Mix it with other WICEN ops and call in on the net !!

Try also the pre-WICEN net on 20metres
John/VK4LJ Gold Coast conducts the call-in on the
ANZA Net frequency 14183kHz from 08-10am (2210UTC)


EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES IARU REGION 3
3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz

(Gavin VK4ZZ)



Regional  Activities:

May
- TCAC Cardwell Rally Recce - Sat May 28th Cardwell Sports Grounds from 9am
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 Comms Support - Sun May 29th - Mt Stuart Road

June
- CHARC Theresa Creek Dam Campout - Fri 3rd to Sun 5th June at Theresa Creek Dam Camping Ground near Clermont
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 7th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 14th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 18th to Sun 19th June near Bowen
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 21st June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Sat 25th to Sun 26th June - Townsville Region
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 28th June from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

July
- Tony4 Famous Foxhunt - Sat 2nd July from 1pm somewhere near Townsville
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 5th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 12th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 19th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 26th July from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 Comms Support - Sun July 31st - Mt Stuart Road

August
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 2nd August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 9th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TCAC Cardwell Rally - Friday arvo 12th to Sun morn 14th August
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 16th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 20th to Sun 21st August near Bowen
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 23rd August from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

September
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- CHARC AGM Weekend - Fri arvo 23rd to Sun morn 25th September - Lake Maraboon Resort near Emerald
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 Comms Support - Sun September 25th - Mt Stuart Road
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 27th September from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Cardwell Gathering - Fri 30th September to Mon morn 3rd October - Beachcomber Resort Cardwell

October
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Jamboree On The Air worldwide Fri arvo 14th to Sun arvo 16th October
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 25th October from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater


November
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 1st November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 8th November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC does the TCC International Mens Day Employee Expo - Wed Nov 9th - RSL Stadium Murray.
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 15th November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 22nd November from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TARC Annual General Meeting - Sun 27th November Rossiter Park Aitkenvale from 7am



Holiday planning
State Public Holidays and Show Day Holidays in North Queensland


2016
Mon  3rd Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Tue 27th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Mon 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2017
Mon  2nd Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Thur 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 14th Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 15th Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon 17th Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Tue 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  1st May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  2nd Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Mon 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Tue 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2018
Mon  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Fri 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 30th Mar - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 31st Mar - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon  1st Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Wed 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  7th May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  1st Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Tue 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Wed 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2019
Tue  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Mon 28th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 19th Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 20th Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon 22nd Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Thur 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  6th May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  7th Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Wed 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Thur 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2020
Wed  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Mon 27th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 10th Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 11th Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon 13tj Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Sat 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  4th May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  5th Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Fri 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Mon 28th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

Source - QLD Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Public Holidays -
http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/travel/holidays/public/
see also listing for Special Holidays.
Show Holidays -
https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/travel/holidays/show/
Special Holidays -
http://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/travel/holidays/special/


Holiday planning
Queensland School Terms and mandated Student Free Days

2016
Term 2 - Mon 11th Apr to Fri 24th June
Term 3 - Mon 11th July to Fri 16th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  4th Oct to Fri 9th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 17th Oct

2017
Term 1 - Mon 23rd Jan to Fri 31st Mar
Term 2 - Tue 18th Apr to Fri 23rd June
Term 3 - Mon 10th July to Fri 15th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  3rd Oct to Fri 8th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 16th Oct

2018
Term 1 - Mon 22nd Jan to Thu 29th Mar
Term 2 - Mon 16th Apr to Fri 29th June
Term 3 - Mon 16th July to Fri 21st Sept
Term 4 - Mon  8th Oct to Fri 14th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 22nd Oct

2019
Term 1 - Tue 29th Jan to Fri 5th Apr
Term 2 - Tue 23rd Apr to Fri 28th June
Term 3 - Mon 15th July to Fri 20th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  8th Oct to Fri 13th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 22st Oct

2020
Term 1 - Tue 28th Jan to Fri 3rd Apr
Term 2 - Mon 20th Apr to Fri 26th June
Term 3 - Mon 13th July to Fri 18th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  6th Oct to Fri 11th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 19th Oct

Source - QLD Government Department of Education and Training
http://education.qld.gov.au/public_media/calendar/2016-2020.html



- Regional Nets
Monday Evening - Mackay Club Net - VK4WIM Net Control - 3597kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - RADAR Net - VK4WIR Net Control - 3613kHz from 0930Z
Wednesday Evening - Gold Coast Net - VK4WIG Net Control - 3605kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - The TREC Memorial Net - VK4WAT Net Control - 3588kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - Sunshine Coast Net - VK4WIS Net Control - 3660kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - Hervey Bay Net - VK4CHB Net Control - 3615kHz from 0730Z
Friday Evening - Central Highlands Club Net - VK4WCH Net Control - 3618kHz from 0930Z
Saturday Evening - Darling Downs Net - VK4WID Net Control - 3587kHz from 0930Z
Sunday Morning - WICEN QLD Net - VK4IQ Net Control - 7075kHz from 2230Z
Sunday Morning - Border Ranges ARC - local VHF repeaters, IRLP9558, echolink VK3JED, fromv 2230Z
Sunday Evening - North Queensland Net - VK4WIT Net Control - 3605.4kHz from 0930Z
Sunday Evening - Dalby and Districts Net - VK4BAD Net Control - 3585kHz from 1000Z
Every Morning - The Gnarly Net - All the Morse and Voice you can have for breakfast
                        3600kHz 6am or earlier for the Morse, Voice happens after the Morse
Every Morning - The Aircraft Enhancement Net - Get those Hairy Planes to propagate your signal.
                   144.125MHz USB from 7-30am from Far North to Central Queensland.
Every Afternoon - The Afternoon Net - Wake up from your power nap and get radio-active.
                        On 7120kHz from 4pm (0600Z)
Every Afternoon - The Kandos Net - check your gear and let everyone know you are still active !
                        On 7093kHz from 1630local (0630Z normal, 0530Z DST) - Tom/VK2KF net control
                        alternate net controllers Peter/VK2QF or Tom/VK4ATH

- D-Star Nets :
Wednesday Evening - Gold Coast ARS VK4WIG DV Dongle and Gateway Access DCS014 Reflector Port B
from 0930Z


- ANZA DX Net
Australia, New Zealand and Africa DX Net
20m, 14.183 MHz, 0515 UTC, daily
15m, 21.205 MHz, 0415 UTC, Saturday

The net works on a list operation, say your sign, stand by
The net runs for about 1 hour, all operators are welcome
A QSO is brief exchange of call sign and signal report

Please do not spot the net on clusters or skimmers !
Net Leader - Lindsay/VK3WM

The ANZA Net needs your skill as net controller
We offer an opportunity to put something back into ham radio
Give it a try.
Email Lindsay on QRM lbrit at activ8 dot net dot au QRM
(making sure to release the countermeasures first)

Net Controllers
20 meter net, 14.183 MHz, 0515UTC
Friday John/VK4LJ  Saturday Morris.ZL1ANF  Sunday Ken/KI6KFB
Monday Col/VK4CC  Tuesday Lindsay/VK3WM  Wednesday Tex/VK1TX
Thursday Lyn/VK4SWE

15 meter net, 21.205 MHz, 0415UTC
Saturday Tony/VK2RI and Col/VK4CC




- HTTP references :
theTARCinc Web Site    http://www.tarc.org.au
theTARCinc news page   http://tinyurl.com/theTARCinc-news
Townsville IRLP info   http://irlp.themalefamily.net/
Townsville APRS info   http://vk4zz.no-ip.org
Townsville APRS info   http://tinyurl.com/theTARCinc-APRS
Online radio courses   http://www.res.net.au
Training & Assessment  http://tinyurl.com/theTARCinc-Training.
JOTA information  http://www.international.scouts.com.au/main.asp?iMenuID=17658077
Lighthouse Lightship Weekend  http://illw.net



- WIANews sources :
Tune North Queensland Net throughout Queensland and PNG
from 7-30pm Sundays on -
HF: 3605.4kHz
and in Townsville/Thuringowa 8pm Sundays on
VHF: 146.100 / 146.700 MHz
(the VK4RAT 2m repeater)



Tune WIANEWS in North Queensland on Sundays -
HF : from VK2 0000Z 1845 / 3595/ 5425/ 7146 / 10125 / 14170.2 / 28320kHz
HF : from VK3 0030Z 3615 / 7158 / 10132.8kHz
HF : from VK4 2300Z 1843 / 3605 / 7070 / 7130kHz
HF : from VK5 2330Z 1843 / 3550 / 7135kHz
HF : from VK6 0100Z 3583 / 7140 / 10125 / 14130 / 29680kHz
HF : from VK7 2300Z 3570 / 7140 / 14130 / 28525kHz
HF : from VK8 2330Z 3555 / 7193 / 10137 / 14337kHz



6m: from VK7 2300Z 53825kHz FM
6m: from VK5 2330Z 53100kHz AM
6m: from VK2 0001Z 52525kHz FM
6m: from VK6 0100Z 53800kHz FM



2m: from Cairns 2300Z 146950kHz FM
2m: from Townsville 2300Z 146700kHz FM
2m: from Mackay 2300Z 147000kHz FM
2m: from Rockhampton 2300Z 146700kHz FM


Timeline for monitoring.
2300Z 1843 AM, 3570, 3605, 7070, 7130, 7140, 14130, 28525, 53825kHz
2330Z 1843, 3550, 7135, 7193, 10137, 14337, 53100kHz
0001Z 1845 AM, 3595 AM, 5425, 7146 AM, 10125, 14170.2, 28320, 52525kHz
0030Z 3615, 7158, 10132.8kHz
0100Z 3583, 7140, 10120, 14130, 29680, 53800kHz


Frequency List for transceiver memory
1843, 1845,
3550, 3555, 3570, 3583, 3595, 3605, 3615,
5425,
7070, 7130, 7135, 7140, 7146, 7158, 7193
10120, 10125, 10132.8, 10137,
14130, 14170.4, 14337,
28320, 28525, 28537, 29680
52525, 53100, 53800, 53825kHz


Daylight Saving for NSW VIC ACT SA TAS
ends 20160402-1600UTC  begins 20161001-1600UTC



- NQ HF Propagation
To all the HF Rebroadcasters...
Keep Up the Excellent Work!!
You are our backup if other sources fail!



This week's reports from

John VK4FNQ
Majestic Towers North Queensland

 1843 0/0 1845 0/0
 3550 0/0 3555 0/0 3570 0/0 3583 0/0 3595 0/0 3605 0/0 3615 0/0
 5425 0/0
 7070 5/9 7130 5/5 7135 5/4 7140 3/1 7146 5/6 7158 0/0 7193 5/1
10125 5/5 10132.8 0/0 10137 5/2
14130 5/1 (14130 0/0 VK6) 14170 5/3 14337 5/3
28320 0/0 28525 0/0 28537 0/0 29680 0/0
52525 0/0 53100 0/0 53800 0/0 53825 0/0

* QRM
# QSB



VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the WIA News and QNEWS transmissions.
News transmission by Richard/VK4FRJG
from Cranbrook North Queensland - 20160522 09-00am
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
from Cranbrook North Queensland - 20160522 09-35am

VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4JPA John and Rhonda portable at Strand Jetty Checkpoint
VK4HSV Phil portable at Beach 2 Checkpoint Strand
VK4LU Ray at West End
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4ZZ Gavin portable at Beach 1 Checkpoint Strand
VK4OT Jason at Heatley
VK4ZMB Hairy Richard at Black River
VK4TLB Lorne and Debbie at Mundingburra
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4IMR Ian mobile in Townsville
VK4ME Snow portable at Headland Checkpoint Strand
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4IGM Iain and Sheila VK4PAL at West End



VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the North Queensland Net
retransmission by Peter/VK4PQ
from Kelso North Queensland - 20160522 08-00pm
Callbacks by Peter/VK4PQ
at Kelso North Queensland - 20160522 08-25pm

VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4FUQ Felix at Ingham
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4ZM Lyndall at Vincent
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4SWR Joe at Burdell
VK4KS Tom and Janet at Kirwan
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda



and fyi - North Queensland Net participants
on 3605.4kHz from 20160522 07-30pm to 08-30pm
Net control Gavin/VK4ZZ operating
VK4WIT from theTARCinc Club Rooms at
West End, North Queensland

VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4FNQ John at Majestic Towers
VK4KN John and Clare at Mount Pleasant near Mackay
VK4MCC Colin at Alligator Creek near Mackay
VK1ZZ/4 Gary portable at Wondai
VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4DMC Dale at Atherton
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4EKA Dougal near Toowoomba
VK4MSS Mal and Marion at Charters Towers
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso



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see you at the Cardwell Rally Recce and Mt Stuart Hillclimb !
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ

      

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