The club is looking at installing a Yaesu DR-2X repeater in place of the current UHF repeater. It’s just a proposal at this time. There are complications in choosing to go digital such as only Yaesu equipment can access the Yaesu repeater AS A DIGITAL repeater.
The device itself is very clever. If you have an analogue radio you can still use it as a repeater and others can still hear you etc etc. But it won’t work with other digital systems e.g. D-Star. The repeater can be used on 2m or 70cm. We suggest it replace the current UHF repeater which is rarely used.
President Peter is planning to establish a committee to make recommendations to the club and formalise a budget if it is decided to go ahead.
At this stage nothing is on the table or off the table. Early days.
Here are two links to give you an idea of what is involved. The first is a video showing the features of the repeater while the second is a link to Ross’s shop showing the interface card needed to allow connection to the internet.
At the 2021 Annual General Meeting President Peter, VK5BE, had great pleasure in awarding the Presidents Trophy to Tom, VK5EE, for his outstanding contribution to the Club by being there for every Sunday morning Broadcast for the year, including also the Friday Night sessions during which he has presented the A.R.R.L. Podcasts.Working in a cramped shack with no heating Tom has been on time for every broadcast and has proved to be as reliable as a Swiss Watch.Well done and a big “Thank you” Tom.
It was a cold but dry day for the people in the field. There was great camaraderie among SERG and SEAC members. At Hans and my site we were treated to all kinds of goodies including chicken wings from Mark and coffee and hamburgers from Hans. We hope that everyone had a great day.
The South East Radio Group has rescheduled the SERG Australian Fox Hunting Championship and Convention to 18/19 September 2021.
We have checked that there are no other major events in Mount Gambier that weekend, Andrew our Fox hunting organiser is available, Ross is coming from Strictly Ham, the Council has been notified and the scout clubrooms are available.
The program will need to be modified as it’s not a long weekend and we know some will not be able to stay Sunday night, so we’re examining all the combinations for the program.
Check the Convention 2021 page. It will be kept up to date.
As the convention has been postponed until later in the year it was decided to hold a free club barbeque to bring the group together and share a few pre-loved items.
About 40 people were present and Tony VK5ATJ and Tim VK5AV were kept busy on the hotplate feeding the troops. Great to see some partners along too. Special visit by Trevor (Niv) VK5NC who parted with many of his treasures. President Peter welcomed everyone and suggested we should do more of these so something being planned at Dorodong with the Naracoorte boys once the weather warms a bit and with Portland Club members for early next year.
Big thanks to those who helped setup and cleanup.
Some goodies changed hands and there were smiles all around. The weather was outstanding, just a perfect winter’s day in Mount Gambier.
Following the recent COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria, and the closure of the border into SA, the Princess Highway border check-point east of Mount Gambier was re-activated.
Unfortunately, the check-point location has little or no mobile phone or internet coverage. SA Police again requested assistance from SERG to establish an emergency antenna to enable data comms for the Border Permit checks.
With thanks to Andrew VK5MAS, who coordinated the activity, he soon had the essential comms up and running, deploying the SERG comms trailer with its pump-up mast.
This will remain in position until the SA Police radio techs arrive with their own infrastructure.
Who can resist a free barbeque? Because the convention has been postponed we’re planning a free barbeque for anyone who turns up on Sunday 13th June 2021 starting at 12 noon.
The club will supply the meat (snags and hamburgers), bread and sauce. If you want something else you can bring it and pop it on the hot plate. You’ll need to bring your own drinks although the club has limited supplies of soft drink ($1 each).
We’re setting up some tables for people to put pre-loved equipment and stuff for sale. Niv has items as does Norbert but anyone is welcome to put sale items on a table. It is your own responsibility to look after it though, manage change etc.
No need to book in, just turn up either with money in your pocket to buy gear or just enjoy each others’ scintillating company over a hot snag!
SERG was well represented today (Saturday 10/4/21) by Peter VK5BE, Col VK5HCF, Andrew VK5VKC, Tom VK5EE and Andrew VK5MAS at the Reidy Park Centre working bee to extensively trim back the much over-grown hedge at the rear of our Clubrooms. Also thanks to the 2 Andrews for towing 2 of the 4 fully loaded trailers away.
Members from all groups contributed to the exercise making quick work of a mammoth task. This has resulted in the Reidy Park Centre saving hundreds of dollars in maintenance costs, which has now been passed on to all the Groups in the form of a rent reduction.