This is just for the sake of comparison between what is required in the US
and what is required in Australia. Take a look at the last paragraph!!!
2001 Amateur Radio NOVICE Classes*
--- Starting Tuesday 5rd June 2001 ---
by the North East Radio Group, Inc.
Mactier Golf Club rooms at the Simpson Army Barracks,
Macleod, (Melway ref 20-F7), Victoria, Australia
Tuesday nights for 14 weeks, 7.30~10pm, with exams to be held in September.
Introductory radio theory, amateur regulations, (and optional Morse Code
practice), all to Novice level.
There is a fee for the classes which includes NERG membership and the chance
to repeat classes at a later date if required at no extra cost. (Concessions
The authorised examination body, the Wireless Institute of Australia,
charges separate exam fees of around $25 each for regulations and theory,
and $20 for Morse code.
There is no age restriction for obtaining an amateur license in Australia.
For further information please call:
Stephen Warillow, VK3JNH, at swarrillow(a)hotmail.com
or, Mark Harrison, VK3BYY, at vk3byy(a)qsl.net (or call (03) 9283-7534 (work
Or, visit the introductory class at 7.30 PM on Tuesday 5th June at the
* An amateur radio license is required by law to operate an amateur radio
transmitting station. Amateur operators have greater privileges than other
radio operators, including access to many more frequencies, higher power,
and the right to build their own radio transmitters.
The Novice license is the entry level that gets you on the air with the
minimum of fuss.
Ray Ford and I took a quick mountain ride today across West Camino
Cielo, down Refugio Canyon to El Cap. It was great to see OBB's
repeater antenna positioned on the lower end of the big blue and
This was a shakedown trip to test some BOB trailers and a new idea
called "bikepacking" IMO this is a way to go and has some advantages
Check out the photos of today's journey which includes one of the
great downhill rides, elevation drop of 4000 feet in 14 miles, 27
GO to http://www.sb-outdoors.org
search on "west camino cielo".
Paul Cronshaw DC
The upcoming 2001 ARRL SW Division Convention is rapidly approaching. This
year it will be held in Riverside at the Riverside Convention Center. For
more information, go to their web site at:
Old Timers' Night - May 18th - Location: Goleta Union Schools Board Room,
401 N Faiview
This is our annual salute to the old-timers night at SBARC. This year we
are going to ask you old-timers to share a story with us during the
meeting. A three to five minute short story (or tall tale) about your first
contact, your first rig, an unusual contact (or mode) in the 'old days', a
memorable QSO , whatever you think we'd enjoy hearing about to get the feel
of what it was like when you were a fairly new ham. Plus, Carl Stengel,
W6JEO, was some never-before-seen video of mid-1980s vintage Hamfests! See
how many people you can recognize!
If you have an 'antique' rig, component, photo, etc., bring it along. I'll
bet there'll be people at the meeting who have never seen the glow of a big
fat old tube!
This is also the night we collect the Project Linus blankets, so bring your
donations to the meeting to add to our display.
Of course, we'll always have good raffle prizes and our special ($1 per
ticket) prize is a portable CD player/AM/FM/cassette player "boom box"
which would make a perfect gift or fit right in your workshop!
Visit the SBARC Website for full Details:
FYI, I just received this from Joe.
It's springtime and hams around the country are moving their radio
outside. Plan now to get out of the shack and take part in the CQ Magazine
National Foxhunting Weekend (NFW), May 12-13, 2001. It's a time when
foxhunters from around the country will go on their favorite kind of RDF
adventure. Perhaps it will be a mobile T-hunt. When you set out in your
RDF-equipped vehicle, you never know where you'll end up and you don't know
what you'll find.
Other hams prefer their foxhunting to be all on foot in a big park. They
call it foxtailing, radio-orienteering or ARDF. There is an internationally
recognized set of rules for this kind of hunt, which takes place in about 30
countries around the world. Stateside hams will host competitors from some
of these countries at the First USA ARDF Championships in Albuquerque, New
Mexico beginning July 31 (See article in QST Magazine, May 2001).
For the NFW, your club can make up its own transmitter hunting rules. The
most important thing is to make plans now for some sort of transmitter
hunting on or around that weekend. You might want to follow the example of
foxhunters in Atlanta, who recently held construction parties to build
80-meter radio-orienteering gear for woodland hunts that they will be having
throughout the spring and summer.
More information about the NFW, plus photos and stories of last year's
weekend, are in the May 2001 issue of CQ Magazine. There's also more
information about foxhunting and the NFW at my Web site: www.homingin.com
Besides basic information about the sport and suitable equipment for both
mobile and on-foot hunting, there are ideas for NFW activities and a form
reporting them afterwards. Happy Hunting!
Joe Moell K0OV
I will be attending this event and if anyone needs a ride, let me know as I
have plenty of room. I will be leaving Santa Barbara about 9:30AM. Depending
on what is going on, I try to have dinner with Joe and April Moell after
these events which should put us back in Santa Barbara about 8PM or so
depending on traffic.
The next southern California on-foot radio direction finding
practice/demonstration will be Sunday, May 20 at Tri-City Park in
It is sponsored by the Fullerton Radio Club and is part of the club's annual
"Antennas In The Park" event, held in conjunction with Western Amateur Radio
Association. All ages are welcome.
An optional barbecue and potluck precedes the hunt. If you wish to
participate in the barbecue, bring your own meat and a side dish or dessert
to share. Hot grills will be available beginning at 12 noon. Transmitter
hunts will follow the potluck at about 1:30 PM. Plan to arrive about 1:15
you are coming only for the hunt.
Experienced ARDFers will be present to help you get started. There is no
charge for participation in the hunts. If you have them, bring a
handi-talkie, receiver, or scanner covering the two-meter band for each
person who will be going ARDFing. If you have directional antennas,
attenuators, or other on-foot RDF equipment, be sure to bring it too. Make
sure all batteries are fresh. For those with no radio gear, few extra ARDF
receiver/antenna sets will be available.
Tri-City Park entrance is at the corner of North Kraemer Boulevard and East
Golden Avenue in Placentia. The park is just southeast of the Imperial Golf
Course. A clickable map for navigation to the park is at www.homingin.com.
The barbecue and hunt start will be in reserved picnic shelters at the south
end of the lake. Look for the orange and white Orienteering flags and
Parking is free, but empty spaces near the picnic site may be difficult to
find if the park is crowded, so consider carpooling.
Call K0OV on K6QEH/R, 146.97(-) PL 136.5 for talk-in.
Joe Moell K0OV