November 2013 Meeting
Radio Alignment - 6 Nov 2013
Our talk at the November 2013 meeting will be a discussion on Radio Alignment led by Paul VK2ZSA.
At the November meeting we'll also be conducting our Xmas Pie Drive so bring along your money and place an order for pickup at the December meeting. The list of items available and prices can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Xmas Pie Drive 2013
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 6th of November 2013, commencing at 7.30 PM. The venue is the rooms of The St George Amateur Radio Society, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point.
Holly Stone .1uf 2kV Disc Capacitors
A US based HAM has available for purchase a large quantity of .1uf 2kV Disc Capacitors. The part number is HDCY104M202ALC. He will sell them in bags of 100 for US $50 per bag. The expected charge for international postage will be $25 which will make the total cost US $75.
Data sheet on these capacitors: Click Here
Brian VK2GCE provided this information and wants to hear from anyone that is interested in making a joint purchase. Please contact Brian by clicking on this link: http://sgars.org/index.php/contacts/7-brian-clarke and then click on "Contact Form" to send him an email.
Christmas Pie Drive 2013
The Popular Xmas Pie Drive is Back
These pies, puddings and cakes are made by Loftus Pies and are extremely yummy.
Decide what you want to from the menu. Place your order, with money, with Peter VK2EMU at the November meeting (Wednesday 6th). Collect your yummy treats at the December meeting (Wednesday 4th).
Here is the MENU:
Ideal Gift Bag - includes - 2 Xmas Fruit Mince Tarts, 1 Gingerbread Tree, 4 Chocolate Truffles, 1 Bag of Sweets for just $8.00
Deluxe Gift Bag - includes - 1 Slice of Fruit Cake, 1 Xmas Pudding Single, 2 Fruit Mince Tarts, 5 Chocolate Truffles, 1 Bag of Sweets for just $12.00
Xmas Family Pack - includes - 1 Xmas Fruit Cake, 6 Xmas Fruit Mince Tarts, 6 Chocolate Truffles, Shortbread, 1 Bottle of Chocolate Sauce just $30.00
Xmas Fruit Mince Tarts - pack of six for $7.00
Xmas Pudding - Single, $5.50 each
Raspberry Mudcake Pudding - Single, $4.50 each
Xmas Pudding - 900 gm, $14.00 each
Rich Xmas Fruit Cake - 950 gm, $14.00 each
Results of the Special General Meeting
At the Special General Meeting held on the 2nd of October 2013, four (4) motions were put to the membership for consideration.
Two of the motions were proposals to award life membership to two of our members for their long and outstanding service to the Society. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Peter O'Connell VK2EMU and Brian Clarke VK2GCE have both been awarded life membership of this Society.
At the meeting we also awarded a Certificate of Merit to John Gibling VK2EKG for his many years of supporting JOTA.
The other two motions relating to the acceptance of a new constitution were also resolved in the affirmative. The process of getting this new constitution registered with the NSW Department of Fair Trading will now commence.
Membership to SGARS
Membership is open to the St George Amateur Radio Society.
Current Membership application forms are available on line by clicking here. If you do not have someone to nominate you, please submit the form anyway and we will try and find someone.
Membership Application Forms can be sent either by;
- in person to the Secretary at one of our regular gatherings,
- mail to PO Box 530 Engadine NSW 2233
2013 SGARS Executive Committee
2013 SGARS Executive Committee
At the February meeting of The St George Amateur Radio Society Inc, members elected an executive committee for 2013, as follows;
Cameron McKay VK2CKP - President
Paul Howarth VK2GX - Vice President
Greg Bain VK2GSB - Secretary
Phil Higgerson VK2OX - Treasurer
Peter O'Connell VK2EMU - Publicity Officer
Brian Clarke VK2GCE - Committee Member & Education Officer
Paul Smith - VK2ZSA - Committee Member & Public Officer
Ken Rayner - VK2BBQ - Committee Member
The following non executive roles were also filled as follows;
Contests and Field Days
Amateur Radio Contest and Field Days
What is a Contest ?
Contests are a popular part of the amateur radio and gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your operating skills and techniques, and to see how well your station is performing. Also contest get plenty of stations on the air and to increase the opportunities for making contacts.
What is a Field Day ?
A Field Day is a contest especially for portable stations, operating from a good location such as a hilltop or quiet location away from RF noise. Often operators camp out overnight. Apart from having fun, Field Days are a great way to check out your equipment in the field and to experiment with light weight, easily transportable equipment and antennas.
2m FM Transceivers For Sale
2m FM Transceivers For Sale
The St George Amateur Radio Society Inc has a number of ex commercial VHF FM transceivers that have been re-tuned and programmed for the 2m FM band.
These RT85 model transceivers have 80 channels including repeaters and simplex frequencies, some including CTCSS on transmitt. The additional serial port is ideal for APRS and digital modes.
Transmitter power output will be set at either 10 watts for foundation level licences or 25 watts for standard and advanced level licensees.
Monday Evening Digital Net
New SGARS Digital Net
Commencing in the new year of 2013, the St George Amateur Radio Society Inc. will be hosting a dedicated, digital modes net. Commencing 8pm local time on Monday nights (as of Monday 7th January 2013) the digital net will give amateur radio operators in the Sydney region, both new and experienced, the opportunity to experiment with various digital modes. Net Control will be VK2CKP (Cameron) and may be using the club callsign of VK2LE.