Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest

The object is to make as many contacts as possible from ferries or wharves. An Opal card will permit the entire day’s travel on any mode of public transport for only $2.50.

Operation is restricted to VHF and UHF bands, any mode, simplex or through repeater using hand-held transceivers.

Check website for more details:

 

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).

Foundation Course & Assessments

Full weekend Foundation Licence course and assessment plus upgrade assessments. Register on our Education & Training tab, and get your first licence, or upgrade to higher level privileges.

January 2017 Meeting Talk.

WARS Monthly Meeting.

Tony Monger VK2KZ, will talk on the STEM symposium held in Canberra in November which he attended.

Trans Tasman Low Band Contest 2016

The club has been awarded 3rd place certificate for its entry to the Trans Tasman Low Band Contest in July 2016.  We operated a Multi-operator / Two Transmitter entry on 160m, 80m and 40m in SSB, CW and RTTY modes.   This was a first attempt at a multi-multi operation from the club site -a  great effort in co-ordination and co-operation from the club radio shack and using antennas on site. Well done to the team!

Full contest results http://www.b4h.net/vkcc/transtasman/ttlbcresults2016.php

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WARS XMAS Party

WARS Christmas Party on the same date as the usual monthly meeting.

Venue: Rose Bay RSL Club (Next door to our Club House)

Time : 7 pm for 7:30 Pm.

Menu: Will be advised, but will consist of 3 choices each for Entree, Mains & Dessert.

Theme: Something Electronic

Parking: Clubhouse  or RSL club (if you are a member of that club)

 

Spring VHF UHF Field Day

Spring 2016 – Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November.  Time TBA (see contest website)

The VHF-UHF Field Days provide VHF-UHF operators with the opportunity to “head for the hills” and see how far and how many 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.

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

All contacts must be simplex: contacts through repeaters or satellites are not allowed. There is plenty of FM activity, but one feature of the Field Days is a high level of SSB activity.

It is possible to do very well with only modest antennas if you pick a good hilltop. Another option, if your station is easily transportable, is to operate from more than one location during the contest period.

Aim Of The Contest

The overriding aim is to get away for the weekend and have fun! But next after that, the aims are:
  to encourage more activity on VHF and microwave bands;
  to encourage people to work greater distances than usual by operating portable, and
  to provide opportunities for people to activate or work into new grid squares.

CQ WW CW Contest

CQ WW CW Contest

Saturday 26NOV 0000UTC (1100 local) – Sunday 27NOV.

The CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35,000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones as possible.

Australia's oldest continuously licenced amateur radio club

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