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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
https://metoc.ndbc.noaa.gov/JTWC/    Joint Typhoon Warning Centre
http://www.meteo.gov.vu/     Vanuatu Meteorological Services
http://www.met.gov.fj/    Fiji Meteorological Service

For all alerts in Queensland
http://www.qldalert.com/

For Ergon Network electricity outages
https://www.ergon.com.au/network/outages-and-disruptions/power-interruptions/outage-finder


- News from the ANZAC front - RadioAmateurs remember
- Invitation to a Technical Seminar
- News from Central Queensland
- News from North Queensland
- News from the Naughty Lad
- Buy Swap and Sell and Wanted
- Regional Communications Support Events
- TARC Services
- Regional  Activities
- Holiday planning
- WICEN NET
- Regional Nets
- D-Star Nets
- VK4 Shires Net
- ANZA DX Net
- ROTA Recipes On The Air
- North Queensland Internet Gateways
- HTTP references
- WIANews sources
- NQ HF Propagation
- NEWS Net Callbacks


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 7th 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.
It includes the Gnarly Net on 3600kc with CW from 1930Z and AM from 2030Z and
the Friendly Afternoon Net on 7120kc from 0600Z in Northern Queensland.

Ex HMAS Diamantina will be operating as VK4RAN from 0300 to 0700UTC on CW on 7020/7025kc
and 14038/14052kc plus/minus. It was operational during World War II.

The Tableland Radio Group hope to be operating from Rocky Creek War Memorial Park,
near Atherton, with the Callsign VK4GHL.

The Tablelands Radio and Electronics Club hope to operate using AX4WAT from the TREC Clubrooms
using a home brew AM transceiver.

The Amateurs from Ingham, in North Queensland, hope to be operating from the Herbert River RSL and will be
operating on a range of frequencies with the callsign AX4MS.

The Townsville Amateur Radio Club will be active on the callsign AX4WIT from the Club Rooms in Green Street,
which were part of the camouflage used to protect the RAAF WW2 Pacific Theatre Communications Centre
from enemy bombing. AX4WIT will be operational from 0001Z AM and CW on 7115kc

More 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.




Invitation to a Technical Seminar
IEEE Northern Australia Section and PES Chapter jointly invite you to a seminar
on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 4:00 PM
Venue: 014 – 201 (Engineering Building), James Cook University, Townsville
Measuring Mains Related Impedance and Transfer Function at PLC Frequencies On-line
by Prof. Keith Kikkert, Adelaide University and James Cook University
SmartGrid communications systems are required in the near future to ensure that the power grid
remains stable and economically viable. Power Line Communications is an economic way of achieving
that communications. To couple the communications signals onto the power line efficiently, the impedance
of power lines needs to be known.
C. J. Kikkert has developed a novel Resistive Shunt On-Line Impedance Analyser, which allows those impedance
measurements to be measured. The analyser also allows impedance variations caused by power electronics
during a mains cycle and on-line transfer functions to be measured.
The presentation discusses the design principles, calibration and results obtained from the analyser.
The talk includes a demonstration.
Speaker - Cornelis Jan (Keith) Kikkert (FIEAust, LSMIEEE, CPEng), was born in The Netherlands
and received a BE(Hons) in 1968 and a PhD in 1972 from The University of Adelaide. For 3 years,
he was a lecturer at The University of Adelaide. For 37 years he was a lecturer at James Cook University,
for 7 of those he was Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He “retired” in 2010 and is now an Adjunct A/Prof at both Adelaide University and James Cook
University.
He has extensive experience in SmartGrid, communication systems and RF electronics.
He has been the chair of the IEEE Northern Australia section for many
years and was the IEEE Australia council chair from 2007-2008.
He is currently the chair of the IET-Retired Engineers / IEEE Life Members Affinity Group.
He is the author about 100 fully refereed publications, 8 patents/applications, 4 book chapters
and a book on RF Electronics, which is distributed by AWRCorp.
http://www.awrcorp.com/professors-in-partnership/professor-keith-kikkert/rf-electronics-design-and-simulation
For further information please Dr. Graham Woods, Assoc. Prof. Mohan Jacob, IEEE NA Section, 0747814379





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

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

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

Plan Ahead
2018 Friday arvo  4th May to Monday morn 7st May
2019 Friday arvo  3rd May to Monday morn 6th May
2020 Friday arvo  1st May to Monday morn 4th May
2021 Friday arvo 30th Apr to Monday morn 3rd May





- Central Highlands ARC Theresa Creek Campout
The Theresa Creek Campout will be happening from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th June 2017
Theresa Creek Dam is located 22 km southwest of Clermont in Central Queensland, with bitumen access all the way
to the boat ramp plus 2 boat ramps to choose from.
This is the perfect dam for those that like swimming, canoeing, water skiing, fishing, or just relaxing and watching
time pass you by.
Theresa Creek Dam is well worth a visit, with a couple of toilet blocks, HOT showers, shaded picnic tables,
bins, BBQ’s, 6 x 6 camping shelters and plenty of spots to access the dam for land based anglers and red claw hunters.
Red claw crayfish are the main target species in the dam however; you can also chase Barramundi, Golden Perch,
Eel-Tailed Catfish, Sleepy Cod, Silver Perch and Bony Bream. Permits for fishing are required through DPI.
Sorry no EFTPOS as phone coverage is not real great. Pets welcome with strict rules.
NO powered sites as the site is a camping ground and - remember - the site is a glass free area.
Campfires are permitted. Camping fees are $15 per couple/per night kids free and there are no bookings,
first come first camped. Generators are permitted within specified hours.
The CHARC crew usually camp as you first drive in on the right opposite the first set of toilet and shower blocks.
Happy Hour at 4pm!
BYO Food, Drinks and Water.
BYO Firewood for the camp fire.
If you are able to come along for a great weekend, let Helen/VK4FHEL know by email
[qrm] helenlwood [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
or on the CHARC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/632669076759173/
making sure to release the countermeasures first.







- Central Highlands ARC AGM Weekend
The famous and popular Central Highlands Amateur Radio Club AGM weekend
will be happening at Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, approx 25km southwest of Emerald,
from 2pm Friday 22nd to 10am Sunday 24th September 2017.
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 make sure you 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
or on the CHARC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/632669076759173/
(being sure to release the counter-measures first)




- News from North Queensland

- TARC Management Meeting this Tuesday
The Management Meeting of the Townsville Amateur Radio Club
Inc happens this Tuesday 4th of April from 7-30pm at the Club Rooms
perched atop the SES HQ Green Street West End.
Make sure you bring along something for the Show and Tell session.
All welcome !




- VK4KG Activity
VK4KG, the Amateur Radio Station based at the RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre,
is planning a number of operations over the next few months.
- 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea
   Saturday 29th April – portable operation at the
   Memorial Park in Cardwell.
- 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Townsville
  Wed 17th, Thur 18th & Fri 19th May – portable operation from
  the Oonoonba bombing site, utilising the original Palm Tree
  near the bomb crater as an antenna support.
- International Museums Weekends, Sat 17th & Sun 18th June,
  Sat 24th & Sun 25th June, operating from the Radio Shack at
  the RAAF Aviation Heritage Centre.
- Remembrance Day Contest, Sat 12th and Sun 13th August,
  operating from the Radio Shack at the RAAF Aviation Heritage
  Centre.
Want to help with VK4KG operations? Contact Wayne/VK4WDM on 07-47286876.



- Snow’s RadioActive Observation Trial
theTARCinc President Snow/VK4ME is currently planning out the
inaugral RadioActive Observation Trial, happening in the Townsville area
from 11am on Sunday 21st May.
The starting point is TBA, it will be fun for all the family and
a BBQ is planned at the finishing point of the Trial.



- Tony 4 Radio Direction Finding Fun happening somewhere in Townsville
If you are in the vicinity of the Townsville Region on Saturday June 17th 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.
You have until Thursday 15th June to get your attendance numbers in for the Foxhunt. There will be activities
for all family members to participate in during the Foxhunt and things will end up with some in flight catering.
To cater for the event Tony needs to know your attendance numbers and you need to quiz
Tony further regarding details about the Foxhunt. Who do you have to call ?
Tony VK4TJS of course, on 47677137
Hands up so far 4TJS, 4ZZ, 4ZM,




- TARC Communications Support

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


Fri 14 to Mon 17 April         - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 28 May (or 4 June)        - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 2 - Mount Stuart
Sat 10 to Sun 11 June        - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sat 24 and Sun 25 June        - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Sat 29 July            - Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers Briefing
Sun 30 July            - Maggie Island Swim - from 7am at Strand Park
Sat 19 to Sun 20 August        - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 27 August            - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 3 - Mount Stuart
Sun 15 October             - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Round 4 - Mount Stuart


Some more details of these events -

Whitsunday Region Endurance Riders Association Inc Euri Gold Farm Endurance Rides.
All the rides happen on the verdant slopes of Euri Gold Farm, just out of Merinda
north of Bowen North Queensland.
You are able to camp out early at Ride Base from Thursday onwards.
The ride starts up on Friday afternoon and will mainly run into the evening.
Your chance to get out into some lovely countryside, set up camp with a portable station
or three and communicate in a relaxing fashion as the horsies and riders go by, day and night.
Hey Mackay and Bowen horsie operators - you can join in the fun too !
Canteen, hot water, bbq din din plus brekkie and mod cons available at Ride Base.
Fri 14th to Mon 17th April - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4TUB and Jennine, VK4JPA and Rhonda,
VK4IGM, VK4HSV, VK4ME, VK4DA and VK4FJMP,

TCAC King Of The Hill Hillclimb on the Mount Stuart.
A chance to get out in the field and mix your radio with high speed organized autosports.
Operators needed to man the Start and Flying Finish positions on the Mount Stuart Road.
Safety and Time Control communications and your chance to get a CAMS Officials Licence.
7-30am start, a free burger or steak sandwich at lunchtime, finish by 3-30pm
Sunday 26th March - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4MSS and Marion, VK4FACI
Sunday 28th May - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4HSV, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4MSS and Marion, VK4FACI
Sunday 27th August - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4ME, VK4HSV, VK4ZMB, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4MSS and Marion, VK4FACI
Sunday 15th October - operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4HSV, VK4ZMB, VK4ME, VK4JPA and Rhonda, VK4MSS and Marion, 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 24 and Sun 25 June 2017 - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region.
Operators so far – VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4ME, many more needed.

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 29 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim Briefing Session from 1pm
Sun 30 July - Maggie Island to Townsville Swim from 7am Strand Park
Operators so far - VK4ZZ, VK4ZM, VK4IGM, VK4ME, many more needed !





- Cardwell Gathering October Long Weekend
The Cardwell Gathering will be taking place from Friday afternoon September 29th to
Monday morning October 2nd 2017 at the Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park.
This is a call to all Hams and support crews and anyone interested in taking up
the hobby of Amateur Radio to spend a long weekend in paradise
- meeting up with friends
- swap ideas
- catch up on new techniques
- build a new thingie
- cook up a masterpiece
- socialise
- engage in extreme loafing (a lost art form)
- visit the local attractions such as
   the Rainforest to Reef Info Centre
   Telegraph Museum
   nice cafes and restaurants
   the Jetty to view dugongs, turtles or Bruiser the Croc
   Coral Sea Memorial Park
   Forest Drive, Cardwell Lookout or the more challenging Dalrymple Gap
   Girringun Cultural Centre
   the Blues Festival which will be in town all weekend
- kill a fish or two
- mangle a Jesse's Famous Pie or three
- visit the Saturday Morning Markets at the Coral Sea Memorial Park
- engage in some group games for young and old
- do glorious battle in the famous North Vs South cricket match
- bend your mind to the fullest at Shazza's Trivia Challenge
- recycle some treasure at the famous Monster Auction.

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 or book on the
toll-free number 1800005633 .
The TARC Communications Van, Mop's Big Dome and the Big Tarps will be set up on Site 86.
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

Plan ahead
2018 Fri 28th September to Monday 1st October
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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- Leonie and Terry are shifting QTH - you reap the benefit !
Leonie and Terry/VK4VTE are moving into town, as a result Terry has
to downsize his shack. The following equipment is offered for sale
in the hope that it can all be put into caring radio shacks and used
with effect.

1 X Icom IC-718 transceiver
2 x Uniden Scanners
1 X Codan 7411 Tuner
1 X classic Yaesu FRG-7 HF receiver
Couple of UHF mobile radios
Various hand held radios
15 element yagi
Vertical HF antennas
8 element UHF Yagi (requires small repair)
1 x 10 element UHF Yagi and 1 X 5 element UHF Yagi
Various bits and pieces of many other antennas
Lengths of aluminium extrusions and assorted Poles etc.
Mobile-1 25MHz to 1.3GHz antenna.

Interested? Want to know more? Want to nail down a good deal before it is all gone?
This listing is just a small portion of what needs to go before the move happens.
Contact Leonie or Terry now - either on 07-47786982 or 0432818207.
Don't miss out !




- Australias Most Wanted - Tubby/VK4TUB needs a signal generator
Tubby/VK4TUB wants a RF Signal Generator with frequency range 3MHz to 500MHz,
preferably with PLL frequency synthesis and with variable attenuation, but
will consider any type !
Got one of these lurking in your compendium ? Contact Tubby now either on
the mobily 0419714876 or on the email [qrm] kermck [at] gmail [dot] com [qrm]
[ being sure to release the countermeasures first ]  




- Australias Most Wanted - Nick/VK4YT needs a power supply
That's right, Nick/VK4YT, the northern maestro of heritage military equipment
restoration, needs a power supply. You might have guessed though that the
power supply that Nick is after is not your ordinary thing.
Nick needs a 28V at 50A rectifier power supply needed to aide in the
operation of his Korean War vintage Collins GRC-19.
These types of power supplies abound at Monster Auctions or in
the back rooms of telecommunications establishments and there might
be one lurking in your radio shack that is not being used.
Have a look right now and if you have one let Nick/VK4YT know soonest
on email [qrm] watnickling [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
[ being 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 22 to Sun 23 April - FNERA Mt Baldy Horse Endurance Ride - Tepon
Sat 27 to Sun 28 May - FNERA Gemstone Moonlight Horse Endurance Ride - Tepon
Tue 27 June to Mon 3 July - FNERA Pioneer >TREC< Endurance Rides - Tepon
Sat 29 to Sun 30 July - FNERA Wetherby Horse Endurance Ride - Tepon
Sat 27 to Sun 28 August - FNERA Siralee Horse Endurance Ride - Tepon
Sat 23 to Sun 24 Sept - FNERA Cordillera Trail Horse Endurance Rides - Tepon
Sat 21 to Sun 22 October - FNERA Kuranda Horse Endurance Ride - Tepon



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

Fri 14 to Mon 17 April - WRERA Euri Gold Farm Easter Carnival of Endurance Rides - Bowen region
Sun 28 May - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 - Mt Stuart (could change to 4 June)
Sat 10 to Sun 11 June - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sat 24 to Sun 25 June - Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Townsville Region
Sat 19 to Sun 20 August - WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Horse Endurance Rides - Bowen Region
Sun 27 August - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 - Mt Stuart
Sun 15 October - TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 - Mt Stuart



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

Sat 29 to Sun 30 April - Breakaway Ride - Koumala
Fri 19 to Sun 21 May - Dejay Arabians Ride - Denison Creek Station
Sat 3 to Sun 4 June - Pure Endurance Education Weekend
Sat 29 to Sun 30 July - Greg Willoughby Memorial Ride - Denison Creek Station
Sat 11 to Sun 12 November - Breakaway Education Weekend



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:

April
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- WRERA Euri Gold Farm Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides - Fri 14 to Mon 17 April
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18th April from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- AM and CW on ANZAC Day - Tuesday 25th April - TARC activating clubrooms from 0001UTC
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 25th April from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

May
- MARS/RADAR Clairview Gathering - Fri 28th April to Mon 1st May - BarraCrab Resort Clairview
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 2nd May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 9th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 16th May from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Snow's RadioActive Observation Trial - Sun 21st May from 11am - starting from a secret location
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 23rd May from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 2 Comms Support - Sun May 28th - Mt Stuart Road
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 30th May from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

June
- CHARC Theresa Creek Radio Camp Out - Fri Arvo 2 to Sun Arvo 4 June at Theresa Creek Dam near Clermont
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 6th June (Queensland Day) from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- VK Shires Contest - Sat 10 to Sun 11 June
- WRERA Euri Gold Farms Tropical Winter Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 10 to Sun 11 June
- TARC Project Night - Tue 13th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Tony4 Famous Foxhunt - Sat 17th June from 1pm somewhere near Townsville
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 20th June from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Kennedy Region Scouts Nighthawk activity - Sat 24th to Sun 25th June - Townsville Region
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 27th June from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater

July
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 4th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 11th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 18th July from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 25th July from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TOWSA Maggie Island Swim Volunteers and Swimmers Briefing from 1pm
- TOWSA Maggie Island Swim from 7am Strand Park

August
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 1st August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 8th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 15th August from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- WRERA Euri Gold Farms Winter Harvest Horse Endurance Rides - Sat 19 to Sun 20 August
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 22nd August from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 3 Comms Support - Sun August 27th - Mt Stuart Road
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 29th August from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

September
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 5th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- ALARAMEET 2017 - Fri 8th to Mon 11th September in Cairns FNQ
- TARC Project Night - Tue 12th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 19th September from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- CHARC AGM Weekend - Fri arvo 22 to Sun morn 24 September - Lake Maraboon Holiday Resort near Emerald
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 26th September from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- TARC Cardwell Gathering - Fri 29th September to Mon morn 2nd October 2017 - Beachcomber Resort Cardwell

October
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 3rd October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 10th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TCAC King of the Hill Hillclimb Heat 4 Comms Support - Sun October 15th - Mt Stuart Road
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 17th October from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- Jamboree On The Air worldwide Fri arvo 20th to Sun arvo 22nd October
- Ann Renton Memorial Net Tue 24th October from 7-30pm on Tsvl UHF Repeater
- Tech On The Air Net Tue 31st October from 7-30pm on Tsvl VHF Repeater

November
- TARC Management Meeting - Tue 7th November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Project Night - Tue 14th November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- TARC Annual General Meeting - Sun 19th November Rossiter Park Aitkenvale from 7am
- TARC Social Evening - Tue 21st November from 7-30pm at SES HQ Green Street West End
- 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




- Holiday planning
State Public Holidays in North Queensland


2017
Fri 14th Apr - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 15th Apr - Easter Saturday Holiday
SUN 16th Apr - Easter Sunday Holiday
Mon 17th Apr - Easter Monday Holiday
Tue 25th Apr - ANZAC Day Holiday
Mon  1st May - Labour Day Holiday
Mon  2nd Oct - Queens Birthday Holiday
Mon 25th Dec - Christmas Day Holiday
Tue 26th Dec - Boxing Day Holiday

2018
Mon  1st Jan - New Years Day Holiday
Fri 26th Jan - Australia Day Holiday
Fri 30th Mar - Good Friday Holiday
Sat 31st Mar - Easter Saturday Holiday
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 1 - Mon 23rd Jan to Fri 31st Mar
Term 2 - Tue 18th Apr to Fri 23rd June
Term 3 - Mon 10th July to Fri 15th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  3rd Oct to Fri 8th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 16th Oct

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

2019
Term 1 - Tue 29th Jan to Fri 5th Apr
Term 2 - Tue 23rd Apr to Fri 28th June
Term 3 - Mon 15th July to Fri 20th Sept
Term 4 - Tue  8th Oct to Fri 13th Dec
Student Free Day - Mon 21st Oct

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

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



- WICEN >> since 1946 << -
- WICEN NQ >> since 1971 << -
- Curly Wind Season is 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
Tuesday Evening - RADAR Net - VK4WIR Net Control - 3613kHz from 0930Z
Tuesday Evening - Cairns ARC Net - VK4HM Net Control - 3596kHz from 0930Z
Wednesday Evening - Gold Coast Net - VK4WIG Net Control - 3605kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - The TREC Memorial Net - VK4WAT Net Control - 3588kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - Sunshine Coast Net - VK4WIS Net Control - 3660kHz from 0930Z
Thursday Evening - Hervey Bay Net - VK4CHB Net Control - 3615kHz from 0730Z
Friday Evening - Central Highlands Club Net - VK4WCH Net Control - 3618kHz from 1000Z
Saturday Evening - Darling Downs Net - VK4WID Net Control - 3587kHz from 0930Z
Sunday Morning - WICEN QLD Net - VK4IQ Net Control - 7075kHz from 2230Z
Sunday Morning - Border Ranges ARC - local VHF repeaters, IRLP9558, echolink VK3JED, from 2230Z
Sunday Evening - North Queensland Net - VK4WIT Net Control - 3605.4kHz from 0930Z
Sunday Evening - Dalby and Districts Net - VK4BAD Net Control - 3585kHz from 1000Z
Every Morning - The Gnarly Net - All the Morse and Voice you can have for breakfast
                        3600kHz 6am or earlier for the Morse, Voice happens after the Morse
Every Morning - The Aircraft Enhancement Net - Get those Hairy Planes to propagate your signal.
                   144.125MHz USB from 7-30am from Far North to Central Queensland.
Every Afternoon - The Afternoon Net - Wake up from your power nap and get radio-active.
                        On 7120kHz from 4pm (0600Z)
Every Afternoon - The Kandos Net - check your gear and let everyone know you are still active !
                        On 7093kHz from 1630local (0630Z normal, 0530Z DST) - Tom/VK2KF net control
                        alternate net controllers Peter/VK2QF or Tom/VK4ATH

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


- VK4 Shires Net
Every Friday, starting at 0630UTC on 14.240MHz until 0730UTC, then
from 0730UTC continuing on 7.185MHz to 0830UTC.
After a dinner break the net reconvenes from 1000UTC on 3.600MHz.
Various operators Net Control
Your chance to get contacts towards the Worked All Australian Shires Award.

Want to be a net controller for the VK Shires Net ? The net needs operators to work
as controllers on a roster basis.

Contact Bill/VK4FW to find out more or put up your hand.
[qrm] spiritdreaming11 [at] bigpond [dot] com [qrm]
(but make sure to release the countermeasures first)



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

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

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

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

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

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


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






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





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



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


Tune WIANEWS in North Queensland on Sundays
(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 20161001-1600UTC ends 20170401-1600UTC



- 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 (7088 2/1 VK6) 7130 5/3 7135 5/4 7140 4/1* 7146 5/7 7158 4/1* 7193 5/2
10125 5/3 10132.8 4/1 10137 4/1*
14130 3/1* (14130 3/1 VK6) 14170 5/3* 14337 5/3
28320 0/0 28525 0/0 / 28537 0/0 29680 0/0
52525 0/0 53100 0/0 53800 0/0 53825 0/0

* QRM
# QSB
 


VHF Net Callbacks - VK4WIT 146.700MHz
following the WIA News and QNEWS transmissions
by Peter/VK4PQ at Kelso North Queensland - 20170326 09-00am
Callbacks by Peter/VK4PQ
at Kelso North Queensland - 20170326 09-35am

VK4IGM Iain and Sheila/VK4PAL at West End
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4AE Denis at Kirwan - with cheers to Robyn in the Hilton with Y2K upgrade
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4DB Ian and Denise/VK4FCDB at Condon
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4FNQT John and Phillippa at Mount Louisa
VK4ZZ Gavin portable at Checkpoint 1 - Mount Stuart Hillclimb
VK4TUB Kerry and Jennine at Kirwan
VK4LU Ray and Susan at West End
VK4FUQ Felix at Ingham
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 - 20170326 08-00pm
Callbacks by Richard/VK4FRJG
at Cranbrook North Queensland - 20170326 08-25pm

VK4PQ Peter and Ruth at Kelso
VK4AE Denis and Robyn at Kirwan
VK4HDG Dave and Audrey at Kelso
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4FUQ Felix at Ingham
VK4HSV Phil and Jan at Douglas
VK4ZM Lyndall at Vincent
VK4PRO Paul and Jayne at Alice River





and fyi - North Queensland Net participants
on 3605.4kHz from 20170326 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
VK4NB Neil at Koumala
VK4FRJG Richard at Cranbrook
VK4FNQ John at Majestic Towers
VK4FABT Shorty at Lucinda
VK4FNQA Matman and Roslyn at Condon
VK4KN John at Mount Pleasant near Mackay
VK4TJS Tony at Kelso
VK4KS Tom at Kirwan
VK4EKA Dougal near Toowoomba
VK4AAH Bob and Kaye at Mount Low
VK4EHT Bruce in Brisbane
VK4JPA John and Rhonda at Rangewood

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see you at the WRERA Euri Gold Farms Easter Carnival of Horse Endurance Rides !
and cheers fm Gavin/VK4ZZ


      

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