WARS Monthly meeting

WARS Monthly meeting.  Come and meet the crowd.  There is usually an interesting presentation, show and tell, and a good chinwag to be had by all.

Some past presentations can be found in the Members Section.

WARS Monthly meeting

WARS Monthly meeting.  Come and meet the crowd.  There is usually an interesting presentation, show and tell, and a good chinwag to be had by all.

Some past presentations can be found in the Members Section.

Weekly radio net

The WARS weekly radio net is on the  GPT repeater from 8pm every Monday night.

VK2RBV  438.1125 offset minus 5.4 Mhz, tone 91.5Hz


Ferry Contest this Sunday 11th March 2018

The 3rd edition of the Ferry Contest will soon be here. For those intending to participate please refer to the pages on our website (Ferry Contest 2018). There was a temporary glitch in our system which impaired our ability to provide the most up to date information for logging. This year we have an extra Ferry Route and a change in name of a wharf. The downloadable log sheets now reflect these changes.

Sydney Ferries have closed both the Abbotsford and Birchgrove wharves for upgrade. We are not aware of any other travel alerts on the system, however, the latest information can be obtained from https://transportnsw.info/alerts#/ferry.

The weather forecast is currently predicting a temperature from 18-27 C, partly cloudy and with light winds. The chance of rain is 5%. Follow the forecasts at the bureau of meteorology. Being a reformed optimist I shall pack sunscreen, a hat and a rain jacket.

For those arriving before the official commencement of the contest at 10:00 am there is the opportunity to check in to the club station which will be operating on our Paddington Repeater (147.025 +600 91.5 Hz) to enter the draw for a fabulous prize. The club station will also make regular broadcasts throughout the day and be available for contacts on the advertised simplex channels.

I will be present at Circular Quay between 8:30 and 10:00 and will be watching out for individuals with visible antennas as well as listening on the Paddington repeater.

Rob Halliday – VK2XRH

Ferry Contest 2018

Once again the Ferry Contest is almost up on us. It is due next Sunday 11th March 2018 (10:00 – 16:00 )!  Please consider participating even for a short period since it is definitely the more the merrier. Whilst some contesters are working very hard for the maximum points there are others who simply enjoy a good day out. Even if you are not able to ride the ferries perhaps you might act as a contact station for those who do. For those who are contemplating their preparation here are some ideas:


Dust off the radio(s) and check their operation
Charge batteries and spare batteries
Program the suggested frequencies (check our website)
Print log sheets
Study the ferry map and timetable (Note the extra line this year)
Read the contest rules

What to Bring

Handheld 2m/70cm Radio (+ backup radio if you have one)
Extension microphone, headset or earpiece
Extra battery
Log sheets (Print ours from our website)
Ferry Map
Ferry Timetables (Make sure you get the Sunday one)
Opal Card ($2.60 all day!)

Rain jacket (for the strange March weather)
Hat (helpful for both sun and rain)
Sun glasses
Water bottle – can fill on some ferries and wharves
Snacks and/or loose change for coffee
Camera for those unique Ferry Contest Moments

Maps and Timetables

Detailed maps and timetables are available from the Transport NSW website (http://www.transportnsw.info). It is important to refer to the Sunday timetables as there is significant variation in the timing of operation from weekdays on most of the routes.

Opal Card

The Opal card will provide the most cost-effective fare structure because of the $2.60 cap. Details of the Opal card can be found at the Opal card website (https://www.opal.com.au).

Lighthouse Activation -ILLW

2017 ILLW will be starting at about 9 am at Macquarie Lighthouse, Vaucluse.

Some members will also activate Endeavour Light at Henry Head, La Perouse Contact Laurie VK2GZ (Macquarie) or Fred VK2EFL (Endeavour) for details.

WARS Monthly meeting

WARS Monthly meeting.

This meeting’s Presenter is Tony Monger, VK2KZ, on waking up sleeping satellites which don’t want to wake up. This covers the recent launch of some satellites, including some Australian ones, from the ISS and how the ground crews tried to wake them up when they wouldn’t deploy their antennae properly.


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