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The next WARG meeting is to be held Monday 1 July 2019 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 Committee for 2019-2020
The WARG Committee for 2019-20 is as follows:
President: Barry VK6SP
Vice President: Steve VK6VHF
Secretary: Anthony VK6AXB
Treasurer: John VK6JAH
Membership Officer: John VK6JAH
Technical Officer: Bob VK6ZGN
Committee Members: (also called Councillors)
Matt VK6ML (Digital Officer)
Carsten VK6PCB (Webmaster)
Publicity Officer: Mark VK6FIVE
WARG Patron: Mac VK6MM
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WARG’s Annual General Meeting is taking place Monday May 6th 2019, starting at 7:30pm.
The meeting venue is the 1st Pelican Point Sea Scouts facility, located at 12 Australia II Drive, Crawley.
Membership renewals for 2019-20 are also now due. We sincerely thank people for their past WARG membership and invite you to renew again this year.
If you have not already done so, you can direct bank deposit $25 into WARG’s bank account.
WARG’s Bendigo Bank account.
Account no. 144144953 with “your call sign to identify yourself”.
We thank you for your work and membership this past year, and look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM.
Thanks very much!
73, and Best Regards,
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WARG’s membership year ends on 31st of March 2019.
You can renew your membership for 2019-20 by transferring $25 to WARG’s Bendigo Bank account.
BSB 633000 Account no. 144144953 with your call sign to identify yourself.
An email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying you have renewed would be appreciated and will bring an acknowledgement.
WARG will be at HARGfest on April 14 to accept renewals and new membership application.
If you use WARG’s repeaters, why not join WARG for $25 and help keep the repeaters on air.
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Just uploaded a new page for repeater coverage maps. At this stage for the Perth Metro area only, but more will follow shortly.
Also going to try and embed a google maps interface so you can zoom in on any sections you wish to see more detail for an area.
You will find the link at the top of the “Repeater” page via the menu. The repeater page has also been upgraded to provide a better view of all repeaters and services in the one place. It also makes it easier to manage from a web site point of view 🙂
Thanks and 73
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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.
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WARG will be hosting a “Check your equipment” day at our usual venue, Peter Hughes Scout Communications Centre, on Sunday 23 June 2013, starting at 11am.
The purpose of the “Check your equipment” day is an opportunity for Amateurs to bring along their own equipment to be tested using professional-quality calibrated instruments.
Testing will focus on the usual RF parameters, so if you are wondering about your rig’s deviation or modulation limits, S Meter accuracy, receiver sensitivity or the like, now you can find out for sure. Likewise your other station equipment – whether your SWR-Power meter reads correctly, or your dummy load is a good 50 ohm match on all the bands; and so on.
WARG will supply professional quality test equipment and knowledgeable people to drive it. We will also provide the usual 13.8V DC and mains AC power supplies
You will need to bring your equipment, and all accessories required for it to operate on test,like the power cables, microphone, and any other specialist items. If you’re bringing one or more handhelds, ensure the batteries are well charged.
We’ll be set up to fully check equipment operating from 160m through to 70cm, mainly in analogue-based modes, such as SSB or CW, and FM, and RF power levels from QRP to the legal limit.
We will be able to check function and basic accuracy of RF power and SWR meters, and impedance match and frequency response of dummy loads or RF filters. We can also do resonance sweeps of some VHF/ UHF antennas, .
We may be able to test other things … if you aren’t sure, bring it along! As long as it can be safely powered up on the bench, we can advise on the day. Or if you can offer to test certain equipment, please let us know.
For each item tested we will give you a written summary sheet, outlining performance.
Note that we won’t be geared up to to repair or realign equipment – but we will be happy to give advice if we find anything amiss. (If anyone wants to consider working on their own gear, there may be a corner available – but BYO tools and everything…!)
Cost of all this is only a gold coin donation per tested item (depending on how many bands you want tested – thorough tests of multiband/mode rigs will take longer, and will thus warrant additional donation). WARG members – or those who join WARG on the day – can have some items tested free. (WARG membership is still only $25.00).
With events like the RD contest and Hamfest not far away, June 23rd is a good opportunity to put your gear through its paces
The equipment check day will start around 11 am, and we need to be packed up by around 4 pm. A sausage-sizzle lunch, soft drinks, tea and coffee and afternoon snacks will be available, all at reasonable prices, Funds raised will go into keeping our repeaters on the air
We would appreciate RSVP, for catering purposes, and also to get an idea of how much equipment we have to test. Also we are looking for volunteers to help on the day – whether you have professional-grade radio comms test setup you can bring – or are willing to help on the day, cooking the sausage sizzle etc, all assistance would be appreciated.
Email us through the Contact Page, or call in to our on-air net, Sundays at 10:30 local on VK6RLM, 146.750.
So, we hope to see you at WARG’s “Check Your Equipment” day, June 23rd, Sunday, 11am to 4pm, Peter Hughes Scout Communications Centre, corner Gibbs St and Welshpool Rd East Cannington.
BR & 73,
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As there have been ongoing problems with the VK6RWN DSTAR Gateway server, it’s been removed from site and connected at Heath VK6TWO’s QTH for remote maintenance by the DSTAR Guru’s.
To assist in getting Perth DSTAR users back ‘online’, Heath VK6TWO is in the process of building a standalone DSTAR Repeater Node which will enable registered DSTAR users to ‘connect’ to the worldwide DSTAR network.
Testing is currently in progress and it’s expected that the node will go live late July.
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