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News from the North
from 16th November 2014
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> the WIANews transmission in Townsville on Sunday 23rd November will be delayed
until 1pm (0300UTC) due to theTARCinc AGM happening during the morning. <



> a sample of DX-peditions
P29NO Nao/JA2VQP East Sepic Province Papua New Guinea
  on air during February 2013 to 15 January 2015 whilst volunteer
  teacher at Divine Word University Wewak.CW SSB and RTTY plus might try other modes.
RI59ANT Alexander/RX0QM - a member of the 59th Russion Antarctic Expedition.
  operating from Bellingshausen Station King George Island 10 Mar to 26 Nov
  webpage http://www.qrz.com/db/RI59ANT
RI1ANR Oleg/ZS1ANF Slava/RD3MX Alex/UA1PAW activating Novolazarevskaya Base AN-016
  Queen Maud Land Antarctica whilst stationed at Novo Runway Airbase from 1 Nov 2014
  to 1 March 2015 operating 160 to 10metres CW and SSB.
Heard Island November/December 2015 by Cordell Expeditions
  http://vk0ek.org




> a sample of Special Events on air

W100AW - celebrating the centenary of the American Radio Relay League ARRL
A special ARRL bulletin (ARLX013) reports:
"The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW to also use the call sign
W100AW during 2014, the ARRL's centennial year.
The "W1AW WAS" operations throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will use W1AW, not W100AW.
Bulletins and code practice transmissions during 2014 also will still use W1AW.
Contacts with W100AW will be worth 100 points in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.


DB50FIRAC - celebrating the 50th anniversary of Federation Internationale des RadioAmateurs Cheminots
from 1st January to 31st December.


LI for LA and LJ for LB - Celebrating 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution
During all of 2014, Norwegian LA stations may use the LI prefix and
LB stations may use the LJ prefix for this bi-centenial special event.
In addition, special event station LM1814 will be active as part of the celebration.



> most wanted DX entities list
surf to http://www.dxpub.com/survey/survey2014.html


[ some information for above bulletins gleaned from
- Oceania DX Group Inc News
- The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster DX Bulletin
- ARRL DX Bulletin
- WIA News Service
- Facebook ]



Part 1 - NEWS Summary

Australias Most Wanted
- Brad/VK4CDL needs info on the TG66A

News from the Party Front
- End of Year and Christmas Parties in the North

News from North Queensland
- theTARCinc Annual General Meeting this Sunday
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net this Tuesday
- TARC Communications Support
- theTARCinc 2014 Xmas Party
- TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp


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
- Good Gear for sale by Mark
- Budjie is thining the coop
- Jason has some neat callsign stickers available
- Leigh has some great equipment for sale
- Colin has the Screwdriver Antenna you need
- John has a mighty IC-720A for sale
- Joe's Tower can be yours


- 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


Australias Most Wanted
- Brad/VK4CDL needs info on the TG66A
Brad/VK4CDL is asking all hams out there to search their libraries.
He needs an original or a copy of the Owners Manual for a
Levell Transistor Decade Oscillator Type TG66A .
If you can help out then please contact Brad on
[qrm] bradtimmy [at] hotmail [dot] com [qrm]
making sure to release the countermeasures first.



News from the Party Front
- End of Year and Christmas Parties in the North
It is the time of year that Radio Clubs in the North are having parties.

Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club Inc
Saturday 6th December 2014 at Tolga Hotel from Midday

The Townsville Amateur Radio Club Inc
Sunday 14th December 2014 at VK4FNQT DX Hub Mount Louisa from 2-30pm

Mackay and District Amateur Radio Association Inc
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2014 at Kinchant Holiday Park

Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc
Saturday 29th November 2014 at Frenchville Sports Club from 6-30pm





News from North Queensland


- theTARCinc Annual General Meeting this Sunday
The Annual General Meeting of The Townsville Amateur Radio Club will be
happening on Sunday November 23rd 2014.
The event is starting with a pancake breakfast from 7am to 8-30am
with the goop made from Lexs secret receipe, slightly modified by
Rob/VK4RB and then slightly further modified and put together by Kooka/VK4FRJG
and cooked up by the Iron Faraday Cage Chefs. Yummmie !
After the sumptuous pancake feast the nuts and bolts of the
Annual General Meeting will take place.
Where do you go to ?
Area 2 - Rossiter Park Aitkenvale via Kimball Street of course !

There is a Plan B if we are lucky enough to get rain on the day -
from 7am at the Club Rooms, SES HQ, Green Street West End for the brekkie
followed at 8-30am for the AGM.

AGM Agenda and Proxy Forms were published in October and November 2014 Back-scatter.
Written nominations for positions needed to be tendered no later than 26th October 2014.
If you cannot attend the AGM please put in your apology and tender a proxy form
(available on request from the Secretary or available for download from the
Essential Items section of the Documents part of theTARCinc website.)

Those lucky enough to be catered for at the AGM Pancake Breakfast
are VK4s ZZ, ZM, FRJG, ME, TJS, FR, AAH, FBLU, HSV, FNQA and Roslyn, IGM, PAL, QZ, FNQT and Phillippa
the rest of you are going to go hungry ! (deadline for numbers was Tuesday evening
18th November 2014)

this raving plug issued by - Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ, Secretary 2014, theTARCinc.




- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net this Tuesday
One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens
this Tuesday evening November 25th from 7-30pm on the Townsville
UHF Repeater ... the Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net !
The net is open to young and old, YL or OM and is a
golden opportunity for anyone who needs practice
on-air to go onto the net as 2nd operator.
Lets see if the YLs can outnumber the OMs !




- TARC Communications Support

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

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 Friday onwards.
The ride starts up on Saturday 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 3rd to Mon 6th April - WRERA Euri Gold Easter Endurance Ride Carnival
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4FBLU, 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
2015 dates TBA

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim.
A great day out on the water (with the only positions available on land already taken)
playing with radios to the sound of Migaloo and a hundred plus marathon swimmers thrashing
across Cleveland Bay. Main comms on VHF, with some UHF comms with clubbies and aircraft.
It is also highly recommended that operators attend the Swim Briefing to meet the competitors,
organisers and skippers.
Sat 13 June - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim Briefing Session
Sun 14 June - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim from 7am Strand Park
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, many more needed !

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 near Pallarenda around 3pm on Saturday,
then go to your checkpoint along the beach or in the Town Common 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 27 and Sun 28 June 2015 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4FBLU, many more needed

Queensland State Endurance Riding Championships
Comms support for this event, happening in the Wandecla-Ravenshoe region on the weekend of
29th and 30th of August, is being co-ordinated by the Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club Inc.
It is possible that dudes from further south will be called upon to go and help TREC with
the big 160km ride event. More details as they come to hand, however meantime who would like
to go along if the call comes in ?
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, many more needed !

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





- theTARCinc 2014 Xmas Party
theTARCinc 2014 Christmas Party and Monster Auction
happens on Sunday afternoon December 14th from 2-00pm
at the VK4FNQT HF Hub.
From 2-30pm the Monster Auction will get underway.
From 4-30pm the BBQ (funded by TARC) will light up.
During cooking the Mystery XMAS Pressie auction will take place
so make sure you bring a suitably wrapped pressie for this fun event.
Bring your eskys full of drink (no glass please), your comfy camp chairs,
your cozzies if you want to go for a swim, some treasure for the Monster Auction,
lots of small change for your Monster Auction and Pressie Auction purchases and your appetites -
A sneek peek at the treasure trove shows lots of techie equipment, homewares and a couple
of delightful surprises already.
A call for catering numbers is now underway. Make sure you get your
numbers in to Gavin VK4ZZ otherwise you will go hungry !
Contact Gavin on 0427182469 or on 07 47791161 soonest.
In the list so far -
FNQT and Phillipa, ZZ, ZM, MSS and Marion, ME, TJS, FRJG, FVC and Nell, HSV Jan and Grandma,
AAH and Kaye, KEE, FNQA and Roslyn,




- TARC Australia Day Long Weekend Family Radio Camp
Happening from Friday afternoon 23rd to Monday lunchtime 26th January 2015 at :
Girl Guides Association of Queensland Campsite and Training Centre,
46-56 Toolakea Beach Road, Bluewater.

AX4WIT will be on-air from the camp to provide directions and contact.
Assessors on site for exams and tutoring. Foundation Manuals and 2015 Callbooks
available for sale onsite.

Activities will include:
Cooking of the dampers and other bush recipes
(bring your camp oven or use the comprehensive kitchen facilities plus bring
your favourite recipes and ingredients),
Raising of the Flag
(and try to remember all the words to the National Anthem),
Throwing of the Infernal Thong (release that pent up stress!)
Swimming (bring yer cozzies and inflatables for swimming in the Bluewater Creek),
Portable demonstrations of computer-based radio comms,
Bushwalking along the well marked trekking trails.
plus much, much more.
Don’t get the wrong idea though, this long weekend will be a VERY relaxing one –
and its an all-weather event !

Cost of a powered camp site or a bed in Bluewater House is $13 per person per night.
Day visitors pay $6.50 per person.
The Master and Romana wont be there so the Leaders Room is up for grabs.
You need to supply your own condiments such as salt and pepper and also bring
your own washing up detergent and tea towels.
For those also using the Bluewater House accommodation you need to bring your
own pillow and linen.

Need more info ? Then call og VK4ZZ on 0427182469
or email [qrm] vk4zz [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au



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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
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- Good Gear for sale by Mark
Mark/VK3TCD has the following quality items for sale -

Scalar HF mobile whips standard 1/2" BSW female thread, 1.95m long with
adjustable tip. Whips are top wound with a solder join onto the outer sleeve
of the adjustable tip which makes them perfect to tune upwards in frequency
just by removing some turns.

There are 3  X 12.2 mhz ones  (5 mins work will have them on 20m)

There 2 X  5.9mhz ones  (5 mins work will have them on 40m)

and they are only $25 each


There is also have a heavy duty fibreglass omni suited for a rooftop HF vertical
(via tuner), 5.2m long, steel base $65


Plus, for those not into DC, there is a70cm RFI 9 el yagi custom made for 435mhz
in excellent condition for only $65 !

Contact Mark now and secure one or more of these nice items for yourself.
email [qrm] reef [dot] pix [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
making sure to release the countermeasures first.



- Budjie is thining the coop

David/VK4BDJ is getting his radio shack together at
the new QTH but has to thin out the antenna farm a bit
as the new location has less room. So you reap the benefit
with the following bargains -

1) KIO Hexbeam 6 band (20m to 6m) complete and ready to install
3 years old and went thru Yasi ..one broken wire repaired
instructions included.
Also comes with a Kenpro K-400 rotator...many years old but still works.
May need some bolts and nuts to fit your mast or pipe.
Package Price $700

2) Diamond F23A VHF Co-linear Base Station Antenna 7.8 db gain 4.53m tall
3 years old in excellent condition
Price  $200

3) Bushcomm SWC-100S 2-30Mhz Dipole..about 5 years old has 2 new loads
Price  $250

Please contact David/VK4BDJ on the 600ohm line 07-47736325



- 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] to find out more,
but ensure to disengage the countermeasures first.




- Leigh has some great equipment for sale
Leigh/VK4HLW is handling the sale of the following equipment on behalf
of legendary DX-er Bevan (ex VK4CXQ). Here's your chance to get your hands
on some great equipment in excellent condition that has been proven
with DX operation.
FT920 $900
FT840 $500
IC756PRO3 $1000
IC756 $700
2 of DSE D3800 25A PSU $100 each
RC5-1 Rotator and Controller $500
Yaesu MH1-98 Microphone $call for price
For more information or to snag the equipment contact Leigh
either on mobile 0427329347 or [qrm] leighw [at] internode [dot] on [dot] net [qrm]
making sure to release the coutermeasures first.




- Colin has the Screwdriver Antenna you need
Colin/VK4MCC is selling or swapping his Hi-Q Screwdriver Antenna.
It has 2.5 / 80 Auto tune but has no base or controller. Colin has
made a Switch to operate the antenna up and down and Colin assures that it
is in good working order. The only blemish is a crack at the top which has
been repaired. Colin wants $300.00 Firm plus Post, or he will swap
the mighty antenna for a small auto tuner or manual tuner to go with a FT817.
Contact Colin now on
[qrm] bluebandit62 [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au [qrm]
making sure to release the countermeasures first.



- John has a mighty IC-720A for sale
John Robinson has an Icom IC-720A HF Allband Transceiver and its Instruction Manual together with
a MFJ Versa Tuner II - Model MFJ-945 that may be of interest to readers of this dispatch.
The items came off a small yacht that he purchased some years ago as part of a total restoration
project on the vessel, but was never reinstalled upon completion.
John lives in Townsville and if anyone is interested he can be contacted on
telephone 07 47754252 anytime, but if there is no answer just leave a message and he will return
the call.
That number for John Robinson again is 07 47754252 - call now !


- Joe's Tower can be yours !
Need a 10metre high self supporting tower with lots of DX heritage to bolster your hobby ?
Well there is one such tower available - the Joe VK4JH (SK) DX Tower with 6metre DX Beam.
All you have to do is angle grind your way neatly to tower success then haul the beastie away !
Chase down Vern/VK4FVC to find out more or stake your claim to the acquisition of the century.


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- Communications Support Events



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

Sat 7 to Sun 8 March - FNERA Warabong Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Fri 3 to Mon 6 April - FNERA Easter Carnival Mt Baldy&Kuranda Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Sat 2 to Sun 3 May - FNERA Woodleigh Elevated Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Mon 6 to Sat 11 July - FNERA Pioneer >TREC< Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 29 to Sun 30 Aug - FNERA Gemstone / State Championship Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Sat 19 to Sun 20 Sept - FNERA Shiralee Horse Endurance Ride Tepon
Fri  2 to Mon  5 Oct - FNERA Cordillera Trail Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 31 Oct to Sun 1 Nov - FNERA Brooklyn Horse Endurance Ride Tepon


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

Sun 29 March - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 1 - Mt Stuart
Fri 3 to Mon 6 April - WRERA Euri Gold Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Riding - Bowen
Sun 24 May - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 - Mt Stuart
Sun 14 June - TOWSA Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim
Sat 27 to Sun 28 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity
Sat 11 to Sun 12 July - WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sun 26 July - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 - Mt Stuart
Sat 12 to Sun 13 Sept - WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sun 27 Sept - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 - Mt Stuart


Mackay Region
Mackay Amateur Radio Association Inc
- Co-ordinator George Adams VK4HAN 0413289220
Sat 22nd to Sun 23 Nov - Breakaway Trail Ride - Mia Mia



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 over for 2014, but still be prepared. Whilst things are quiet
  its a good time to make stock up, charge batteries and get ready for action !

- 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:

November
- TARC Annual General Meeting - Sun 23rd November from 7am at Rossiter Park Aitkenvale
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 25th November from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

December
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 2nd December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 9th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Xmas Party - Sun 14th December from 2pm
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 16th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Does the Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 19th December from 7pm
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 23rd December from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

January
- TARC Club Meeting Recess until February 2015
- TARC Australia Day Weekend Family Radio Camp January 23 24 25 26 - Bluewater Guides Camp
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net - 27th Jan from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

February
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 3rd Feb from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 10th Feb from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 17th Feb from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 24th Feb from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

March
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 3rd March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 10th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 17th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC does the John Moyle Memorial Field Day March 20 21 22 - Bluewater Guides Camp
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 24th March from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 1 Comms Support - Sun Mar 29th - Mt Stuart Road

April
- WRERA Euri Gold Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Riding - Fri 3rd to Mon 6th April Bowen
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 7th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 14th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 21st April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- AM and CW on ANZAC Day Centenary at Jezzine Barracks - Saturday April 25th
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 28th April from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

May
- RADAR-MARC Clairview Gathering - Fri 1st to Sun 3rd May Clairview Beach Holiday Park
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 5th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 12th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 19th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Ladies Net Tue 26th May from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

June
- TOWSA Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim - Sun 14th June
- Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Sat 27th to Sun 28th June

July
- WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 11th to Sun 12th July
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 Comms Support - Sun July 26th - Mt Stuart Road

August
- International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - 100th anniversary of Commonwealth Control - 15 to 16 August
- State Championship Horse Endurance Ride – TREC co-ordinating – Tepon Atherton Tablelands 29 to 30 August

September
- WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 12th to Sun 13th Sept
- CHARC AGM Weekend Camp Fairbairn near Emerald - Fri arvo Sept 25 to Sun Morn Sept 27
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 Comms Support - Sun Sept 27th - Mt Stuart Road

October
- Cardwell Gathering - Fri arvo 2nd to Mon morn 5th - Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
- Jamboree On The Air  - Sat 17th to Sun 18th Oct




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

2014
Thu 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Fri 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

Source - QLD Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Public Holidays -
http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/industrial-relations/public-holidays/dates
see also listing for Special Holidays.
Show Holidays -
http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/industrial-relations/public-holidays/2014-show-holidays

2015
Thu  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Mon 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri  3rd Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat  4th Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon  6th Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Sat 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  8th Jun - Queens Birthday Holiday
Mon  5th Oct - Labour Day Holiday
Fri 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Mon 28th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

Source - QLD Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General


2016
Fri  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Tue 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 25th Mar - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 26th Mar - Easter Saturday Holiday
Mon 28th Mar - Easter Monday Holiday
Mon 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon 13th Jun - Queens Birthday Holiday
Mon  3rd Oct - Labour Day Holiday
Tue 27th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Mon 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

Source - QLD Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General


Holiday planning
Queensland School Terms and
mandated Student Free Days

2014
Term 4 - Tue  7th Oct to Fri 12th Dec

2015
Term 1 - Tue 27th Jan to Thu  2nd Apr
Term 2 - Tue 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/holidays.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
Friday Evening - Lockyer Valley Club Net - VK4WIL Net Control - 3570kHz 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 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 Friendly Afternoon Net - Wake up from your power nap and get radio-active.
                        Make your ham shack a happy place on 7120kHz from 4pm
Wed and Sat - VK CW Beginners Net from 0930UTC on 7190kHz +/- QRM


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




Up and coming on air Contests and Special Events :

Nov Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd WIA VHF/UHF Spring Field Day
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/
Nov Sat 29th and Sun Nov 30th  CQ World Wide CW DX Contest 290001UTC to 302359UTC
http://www.cqww.com/
Dec Sat 29th 1200UTC and Sun 30th 1159UTC World Wide Iron Ham Contest CW SSB RTTY
http://www.araucariadx.com/ih/IRON_HAM_CONTEST_ENGLISH.pdf
Jan Thur  1st 0100UTC to Sat 31st 2359UTC WIA Ross Hull Memorial VHF-UHF Contest
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rosshull/
Jan Sat 17th and Sun 18th WIA VHF/UHF Summer Field Day
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/
Feb Sun 1st 0001UTC to 2359UTC Triathlon DX Contest RTTY SSB and CW in a single contest
http://www.triathlon-dx-contest.gr
Feb Sat 21st to Sun 22nd ARRL International DX Contest CW from 150001UTC to 162359UTC
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
Feb Sun 22nd Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Wyong Field Day
http://www.ccarc.org.au/wp/
Mar Sat 7th to Sun 8th ARRL International DX Contest SSB from 010001UTC to 022359UTC
http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
Mar Sat 14th and Sun 15th RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest CW 081000UTC to 091000UTC
http://www.beru.org.uk/
Mar Sat 21st and Sun 22nd VK WIA John Moyle Memorial Field Day 160100UTC to 170100UTC
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/
Mar Sat 28th and Sun 29th CQ WW WPX Contest SSB  280001UTC to 292359UTC
http://www.cqwpx.com/
Apr Sat 11th to Mon 12th Japan International DX Contest CW 110700 to 121300UTC
http://www.jidx.org/
MaY Sat 30th and Sun 31st CQ WW WPX Contest CW  300001UTC to 312359UTC
http://www.cqwpx.com/
Jun Sat 6th and Sun 7th VK-Shires Contest 060600 to 070600UTC
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/wavks/
Jun Sat 20th and Sun 21st WIA VHF/UHF Winter Field Day
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/
Aug Sat 15th and Sun 16th WIA Remembrance Day Contest 150300 to 160259UTC
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/
Aug Sat 15th and Sun 16th International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 150001 to 162359UTC
http://illw.net/
Oct Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Oceania DX Contest Phone Section 030800 to 040800UTC
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/oceania/
Oct Sat 10th and Sun 11th Oceania DX Contest CW Section 1010800 to 110800UTC
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/oceania/
Oct Sat 17th and Sun 18th Jamboree On The Air
http://scout.org/en/information_events/events/jota
Oct Sat 25th and Sun Oct 26th  CQ World Wide SSB DX Contest 250001UTC to 262359UTC
http://www.cqww.com/
Nov Sat 9th and Sun 10th Japan International DX Contest SSB 090700 to 101300UTC
http://www.jidx.org/
Nov Sat 21st and Sun 22nd WIA VHF/UHF Spring Field Day
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/
Nov Sat 28th and Sun Nov 29th  CQ World Wide CW DX Contest 280001UTC to 292359UTC
http://www.cqww.com/



- 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
(with Daylight Savings corrections for NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, SA) -
HF : from VK7 2200Z 3570 / 7140 / 14130 / 28525kHz
HF : from VK5 2230Z 1843 / 3550 / 7135kHz
HF : from VK2 2300Z 1845 / 3595/ 5425/ 7146 / 10125 / 14170.2 / 28320kHz
HF : from VK4 2300Z 1843 / 3605 / 7070 / 7130 / 7190kHz
HF : from VK3 2330Z 3615 / 7158 / 10130kHz
HF : from VK8 2330Z 3555 / 7193 / 10137 / 14337kHz
HF : from VK6 0100Z 3583 / 7140 / 10125 / 14130 / 29680kHz



6m: from VK7 2200Z 53825kHz FM
6m: from VK5 2230Z 53100kHz AM
6m: from VK2 2300Z 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.
2200Z 3570, 7140, 14130, 28525, 53825kHz
2230Z 1843, 3550, 7135, 28470, 53100kHz
2300Z 1843, 1845, 3595, 3605, 5425, 7070, 7130, 7146, 7190, 10125, 14170.2, 28320, 52525kHz
2330Z 3555, 3615, 7158, 7193, 10130, 10137, 14337kHz
0100Z 1845, 3581, 7140, 10120, 14130, 29680, 53800kHz
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, 7190, 7193
10120, 10125, 10130, 10137,
14130, 14170.4, 14337,
28320, 28525, 29680
52525, 53100, 53800, 53825kHz


Daylight Saving for NSW VIC ACT SA TAS
begins 20141004-1600UTC  ends 20150404-1600UTC


- 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 at 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 5/7 7135 5/5 7140 3/1 7146 5/5 7158 3/1 7193 4/1
10125 5/5 10132.8 5/1 10137 5/2
14130 5/2 (14130 5/1 VK6) 14170 5/2* 14337 5/5*
28320 0/0 28525 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 - 20141116 9-00am
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
from Cranbrook North Queensland - 20141116 9-40am

VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4IGM Iain and Sheila/VK4PAL at West End
VK4OT Jason at Heatley
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4LU Ray and Susan at West End
VK4HSV Phil portable at Annandale
VK4DB Ian and Denise/VK4FCDB at Condon
VK4ZZ Gavin and Lyndall/VK4ZM at Vincent
VK4NET Ray and Wendy at Kirwan
VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low





VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the North Queensland Net
Net transmission by Richard/VK4FRJG
from Cranbrook North Queensland - 20141116 08-00pm
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20141116 08-25pm

VK4QZ Ken and Paz at Deeragun
VK4KS Tom and Janet at Kirwan
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4ZM Lyndall at Vincent
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4VTK Dennis portable in Townsville



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see you at the TARC AGM !
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ


      

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