A successful working bee at Tic Hill was carried out on 11th July.
Work carried out consisted of:
APRS antenna stand-off replacement (to keep antenna vertical)
INOX placed in batteries and placed on high charge (via 2KW petrol Generator)
Reconnection of all 6x Solar panels (total 350W) with each pair isolated
Current measurement of all/individual equipment at site (Standby, power-up and TX)
WAFN antennas/cabling/equipment replacement/tidy up and new solar pannel/batteries installed (not independant power system)
Thanks to 6POP, 6JAH, 6TWO,6ZRW, 6FLEX,WAFN
Saturday morning 14th July will saw a club working bee to manufacture our famous ‘Pogo-Stick’ antennas for sale at the Anual Perth Hamfest.
Mass production of all of the ‘parts’ took off quite quickly, however the assembly hit a ‘road block’ when it came to optimising/refining the design. Several hours were spent ‘tweaking’ and testing with very expensive test equipment till we came up with a final build which enabled the antenna to be usable across the entire 2m band.
Along with several saussages in bread, the assembly line was back in full swing.
~20 antennas were completed and individually tested.
Thanks to 6HRB, Dot, 6ZRW, ZRW-Jr, 6AXB, 6JAH, 6FMON, 6TWO, 6LV, 6FLEX, 6BDO, 6FJON, 6KMC, 6ZMS,TOM.
WARG will again be attending the Anual Perth Hamfest.
As usual, the ‘WARG Shop’ will be selling Coax (213 & 58), connectors and antennas.
WARG welcomes any members to bring along any gear you wish to sell on the WARG table (please let us know how much you intend to bring so that we can manage table space).
As always, the WARG Membership Officer will be present which will be a great opportunity to join the club, or renew your membership.
Negotiations are in place for a new WARG repeater site. Coverage is expected to be the majority of the Perth are.
It’s expected that the site will be used for hosting VK6RLM after a long period without a home. Once installed, Echo/IRLP is expected to be connected up to the repeater to enable a broader coverage Echolink/IRLP round Perth.
Bringing RLM back on air will enable all of the regular ‘nets’ to relocate back to 146.750, allowing VK6RAP to be free for general/mobile voice traffic.
In 2011 Heath VK6TWO started researching the use of ‘WebConferencing’ for use at committee and planning meetings. This was brought on by several key active members often working away from the Perth area which made attending/arranging meetings rather difficult.
Given recent discussion and interest in the idea, further research has been done and the committee have trialed several solutions for suitability for GM’s, Practical sessions, Committee meetings and planning meetings.
It’s expected that we may end up with two soltions aimed at differnt uses. First being a featureful and interactive solution to enable effective planning and committee meetings, and the second being for general meetings so that members can ‘attend’ via webconference. This should enable more time to be spent on ‘making progress’ instead of driving in the car to/from meetings.
Further testing will continue by the committee, potentially for some initial ‘planning’ and once the best solution is decided on, the GM preferred solution will be sent out to enable members to remotely attend meetings.