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received my sm1000 smart mic today

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The sm1000 is an interesting bit of technology implemented as a microphone to bring digital voice to almost any ham receiver.  The microphone implements the codec2 voice codec designed by David Rowe in hardware, replacing the need for a pc running freedv.

Im looking forward to making some cables for my ic-7100 and ft-857d and trying it out.

It was nice to see David was recently awarded at the WIA conference for his contributions to amateur radio, specifically with Codec2, FreeDV and now the SM1000.


Club Merchandise

A quick post to remind people that there is a variety of club merchandise available on Cafe Press. I’ll add a merchandise page to the web site just as soon as I find a cafe press plugin that actually works, in the meantime wander over, have a look, and buy something knowing a little of that purchase comes back to the club.



Site Speedup Enabled

The WARS home page should be significantly faster now as I’ve just switched enabled Amazon Cloudfront for all media files, this provides a very fast front end cache (aka CDN – Content Distribution Network) taking the load off the (small) server we have hosting the web site.

Hopefully this will also help with the occasional ‘stalls’ we are getting due to the current t1.micro instance, which will continue until I migrate the pages to a reserved instance.

If anybody experiences any issues with this, please let me know.




Foundation Course, 23rd and 24th May 2015

On 23rd & 24th May 2015 the Waverley Amateur Radio Society is holding a Foundation Course weekend plus upgrade Assessments at it’s clubhouse in Rose Bay. Applications to reserve a place are invited.

Email for details and reservation form. Places are limited so register early to avoid missing out.
Please bring this to the attention of anyone you know who might be interested.
Don’t forget to mention our scholarship fund ( Australian Citizens under 25’s not in full rime employment )

The Vk2BV Annual Auction will take place on July 4th 2015

The Vk2BV Annual Auction will take place on July 4th 2015.

This event contains plenty of Radio & Electronic goods for sale. It is open to all to buy or sell whether a club member or not. You should find everything you want to know about the auction on this page, but if you have a query, send an email as below.

In our experience the best sellers are low to medium priced useful bits of equipment, components or vintage items of collector interest. Non-working computers and associated components as well as domestic equipment such as TVs or VCRs will no longer be sold due to lack of buyer interest. Apart from the auction itself there is the popular low value item trash & treasure stand.

Annual Auction

Photo’s from auctions past: