• Ian, VK5NBL, has kindly researched the current cost of Club clothing items from Hip Pocket here in Mount Gambier. Thank you Ian.
  • BUCKET HAT. (Style 3929) HiVis. Approx. $15.00 ea
  • BASEBALL STYLE CAPS. $17.60 ea. (Includes cost of Logo)
  • POLO FLEECE. $21.95. (Cost of Monogram is extra)
  • HAT BAND. $5.50. (Cost of Monogram is extra)

Ideally we should all have the same design and colour for Club clothing as it does not look very good if we are all wearing different colours and designs.

Trevor, VK5NC’s Funeral service Live Stream.

A small group of S.E.R.G. Club Members assembled in our Clubrooms to watch the live Stream of Trevor, VK5NC’s Funeral Service.

The service commenced on time and was a very quiet and dignified, yet simple, service as befitted the man.

Present, in no particular order, were Dale, VK5DA, (very kindly bought along by Gary, VK5JR), Chris, VK5MC and Josie, Colin, VK5DK, Tom, VK5EE, Owen, VK5HOS, David, VK5DG, Ian, VK5NBL and Col, VK5HCF.

Club President, Peter, VK5BE, had intended to be there but was called away for work and, unfortunately, was not able to attend. No doubt many watched from the comfort of their homes as Trevor was a very well liked and highly respected man.

Anyone who missed the service may do so at any time in the next 90 days by scrolling down to the post with the link on it and clicking on the link.

Coffee mornings a success

The SERG Thursday morning “Coffee Club” continues to grow and grow with 11 members this week enjoying some social chat. Was great to see Dale VK5DA and Gary VK5JR join us for the first time.By chance, we all watched the tracking on our big screen of a weather balloon from the Airport on the club’s new balloon tracker that was configured by Andrew VK5MAS. Join us every Thursday at 10am at the Clubrooms.
(Photo by Peter VK5BE)

Trevor Niven’s funeral

Trevor Niven VK5NC (22nd January 1944 -17th February 2023)

Trevor with the Ross Hull Trophy

Trevor had many friends around Australia. His funeral service in Perth WA will be live streamed on the 27th February at 10:25AM, (W.A. time), on the following link.

Click here for funeral service

A recording of the service will be available for 90 days using the same link for those who were unable to view the live stream.

Note 10:25AM WA time is 12:55PM SAST and 1:25PM EST

The download is the Silent Key Report to WIA – Amateur Radio Magazine prepared by Chris VK5MC

Mt Richmond Paint Working Bee

Here are some notes from Peter. But first a big thank you to Nick and Peter for their work on Wednesday 15/2/23

Nick and I went down to Mount Richmond and completed the following :

  • Removed the rust from the hut.
  • Applied cold galv primer to any bare metal areas.
  • Spray painted the first of 2 coats in Heritage Green.
  • Obtained details and measurements of the proposed repeater installation.
  • Gathered info to build a frame to support the solar panels.
  • Took numerous photos.

Since arriving home, I have received a phone call from Tim VK3TIM thanking SERG for today’s work. He has become very supportive of the project and is now offering more support. I have received his permission to hold the keys to the site until the project is complete.
Tim is offering to get an arborist to the site to remove some trees that may cause some shading to the panels.
The equipment rack was measured up today, and unfortunately the blue cabinet is too tall to fit into the hut. Therefore, the mini-rack that I built, (which is at the Clubrooms) will now be pressed into service, but a new solar control panel will need to be built. I have Tim’s permission to mount it on the wall above the repeater rack.
Today I spoke with Andrew VK5VKC, who will ask his boss if we can borrow a 15m cherry picker, as the mono-pole is 12m high and we may be able to do our own antenna work. This activity has been pre-approved by Tim VK3TIM.

Mt Richmond home to VK3RSW with its new face


cappuccino cup with cake on the brown wooden table

It has been decided to hold a “Coffee and Cake” session in the Clubrooms once a week.

To this end we will hold a session each Thursday.

START TIME:  10.00 a.m.

FINISH: Approx. 11.30 a.m.

Bring along a plate, (and perhaps, a Project or homebrew item), and be prepared to have a chat, and possibly, operate from the shack for a while.

Weeds at Mt Graham

Things are a little overgrown at Mt Graham. Technicians take their lives in their hands when they visit, not to mention other parts while climbing over the barb wire. The sacrifices of people who work on repeaters.

Access to VK5RSE repeater and beacons

2022 Christmas BBQ

The Day was cloudy and cool but that did not deter the 20 plus hardy souls who attended our Annual Christmas BBQ.

Held at the home of Life Member Greg, VK5ZGY and wife Gabi we were pampered with an undercover paved area well sheltered from any weather. A very BIG “Thank you” Greg N Gabi.

Ample BBQ facilities made cooking easy and all present enjoyed an excellent afternoon of social interaction.

Tom, VK5TA, (VK5EE), bought along his newest power supply. (A switch mode unit which, when slightly modified can deliver 13.8 volts at 60 + Amps), and a very need foldable 60 Watt Solar Panel complete with regulator, stand and all necessary connections.

Chris, VK5MC, bought along a 1989 Edition of the Clubs Magazine which proved to be very interesting and nostalgic.

Some of the gathering.
John, VK3VAH, Ian, VK3DNQ and Nick S. having a deep and meaningful.
Master Chef’s at work
Tom, VK5TA and Chris, VK5MC – Show and Tell.
Conversation stopped time.


We are sad to advise that Gil has passed on. His funeral service will be held graveside at the Millicent Cemetery on Monday 12th September 2022 at 11:00AM.

Gil was a regular for the Sunday broadcast and enjoyed listening and connecting with his SERG friends.

Rest in peace Gilbert.