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:
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
QSL cards (Ferry Contest QSL cards are available on the day)
Opal Card ($2.50 all day!)
Rain jacket (for the strange March weather)
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 $2.50 cap. Details of the Opal card can be found at the Opal card website (https://www.opal.com.au).
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.
A new photo gallery is now available for photos from John Moyle Field Day 2016 at Tooraweenah. I need to get some more in from the the participants so check back over the next few weeks.
Photo Galleries are available via the tab on the home page.
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.
- 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
Further details at the Ferry Contest page.
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.
Keep an ear out for VK2SSI between July 26 to 28, 2015. The expedition includes two of our club members, Raffy VK2RF and Al VK2KAM. More details at www.vk2ssi.com.