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Happy 16th Birthday WARG.ORG.AU

Hi all,

I was looking at the Wayback machine ( http://web.archive.org ) and decided to look up warg.org.au

It turns out (as far as I can tell, please correct me if wrong) that the WARG Website has been up since 9th October 2004. Happy 16th Birthday WHISKEY ALPHA ROMEO GOLF dot OSCAR ROMEO GOLF dot ALPHA UNIFORM!

This is what the website used to look like back then, when the internet was still a bit new for most of us.

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WARG December 2020 Meeting Information

WARG December 2020 Meeting Information
WARG December 2020 Meeting Information

The next WARG monthly meeting is to be held on air Monday 7 December 2020 on repeater VK6RLM (146.750), not at our regular venue. The meeting will commence at the regular time of 19:30 hours. Hope to hear a few people on the net.

If you wish to participate in the meeting, you can do so by the following:
Radio: Repeater VK6RLM 146.750MHz -0.6Mhz offset
ALLSTAR: Node 28608
Echolink: Node 909122

Echolink for Android
Echolink for iOS

More info at http://www.echolink.org

More info about AllStar https://www.warg.org.au/how-to-guides/

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Next WARG meeting 2nd November 2020

Next WARG meeting 7th September 2020
West Australian Repeater Group Next WARG meeting 2nd November 2020

The next WARG meeting is to be held Monday 2nd November 2020 at the 1st Pelican Point Sea Scout Group, 12 Australia II Drive Crawley. (Down the end past the yacht club) Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Tea and coffee are available. All are welcome.

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WARG October 2020 Meeting Information

WARG August 2020 Meeting Information

For the remainder of 2020, we will be alternating Face to Face and On Air Meetings.
This will be reviewed at the end of the year.

The next WARG monthly meeting is to be held on air Monday 5 October 2020 on repeater VK6RLM (146.750), not at our regular venue. The meeting will commence at the regular time of 19:30 hours. Hope to hear a few people on the net.

If you wish to participate in the meeting, you can do so by the following:
Radio: Repeater VK6RLM 146.750MHz -0.6Mhz offset
ALLSTAR: Node 28608
Echolink: Node 909122

Echolink for Android
Echolink for iOS

More info at http://www.echolink.org

More info about AllStar https://www.warg.org.au/how-to-guides/

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WARG June 2020 Meeting Information

WARG June 2020 Meeting Information

Due to social distancing because of the Coronavirus-19 threat, physical meetings are postponed for the time being. Because of this, we will hold trial meetings as radio nets.

The next WARG monthly meeting is to be held on air Monday 8 June 2020 on repeater VK6RLM (146.750), not at our regular venue. The meeting will commence at the regular time of 19:30 hours. Hope to hear a few people on the net.

If you wish to participate in the meeting, you can do so by the following:
Radio: Repeater VK6RLM 146.750MHz -0.6Mhz offset
ALLSTAR: Node 28608
Echolink: Node 909122

If you wish to participate in the meeting, you can do so by the following:
Radio: Repeater VK6RLM 146.750MHz -0.6Mhz offset
ALLSTAR: Node 28608
Echolink: Node 909122

Echolink for Android

Echolink for iOS

More info at http://www.echolink.org

More info about AllStar https://www.warg.org.au/how-to-guides/

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WARG Committee for 2020-2021

The WARG Committee for 2019-20 is as follows:

President: Barry VK6SP
Vice President: Steve VK6FTOW
Secretary: Anthony VK6AXB
Treasurer: Nil Nominations at this time
Membership Officer: Carsten VK6PCB
Technical Officer: Bob VK6ZGN
Councillors: Peter VK6PM, Matt VK6ML, Ray VK6ZRW,

Other positions
Digital Officer: Matt VK6ML
Shop Manager:
Website Manager: Carsten VK6PCB
Social Media: Peter VK6LB

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HARGfest 2020 cancelled

HARGfest 2020 has been cancelled due to the current health concerns.
Hills Amateur Radio Group would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and hopefully we can reschedule sometime in the future.

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Pogo Stick Antenna Construction

Tools Required.
Hacksaw
Mitre Box (to cut the pipe square)
Electric Drill
Drill bits
Tape measure
Crimp tool for fitting coaxial fittings.
Soldering iron and solder.
Knife
Pliers
Side cutters
Wire strippers.
Black marking pen
White marking pen (for marking black coaxial cable)

Materials.
20mm White PVC Pipe (25mm outside diameter)
20mm end caps
20mm female coupler (sleeve joiner)
Fishing line
RG58 coaxial cable
Coaxial fittings (either PL259, SO239, N male or N female)
Each antenna requires a length of about 1200mm of PVC pipe to construct.

PVC pipe comes in 3 metre or 6 metre lengths and a number of classes that define its pressure rating (wall thickness).
One 6 metre length  allows the construction of 5 antennas with minimal wast of pipe.

The lowest pressure rating available would be suitable for pogo stick antennas.

Notes on Pogo Stick Antennas.

The design by Will VK6UU suggests dipole segment lengths of 425mm each and choke coil of 9 turns on a 20mm PVC pipe (25mm OD).

Other suggestions are 440mm for the upper segment of the dipole and 470 for the lower, or, 457 for the upper and 447 for the lower both with a choke of 9 turns.

The 440mm/470mm antenna tunes in the 147MHz segment and the 457mm/447mm tunes in the 146MHz segment.

VK2ZOI suggests 450mm for the dipole lengths and 10.5 turns on the choke, or 457mm for the dipole lengths and 9 turns on the choke.

In various designs, choke coil varies in number of turns between 9 and 11.

In recent WARG designs, the PVC pipe has a PVC cap at the top and a female PVC coupling at the bottom with a short attached section of pipe to provide weather protection to the coaxial fitting (plug or socket).

The coaxial fitting is not mounted on the PVC pipe but is attached to a short pigtail of coaxial cable coming from the choke winding.

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