Bayside District Amateur Radio Society

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WW2 Brisbane radio history

At a recent club meeting, Peter Dunn OAM was our guest speaker.  His talk on US Army radio facilities in the Brisbane area during WWII can be seen here .

Thanks to Councilor Paul Bishop for sharing this video!

Successful Foundation course 29 Feb and 1 Mar 2020

BDARS ran its popular Foundation Licence Course recently.  There were more candidates than we had exam papers, but that didn’t stop the extra people attending for the training sessions – they will be taking the exams very soon. Well done all candidates – our fingers are crossed waiting for the results!

We will be running the course again, so please register you interest with the Secretary, email: secretary@bdars.org.au to book your place.

Successful John Moyle FD 2020

A small number of keen participants attended the BDARS field event supporting the John Moyle contest in the park at Cleveland. Operators were suitably spaced to accommodate the social distance rules. Lots of contacts were made. We are waiting to hear how the club went using the callsign VK4BAR giving this result:- Six Hour Portable Operation – Multiple Operator

VK6VSB – Multi Operator All Mode, All Bands, with 77 contacts and a score of 258 points.
VK4BAR – Multi Operator Phone Only, All Bands, with 128 contacts and a score of 302 points.
VK4QD – Multi Operator Phone Only, HF Bands, with 265 contacts and a score of 530 points.

Club night 7 October

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.

Club Night 5 August

Our club meeting night on 5 August had a great turn out. Geoff VK4FK gave an interesting talk on the Yaesu Fusion system for digital amateur radio. 

In addition, there was an overview of the construction of the HF dipole mast support for our Mt Cotton project.

Plus a sneak preview of “Shedweb”, the BDARS-developed software for control of the remote radios soon to be installed at this site. Exciting times!

SDR at 1 July Club Night

Another great BDARS club meeting last night at Cleveland.

More than 20 members listened to Dave VK4ZF tell us about the latest in Software Defined Radio.

Dave ran through the suitable low cost SDR units to buy, as well as best (free) software.

He suggests we look at SDRConsole and SDR#

As well, we got an update from committee members on progress at our Mt Cotton project, with progress well on track.

Tech Night club meeting talk about VK DMR

BDARS member Glenn Dunstan VK4DU presented a fascinating talk about the VK Digital Mobile Radio network at the Tech night yesterday.

The event was well attended and there were lots of questions answered by Glenn.

Glenn kindly agreed to share his PowerPoint presentation, and so we have uploaded it in .pdf form to the BDARS forum.

The topic is here and the direct link to the slides are here. (Its the latest post in the topic, near the end).

The BDARS team at work – June 8

A mini working bee at our Mt Cotton radio site yesterday.
Russell VK4DCM terminated the coax runs for attachment to the new bulkhead with lightning arrestors.

Meanwhile, Paddy VK4JPD, Phil VK4PG and Sue VK4*** installed the new workbench, kindly donated by Johan VK4JHE.

Excellent catering by Paddy kept the team going!

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