October – Club Room Meeting
Friday 18 October, Club Room, Burwood
Luke VK3UKW will talk about contesting. He is going to present on the following topics:
- General information about contesting
- Contesting from the club shack
- Club members’ Contest teams
- How to get into contesting
The presentation will be on an introductory level.
This Meeting will be held at our club rooms, 13a McCubbin St, Burwood (Melway ref: 61 E7). Rooms open from 7:30 pm and the meeting starts 8:00 pm.
November – Willis Room Meeting
Friday 1 November, Willis Room, Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading
Australis OSCAR 5
Richard Tonkin’s fascination with space research began suddenly, on the night of 5 October 1957 when, as a boarder at a Melbourne school, he and his classmates were taken up the Shrine hill by their housemaster and told to look up in the sky. There was Sputnik, a faint light moving amongst the stars. He was hooked. Lacking any science ability, he did a Law course at university, but joined the Astronautical Society. After tracking other peoples’ satellites for a couple of years they decided to build one – Australis. After a lot of trials and tribulations, Australis-OSCAR 5, an amateur radio satellite, was successfully launched by NASA on 23 January 1970 – almost 50 years ago. Richard will tell the story of how this unlikely project came into being through the determination of a group of nerdy students and talented radio hams.
This Meeting will be held at the City of Whitehorse – Council’s Civic Centre at 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading (Melway ref: 48 G9). Room open from 7:30 pm and the meeting starts at 8:00 pm
The EMDRC Club Rooms
Portable Contest Station
Ralph VK3LL takes us through the station setup of the VK3KQ Contest Station. VK3KQ and VK3LL are always coming up with and experimenting with station add-ons like the True North Electronic Compass Controller and the Raspberry Pi Station Controller. Both these add-ons are the creation of Ralph VK3LL and Damian VK3KQ. Video by VK3PZ.