Next AREG Meeting: Virtual Christmas Party – Friday 17th December

Merry Christmas everyone from the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group!

With rising uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 after the South Australian borders opening, AREG has decided to hold December’s meeting virtually via Zoom. This will be a round-table session hosted by Matt VK5ZM. Bring your glass and share some cheer as we all start planning for 2022!

The Zoom session will open at 7.45pm ACDT (8.15pm AEDT, 7.15pm QST) and will last as long as the merriment prevails! Invites for the Zoom session will be sent out on the AREG mailing list closer towards the evening.

A short online business meeting will be held at 8.00pm ACDT to present a couple of motions that need membership endorsement for a new project AREG has been asked to support.

AREG will resume meeting in person in January, with events such as a BYO picnic and foot-based fox-hunt planned for the Sunday the 16th of January.

Stay safe everyone and we wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2022!

December Fox Hunt & Upcoming January BYO Picnic Foot Hunt

Members and friends are advised that our next monthly fox hunt is scheduled for the evening of Friday the 10th of December, kicking off at the car park of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

Participants usually meet at the southern end of the car park from around 6.15pm and the foxes (hidden transmitters) are activated at 6.30pm.

Our usual three foxes will be deployed. Two transmit on the 2 metre band and one on the 70cm band.

As usual, participants are free to liaise on the club’s 70cm VK5RSB repeater on 439.900MHz (-5MHz input with 91.5Hz CTCSS).

With the weather warming up, we have also planned a BYO picnic and foot-based hunt for Sunday the 16th of January, at Felixstow Reserve, kicking off at 12pm. For those new to fox hunting who would like to give it a try, there will be equipment available on the day to use if you don’t have your own. Please stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE: Due to the current COVID situation in South Australia the foot-based hunt has been cancelled and been replaced with a car-hunt on the evening of Friday the 14th of January, starting at 6:30PM at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. The car-based hunts present a considerably lower risk profile than a foot-based hunt and picnic where equipment would need to be shared.

As always, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, members and non-members alike, so we look forward to seeing you there.

AREG November Meeting: Amateur Radio Direction Finding 101

The next AREG meeting will be held this coming Friday (19th November) at our clubrooms at the Fulham Community Centre. Doors will open at 7.15pm.

Building on the success of AREG’s monthly fox-hunts, this month Theo VK5IR and Mark VK5QI will be talking on Fox-hunting for beginners. No, we’re not talking about small furry animals, we’re talking about the sport of Amateur Radio Direction Finding. The talk will explain the equipment you need to get started, and some basic techniques that will help you find that first fox transmitter! There’ll be plenty of live demos showing various hunting equipment in action.

Happy Fox-Hunters from a previous AREG event

The meeting presentation will commence at 7.45pm ACDT and will also be streamed live for members on Zoom (that is 7.15pm QST or 8.15pm AEDT for our interstate members). The meeting will be unfortunately not be live-streamed, but will be recorded and uploaded to HamRadioDX’s YouTube channel after the meeting.

The presentation will be followed by a general business meeting. All members are encouraged to attend either in person at the hall or via Zoom if you are remote.


To find us in person, the meeting will be held at the Fulham Community Centre, Phelps Court, Fulham SA. See you there!

November Fox Hunt – This Friday Night!

The next monthly AREG fox hunt is schduled for this Friday night, the 12th of November, again kicking off at 6.15pm from the southern end of the car park at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, with the fox transmitters being activated and “hounds” released from 6.30pm.

As always, participants are welcome to liaise via the Summertown UHF Repeater on 439.900MHz (-5MHz Input with 91.5Hz CTCSS).

All are welcome to join in – AREG members and non members alike. See you there!

Next AREG Foxhunt: This Friday 22nd Oct 6:30pm

 

The next foxhunt will be held this coming Friday, 22nd October. It will start once again from the car park of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, in the North Park lands, off Jeffcott Rd, North Adelaide. Hounds will gather from 6.15pm and kick off will be 6.30pm.

Foxes will be deployed on 145.3MHz, 144.39MHz and 70cm (TBC).

Liaison will be via the Summertown UHF Repeater on 439.900MHz (-5MHz Input with 91.5Hz CTCSS).

All are welcome – AREG members and non members alike. See you there!

AREG October Meeting: QRP Portable & SOTA Operation – THIS FRIDAY

The next AREG meeting will be held this coming Friday at our clubrooms at the Fulham Community Centre. Doors will open at 7.15pm.

Our presenter this month is Marcus VK3TST/VK5WTF who will discuss “the peaks and valleys of QRP portable, from where to go, to how to be heard, and the equipment you need to get a signal out.” Marcus, who was licensed as a teenager in 1994 is always trying to do more with less. He will talk about the basics of antennas he uses and his experiences hiking with amateur radio in both Australia and Japan.

 

The meeting presentation will commence at 7.45pm ACDT and will also be streamed live for members on Zoom (that is 7.15pm QST or 8.15pm AEDT for our interstate members). While we wont be offering a live Youtube stream this month, we do hope to post a recording of the presentation after the event on HamRadioDX.

The presentation will be followed by a general business meeting. All members are encouraged to attend either in person at the hall or via Zoom if you are remote.


To find us in person, the meeting will be held at the Fulham Community Centre, Phelps Court, Fulham SA. See you there!

3D Printing Introduction – Youtube LiveStream Friday 17th 7.45pm ACST

AREG is pleased to confirm that our next meeting will be streamed live on Youtube via the HamRadioDX Channel!

The broadcast will start on Friday 17th September:

  • 7.45pm ACST
  • 8:15pm AEST
  • 1015 UTC

 


The presentation by Scott VK5TST will provide an introduction to filament based 3D printing. While the technology is large, and there are many ways to use and enjoy it, this is based on one person’s experiences. I approached 3D printing as getting a new tool to help with other hobbies, rather than my hobby being build and development of the printer.

The presentation will discuss the technology, the process, equipment (software, printer and consumables) with some tips on how to get started. Not to mention a few lessons over a year or so of playing with the hobby.


The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group will be hosting the presentation live at our clubrooms at the same time, Phelps Court, Fulham. Doors will be open from 7.15pm. COVID Safe protocols will need to be observed – face masks will need to be worn and COVID Check in will be mandatorty.

Remote AREG members will be able to interact with the meeting via our Zoom link.

 

September Meeting: 3D Printing Basics – One Way to Get Started

The next meeting of the Amateur Radio Experimenter’s Group will be held this coming Friday, September 17th, starting at 7.45pm ACST. We will be featuring a presentation by Scott Testi VK5TST who will talk about 3D Printing Basics – One Way to Get Started.


The brief presentation will provide an introduction to filament based 3D printing. While the technology is large, and there are many ways to use and enjoy it, this is based on one person’s experiences. I approached 3D printing as getting a new tool to help with other hobbies, rather than my hobby being build and development of the printer.

The presentation will discuss the technology, the process, equipment (software, printer and consumables) with some tips on how to get started. Not to mention a few lessons over a year or so of playing with the hobby.


The meeting will also be streamed for members via Zoom and we are hoping to also make it available via YouTube via the HamRadioDX Channel. (TBC)

The group meets at the Fulham Community Centre, off Phelps Court, Fulham. Doors open at 7.15pm. A general business meeting will be held after the presentation.

Visitors are most welcome!

We run as a COVID safe event. Everyone attending in person will be required to wear a mask and will need to do a COVIDSafe Checkin at the door.