The 3rd edition of the Ferry Contest will soon be here. For those intending to participate please refer to the pages on our website (Ferry Contest 2018). There was a temporary glitch in our system which impaired our ability to provide the most up to date information for logging. This year we have an extra Ferry Route and a change in name of a wharf. The downloadable log sheets now reflect these changes.
Sydney Ferries have closed both the Abbotsford and Birchgrove wharves for upgrade. We are not aware of any other travel alerts on the system, however, the latest information can be obtained from https://transportnsw.info/alerts#/ferry.
The weather forecast is currently predicting a temperature from 18-27 C, partly cloudy and with light winds. The chance of rain is 5%. Follow the forecasts at the bureau of meteorology. Being a reformed optimist I shall pack sunscreen, a hat and a rain jacket.
For those arriving before the official commencement of the contest at 10:00 am there is the opportunity to check in to the club station which will be operating on our Paddington Repeater (147.025 +600 91.5 Hz) to enter the draw for a fabulous prize. The club station will also make regular broadcasts throughout the day and be available for contacts on the advertised simplex channels.
I will be present at Circular Quay between 8:30 and 10:00 and will be watching out for individuals with visible antennas as well as listening on the Paddington repeater.
Rob Halliday – VK2XRH
Once again the Ferry Contest is almost up on us. It is due next Sunday 11th March 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 )! Please consider participating even for a short period since it is definitely the more the merrier. Whilst some contesters are working very hard for the maximum points there are others who simply enjoy a good day out. Even if you are not able to ride the ferries perhaps you might act as a contact station for those who do. For those who are contemplating their preparation here are some ideas:
Dust off the radio(s) and check their operation
Charge batteries and spare batteries
Program the suggested frequencies (check our website)
Print log sheets
Study the ferry map and timetable (Note the extra line this year)
Read the contest rules
What to Bring
Handheld 2m/70cm Radio (+ backup radio if you have one)
Extension microphone, headset or earpiece
Log sheets (Print ours from our website)
Ferry Timetables (Make sure you get the Sunday one)
Opal Card ($2.60 all day!)
Rain jacket (for the strange March weather)
Hat (helpful for both sun and rain)
Water bottle – can fill on some ferries and wharves
Snacks and/or loose change for coffee
Camera for those unique Ferry Contest Moments
Maps and Timetables
Detailed maps and timetables are available from the Transport NSW website (http://www.transportnsw.info). It is important to refer to the Sunday timetables as there is significant variation in the timing of operation from weekdays on most of the routes.
The Opal card will provide the most cost-effective fare structure because of the $2.60 cap. Details of the Opal card can be found at the Opal card website (https://www.opal.com.au).
Don’t miss out on the WARS Annual Auction, to be held in the Vickery Avenue Rose Bay Scout Hall on July 8th . Bring your surplus gear to sell. Buy Treasures from others.
See details HERE
The club has been awarded 3rd place certificate for its entry to the Trans Tasman Low Band Contest in July 2016. We operated a Multi-operator / Two Transmitter entry on 160m, 80m and 40m in SSB, CW and RTTY modes. This was a first attempt at a multi-multi operation from the club site -a great effort in co-ordination and co-operation from the club radio shack and using antennas on site. Well done to the team!
Full contest results http://www.b4h.net/vkcc/transtasman/ttlbcresults2016.php
The new version of the Powerpole Distribution box looks & works terrific!
Neville Amy VK2FNJA sadly passed away on Saturday 24 September 2016.
A funeral service will be held for Neville at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, South Chapel at 10am, Tuesday 04 October 2016.
The regular Tuesday working bee may either be delayed until aroud 12pm, or possibly cancelled. Please call on a club repeater on the day to confirm.
Vale Neville Amy, VK2FNJA SK.
See page 45 of the September Amateur Radio magazine for a great review of the club Power Pole kit.
See http://www.wia.org.au/members/armag/2016/september/ for more information
Recently some trials have been conducted using the remote station on digital modes and a report on the trials in PSK, RTTY and JT65 has been published. This is a set up and operating guide to operating digital modes on the remote, and it can be used as basis for further trials using other AFSK data modes.
The guide is in the member’s section, on the remote station page. You must be logged in to the site and a current financial club member in order to access this page.
Remembrance Day Contest 0300 UTC Saturday till 0300 UTC Sunday (1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday)
The club will be activating the club shack from 4pm to 10pm local on Saturday 13 August.
- Members welcome to come and operate the multi-mode station. We will be operating 160-70cm on phone, CW and RTTY.
- Members are also welcome to operate the remote station in the contest when the shack is closed.