SGARS Events

Events Calendar

Title Start Date End Date Description Contact Location
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, Creator of APRS Wednesday 06 April 2022 Wednesday 06 April 2022

"Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, best known as the 'Creator of APRS' became a silent key February 7, 2022. At the April gathering of the St George Amateur Radio Society, Cameron - VK2RA will be looking at the life of Bob and his numerous interests and contributions to amateur radio."

"Bob Bruninga WB4APR on his preparations for the final QRT" - Link to YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqRG3pKXYqc

The Society’s monthly gatherings continue online, with the next on Wednesday the 6th of April 2022, commencing promptly at 7:30pm.

Our on line gathering can be accessed using Google Meet link  meet.google.com/fwk-veeq-fmz

To join via Computer, ensure you have one of the following web browsers. Google Chrome (preferred), Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge.

 

 

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Slow Morse Practice Opportunity May 2022 Sunday 01 May 2022 Saturday 14 May 2022

In 2021, the St George Amateur Radio Society Inc (SGARS) established the Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest to honour the contribution of Don Edwards (VK2NV-SK) to
Morse code operation and proficiency. The slow morse contest is run annually in May.

As Morse code competence is no longer required for gaining a radio amateur operator’s certificate of proficiency (AOCP), members and friends of SGARS are offering any radio
amateur the opportunity to practice on air up to a relatively comfortable 5 words per minute (wpm) in the 2 weeks leading up to the contest commencing nightly at 2000
(AEST) with the first session being Sunday 1st May 2022 on 3520kHz +/- as necessary. The operator will operate under the club’s callsign VK2LE.

Full details on the slow morse practice sessions including operating procedure can be downloaded here

 

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Show & Tell - SGARS May 2022 Gathering Wednesday 04 May 2022 Wednesday 04 May 2022

From May 2022, the Society’s monthly gatherings will be returning to "in person" format at our meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Connells Point (near South Hurstville). All members and visitors will need to sign-in. Full details available here.

We will be kicking off with a "Show and Tell" giving everyone an opportunity to bring along a project that you have designed or constructed or unique item of equipment that you would like to show and tell those attending something about. Maybe something you have been working on during COVID. Doesn't have to be amateur radio related, just something technical.

Our disposal tables are straining under the weight of equipment, components etc that have been building up over the past two years. Come along and grab yourself a bargain. Catch up with fellow amateur radio operators over a cup of tea, coffee and a biscuit.

Doors open at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Donnelly Park, Connells Point (near South Hurstville)
The Don Edwards Memorial Slow Morse Contest 2022 Saturday 14 May 2022 Sunday 15 May 2022

In recognition of Don, the St. George Amateur Radio Society will be holding the "Don Edwards Memorial slow Morse contest" on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of May 2022.

The contest will be in two sections, 80 metres on the Saturday evening from 6pm to 9pm (0800 - 1100 UTC) and 40 metres on the Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm (0300 - 0600 UTC). Amateurs can enter either or both sessions. The contest will be open to all VK and ZL amateurs.

Many amateurs have rarely or never used Morse code since they passed their exam or never needed to learn Morse code for their licences. This contest is to encourage inexperienced or rusty operators to try their hand or fist at Morse. For this reason, the contest will be a "Slow Morse contest" with a speed limit of 10 words per minute, no keyboards or screens - all sent by hand and received by ear. 

To encourage those amateurs who never sat for or passed a Morse exam for their licence, they will be able to claim an extra 2 points per session. For more information and contest rules can be found here.

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The Evolution of Telecommunications Part 2 Wednesday 01 June 2022 Wednesday 01 June 2022

The Evolution of Telecommunications Part 2

The communications revolution began with the invention of the Morse Telegraph, closely followed by the Bell Telephone. In part 2 of this 3 part series we examine the anatomy of the telephone itself, manual and automatic exchanges, and the networks that carried analogue communications right across Australia.

Come with us as Wal VK2ACE tours the fascinating technology timeline from then to now, making frequent stops along the way to examine the major milestones.

The St George Amateur Radio Society monthly gatherings have returned to "in person" format at our meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Connells Point (near South Hurstville). All members and visitors will need to sign-in. Full details available here.

 

 

 

 

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VHF UHF Winter Field Day Saturday 25 June 2022 Sunday 26 June 2022

The Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to "head for the hills" and see how far distant and how many stations they can work.

The Field Days have separate sections for single and multiple operator stations. The duration of the Field Day is 24 hours, but there are also 8-hour sections for operators who may not be able to camp overnight. Most club stations prefer to operate for the full 24 hours.

The Field Days also generate plenty of activity from home stations, so there is also a separate Home Station section.

Full details can be found here;

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/vhfuhf/ In your shack or out in the field
Sixteen Months on the Ice Wednesday 06 July 2022 Wednesday 06 July 2022

How physics, photography, cross country skiing and amateur radio helped one man survive. Owen VK2AEJ tells what kept him going during a 16 month deployment in Antarctica.

Come along, hear Owen's story, catch up with fellow amateur radio operators,  check out our disposal items for a bargain and enjoy tea, coffee and a biscuit.

The St George Amateur Radio Society monthly gatherings have returned to "in person" format at our meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Connells Point (near South Hurstville). All members and visitors will need to sign-in. Full details available here.

Doors open at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Donnelly Park, Connells Point (near South Hurstville)
VK ZL Trans Tasman MF HF Contest Saturday 16 July 2022 Saturday 16 July 2022

The Trans-Tasman contest, held on the 3rd weekend in July, aims to encourage Low Band activity between VK and ZL

Only contest bands 160 80 and 40M are allowed with SSB, CW and Digital (RTTY OR PSK)

From 2018 this contest is an official WIA Contest and will count towards the Peter Brown Contest Champion Awards. 

More information can be found here;

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/transtasman/

https://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/transtasman/ Your shack or in the field
SGARS 80 Metre Contest 2022 Saturday 30 July 2022 Saturday 30 July 2022

The intention of The St George Amateur Radio Society (SGARS) 80 metre Contest is for amateur radio operators to prepare for the annual Remembrance Day Contest following in August, so this contest is held on the last Saturday evening in July.

The SGARS 80m Trophy Contest is open to all operators using analogue and digital voice modes, CW morse code and other digital modes such as RTTY, SSTV etc.

The contest commences at 6.00 pm local time in one hour time slots until midnight. Extra points can be earned in the last hour and by making contact with the SGARS club station VK2LE.

Complete contest information and rules can be downloaded SGARS 80 Metre Contest 2022 Information & Rules

 

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Jamboree On The Air JOTA - Boree Regatta Friday 14 October 2022 Sunday 16 October 2022

Some good news, this year the combined guide and scout event, Endeavour Boree Regatta is returning to Bonna Point at Kurnell. The Boree committee would be pleased if Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) could once again be part of the land activities.

With COVID-19 still active in the community, there will be some changes to the way the JOTA radio station would operate, to try and keep everyone safe. Whilst the details are yet to be confirmed, changes would probably include reduced numbers in the radio tent at any one time, using hand sanitiser when handling a microphone, etc.

If your available over the weekend Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th or part thereof, the SGARS JOTA coordinator would pleased to hear from you. Besides having a passion to share the hobby of amateur radio, you would also need a current Working With Children Check. All radio equipment, antennas, power supplies etc will be provided.

Please indicate your expression of interest by email to jota_coordinator@sgars.org

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bonna Point at Kurnell