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The Ferry Contest is almost here…..

In case nobody noticed the Ferry Contest is on this Sunday 12th March (10:00 – 16:00)! For those who are contemplating their preparation here are some ideas:

Preparation

Dust off the radio(s) and check their operation
Charge batteries and spare batteries
Program the suggested frequencies
Print log sheets
Study the ferry map and timetable
Read the contest rules

What to Bring

Handheld 2m/70cm Radio (+ backup radio if you have one)
Extension microphone, headset or earpiece
Extra battery
QSL cards (Ferry Contest QSL cards are available on the day)
Log sheets
Pens/Pencil
Ferry Map
Ferry Timetables
Opal Card ($2.50 all day!)

Backpack
Rain jacket (for the strange March weather)
Hat
Sun glasses
Sunscreen
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.

Opal Card

The Opal card will provide the most cost-effective fare structure because of the $2.50 cap. Details of the Opal card can be found at the Opal card website (https://www.opal.com.au).

Oceania DX SSB Contest – Club country DX station operation

The club is planning a country DX station operation for the Oceania DX SSB Contest from 01-02OCT at a rural property near Robertson NSW, about 2 hours south of Sydney.  Members are invited to join the contest operation and take this opportunity to participate in an easy international DX contest, where the DX is listening for Oceania stations – that’s us!  Further information has been sent via the club email list.

Oceania DX Phone

It’s the Ferry Contest Tomorrow!

I am looking forward to the Ferry Contest tomorrow. Only a few hours to go. I was thinking about packing my bags and what I should include. The weather looks like it could be hot at around 29 degrees and there is always a risk of a late shower or storm. With that in mind here is my list below.

God luck for those who are participating. I hope to hear you during the day.

Preparation

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle – can fill on some ferries and wharves
  • Snacks
  • Camera for those unique Ferry Contest Moments

 Further details at the Ferry Contest page.

AX Prefix on Australia Day

On Australia Day, Australian amateur radio operators are allowed to use the special call sign prefix AX in lieu of the normal VK prefix. For NSW amateurs the special prefix is AX2 followed by letters of your callsign.

Celebrate Australia Day on Tuesday 26th January 2016 by using the AX prefix call sign.