Contesting Techniques & Practical Portable Operation
With the amateur radio contesting session just about to get into full swing, on the 1st of June 2016 Ken VK2BBQ (SGARS Contest Manager) will be speaking about contesting techniques and discussing the more poignant aspect of portable operations from a practical point of view.
Contesting is an excellent way for new amateur radio operators or those returning to the hobby, to gain some operating experiencing without the fear finding something to talk about. In a contest, contacts between stations are very structured with exchange of callsign, signal reports and usually a serial number.
Following Ken's presentation is the Worked All VK Shires contest, held on the Queens Birthday weekend, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016. The contest modes are SSB and CW on all HF bands available to Standard licensees. There are a number of categories for single and multiple operators, including a category for Foundation licensees. Click here for more information.
You can hear Ken's presentation at the SGARS club rooms in Connells Point (near South Hurstville) from 7.30 PM local time.
The SGARS 80m Throphy Contest follows at the end of June 2016. For a summary of VK amateur radio contests for 2016 click here
- Category: Presentations
Licence Training & Assessment 2016
Obtaining an amateur radio licence is easy with the Foundation entry level accreditation. The introduction of the new entry level foundation licence in 2006 has re ignited a high level of interest in the hobby. There is no morse code to learn, you don't need technical qualifications and there are no age limits. Anyone can start to participate in the exciting hobby of Amateur Radio by reading the Foundation License Manual and attending a weekend of training and assessment. The assessment consists of a 25 question multiple choice exam paper and a straight forward practical assessment.
The St George Amateur Radio Society (SGARS) will be holding Foundation licence courses and assessments throughout 2016. Each will be held over a weekend. The dates are;
- Category: Licence
2016 SGARS Executive Committee
At the December meeting of The St George Amateur Radio Society Inc, members elected an executive committee for 2016, as follows;
Roland Riede - VK2YAD - Committee Member
Steven Skeekey - VK2UHI - Committee Member
The remaining non executive roles will be filled by the committee shortly.
- Category: SGARS
What is Ham Radio - ABC 702 Sydney
What is ham radio?
There are 15,000 members of this unique hobby in Australia and over 3 million world wide. It's personal communication and probably the earliest form of social networking. It's ham radio. But what does it entail exactly?
Linda Mottram, Mornings presenter on Sydney's ABC 702 radio station spoke to Brian Stokes, the third youngest member of the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club.
In the on air interview, Brian explained that amateur (or ham) operators experiment with various forms of radio communications. At the age of 14 years, Brian obtained his amateur radio license, by studying some basic electronics and radio law or regulations. By using ham radio, Brian can communication with other amateur radio friends locally, across Australia and internationally.
Todays amateur radio equipment is much smaller and has many more features that the old valve radio equipment of years ago. Brian explained to 702 listeners that amateur radio operators also provide a valuable communication network in emergency or disasters.
- Category: Amateur Radio
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 fees are $25.00 for working members, $20.00 for non working member. Joining fee of $5.00.
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
- Category: Membership
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.
- Category: Activities