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Meetings

NEW Meeting Venue from June 2017

Due to some over active white ants, WARG has has to find a new meeting venue. Keeping the link between WARG and the Scouts, we will be metting at the Pelican Point Sea Scouts hall, Australia II Drive, Crawley. This move is until the redevelopment of the Peter Hughes Scout Communication Cenre has been completed. Our firs meeting at the new venue will be the 12th June 2017.

New Venue Map

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AGM and Equipment Auction!

A reminder that WARG’s next meeting on Monday May 2nd is our AGM – and will feature an equipment auction at the close of proceedings.

As usual, the main business of the AGM is to elect a new Committee for the coming year. Whilst many of WARG’s office holders intend to re-nominate – including myself as Secretary – this is an opportunity for others who are financial members of WARG and want to contribute more to the running of the group.

WARG’s committee aims to always operate in a collaborative fashion, and not to take over discussions or make decisions which should be the property of the wider group. The AGM is an important night and we look forward to seeing you there, at WARG’s usual meeting venue, the Peter Hughes Scout Communications Centre, corner of Gibbs St and Welshpool Rd, East Cannington.

All are welcome to attend. Doors will be open at 7, for a 7:30 start. Treasurer John will be on hand to take payments from any members who haven’t yet renewed. A short General meeting will also take place, alongside the AGM. Tea & coffee are available, and there’s usually time for socialising before and after the meeting.

WARG Treasurer John VK6JAH advises that the auction is on behalf of the estate of Syd VK6SMH (SK) who sadly passed away last year, his family have asked WARG to assist in disposing of remaining equipment. All the gear is said to be in working order, but the WARG Committee has had no opportunity to fully test any item. As such no warranty can be given regarding the working condition or otherwise of any item offered.

All procedes from the sale of the equipment will go to WARG funds.

Below is a list of the donated equipment and attached are photographs of the same.

Kenwood TS-680S tranceiver with handbook, MC-43S microphone and accessory DIN plugs.

Hi Mound HK-704 morse key

Kenwood LF-30A low pass filter

Kenwood AT-230 antenna tuner with handbook.

Digitor D2510 2m power amplifier.

Yaesu FT-530 dual band handheld with handbook, MH-12 speaker/microphone and DC power cord. Dead battery pack. No charger.

Arista stereo headphones.

Loudspeaker in box.

1981 edition of ARRL handbook.

D-5200 two way PL 259 coax switch.

Micronata swr/power meter.

Asahi Antenna swr/power meter.

Cobra swr/power meter.

Pearce-Simpson Super Cheetah 27MHz AM/SSB CB radio with microphone and handbook.

Benelec 7-706 power microphone.

HF two section tapped helical mobile whip 80-40-20-15-10m in cloth bag. No spring base.

Mast – two section crank up/tilt over. Bottom section triangular lattice, upper galvanised pipe. Probably 14 meters fully extended. With all guy wires and extra section of triangular mast. Includes Alinco EMR-400 rotator and control box with handbook and 3 element tri-band 20-15-10m trapped beam. Two winches, one for tilt over, one for crank up. These items to be sold as a single lot. Removal needed from rear garden of a house in Manning. WARG can assist in removal. (No photos of these unfortunately, rotator controller pic only).

As usual, the best way to bid for an item is to turn up in person. If for some pressing reason a WARG member cannot attend the AGM in person but are interested in bidding, please contact Anthony VK6AXB (via ‘Secretary AT warg etc’ email address) for more information on submitting an absentee bid.

73, and Best Regards,

Anthony VK6AXB

CB-and-Mics HH-Amp Key-Tuner Phones-Filter-Switch Rotator Speaker-Book SWR-Meters TS-680S Whip

 

 

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Fusion Presentation – 1/12/2014

For our upcoming meeting on Monday December 1, Will VK6UU has kindly agreed to bring along his Fusion equipment and give a presentation about the Fusion system.

This will be a good opportunity to have a close look at this new digital voice protocol, and compare/contrast to other systems. We encourage as many members as possible to turn up.

Usual venue, Peter Hughes Scout Communications Centre, cnr Gibbs St and Welshpool Rd East Cannington. Doors should be open at 7 for a 7:30pm start. We envisage a brief business-meeting session, and then hand over to Will for the presentation. Any other general meeting items can be dealt with after the presentation, if needs be.

This will be our last meeting before Christmas, and a good chance for a catch up generally. There is no meeting scheduled in January due to the proximity to Christmas/New Year break and hot conditions, so we won’t be all meeting together again until early February. (Although there should be some working bees and other activities in December/January).

Some videos in relation to the system can be found below. Thanks go to Will VK6UU for his time spent on the new system.

We look forward to seeing you there, to enjoy the presentation, a coffee and possibly even some Christmas Treats.

73

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Video Webconferencing Trials

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.

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MAY AGM

We have the AGM comming up on May 12th.

The AGM is also WARG’s ‘financial year’ which means that anual membership subscriptions are due.

Get your payments in early to enable you to nominate for a committee position and/or vote for who you want on the committee.

The Anual Newsletter formally detailing the AGM will be going out in April so keep an eye on your mailbox.

Ask all of your HAM buddies if they are a WARG member and encourage them to support a good cause.

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WARG Practical and Information sessions – Meetings

WARG is changing the way meetings are run to include more informational/practical sessions. We’re considering bi-monthly General Meetings, where the alternate month will involve informational/practical sessions. We’re also looking at the restructure of formal General Meetings to ‘compress’ the formalities to enable simular informative sessions to follow.

Please let us know any topics you’d like to learn about related to Repeaters/AR.

Some Ideas we have so far…

Meeting:

Radio measurements – Bring along your mobile/HT radios and we’ll test things like audio levels, deviation, power output, frequency shift etc.
Learn how/why different stations sound different via the repeaters

Meeting:

Roleystone site visit – Come along and see what a repeater site looks like.
Learn about all of the devices required for a repeater, how they connect, and what they look like.

Meeting:

WARG network and features – Learn what repeaters are out there and what features they have availabale to users.
APRS network – Learn what APRS digipeaters/gateways are out there and what features they have availabale to users.

Meeting:

sweep/tune a complete set of new cavities for Tic Hill
sweep/tune/test other cavities in container
test/refurbish spare antennas in container

Meeting:

Repeater theory – Learn how a repeater works, what parts there are, what functions are available
building up spare repeaters

Meeting:

Program up APRS digipeaters x3
Manufacture/mount APRS enclosures x3
presentation on APRS graphs/monitoring

Meeting:

Brainstorming/presenting smart controller features for smart linking
old network design
current network design
future network design
System Expansion planning
System refurbishment planning

Meeting:

Build new DC distribution boards x3
testing of old Walliston Batteries

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Fundraising – WARG Chocolate Drive

WARG are continuing to run the fundraiser chocolate drive in 2012 to help fund many of the ongoing WARG projects.

If you think that you can sell some chocolates to raise some funds for WARG, or would like to purchase them for yourself, please contact the Treasurer – Monique VK6FMON.

Thanks to Monique VK6FMON.

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Constitution – New Rules of Association

Q2 2011 saw a Special General Meeting to Vote on an update/upgrade the WARG Rules of Association (Constitution).

The new Rules were acepted unanamously and submitted to the Department of Commerce which was officially excepted by them.

The update to the ‘Constitution’ was required to bring it up to the new standards for Associations under the Associations Incorporations Act based on the “Guide for Associations“.

Members are encouraged to read the guide.

A new membership form will soon be available on the website (Q1 2012). The new membership form will have updated information re the new Constitution.

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WARG Chocolate Drive

Thanks to an idea proposed by Monique VK6FMON, WARG are currently running a fundraiser chocolate drive to fund many of the ongoing WARG projects. If you think that you can sell some chocolates to raise some funds for WARG, or would like to purchase them for yourself, please contact Monique via QRZ.

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WARG Network upgrades and Expansion

There have been several conversations in past years about standardising and expanding the WARG network to both re-instate previous repeaters/sites, and to install new repeaters at key sites to expand coverage of the WARG network. The main aim of standardising equipment/sites is for ease of maintenance and repair. Fortunately, recent discussions have been gaining momentum and several projects are underway in achieving this.


Key discussions taking place have revolved around WHAT is the best solution for repeater devices, and linking radios, and how these can be standardised. The top contender was the Spectra MX800 due to features, reliability, and being locally manufactured here in Perth. Unfortunately, price was a prohibitive factor for these.


Second were the Icom IC-FR5000/6000 models as they provided all of the external connections through an auxiliary port which we required for linking and control. Hamtronics was also highly considered due to its good specs, particularly high sensitivity and selectivity, as well as it’s low power consumption for solar powered sites.

It’s expected that the Hamtronics will be used for linking transceivers between repeater sites. Whilst there are many potential contenders, particularly ex commercial such as the KL series, A key factor was the quantity and the longevity of supply, as well as warranty and support.


These “Repeater” discussions have led to more detailed subjects such as RF side standardisation, and CONTROLLER standardisation so that we can not only standardise the hardware throughout our network, but also standardise on the features and ‘brains’ of the network, in particular the WIA newslinking, ad-hoc user linking, and semi- permanent or ‘regional’ linking.

A group of WARG members have already made significant progress on designing a new “Complete Repeater Controller”. The Repeater Controller Project aims to design or source a controller which will meet ALL of WARG’s requirements. Although there are many highly capable controllers on the market, none seem to meet ALL of our requirements with future expansion/upgrades in mind. + link to design spec

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