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News from Swot Land
Ron Bertrand VK2DQ has recently released his much anticipated textbook
Radio Theory Handbook - Beginner to Advanced in paperback via
the Amazon offshoot www.createspace.com (article 6323877).
The 566 page handbook, which covers Electricity, AC Theory and Radio Theory
for beginner to advanced level, costs US$24.95 plus some hefty postage plus
a necessity to log in and create an account.
Mark/VK3OHM has tracked down another source, www.bookdepository.com, which
operates out of the UK and offers the handbook for AU$41.95 including postage,
no requirement to create a login plus all the usual payment methods including
Paypal. A quick review of the handbook by Richard/VK4FRJG is favourable enough
to have him thinking about the possibility of an upgrade.
Ausreseller on e-bay offers the handbook for AU$73.95 plus AU$12.95 postage
For those who like their publications electronic, Dale/VK4DMC recently downloaded
his Kindle file version via Amazon and says it is a good read.




News from Central Queensland

- 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)




- Clairview Gathering
The Clairview Gathering is a yearly event where Radio Amateurs meet
at a spot on the coast between Rockhampton and Mackay to relax, talk
radio, re-establish acquaintances and participate in the world renown
Saturday Night Mega-Auction. There might even be some fox-hunting and
there will definitely be RAFFLES !
The Gathering is one of the main revenue raisers for the
Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc and
Mackay Amateur Radio Association.

It happens in 2017 from
Friday evening 28th April to Monday morn 1st May.
Those who are keen to chill out completely in one of the most relaxing
and laid back venues in the cosmos arrive earlier and stay later.

Check out the Mackay ARS website at http://www.vk4wim.com/Clairview.html

To book your camping spot contact the BarraCrab Caravan Park Clairview
http://www.barracrabcp.com.au/
or on 07 49560190

Plan Ahead
2017 Friday arvo 28th April to Monday morn 1st May
2018 Friday arvo  4th May to Monday morn 7st May
2019 Friday arvo  3rd May to Monday morn 6th May
2020 Friday arvo  1st May to Monday morn 4th May




- News from North Queensland

- Clubrooms back online - Update
Advice from Townsville City Council, via
SES Area Controller Vince Close, has been received that
the safe asbestos stabilisation and cleaning project in the upstairs Meeting Room,
where theTARCinc holds most of its meetings, has been completed by Asbestos Safety Contractors.
This means that safe access is available again to the Meeting Room,
the Club Shack and Technical Library plus the toilets and kitchen area.
Thank You to Townsville City Council and local SES management for keeping us
in the loop and for completing the project in a short period of time !




- Tech On The Air Net this Tuesday
This coming Tuesday, 30th August, is the fifth Tuesday of the month
and that means only one thing -
The Tech On The Air Net will be happening from 7-30pm on the Townsville VHF Repeater.
Peter/VK4PQ will be Net Control and apart for the transmission of the
most recent and most interesting installment of ARNewsline there will also be
a tech talk forum. Can't make it to the regular Project Nights ? Well here is your
chance to either raise or solve conundrums.
Join the Tech On The Air Net and have fun on the air and learn something new !




- TARC Communications Support

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

Sun 25 Sept             - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 4 - Mount Stuart
Fri 14 to Mon 17 April        - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Riding - Bowen Region
Sat 24 and Sun 25 June        - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region


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 14th to Mon 17th April 2017 - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Endurance Riding
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, many more needed

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 25th September - operators so far - VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4HSV, VK4MSS and Marion

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 24 and Sun 25 June 2017 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville area.
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, many more needed.




- 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
   the Blues Festival which will be in town all weekend
- 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 Estates 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 07-40668550 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 is starting to get scarce !
Apart from fishing families doing their yearly jaunt to catch some hairy tuskies
a lot of Golfers are booking in for that long weekend, TCAC are holding a rally sprint
over that weekend in Cardwell State Forest plus a blues music festival
is also being held that weekend, and eager punters have already tried to
grab Site 80 ! So avoid dissapointment and book now !
More information at
http://tinyurl.com/cardwell-gathering

Plan ahead
2016 Fri 30th September to Monday 3rd October
2017 Fri 29th September to Monday 2nd October
2018 Fri 28th September to Monday 1st October
2019 Fri  4th October to Monday 7th October
2020 Fri  2nd October to Monday 5th October



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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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- 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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- Myron has some great stuff to get you on the air and out and about
Myron, formerly VK4FHAA, is selling off some of his gear and you reap the benefit !
1. ICOM IC718 HF Transceiver, accessories and orginal box, good condition, for $600
2. A couple of SWR meters, $40 each.
3. Kawasaki 1992 KLR600 Motorbike, with 3x45litre panniers and backbox, only $2000

Equipment can be viewed or picked up from Albany Creek, near Brisbane.
Text or phone Myron on 0450401889 or email on [qrm] allen_family_inc [at] yahoo [dot] com [qrm
making sure to release 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.



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-  Regional Communications Support Events

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

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

Sun 25 Sept - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 - Mt Stuart
Fri 14 to Mon 17 April - WRERA Euri Gold Farm Easter Carnival of Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sat 24 to Sun 25 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region



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


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]





- Regional  Activities:

August
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 30th August from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF 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 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 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 Net Tue 22nd November from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TARC Annual General Meeting - Sun 27th November Rossiter Park Aitkenvale from 7am
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 29th November from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

December
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Xmas Party - Sun 11th December from 2pm
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Does the Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 16th December from 7pm
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 27th December - Have the night off, it's Christmas Day Holiday !

January
- TARC Club Meeting Recess until February 2017
- Ann Renton Memorial Net 24th Jan from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp - Wed arvo 25th to Sun arvo 29th Jan - Girl Guides Training Centre Bluewater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 31st January from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

February
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 7th February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 14th February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 21st February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 28th February from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

March
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 7th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 14th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC does the John Moyle Memorial Field Day March 17 18 19 - Burdekin Duck Camp Grounds Selheim
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 21st March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 28th March from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater


April
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- WRERA Euri Gold Farm Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Fri 14 to Mon 17 April
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 25th April from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- AM and CW on ANZAC Day - Tuesday 25th April


May
- MARS/RADAR Clairview Gathering - Fri 28th April to Mon 1st May - BarraCrab Resort Clairview
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 2nd May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 9th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 16th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 23rd May from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 30th May from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater


June
- VK Shires Contest - Sat 3 to Sun 4 June
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th June (Queensland Day) from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Sat 24th to Sun 25th June - Townsville Region
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 27th June from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater


July
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 25th July from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater


August
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 1st August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 8th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 15th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC does the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend at Cape Cleveland Light - Sat 19th to Sun 20th August
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 22nd August from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 29th August from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater


September
- Cardwell Gathering - Fri 29th September to Mon morn 2nd October 2017 - Beachcomber Resort Cardwell





- 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 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 21st 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



- 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 Nets
Monday Evening - Mackay Club Net - VK4WIM Net Control - 3597kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - RADAR Net - VK4WIR Net Control - 3613kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - Cairns ARC Net - VK4HM Net Control - 3596kHz 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, from 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


- VK4 Shires Net
Every Friday
20m - 14.238 MHZ from 0630Z then if required QSY 7.088 MHz
40m -  7.088 MHz only if required
Various operators Net Control
Your chance to get contacts towards the Worked All Queensland Shires Award.

Want to be a net controller for the VK4 Shires Net ? The net needs operators to work
as controllers on a roster basis.
Contact Bill/VK4FW to find out more or put up your hand.
[qrm] spiritdreaming11 [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
(but make sure to release the countermeasures first)



- 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


- ROTA Recipes On The Air
The World Wide Recipe Swapping Net
20m, 14.183MHz, 0630 UTC Mondays
(or slightly later depending on how long the ANZA Net runs for)
Fun on the air swapping information about recipes or favourite ingredients .
Listen for the gastronomic cue from Lyn/VK4SWE.






- North Queensland Internet Gateways
H24 = 24 Hour Ops unless offline for maintenance or updates
H8 = 8 Hour Ops - hours of ops defined by operator
HX = indeterminite hours of ops - normally when operator in radio shack
Yaesu Fusion Gateways
- VK4JPA WIRES-X/Fusion Node Rangewood NQLD 145.350MHz Analog Access H24
- VK4MSS WIRES-X/Fusion Node Charters Towers NQLD 145.350MHz Digital Access H8
JARL D-Star Gateways
- VK4FP D-Star Hi-Power Hotspot Rasmussen NQLD 145.145MHz H24
- VK4TUB D-Star Hi-Power Hotspot Kirwan NQLD 438.900MHz H24
AX-25 APRS 1200Bd Gateways
- VK4BDJ APRS Kirwan NQLD 145.175MHz H24
- VK4ZZ APRS Vincent NQLD 145.175MHz H24





- HTTP references :
theTARCinc Web Site    http://www.tarc.org.au
theTARCinc news page   http://tinyurl.com/theTARCinc-news
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
ended 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 2/1
 7070 5/9 7130 5/7 7135 5/3 7140 2/1 7146 5/7 7158 2/1 7193 4/1
10125 4/1 10132.8 5/2 10137 5/2
14130 5/2 (14130 5/4 VK6) 14170 5/2 14337 5/5
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
at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20160821 09-00am
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20160821 09-35am

VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4ZCV Paul at Kirwan
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4AYR Mark at Ayr
VK4OT Jason at Heatley
VK4MCC Coling visiting at Rosslea
VK4TJS Second Operator Ron at Kelso
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK3AKT/VK4 Kevin at The Strand




VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the North Queensland Net
retransmission by Peter/VK4PQ
from Kelso North Queensland - 20160821 08-00pm
Callbacks by Peter/VK4PQ
from Kelso North Queensland - 20160821 08-25pm

VK4MCC Colin at Rosslea
VK4QZ Ken and Paz at Deeragun
VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4ZM Lyndall at Vincent
VK4SWR Joe at Burdell
VK4FUQ Felix at Ingham
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood





and fyi - North Queensland Net participants
on 3605.4kHz from 20160821 07-30pm to 08-30pm
Net control Gavin/VK4ZZ operating
VK4WIT from the VK4ME Antenna Farm at
Kirwan, North Queensland

VK4OB John at Rasmussen
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4FNQ John and Cheryl/VK4FRYL at Majestic Towers
VI4BLT50 Dale/VK4DMC operating special event statin at Atherton
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4KN John at Mount Pleasant near Mackay
VK4MSS Mal and Marion at Charters Towers
VK2TRD/VK4 Eric near Mount Isa
VK3TRI/VK4 Brian and Anne at Stonehenge
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK2JOK Phil and Leslie at Wentworth Falls
VK4FDAR Daryll near Mount Isa
VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
ZL4KK/VK4 Mike at Burdekin
VK4SWR Joe at Burdell
VK4CMW Mike at Bowen




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see you at the 5th Tuesday Night Tech On The Air Net !
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ

      

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