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>> WICEN Weather Watch <<
Cyclone Season is about and northern Hams need to be in the know
about curly wind movements to be ready for activation.

Check regularly the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website at
http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/cyclone.shtml   for the Coral Sea
http://www.bom.gov.au/nt/forecasts/tcoutlook.shtml   for the Gulf of Carpentaria
and
http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone   for any cyclone warnings.

Alternative source for information regarding cyclone formation at
http://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html    Joint Typhoon Warning Centre
http://www.vmgd.gov.vu/vmgd/index.php     Vanuatu Meteorology & Geo-Hazards Department
http://www.met.gov.fj/    Fiji Meteorological Service

- News from the ANZAC front - RadioAmateurs remember
- News from Central Queensland
- News from North Queensland
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News from the ANZAC front - RadioAmateurs remember
- AM and CW on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2017
The traditional AM & CW event organised by Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group
of Far North Queensland, will again take to the air for the 8th year. This is not a contest.
It honours those modes used by service personnel in earlier wars.
The event idea came from a telephone conversation between Mike "Banjo" Patterson VK4MIK and World War II Coastwatcher
in Papua New Guinea, Lionel Veale.
He set up his ATR4A HF radio and orientated the antenna from behind enemy lines. Lionel was one of those brave
Coastwatchers who sent back vital information.
The concept developed by the Tableland Radio Group in Far North Queensland basically asks us to consider changing modes
on ANZAC Day nets, as an honour and Amateur Radio salute to those who served or are serving.

The annual event involves ex-military sites and related museums.
plus many stations will be also operating and switching to the old modes during the day.

Many Amateurs joined our Defence forces and took their skills into their service lives in a wide
range of activities such as Coastwatchers, Air force Radio operators, Radar operators and repair,
navy radio operators and Army operations.

LEST WE FORGET
de VK4MIK Mike ex RAN -
[qrm] vk4mike [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] au
remove the countermeasures before replying.



News from Central Queensland

- 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
One of the friendliest radio nets in the land happens
this Tuesday evening February 27th
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
The net will be accessible via the VK4TUB All-Star Link 46740 Echolink 834965




- 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

Sun 25 March                    - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 1
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April     - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 27 May                      - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 2
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
Sat 28 July            - TOWSA Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers Briefing
Sun 29 July            - TOWSA Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim - Cleveland Bay
Sun 29 July                     - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 3
Fri 17 to Sun 19 August     - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 23 September                - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 4
Thur 16 to Mon 20 May 2019      - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Horse Endurance Ride QLD State Championship


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, VK4ME, VK4HSV,
Fri 8th June to Sun 10th June - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4TUB, VK4ME, VK4HSV, VK4AAH, Cate & VK4YWG,
Fri 31st August to Sun 2nd September - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4TUB, VK4ME, VK4HSV, VK4AAH, Cate & VK4YWG,
Thur 16th May to Monday 20th May - WRERA Euri Gold Horse Endurance Ride QLD State Championship 2019
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM,


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
Sun 25th March Operators so far VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, Marion & VK4MSS, VK4ME, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA, Sammy & VK4FACI,
Sun 27th MaY Operators so far VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, Marion & VK4MSS, VK4ME, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA, Sammy & VK4FACI,
Sun 29th July Operators so far Marion & VK4MSS, VK4ME, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA, Sammy & VK4FACI,
Sun 23rd September Operators so far Marion & VK4MSS, VK4ME, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA, Sammy & VK4FACI,


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, VK4FRJG, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4IGM, VK4AAH, VK4ME,


Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim.
A great day out on the water 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 28 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim Briefing Session from 1pm
Sun 29 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim from 7am Strand Park
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4AAH, VK4HSV,




- TARC does the John Moyle Field Day 2018
Happening from Friday afternoon 16th to Sunday lunch 18th March 2018 at :
Burdekin Duck Roadhouse and Caravan Park,
Flinders Highway Sellheim. Phone 07-47873587.

Portable operation is the go so make sure you bring plenty of batteries
and whisper quiet generators if you can.

to get there:
approx. 111km from Cluden Park intersection Townsville.
Trundle along the Flinders Highway towards Charters Towers until you cross
the mighty Burdekin River at the Macrossan Bridge and start to head up the hill to Sellheim.
Keep an eye out to the right and get ready to turn in to the Roadhouse.

approx. 15km from the Flinders Hwy Heavy Vehicle intersection Charters Towers.
Trundle along the Flinders Highway towards Townsville. Slow down as you get into Sellheim.
Keep an eye out to the left and get ready to turn into the Roadhouse..

Upon arrival pull up near the Roadhouse and go in to find out where your site is.

The Park features powered and unpowered caravan and camp sites and it is planned
to set up the JMFD station in the unpowered paddock closest to Charters Towers.
The Roadhouse is renown for generous and yummy meals and is also well stocked for
basic grocery needs. Amenities are good and clean and there is good mobile internet
access via 4G/3G.

The Park is situated on the edge of what used to be the Sellheim Army Camp and the
memorial is within easy walking distance. The Burdekin River is a bit further away,
a short car ride gets you there really quick.

There are a number of nice high eucalypt trees available to support HF dipoles and the
site has all weather access. Should we be lucky enough to be marooned if the Burdekin River
floods then we will still be very well off.

Logging for the event will be done by a dude that can type using a 12V powered
netbook running the latest version of VKCL, there will be lots of antennae lofting
and tweaking, operating in a location that can be used what ever weather is happening
plus plenty of chances to kick back and socialise.

The traditional Saturday Night feedup at the Roadhouse will be on again - attendance
numbers needed.

There will also be available on site training and assessment services should you feel
like getting or upgrading your licence.

Cost of a powered site with 2pob daily is $22
whilst the cost of an unpowered site with 2pob daily is $12
If you are after a powered site or cabin you need to book now to avoid the rush !

Hope to see you there - come rain or shine !

JMFD Rules and information available on the WIA National Website
- http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/

Attending so far -
ZM and ZZ, ME and Shazza, JPA and Rhonda, TUB and Jennine, FRJG, MSS and Marion, PAL and IGM,
FCRH and FIBW,

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

Plan ahead
2019 Fri 15th to Sunday 17th March
2020 Fri 20th to Sunday 22nd March
2021 Fri 19th to Sunday 21st March



- VK4RAT Repeater Site Working Bee and Tour
The next Mt Stuart Repeater Site Working Bee will be happening from 10am on Saturday 7th April.
Work will include a tidy up of the yard vegetation, removal of any relics no longer required,
a tour of the facility for those who are interested and
anything else that Tubby wants us to do. Wear boots and sun protection, bring your industrial
strength whipper snippers and some provisions !



- Snow’s RadioActive Observation Trial
theTARCinc President Snow/VK4ME is currently planning out the
2018 RadioActive Observation Trial, happening in the Townsville area
from 11am on Sunday 15th April.
The starting point is the SES HQ Carpark at West End, it will be fun for all the family and
a Sausage Sizzle is planned at the finishing point of the Trial.
Catering numbers need to be into Snow by Friday 13th April.



- VK4WIT Club Rooms Working Bee
The next working bee at the Club Rooms, which will include a general tidy up and repair session,
maintenance on the TH3 Jnr Beam, replacement of the multi-band 80/40/20 dipole with a 160/80/40 trapped dipole
and a sausage sizzle will be happening on  Saturday 12th May from 9am. Bring drills, tools, buckets,
mops and gumption !



- Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening in Townsville
If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region on Saturday July 14th from 1pm and want to get
involved in a Foxhunt, or radio socialise in a nice part of Townsville then Tony VK4TJS wants to hear from you.
Beacon transmitters work on 145.3MHz whilst the homing beacon works on 145.7MHz.
There will be activities  for all family members to participate in during the Foxhunt and things will
end up with some in flight catering.
To cater for the event Tony needs to know your attendance numbers by Thursday 12th July and you need to quiz
Tony further regarding details about the Foxhunt. Who do you have to call ?
Tony VK4TJS of course, on 47677137
Hands up so far 4TJS, 4ZZ, 4ZM,



- 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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For sale:
Two Comet triplexers. Model CFX-431. 
Port 1 (PL-259) 1.3 to 150MHz. Port 2 (PL-259) 350 to 500MHz. Port 3 (Type N) 840-1400MHz.
Common port Type N. Only been in use for a few months with power under 100W and in excellent condition.
Only selling because of a change in feed line system.
$40 each or $70 if you buy the pair. Phone Wayne on 07 47 286 876.

 

Wanted:  Power Supply Unit.  24 volt, minimum  8 amps, in good working order for 23cm amplifier.
Phone Wayne on 07 47 286 876.



Shack Disposal: VK4CWM
Len/VK4CWM is thinning down the radio shack a bit - you could reap the benefit if you are after
one of these mighty items !

Kenwood TS430 HF Transceiver
Kenwoos TS120 HF Transceiver
Kenwood ATU200 HF Manual Antenna Tuner
Emtron EAT300 HF Manual Antenna Tuner
Lodstar Frequency Counter
2 of VSWR Meters
2 of Manual Coax switches
Quantity of Feedline RG58 coax - 300ohm ribbon etc
VK Power Mate Power Supply
plus some other itmes.

Contact Len on the mobly 0407034989 to find out more or latch onto a bargain !



Shack Move: VK3TCD
Mark/VK3TCD and family are moving the radio shack with adjoining kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom
to a new location and there is a need to make room at the new QTH. Look at these !

5M fibreglass antenna with steel mount (very heavy duty), suit HF whip, 10m 1/2 wave etc.
$25ea 2 available

HF mobile whips 1.95m long top loaded, 2 X 5.9mhz whips , 3 X 12.2mhz whips.
Can raise frequency by simply unwinding top loading. $10 ea

RFI YB9-99 9 element custom cut yagi for 435mhz  in excellent condition $45

RFI YB86-62 6 element yagi 480-520mhz in VGC $35

148-174mmhz AEA side mount folded dipole (works fine on top end of 2m) $30

40mm diameter aluminium pipe suit mast etc  3.1m lengths $15 per length  (4 available)

10m gamma matched dipole $15  (needs connector replaced)

Interested ? Contact Mark/VK3TCD right now on
[qrm] reef [dot] pix [at] bigpond [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 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

Sun 25 March - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb - Mt Stuart Road from 7-30am
Thur 29 March to Mon 2 April - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Endurance Carnival 160/2x80/3x40/3x20/Harness - Bowen Region
Sun 27 May - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb - Mt Stuart Road from 7-30am
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
Sat 28 July - TOWSA Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers Briefing
Sun 29 July - TOWSA Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim - Cleveland Bay
Sun 29 July - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb - Mt Stuart Road from 7-30am
Fri 17 to Sun 19 August - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest 80/2x40/2x20/Harness Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 23 September - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb - Mt Stuart Road from 7-30am


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:

February
- 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
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 1 Comms Support - Sun March 25th - Mt Stuart Road
- 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 Mt Stuart Repeater Site Working Bee and Tour - from 10am Saturday 7th April
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Snow's RadioActive Observation Trial - Sun 15th April from 11am - starting from Club Rooms
- 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 Green Street Working Bee & Sausage Sizzle - from 9am Saturday 12th May
- 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
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 Comms Support - Sun May 27th - Mt Stuart Road
- 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
- WRERA Euri Gold Farm Tropical Winter Horse Endurance Ride - Fri 8 to Sun 10 June Bowen Region
- 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
- Tony4 Famous Foxhunt - Sat 14th July from 1pm
- 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
- TOWSA Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers Briefing from 1pm Sat 28 July
- TOWSA Maggie Island Swim from 7am Sun 29 July Strand Park
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 Comms Support - Sun July 29th - Mt Stuart Road
- 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
- WRERA Euri Gold Farm Winter Harvest Horse Endurance Ride - Fri 17 to Sun 19 August Bowen Region
- 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
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18st September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- CHARC AGM Weekend - Fri arvo 21 to Sun morn 23 September - Lake Maraboon Holiday Resort near Emerald
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 Comms Support - Sun September 23rd - Mt Stuart Road
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 25th September from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Cardwell Gathering - Fri 28th September to Mon morn 1st October 2018 - Beachcomber Resort Cardwell

October
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 2nd October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 9th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 16th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Jamboree On The Air worldwide Fri arvo 19th to Sun arvo 21st October
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 23rd October from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 30th October from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

November
- TARC Annual General Meeting - Sun 25th November Rossiter Park Aitkenvale from 7am

May
- WRERA Euri Gold Farms Horse Endurance Ride QLD State Championship - Thur 16 to Mon 20 May 2019



- Holiday planning
State Public Holidays in North Queensland

2018
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

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
Noel/VK4NL Hervey Bay 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
    During the WIANews Net from 9am Sunday mornings interfaced with VK4RAT VHF Repeater
All-Star Gateways
- VK4TUB All-Star Gateway Kirwan NQLD interfaces with VK4RAT UHF Repeater H24
    All-Star 46740 Echolink 834965
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-R Echolink Kelso NQLD Node 956580 interfaces with VK4RAT VHF Repeater H24
- VK4MIC-L Echolink Mount Isa NQLD Node 971321 interfaces with VK4RMI VHF Repeater H24
IRLP Gateways
- VK4MIC IRLP Mount Isa NQLD Node 6921 interfaces with VK4RMI VHF Repeater 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
(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 0001Z 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 3583, 7088, 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 2/1
 7070 5/9 7.088 3/1 7130 5/6 7135 5/1 7140 4/1 7146 5/6 7158 3/1* 7193 5/3
10125 4/1 10132.8 3/1 10137 0/0*
14130 5/2 (14130 2/1 VK6) 14170 0/0 14337 5/2
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 Richard/VK4FRJG at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20180218 09-00am
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
at Kelso North Queensland - 20180218 09-35am

VK4FTTW Tony at Ayr
VK4AE Denis and Robyn mobile in Townsville
VK4FABT Shorty and Wendy at Herveys Range
VK4OT Jason and Jennyvi at Heatley
VK4FCAS Ron portable at RAAF Heritage Centre Garbutt Airforce Base
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4MSS Mal and Marion at Charters Towers
VK4LU Ray and Susan at West End
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4FRPZ Ron and Mandy at Cranbrook
VK4WR Dave at Railway Estate
VK4DMC Dale at Atherton via Echolink/VK4PQ
VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
VK4DB Ian and Denise/VK4FCDB at Condon
VK4FNQT John and Phillippa at Mount Louisa
VK4ZZ Gavin and Lyndall/VK4ZM at Vincent
VK4PRO Paul and Jayne at Alice River




VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the North Queensland Net
by Richard/VK4FRJG at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20180218 08-00pm
Callbacks Richard/VK4FRJG
at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20180218 08-30pm

VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4ZM Lyndall at Vincent
VK4DMC Dale at Atherton via Echolink/VK4PQ



and fyi - North Queensland Net participants
on 3605.4kHz from 20180218 07-30pm to 08-30pm
Net control Gavin/VK4ZZ operating
VK4WIT from the TARC Club Rooms at
West End, North Queensland

VK4ME Snow and Sharon at Kirwan
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4DMC Dale at Atherton
VK4FNQ John at Majestic Towers
VK4MSS Mal and Marion at Charters Towers
ZL1PLG Paul at North Island New Zealand

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see you at the Burdekin Duck for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day Weekend
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ


      

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