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News from Central Queensland

- You are invited to a major event in Rockhampton during November 2017
You are invited to the Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner,
sponsored by the Rockhampton and District Amateur Radio Club Inc (RADAR)
starting at 6-30pm on this Saturday 25th November 2017 at the Frenchville Sports Club,
Clifton Street North Rockhampton.
You are invited to attend this premier event on the Amateur Radio calendar, the
annual dinner with Amateur Radio enthusiasts, family and friends. Enjoy social banter
along witha great Buffet meal.
Don't forget to bring a small wrapped item for the surprise auction (approx $5 value).
Children will receive small gifts. There is a monster raffle as well as the
astonishing surprise auction (there are many fine items presented for you to choose
frome and take home frome the raffle and auction.) There will also be a radio raffle
with a dual band hand held as the prize.
Cost - $25 for adults, $15 for children under 14 years of age, children under 4 years
of age free.
The feed includes buffet dinner, large bowl of punch, the room hire and personal
bar person who will sell you drinkies.
Please RSVP ASAP to event organiser Clive/VK4ACC, on mobile 0429632815, after hours 07 49271216
on email [qrm] vk4ac [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm] or contact a RADAR committee member
(making sure to remove the countermeasures 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 2018 from
Friday arvo 4th May to Monday morn 7th 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

you also need to let Neil/VK4NB know about your catering numbers for
the Saturday Night feed-up. Let him know now on email
[qrm] vk4wim [at] outlook [dot] com [dot] au [qrm]
[making sure to release the countermeasures first]  .

Plan Ahead
2019 Friday arvo  3rd May to Monday morn 6th May
2020 Friday arvo  1st May to Monday morn 4th May
2021 Friday arvo 30th Apr to Monday morn 3rd May




- 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 21st to 10am Sunday 23rd September 2018.
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, the famous Money Board, gastronomic feed ups (with dessert) and the Mega-Auction
held in the huge camp kitchen shelter.
Make sure you bring treasure to the Auction and if possible also include a mysteriously wrapped item
for the Mystery part of the auction.
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 for catering purposes before Monday 17th September you should have let
CHARC Events Co-ordinator Helen/VK4FHEL know you are attending on
email [qrm] vk4wch [at] outlook [dot] com [dot] au [qrm]
by sms on 0412038033
(being sure to release the counter-measures first)





- News from North Queensland


- Ann Renton Memorial Net this Tuesday
One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens
this Tuesday evening November 28th
from 7-30pm on the Townsville UHF Repeater
... the Ann Renton Memorial 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 !




- theTARCinc Annual General Meeting Results
theTARCinc held the 2017 Annual General Meeting at
Rossiter Park Aitkenvale last Sunday 19th November
in shady surroundings near Ross River.
The VK4ZZ Hyperflame portable BBQ was set up under one of the shady trees
around 7am with Snow VK4ME - the Iron Faraday Cage Chef -
turning out lovely fresh pancakes made to the White Wings recipe with an
added secret ingredient.
Hot beverage making facilities were tended by Gavin/VK4ZZ
and a galactic range of condiments were supplied by Lyndall/VK4ZM.
The meeting got underway at 8-40am under the shady trees
in the refreshing breeze and the following results were produced.

2018 Management Committee
Executive 
President - Snow Herodes VK4ME
Vice President - Richard Goodhew VK4FRJG
Treasurer - Peter Harex VK4PQ
Secretary - Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ
Committee Members
Udo Wiebelskircher VK4FUDO
Kerry McKenzie VK4TUB
Tony Sutton VK4TJS
Lyndall Reibelt VK4ZM
Iain Morrison VK4IGM
Ron Ostrenski
Phil Strom VK4HSV

the meeting acknowledged with deep regret the passing of
Ron Graham VK4BRG - past member, Bill Pickering VK4WP - past member, Ian Rhodes VK4IMR - Finance Officer.

the meeting acknowledged with vigorous acclaim the Life Member status of
Alan Stephenson
Ray Hinks VK4LU
Gavin Reibelt VK4ZZ

and moved to maintain affiliation with
Wireless Instute of Australia
State Emergency Service QLD Townsville Division
CW Operators QRP Club Inc

More things were done at the meeting and will be detailed in the
December edition of the magazine of renown - Back-scatter






- theTARCinc 2017 Xmas Party
theTARCinc 2017 Christmas Party and Monster Auction
happens on Sunday afternoon December 10th from 2-00pm
at the VK4ME Antenna Farm.
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 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 -
ZZ, ZM, Shazza and Mum and ME, FRJG, MSS and Marion, FNQA and Roslyn, MSS and Marion, PAL and IGM,
CWM and Kerry, DG and NQC, BWN and Judy, AAH and Kaye, RO, AYR, YWG and Cate, PQ, TUB and Jennine,
Jan and Mum and HSV,






- TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour
Get out your Santa Hats, flashy pins and Christmas Costumes and get ready for a
magical mystery tour of the light fantastic !
The famous TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour is on again, happening Friday evening December 15th.
Its a Drive Yourself Dazzling Spectacular and all mobile shack chariots will need
to monitor 146.5MHz during the tour to hear instructions from the guide vehicle.
If you do not have a 2metre transceiver in your vehicle - don't worry as a handheld
will be lent to you.
The Tour will start from >a place in Townsville<, gathering by 7pm and then leaving when
it is dark enough.
Be sure to pack an esky with plenty of cool water and cool bananas as the tour will be
happening in a dehydrating climate!
MXLT organiser Gavin VK4ZZ, with help from stage surveyors, is currently plotting
a way around the City of Townsville (protected by the Powerpuff Girls).
Are you a local HAM putting on a light spectacular ? Have you spotted an outstanding display ?
Let Gavin know the suburb and street name so that the display can be included in the tour.
The tour should end by 10pm at a secret destination.
Contact Gavin VK4ZZ on mobile 0427 182469 or
email [qrm] vk4zz [at] wia [dot] org [dot] au [qrm]







- TARC Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp
Happening from Thursday afternoon 25th to Sunday afternoon 28th January 2018 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.

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, antenna work,
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 $14 per person per night.
Day visitors pay $7 per person.
The Leaders Room has 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.

Attending for the long week so far -
ZM, ZZ, FRJG, ME and Shazza, MSS and Marion, FJMP and DA,
Day Trippers
?

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

Plan ahead
2019 Thur  24th to Monday 28th January
2020 Thur  23rd to Monday 27th January







- TARC Communications Support

There is a full programme of Communications Support events that you can get involved with
and have some radio fun !
If you can help out please contact og/VK4ZZ on 0427182469 or on the radio

Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April     - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Fri  8 to Sun 10 June         - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July    - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Fri 17 to Sun 10 August     - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Endurance Rides - Bowen 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 or the checkpoint from Thursday afternoon onwards.
The ride starts up on Friday afternoon and will mainly run into the evenings.
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 30th March to Mon 2nd April - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4TUB, many more needed


TCAC King Of The Hill Hillclimb on the Mount Stuart Road.
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, free food at lunchtime, finish by 3-30pm


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 31 June and Sun 1 July 2018 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Oak Valley.
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM,








- Cardwell Gathering October Long Weekend
The Cardwell Gathering will be taking place from Friday afternoon September 28th to
Monday morning October 1st 2018 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.

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. Some people are lucky enough to say a bit before or a
bit after the event to take in some extended tours of the region or engage in even
more extreme loafing in paradise.
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.
The TARC Communications Van and Mop's Big Tent will be set up
on Sites 71 and 68, with Site 71 sheltered for your comfort.
Hope to see you at Cardwell beside the Sea.

Camping and Caravan accommodation for that long weekend is in high demand !
So avoid disapointment and book now !
More information at
http://tinyurl.com/cardwell-gathering

Make sure you bring your comfy chairs !

Plan ahead
2019 Fri  4th October to Monday 7th October
2020 Fri  2nd October to Monday 5th October
2021 Fri  1st October to Monday 4th 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 !
[making sure to release the countermeasures first]


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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- Radio Shack Clearance of the late Ian Rhodes/VK4IMR
Kerry/VK4TUB is handling the sale of the estate of Ian/VK4IMR SK.
Equipment is listed in no special order however the ham radio equipment and
computer equipment have been grouped together. Please note that some equipment
has already been sold and is duly noted.

Ham Radio Equipment -
1 only Electrophone PSA 1210 power supplies 10 amp regulated power Supply (Not Switch Mode) untested $25
2 Larsen 900mhz mobile 1/4 wave antennas with base and lead assembly $5 each
1 only electrophone 10 amp DC power supply old but in good condition (Not Switch Mode) $25
1 only Coffee Can Dummy Load no transformer oil $20
1 only VHF/UHF Antenna analyzer built from a kit working perfectly (brought along to show and tell) $85
1 only DT902SA Large Digit multimeter in good condtion $30
1 only Weller 35 watt soldering station working condition $15
1 only Scope Soldering Iron 25 watt stand alone $10
1 only BITX40 40 meter tranciever kit complete with Arduino DDS VFO unfinshed but complete in original packaging $50
1 only Motorola GM3188 25 watt Commercial VHF radio with bracket microphone and power cord $30
1 only Tenma Digital clamp AC/DC multi meter $25
1 only Tenma Digital clamp AC/DC multi meter $25
PC Gear
1 only 24 port D Link Switch T base 100 $10
1 only USB 4 port Hub $5
4 only USB Keyboard $5 each
2 only 550 watt PC power supplies $5 each
1 only Netcom Liberty Series 3G wireless N150 Router $25
5 only 4 port Switches 100/1000 Net Gear $10 each
Misc.
1 only Duratech (Demmel Motor Tool) new in box complete with attachments $15
2 only RC MODEL Multi Channel Transmitters one used and other brand new in Box 2.4 Gig $80

Sold
1 only GME Electrophone TX3620 Commercial UHF Radio 400-480mhz $25 (SOLD PHIL VK4HSV PAID )
1 only Large Box of Wallwarts and Laptop Power Supplies $10 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID )
1 only 2.4GHz Radio Controlled Helicopter Digitech Brand $20 (SOLD MATAN VK4FNQA PAID )
1 only Nagoya mini mobile magnetic mount 2m/70cm antenna $5 (SOLD JOHN VK4JPA PAID )
1 only Powertech 20 amp continious power supply (Not Switch Mode) in new condition $100 (SOLD JOHN VK4JPA PAID )
2 only Nagoya mini mag base mount vhf/uhf whips $5 each (SOLD PHIL VK4HSV PAID )
1 only RFI Connector/Adaptor kit complete $80 (SOLD PHIL VK4HSV PAID )
1 only Solar Panel Regulator 20amp new in box never used $15 (SOLD PHIL VK4HSV PAID )
1 only 125 Watt BP Solar Panel in good condition to match the regulator $50 (SOLD PHIL VK4HSV PAID )
1 only Electrophone PSA 1210 power supplies 10 amp regulated power Supply (Not Switch Mode) both untested $25 ( SOLD TONY NOCALL PAID)
1 only Comet CHA 250/BX 3-57mhz HF verticle whip antenna complete with instructions and measurements $100 (SOLD GAVIN VK4ZZ PAID)
1 only Nagoya RB66 trunk Lip mount antenna base black adjustable $5 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only home brew 80/40 meter Dipole antenna with traps and Balun $25 (SOLD BOB VK4AAH Paid)
1 only Commercial True Talk Antenna 80-6 meter wire antenna complete with ladder line and coax cable feeder new never used. $150 (SOLD VK4FJAM PAID)
2 only USB Motion tracking Web Cam Cameras not used still in boxes $40 (SOLD HENRY NOCALL PAID)
1 only Magnetic base antenna mount complete with coax cable and antenna Kimota model AZ849VU dual band 2/70cm $20 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
2 only Icom IC730 HF Amateur radio trancievers Parts Only with sevice manual and microphones $25 (SOLD WAYNE VK4YWG PAID)
1 only Icom IC735 HF Amateur radio tranciever unknown state PA has been removed but still in box $25 (SOLD RICHARD VK4ZMB PAID)
1 only Yaesu FT 817ND new in box never used and complete with purchase receipt $700 (SOLD ADRIAN VK4TCA PAID)
1 only Cable Signal tracer in case $5 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only RS Components Seaward oscilator signal injector working in case $25 (SOLD GAVIN VK4ZZ PAID)
1 only Revex VHF/UHF Power Peak PEP/ average power reading SWR meter Model WS540 new in box $100 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only Zaster 10 watt Chinese Dual Band ham radio $30 (SOLD TUBBY VK4TUB PAID)
1 only Dick Smith Oscilloscope 10mhz in as new condition complete with probe and power cord testing and working well $30 (SOLD TONY NOCALL PAID )
2 only Revex L20 DC-500mhz 15 watt/100watt peak Dummy Loads PL259 Plug $30 (SOLD GAVIN VK4ZZ PAID)
10 only new N crimp male plugs unused $10 the lot (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID )
1 only WARS Power pole kit new unbuilt in bag $15 (SOLD TO RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only Vicom SWR/Power meter in as new condition 3.5-150mhz $20 (SOLD TONY NOCALL PAID)
1 only QRP HF MOS FET Linear Amp Kit un built in bag approx 50 watts $25 ( SOLD GAVIN VK4ZZ PAID )
1 only Baofeng Dual band hand held radio complete with book charger speaker mic and earphone mic $25 (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only Baofeng Dual band hand held radio with damaged charger and no accessories $10 (SOLD TUBBY VK4TUB PAID)
1 only 1-100mhz spectrum probe $5:00 ( SOLD RON NOCALL PAID )
1 only MFJ Versa-Tuner MK2 model MFJ-941E brand new condition not used $150 (SOLD BOB VK4AHH PAID)
2 only USB mice $2 each (SOLD RON NOCALL PAID)
1 only Cat 5 cable tester in case $5 ( SOLD RON NOCALL PAID )
1 only USB Mouse $2 (SOLD BOB VK4AAH PAID )
Assorted Krone Tools and Cat 5 crimper $10 the lot ( SOLD RON NOCALL PAID )



Contact Kerry/VK4TUB on email
[qrm] kermck [at] gmail [dot] com [qrm]
to find out more - score a purchase or arrange pickup from the VK4TUB QTH.
[ 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 21 to Sun 22 April - Kuranda 20/40/80 Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 26 to Sun 27 May - Brooklyn 20/40/80 Endurance Rides Tepon
Tue 26 June to Mon Jul 2 - Pioneer Trek 400/200/100/5x20/5x40/5x40/3kids Endurance Rides Tepon
Sat 28 to Sun 29 July - Shiralee 80/40/20 Endurance Rides Tepon




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

Thur 29 March to Mon 2 April - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Endurance Carnival 160/2x80/3x40/3x20/Harness - Bowen Region
Fri  8 to Sun 10 June - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter 80/2x40/2x20/Harness Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sat 30 June to Sun 1 July - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Fri 17 to Sun 19 August - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest 80/2x40/2x20/Harness Endurance Rides - Bowen Region



Mackay Region
Mackay Amateur Radio Association Inc
- Co-ordinator Gary Crothers VK4CUZ 0410462892

Sat 11 to Sun 12 November - Breakaway Education Weekend
Sat  3 to Sun  4 March - Combined CQ Clubs Education Weekend
Sat 24 to Sun 25 March - Denison Creek 80/60E/40/2x20 Endurance Rides
Sat 28 to Sun 29 April - Breakaway 40/80 Endurance Rides Koumala
Sat 28 to SUN 29 July - Greg Willoughby Memorial 100E/60E/40/2x20 Endurance Rides Denison Creek






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:

November
- Rockhampton Amateur Radio Annual Dinner - Sat 25th November from 6-30pm at Frenchville Sports Club
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 28th November from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

December
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 5th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Xmas Party - Sun 10th December from 2pm
- TARC Project Night - Tue 12th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Does the Xmas Lights Tour - Fri 15th December from 7pm
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 19th December from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 26th November - Boxing Day Edition - from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

January
- TARC Club Meeting Recess until February 2018
- Ann Renton Memorial Net 23rd Jan from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Australia Day Long Week Family Radio Camp - Thurs arvo 25th to Sun arvo 28th Jan - Girl Guides Training Centre Bluewater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 30th January from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

February
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Defence Welcome to Townsville Expo - Sat 17th February 10am to 1pm at RSL Stadium Murray
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th February from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 27th February from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

March
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC does the John Moyle Memorial Field Day March 16 17 18 - Burdekin Duck Camp Grounds Selheim
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th March from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 27th March from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- WRERA Euri Gold Farm Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April

April
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 3rd 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
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 17th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 24th April from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- AM and CW on ANZAC Day - Wednesday 25th April

May
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 1st May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- MARS/RADAR Clairview Gathering - Fri 4th to Mon 7th May - BarraCrab Resort Clairview
- TARC Project Night - Tue 8th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 15th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 22nd May from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 29th May from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

June
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 5th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Queensland Day - Wed 6th June
- TARC Project Night - Tue 12th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 19th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 26th June from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Sat 30th June to Sun 1st July - Oak Valley

July
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 3rd July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 10th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 17th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 24th July from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 31st July from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

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

September
- CHARC AGM Weekend - Fri arvo 21 to Sun morn 23 September - Lake Maraboon Holiday Resort near Emerald
- Cardwell Gathering - Fri 28th September to Mon morn 1st October 2018 - Beachcomber Resort Cardwell




- Holiday planning
State Public Holidays in North Queensland


2017
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
Sun  1st Apr - Easter Sunday Holiday
Mon  2nd 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
Sun 21st Apr - Easter Sunday 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
Sun 12th Apr - Easter Sunday Holiday
Mon 13th 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
Sat 26th Dec - Boxing Day
Mon 28th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2021
Fri  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Tue 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri  2nd Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat  3rd Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
Sun  4th Apr - Easter Sunday Holiday
Mon  5th Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Sun 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  3rd May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  4th Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Sat 25th Dec - Christmas Day
Sun 26th Dec - Boxing Day
Mon 27th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Tue 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

2017
Term 4 - Tue  3rd Oct to Fri 8th Dec

2018
Term 1 - Mon 22nd Jan to Thu 29th Mar
Term 2 - Tue 17th 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 now here, have you checked your shack
  and your antenna to see how they will go during the wet season ?
  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 Nets
Monday Evening - Mackay Club Net - VK4WIM Net Control - 3597kHz from 0930Z
Monday Evening - 160Metre Net - Gary/VK4BE Net Control from Beachmere QLD - 1848kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - RADAR Net - VK4WIR Net Control - 3613kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - Cairns ARC Net - VK4HM Net Control - 3604kHz from 0930Z
Wednesday Evening - Gold Coast Net - VK4WIG Net Control - 3605kHz from 0930Z
Wednesday Evening - 160Metre Net - Terry/VK4HQ, Mikey/VK4YFL or
                      Young Noely/VK4NL Net Control from Fraser Coast QLD - 1848kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - The TREC Memorial Net - VK4WAT Net Control - 3605kHz 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 1000Z
Saturday Evening - Darling Downs Net - VK4WID Net Control - 3650kHz 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 Afternoon - The Afternoon Net - Wake up from your power nap and get radio-active.
                        On 7120kHz from 4pm (0600Z) - if propagation is poor then try 3567kHz
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


- 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 = indeterminate hours of ops - normally when operator in radio shack
Yaesu Fusion Gateways
- VK4JPA WIRES-X/Fusion Node Rangewood NQLD 145.350MHz Analog Access H24 Room 24105
JARL D-Star Gateways
- 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
AX-25 Packet 1200Bd Wormholes
- VK4TUB-3 FBBS Kirwan NQLD 145.175MHz H24
Echolink Gateways
- VK4PQ Echolink Kelso NQLD 145.250MHz HX Node 726698





- 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
(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 / 18125 / 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 0001Z 7088
HF : from VK6 0100Z 3583 / 7149 / 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, 14170.4, 28320, 52525kHz
2330Z 3555, 3615, 7158, 7193, 10130, 10137, 14337kHz
0001Z 7088
0100Z 3583, 7140, 10120, 14130, 29680, 53800kHz



Frequency List for transceiver memory
1843, 1845,
3550, 3555, 3570, 3583, 3595, 3605, 3615,
5425,
7070, 7088, 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
begins 20170930-1600UTC ends 20180331-1600UTC





- 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

 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 4/1 7140 2/1 7146 5/5 7158 4/1 7193 4/1
10125 5/3 10132.8 4/1 10137 0/0
14130 0/0 (14130 5/1 VK6) 14170 3/1 14337 5/8
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
by Peter/VK4PQ at Kelso North Queensland - 20171119 01-00pm
(delayed time due to theTARCinc AGM)
Callbacks by Peter/VK4PQ
at Kelso North Queensland - 20171119 01-35pm

VK4TUB Kerry and Jennine at Kirwan
VK4ZZ Gavin and Lyndall/VK4ZM at Vincent
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4RO Ross at Ayr
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4LU Ray and Susan at West End
VK4OT Jason and Jennyvi at Heatley
VK4AE Denis and Robyn mobile about Townsville





VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the North Queensland Net
by Peter/VK4PQ at Kelso North Queensland - 20171119 08-00pm
Callbacks by Lyndall/VK4ZM
at Vincent North Queensland - 20171119 08-30pm

VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4RO Ross at Ayr
VK4FUQ Felix at Ingham





and fyi - North Queensland Net participants
on 3605.4kHz from 20171112 07-30pm to 08-30pm
Net control Gavin/VK4ZZ operating
VK4WIT from theTARCinc Club Shack at
West End, North Queensland

VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
VK4FNQ John at Majestic Towers
VK4KN John at Mount Pleasant near Mackay
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood
VK4NET Ray and Wendy portable at Burdekin Falls Dam
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4BEG Russell and Deidre at Lake Eacham
VK4DA Bob and Jen/VK4FJMP at Moranbah
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4CMW Mike and Kerry at Bowen
VK4AYR Mark at Ayr


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see you at the TARC XMAS Party
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ

      

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