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!
Damian McMorrow VK4FDPM has accepted the role as President of BDARS for the 2019/20 year.
Damian has a long history with BDARS, having been a member since 2012, and serving a term as Vice President in 2015. He has an IT background, and currently manages a national team as Adaptive Technology Manager for Vision Australia.
The BDARS club has enjoyed a strong relationship with State Emergency Service in Cleveland for the past four years. BDARS is able to use SES facilities for club meetings and storage of equipment. And SES turns to BDARS for members willing to join SES and become radio operators when needed.
At our April meeting, Clare Barker, SES Local Controller and Di Vandermeer, SES Coordinator addressed our meeting.
Clare also presented Russell VK4DCM with an SES award as “Best Radio Operator 2018”.
As part of our Mt Cotton multi-radio site upgrade, we will be installing remotely operable transceivers. Knowing this was a technically challenging project, the BDARS Committee searched for members with extensive IT experience who knew how to use a mouse. Fortunately Glenn VK4PK stepped up with this innovative design….