EMDRC – Oceania DX Contest

PHONE: Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 October
CW: Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 October

As Melbourne continues to be in lockdown it will most likely not be possible for club members to go portable for Oceania DX, but that’s no reason not to pick up the microphone!
The club is proud that in 2020, we were awarded the Oceania DX Contest Club Award for being the local club from Australia with the greatest number of member stations participating in the Contest.

With EMDRC Member participation we could do it again in 2021.
The club callsign VK3ER will be activated.
Potentially Melbourne we may or may not be out of lockdown for the CQ WW later in the month, if not operate from your home QTH and enjoy the contest.
First established in 1934 and earlier known as the VK/ZL contest, the Oceania DX Contest continues to grow. Please join us again for the 76th running of this international HF radio activity over the first two weekends of October.
PHONE: 06:00 UTC Saturday 2nd Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 3rd Oct 2021 (16:00 AEST local time)
CW: 06:00 UTC Saturday 9th Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 10th Oct 2021 (16:00 AEST local time)
Rules for the 76th 2021 Oceania DX (OCDX) Contest Oceanian DX Contest- Rules
We encourage you to have a go and submit a log, even if you only make one or two QSOs, so we can verify these QSOs when calculating the final scores for all entrants. Summiting Log Files
For the club award, please send a note to vk3er@emdrc.com.au if you are participating in the contest so we can count you towards the club score. Please note you must make at least 50 valid contacts in either the Phone or CW section of the contest to count towards the club participation score.

RASA presentation at the September Monthly Meeting

Since its launch in March 2019, QRM Guru has developed into a practical resource for hams the world over. We visited EMDRC early in 2019 and whilst our focus is for VK hams, we’ve been very pleased with the response from many amateurs, clubs and associations from around the world. This evening we’ll go over QRM Guru and talk about how the resource has developed, what you can find and how to apply it in the real world. Feel free to visit the site, have a look around and come along to the presentation with questions and feedback. QRM Guru

We’ll also introduce our latest resource, Amateur Radio Tech Support (ARTS), a knowledge based web site aimed at supporting newcomers to the hobby. ARTS also provide an online ticketing system, enabling users to ask questions by raising a ticket. The ticketing system enables us to respond to requests and track threads to conclusion. It also enables us to continually improve the Knowledge Base documents.

QTC Magazine, new E-magazine for Amateur Radio operators in Australia.

We have some plans we’d like to present to members and seek feedback… we look forward to seeing everyone in September. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please send us an email info@vkradioamateurs.org

New COVID restrictions for Victoria – Club Rooms Closed.

Melbourne is under an extended lockdown, for up to date COVID information head over to the

Victorian Health and Human Services COVID Page

COVIDSafe Summer | Coronavirus Victoria

EMDRC Club Nets

  • Every Sunday morning at 10:00 am and Wednesday evening at 8:30 pm.
    Please join us for the club nets immediately following the WIA National News on Sunday morning at 10:00 am and/or Wednesday evening at 8:30 pm, On VK3REC 147.175 Mhz FM.
    All Club members and Guests are welcome.
  • Thursday Club Rooms, morning at 10:00 also on Zoom. Not during COVID Lockdowns.
  • EMDRC Calling Frequencies – 7.120 SSB and 147.175 (REC). Members might keep a listening watch on these frequencies for Club members then QSY as agreed.

John Moyle Memorial Field Day

March 2021

The EMDRC VK3ER Team at McLaughlin’s Lookout for the JMMFD 2021 Field Day.

EMDRC VK3ER – JMFD 2021 Contest – Packing up in the Rain

EMDRC VK3ER – JMFD 2021 Contest – Drone view

Aussie Broadband – Community Support

Thanks to the generous community support provided by Aussie Broadband, EMDRC is finally on the NBN. We have a temporary setup in the club rooms. In a short time there will be a guest network setup for members to access as well dedicated Lan for club equipment.

Refer your friends to get a $50 credit!

Do you absolutely love Aussie Broadband’s services and know someone else who will love them too?

We want to give you the opportunity to invite your friends to see just how good our service is for themselves. To make it even better, you’ll be rewarded for your support, too!

When your friend signs up and uses your referral code, you’ll receive a $50 credit.

But that’s not all – your friend will receive a $50 referral credit, too!

The EMDRC Refer-A-Friend Code is 5065032

QTC Magazine, new E-magazine for Amateur Radio operators in Australia. To logon into the QTC FlipBook on your PC or iPad QTCmag.com

Welcome to Amateur Radio guidebook provides an introduction to our hobby for newly licenced Foundation class amateurs. The book is published digitally.  It contains many hotlinks to external websites with useful information. It is available as an Acrobat pdf file suitable for reading on a PC or tablet.  It can be printed if required.  Link

QRM.guru has been developed to assist radio hams in dealing with RF noise. This is an educational and reference resource. The information provided on these pages is not unique or regarded as a new discovery. Read the article in The Radio Bulletin – QRM Loop Antenna.

The EMDRC Club Rooms

Trans-Tasman Contest

EMDRC – Christmas party

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.