A very interesting BDARS club meeting on Monday 7th October. Russ VK4DCM gave us a good talk on TVI (television interference) and how to avoid it. As well, club members were shown the new FlexRadio HF 100 W transceiver station at Mt Cotton This is capable of full remote operation.
Training for club members on the FlexRadio will get under way at our Tech Night on 21st October.
More than 20 BDARS members attended our Tech Night on 20th May to hear two great presentations.
Mark VK4BBC demonstrated how useful 3D Printing is to amateur radio.
His $250 Aldi 3D printer is a masterpiece when combined with ready-made digital designs from Thingiverse among others. https://www.thingiverse.com/
Mark set his printer to work and made a knob for a Yaesu transceiver while we watched!
Mark has offered to assist BDARS members in making parts, with proceeds going to the BDARS club.
Scott VK4MGL then gave us an insight into the working life of an Air Traffic Controller.
Most of us had no idea that a Brisbane flight bound for Sydney passes through the guidance of up to 15 controllers in a carefully orchestrated sequence before arriving safely.
Now we have some understanding of what the Brisbane based controllers face when the Sydney airport curfew concludes at 6 am every day with a multitude of inbound international flights all vying to be first on the ground.
Scott sent this through too, for interested BDAR members. To access “ERSA” document: http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/ Click on Publications Select Aeronautical Information Products – AIP (first option) Scroll down to agree to terms Various documents available including some charts. To find aerodrome information go to “Enroute Supplement Australia” ERSA. there scroll down to select the location.
At our BDARS club meeting on 6 May, WIA Director Aidan VK4APM talked to us about the WIA and possible visions for the future. We had a useful and spirited debate, with lots of discussion around the new licencing arrangements with the Australian Maritime College.
Aidan also outlined how the hobby and the regulatory regime is changing, and how the WIA might evolve to adapt.
7.30 pm at SES Another great BDARS Club General Meeting on 6th May Meet and Greet – Tea, coffee and biccies 1. Guest Talk – Aidan Mountford VK4APM, WIA Director The Wireless Institute of Australia is our national body. It’s vitally important work includes representing our hobby with our national regulator ACMA and on international bodies. Aidan will talk to us about the strength of the WIA and how the implementation of the new licensing procedures with AMC 2. Regular BDARS Business 3. Bunnings Fundraiser – Sat 25th May 4. BDARS Bazaar – You can place orders from the BDARS Members shop, join BDARS and renew your membership. There’ll be some current RSGB Radcom magazines to borrow as well. See you there!