Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club

Our club favours VHF, UHF, microwaves, light and contesting.

EARC DATV 445.5 MHz

Records held by various EARC members

Iain VK5ZD and David VK5KK have set the Australian record of 12.8 km on 122 GHz.


Calling for volunteers

2018-12-05 Calling for Volunteers.Graham VK5EU at Two Wells is still in need of assistance in refurbishing parts of his station. His health has improved sufficiently that he can have visitors, and he would like to start off with refurbishing one (or two?) turnstile antennas. We will organize several working bees in the next few weeks.
Coordinators are Paul VK5AOS and Graeme VK5WX vk5wx.qrp @ gmail dot com

We had a visit from VK5BSR Steve (?) at the club on Wednesday night. He has been inactive for 20 + years, and has just rekindled his enthusiasm. He need assistance with taking down a tower and 20m monobander in Elizabeth Downs (?). Welcome back to the hobby, Steve.


24 GHz beacon

2018-12-05 Several members are beginning to accumulate bits for a 24 GHz beacon.


vk5microwave.net

2018-11-27 The Bare Mixer Challenge "VK5 Microwave" is an email group of VK5 amateur operators with an interest in microwaves. It provides an easy mechanism for communicating with other microwave operators in VK5 vk5microwave.net


VHF UHF Field Day

2018-11-24 Part of the VHF-UHF Field Day more photos

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2018-11-24 Spring VHF UHF Field Day, hours 3 to 4. Graeme VK5WX operating position PF86xa west of Ninnes SA. -33.996847 137.938613

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Hours 5 to 6. Graeme VK5WX operating position PF96aa east of Ninnes SA. No one to talk to. By this stage, even my xyl wouldn't talk to me. -33.963558 138.050752

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Is this the ultimate 5 band portable setup? Iain VK5ZD operating 1296 MHz, 2 GHz, 3 GHz, 5 GHz and 10 GHz. The 1296 antenna is barely visible as a boom sticking out under the top solid dish. There are also 2 metre and 70 cm verticals behind the array.


Digital ATV
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2018-11-10 The Digital Amateur TV transmitter is up and running and is semi operational.

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The frequency is 445.5 MHz and this can be found on almost all modern TV's. Testing has begun in Elizabeth from one of continue


Frequencies

The Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club maintains and operates a number of repeaters, beacons and other gateways for both voice and data on a wide range of amateur bands in the Northern suburbs.

Repeaters

Band 6 mtr 2 mtr 70 cm 70 cm
Covers Adl North Adl North Adl North Adl Plains
Callsign VK5RLZ VK5RLZ VK5RLZ VK5ROC
Frq Out 53.775 146.625 439.975 439.950
Frq In 52.775 146.025 434.975 434.950
Tone No No 91.5 Hz No
Timeout 5 min 4 min 3 min 5 min
Located Water Tower Water Tower Water Tower Lower Light
Opr ? Repair Yes Yes Yes
HASL 90 90 90 60

Beacons - a

Band 10 m 23 cm 13 cm 9 cm
Callsign VK5WI VK5RLZ VK5RLZ VK5RLZ
Freq 28.260 1296.452 2403.452 3398.452
Opr ? 24/7 0700-2359 0700-2359 0700-2359
Loc'n Water Tower Water Tower Water Tower Water Tower
ERP 38dBm 29 dBm 30 dBm 36 dBm
HASL 90 m 90 m 90 m 90 m

Beacons - b

Band 6 cm 3 cm 1.25 cm
Callsign VK5RLZ VK5RLZ VK5RLZ
Freq 5670.452 10368.452 24048.452
Opr ? 0700-2359 0700-2359 No
Loc'n Water Tower Water Tower Water Tower
ERP 33 dBm 27 dBm
HASL 90 m 90 m 90 m

APRS Digipeater

The Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club operates an APRS digipeater on 145.175 MHz
The club may put up a UHF digipeater in the near future, using a modified Vaisala radiosonde and a receiver.

About

The Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club members are a diverse bunch of Amateur Radio operators based around the city of Elizabeth, north of Adelaide, South Australia.

Our members have various interests.

  • Several are on LF at 137 and 475 KHz.
  • Most use HF despite the situation with the sunspots.
  • VHF has 50 MHz and 144 MHz active.
  • UHF has 432 MHz, 1296 MHz and 2.4 GHz very active.
  • SHF has 3 GHz, 5 GHz and 10 GHz active.
  • EHF has several members building 24 GHz, 47 GHz, 76 GHz and 122 GHz equipment.
  • LIGHT COMMUNICATIONS has become the latest high interest subject with two of our members having set the VK5 record for voice comms on home made light transmitters and receivers, and the NATIONAL RECORD for data transmission. Well done chaps!
  • Digital Amateur Television DATV has just started.

Our clubroom is at “The Grove Venue,” 5 Burdett Street, Elizabeth Grove, 5112.
Postal Address is PO Box 8 Elizabeth 5112 SA

  • EVERY Sunday morning at 09:00 is the rebroadcast of the WIA News on 1.843 MHz LSB and the VK5RLZ repeater 439.975 MHz 91.5 Hz tone with callback. There probably will be some Digital ATV transmissions at the same time on 445.5 MHz. This is a standard DTV channel.
  • First Wednesday of the month are the business meetings. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start.
  • Second Wednesday of the month we meet on air at 20:00 on our 2 metre repeater VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone
  • Third Wednesday of the month are the Tech Nights and we usually have a Guest Speaker. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start.
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month we meet on air at 20:00 on 3.620 MHz SSB +- QRM.
  • EVERY Friday night at 20:00 has 2 metre SSB/CW skeds on 144.150 SSB
  • There is an informal Morning Tea Net at exactly 10:00 on our 70 cm repeater VK5RLZ 439.975 MHz 91.5 Hz tone which is on the Old Elizabeth Water Tower near Edinburgh.
  • Many members meet in person 10:00 Wednesday mornings with NERC members at the Tea Tree Gully Library at 571 Montague Rd, Modbury SA 5092 for informal coffee and cake. This has become a very well attended group
  • The regular VHFers and above make their own arrangements.

The current excitement is around 3 GHz using old patch panels obtained from the  Geelong Amateur Radio Club and on 1296 MHz using transverters.

Other microwave activity revolves around contests, particularly the VHF-UHF Field Days, where our club members have been particularly successful.

The club is also a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia


Events

December 2018

2018-12-05 Wed Monthly business meeting at The Grove Venue, 5 Burdett Street Elizabeth Grove 5112. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start.
2018-12-07 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2018-12-12 Wed 2m FM Club Net call-in on VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone 20:00.
2018-12-14 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2018-12-19 Wed Club is in recess - no plans but we might have an informal get together at the club room at 5 Burdett Street Elizabeth Grove if someone turns up with the key
2018-12-21 Fri Club is in recess - no plans possibly 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2018-12-26 Wed Club is in recess - no plans


January 2019

2019-01-02 Wed Club is in recess - no plans
2019-01-04 Fri Club is in recess - no plans possibly 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-01-09 Wed Club is in recess - no plans possibly 2m FM Club Net call-in on VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone 20:00.
2019-01-11 Fri Club is in recess - no plans possibly 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-01-16 Wed Monthly tech night. Subject - Guest speaker: Unknown
2019-01-18 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-01-23 Wed 80 metre Club Net call-in on 3.620 +- QRM 20:00 Liase on VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone.
2019-01-25 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-01-30 Wed Fifth Wednesday of the month. ??? Wireless by the waves ??? TBC

February 2019

2019-02-01 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-02-06 Wed AGM at The Grove Venue, 5 Burdett Street Elizabeth Grove 5112. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start.
2019-02-08 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-02-13 Wed 2 metre Club Net call-in on VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone 20:00.
2019-02-15 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-02-20 Wed Monthly tech night. Subject - Guest speaker: EARC ATV Transmitter Iain VK5ZD
2019-02-22 Fri 144.150 SSB/CW night 20:00
2019-02-24 Sun Possibly antenna test field day with bbq, total fire ban permitting
2019-02-27 Wed 80 metre Club Net call-in on 3.620 +- QRM 20:00 Liase on VK5RLZ 146.625 MHz no tone.


The club will be celebrating its 60 anniversary in 2019. No date or event set yet

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Contests

2018 Spring VHF UHF Field Day contest was run on 2018-11-24 01:00 UTC to 2018-11-25 01:00 UTC

VHF UHF Field Day results near the bottom of the page. Due about December 24

2019 Summer VHF UHF Field Day contest 2019-01-12 01:00 UTC to 2019-01-13 01:00 UTC

VHF UHF Field Day contests WIA site

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Members
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Contact us

Come along to either the first or third Wednesday night at
The Grove Venue, 5 Burdett Street
Elizabeth Grove SA 5112.