This is a small soft-covered book written to assist newcomers to gain an amateur radio licence produced by one of our members, Bruce, VK2DEQ. The book provides the reader with a concise summary of the “need-to-know” theory, regulations, and practical skills required to successfully complete the assessments and qualify for the Amateur Radio Foundation Licence.
The Club received its first certificate from an official WIA Field Day. The Club participated in the John Moyle Field Day in March 2022 in what was less than ideal weather conditions. Whilst we made a limited number of contacts we are looking forward to JMFD 2023 with even better results.
It is with great sadness that we must note the recent passing of Richard Mackay VK2HRM. Richard’s funeral was held last Friday, May 13 at Adaminaby.
Richard was a highly qualified automotive engineer working in Canberra following his trade in the industry. He was very mechanically proficient and interested in all to do with motor vehicles.
He initially became attracted to CB radio, and later studied for and passed his Amateur Radio licence qualification. Richard was a founding member of the Snowy Mountains Amateur Radio Club back in the early 2000s and acted as President for a couple of years early in the history of the Club.
Richard built the repeater system, VK2RSM at the Table Top and Queen Gallery sites near Dry Plain south of Cooma, including the installation of the antenna tower, antennas, and the facility that housed the repeater systems. This system operated for many years as the main feature of the SMARC offering 2 Metre Amateur Radio coverage on the Monaro.
At the height of his involvement, the VK2RSM repeater systems operated on 70cms, 2M, and 6 metres with links to repeaters installed in Jindabyne and Nimmitabel.
Unfortunately, Richard’s health deteriorated in recent years, reducing his ability to be as active as he would have wished. He did however continue to be involved and interested in the activities of the Club as well as 2MNO Community Radio and the social side of the Club’s activity.
Richard will be greatly missed as a friend and a great mate.
DMR RepeatersVK2RCM 439.925 MHz (negative 5 MHz offset) are now active in Cooma and Tura Beach on the NSW Far South Coast with a third repeater to be activated in Jindabyne soon. The Club uses the Brandmeister network on Talkgroup 505030 and everyone is most welcome to call in at any time.
Our Club participated in the 2022 John Moyle Field Day on Saturday the 19th of March. We met and set up at Piper’s Lookout near the top of Brown Mountain in what was initially, a misty, wet, and bleak morning. We made about twenty-five HF contacts during the day into Queensland, NSW, and Victoria, and whilst we didn’t break any records, we had a lot of fun meeting up for this event. Field Days are lots of fun and help to improve our skills making radio contacts off-grid in just about any location.
The Club participated in the Summer VHF/UHF Field Day and set up at Mt Gladstone just south of Cooma on Saturday, the 15th of January. It was only a small turnout due to the heavy overnight rainfalls and unpredictable weather, however, it turned out just fine in the end. It’s always good to catch up with each other for these off-grid events and we look forward to the next chance to get together. More photos on our Club Photos page. https://smarc.org.au/photos/
The Club currently has three DMR repeaters under construction. Repeaters are to be located in Cooma, Jindabyne, and Tura Beach in the coming weeks and will be operational on the Brandmeister network. Applications for licensing and frequency allocations are currently being processed and we look forward to making announcements about the respective Repeaters as they come on air. When operational, users will be able to contact other DMR users across the region, the state, and the rest of the world using DMR technology when in range of one of these repeaters. Please stay tuned for more news.
Several South Coast Club members enjoyed the usual coffee on a Sunday afternoon with a special guest – Stuart Bartlett. Stuart is currently completing his post-grad studies at the University of New South Wales while working at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research. Plenty of lively and very interesting discussion about CubeSats, space exploration, robotics, and even a bit of radio was enjoyed by all. From left to right were Paul VK2MTZ, Dino VK2AFP, Stuart Bartlett, Russell VK2VRW, David VK2DE, Peter VK2DIE, and Steve. (Absent from the photograph is Bruce VK2DEQ).