Scout Radio & Electronics Service Unit

Sydney – Hobart Yacht Race 2016 – HF Radio Test and Schedule

S-H Yachts are required to test their HF Radios on 22 Dec during the period 08:00 – 18:00. Testing will be conducted with the Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie. Tests may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz

Sailing Instructions will require that boats report by radio when they are in the vicinity of Green Cape and make a declaration confirming their time of passing the cape. S-H yachts may be heard on HF/USB – 4483kHz and 6516kHz.

In past years, 6516kHz was used as the main race frequency, and scheds heard after  0735hrs and 1905hrs including position reports. 4483kHz – The backup frequency and daily 0005hrs position report frequency. HF radio scheds in 2016 – 2017 have not been confirmed.

Once underway boat positions may also be seen on http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker/

de Philip – VK3JNI

 

 

 

RoverWay 2016 on the Air from Jambville France

RoverWay 2016 on the Air from Jambville France

rovHello everyone from RoverWay 2016, a gathering of 5,000 rovers in Jambville, France.

There will be Scouts on the air and online thanks to Radioscoutisme Français, so please join us!

Our call ID is TM16RW. The frequencies are:
7090 kHz
14290 kHz

Operators will be transmitting most of the time until august 14. However, the best times will be when we’ll have participants around:

August 8, Monday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 9, Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 11, Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
August 12, Friday 9:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST) 7:00 – 9:00 & 12:00 – 14:00 (GMT)

Please be on the air and listening on our frequencies so they’ll have a chance to talk with other scouts!

The QSL manager will be F8WBE, via Bureau.

On the same days we’ll have participants online on scoutlink on the channels #francais, #english (and maybe others).

Gino Lucrezi

Remembrance Day Contest

Remembrance Day Contest

On 13 & 14 August is the Remembrance Day Contest, this Australian radio contest is well supported and is a good opportunity for both new and older operators to have a go at Radio Contesting. You can take part with just a hand held and sit on top of a hill or try and run as many bands as you legally can from home or your favorite location.

Contest Introduction
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.

Aim Of The Contest
Amateurs in VK, ZL and P2 will endeavour to contact other amateurs in VK, ZL and P2.
* VK, ZL, and P2 mean any station operating within Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea and their external territories.

Time: 0300 UTC Saturday to 0300 UTC Sunday

http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/

For rules of the contest see http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/

Suggested contesting software:

Suggest you load it before the contest and have a practice.

VK3SAT wins JMFD 6 hour, multi-operator, phone, all-band

Congratulations to Peter VK3ZPF and Kevin VK3KAB for your efforts on a cold wet night at Mt Donna Buang.  Your contest score of 761 points won the 6 hour, multi-operator, phone, all-band category of the John Moyle Field Day contest.

“Hopefully next year we can get a couple more operators along and nudge the score over 1000 points” – .Peter VK3ZPF

The full results are available at

http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/johnmoyle/documents/JMFDC%20Results%202016.pdf

John Moyle Memorial Field Day Contest

The JMMFD contest is on in less than two weeks. (19 & 20 March)

As an introduction for those new to contesting I’d like to suggest a simple VHF/UHF 6 hour station at Mt Donna Buang. If there are many interested we could ad 40m HF as well.

The contest starts at 12 midday but the best time to start a 6 hour entry is 1:30 pm allowing operation across 3 of the available time blocks which means we can contact stations three times on each band and maximize our scoring opportunities.

Mt Donna Buang is a good location as the contest rewards VHF/UHF contacts over 50 km with additional points, however if coming to a hill closer to town attracts more participants then let’s do it.

Could those who are wanting to join in please let me know, on either list, by next Monday so we can finalise the location.

Cheers

Peter VK3ZPF

Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Many Venturers, Rovers and Leaders around the world combine a little bush walking with Amateur Radio. Here is another good reason to take your light weight radio gear, Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Quite a few Scouting Radio Operators are getting involved in SOTA. Two active Scouting Radio Operators are Kevin, VK3KAB and Peter VK3ZPF.
Here is the link to Peter Fraser’s (VK3ZPF) Blog

Thanks to Peter and Kevin, for providing good information, ideas and many useful links including a good guide to getting started.

 

Introduction To Contests & Field Days

What is a Amateur Radio Contest ?
Contests are a popular aspect of the amateur radio scene. Contesting gives you an opportunity to practice and develop your operating techniques, and to see how well your station is performing.

Purpose of Amateur Radio Contests?
Radio Contests have one objective, to get many stations on air and to increase the opportunities for making contacts.
Who takes part in contests?
Contesting is popular both around Australia and worldwide.  Though out the year, mostly on weekends, there are a number of local, Australian and international contests. The contests are operated under known rules and suit the various interests of most amateurs.

There are contests for the HF bands, for the VHF-UHF bands, and for all bands. Some contests are designed for restricted power and are ideal for Australian foundation operators. In addition to voice mode, some contests have special sections for modes including CW and other popular digital modes. Most contests have different sections for individual amateurs and multi-operator or club stations.

Where can you find out more information? One good source is the WIA contest pages
http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/about/

If you have not had a go at contesting, talk to other members of the team. They can recommend ideal set up, PC logging software (e.g VKCL) and suggest portable operating sites.

Enjoy, have fun and remember it does not really matter who wins 😉 Philip – VK3JNI