Regretably, I have had to take the VK3WRM Mildura iGate off air. There are a number of reasons. Much of the equipment is old and unreliable. The latest failure is the 12V power supply. This has been operating at its upper limit for quite some time and quite frankly it surprises me that it lasted this long! Both the FM828 and Tiny2 TNC have intermittant problems and need to be “reset” periodically. The bad news about all this, is that I’m not going to be here to nurse it all and I don’t want to rely on my “house sitter” to do it. So, if anyone wants to take it on, they’re welcome to the hardware such as it is. The VK3WRM call has not been renewed so you would have to use your own callsign with a -5 or -9 suffix. “Leave a comment if you are interested.
On further reflection, having just pulled the hardware down, perhaps a fresh start with replacement hardware would be a better idea! Everything I touch is intermittant! I can contribute a Raspberry Pi 3 with Xastir set up and ready to go. For a full iGate, 2M tranceiver, TNC. power supply and cables are required. A receive only iGate could also be a consideration. aA USB stick receiver apparently does the job.
Congratulations to Steve VK3FSWB who scored 4th Place in the Portable 24 hour Single Operator HF Phone Section with 42 contacts for 84 points. Norm, VK3XCI got 7th place in the Portable 6 hour Single Operator HF Phone Section with 41 contacts for 80 points (1 dupe!). Just behind was John VK2AWJ in 10th place in the Portable 6 hour Single Operator HF Phone Section with 23 contacts for 46 points. All three have been awarded certificates. Gary, VK3KYF managed 8th in the Home Station 24 hour Single Operator HF Phone section with 50 contacts for 88 points. Sorry Gary, no wallpaper for you! Well done to all those who sent in a log. If I missed you here, leave a comment.
The crowd at Steve VK3FSWB’s was a little disappointing despite the beautiful day. Special thanks to all those who made the effort. The usual lunch barbie was cooked and Margie later supplied us with arvo tea.
Brian VK2CCP/VK3BBB gave us a talk and demo on digital modes, both HF and V/UHF. Pretty sure there are some who want to try FreeDV, Gary? There was also some “guess what digital mode this sound is” played. It astounds me how many there are! There was also a fair bit of discussion centred around Steves wire antenna… It crosses pretty close to the metal roof. There was plenty of good advice, but no one got up to fix it. Hihi.
The usual raffle was run and won. Two draws only in view of the small crowd. Marg took the Bunnings voucher, Norm VK3XCI the bottle of River1467 wine.
Only 4 of us made it last night, and one apology. All the usual suspects, hihi, no names or callsigns, but we really do need to show stronger support for our club. What do we need to do to make it a better net? is 80m the right band? I know a few of us (me included) have antenna problems at 80m. The theory is, that 80m groundwave communication is best achieved with a vertical antenna giving a range of around 90km. Well, we all know how theories work out!
I know my little tri-band trap vertical (20 – 15 – 10m) looks horrendous on 80, and only the services of a tuner allow the rig to transmit at all. Remember tho’, the tuner doesn’t fix the antenna problem, it just makes the transmitter think it has!
Perhaps we need a homebrew project to build an 80m vertical?