AREG has, for a number of years now, operated the internet link for VK5RWN via a number of free member provided services. Alas, our last member in 5.8GHz range of VK5RWN (who doesn’t have trees in the way) has left the area.
As a result, AREG is now moving the DSTAR internet service to a paid internet service (Kern WiFi) so the VK5RWN D*STAR gateway can continue. The new service was installed on Friday the 4th of September. We hope to complete the remaining network reconfiguration work over the next 2-3 days. As soon as thats done, D*STAR network services will be restored.
Meanwhile, the VK5RWN D-Star repeater is still fully operational as a local (2m & 70cm) DV repeater. However, as there is no Internet network connectivity at the VK5RWN site, remote linking of repeaters, reflectors and hot spot connectivity is not available.
AREG is sorry for any inconvenience that may be experienced, however please bear with us while we work to restore service within the next few days.
Can you help Us?
With the substantial increase in operating costs, AREG would encourage any and all D*STAR operators in the Adelaide area to consider becoming members of AREG or at least consider a yearly donation to the club. This will help cover the now more than $1000+ per year running costs for power and Internet.
Your support of the Adelaide VK5RWN DSTAR node is greatly appreciated!
The yearly WIA VK5 QSL Bureau sort for 2020 is now underway. Considering the reduced opportunities to meet in person, this sort will be followed by the once a year mail-out to WIA members of their cards (as included in your WIA membership). It is hoped to send all current VK5 WIA members your QSL cards in the next 4 weeks.
Non-members who are members of a WIA affiliated club should make sure their details have been passed to the VK5 QSL Bureau Manager, Grant VK5GR, via your club secretary so that your cards can be included in the mailing to your club.
If you are not a member of the WIA or an affiliated club, but still want to receive your cards, please email email@example.com to make suitable arrangements. Cards can be collected in person by arrangement, or can be mailed if a self addressed pre-paid satchel is provided. If you wish to inquire as to whether you have cards waiting you can also contact us at the above address.
Operation of the VK5 WIA Inwards QSL Bureau is carried out on behalf of the WIA by the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group Inc!
If you wish to send outbound cards via the WIA bureau and are a member of the WIA please use the national Outwards bureau address:
WIA Outwards QSL Bureau
PO Box 66
Boolaroo NSW 2284
The antenna uses the rugged Mini-Kits EME234 Magnetic Loop Antenna module to balance the loop and provide impedance transformation to 50Ω to allow the antenna to feed receivers directly.
Being balanced, these unshielded magnetic loops provide very deep nulls which allow the user to pinpoint sources of interference very accurately.
LDF-450 coaxial cable was used for the loop conductor for improved efficiency and standard plastic plumbing fittings made up the mounting hardware.
Everyone enjoyed success in construction efforts and went home with their own hand held magnetic loop antenna. A great afternoon was had by all!
Thanks to Chris VK5CP for his hospitality and Jeff VK5AC for BBQ duties..
Friday the 21st of August saw members gather for our first virtual Annual General Meeting . Over 35 members attended online via the Zoom platform. After all of the reports were presented and accepted, all positions were declared vacant and nominations were called.
The results are as follows:
- President – Matthew VK5ZM
- Secretary – Mark VK5QI
- Treasurer – Grant VK5GR
- Kim VK5FJ
- Theo VK5IR
- Steve VK5SFA
- Jeff VK5AC
- Darin VK5IX
We would like to welcome back our committee for 2020/21! Thanks team for agreeing to continue to lead our radio club.
While we had hoped to be ready to meet in person, given current conditions the committee has recommended we delay a little longer before re-opening the club rooms. As a result, the AGM will be held on-line via Zoom.
Members are also reminded that it is a members lightning talk night – so if you have a lockdown project you wish to share, put your hand up and give us a 5 minute run down on what you have been up to these past few months.
See all our members online tomorrow night!
This is the video from our July meeting!
The date: Friday July 17th – 7.30pm ACST
For members, the meeting will again be held via Zoom streaming on the internet. We will again bring a visitors live stream via YouTube as well. (YouTube Link Here).