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Mayanup Ham-Camtion Report

September 17th, 2022 by vk6ld

Photo by VK6TW “JT”

From Graham VK6WCR:

Ham Camption 9,10,11 Sept

We enjoyed a relaxing drive Down to Mayanup. Taking in all the sights along the way. Said hello to a few familiar wee faces at Gnomesville . Further along we noticed a few wineries and Pubs that looked perfect for a drop in and refreshments .

Mayanup recreational area/ Mayanup Horse and pony club. Here we where met by our Host . Darren
We set up camp close to showers and toilets. Cost  was $10 each per night . Bargain basement prices .  After setting up camp I setup my antenna Radio gear, Other people gradually rolled in during the Friday afternoon setting up camp  their radio equipment  as well.

6 pm we all met down at the fire pit. Rag Chewing began in earnest.  

A re-occurring theme, was how so many of us had traveled the same old journeys over the years ,lived and worked in the same remote areas but at different times. We had so many mutual friends. For me it was  like a walk down memory lane hearing all the changes that had come about in areas that i had one time or another lived and worked in the past.

Bedtime was 10 pm Friday Night .  Blessed with a full moon. Night air was fresh. Cows , I forgot to mention the progress society and council who manage the land also have cows roaming on the property but they are up and over the other side of the hill in a far paddock so not a problem.

Being in farming country you may hear the distant sheep.

OMG at midnight I heard what I can only describe  sounded like a wolf being strangled in mid howl . I Never new Cows howl at the moon . LOL But apparently they do.

Saturday morning I woke around my usual time of around 5am. How can i describe it hmm . Pea soup mist and quite fresh brisk morning. None the less I soon had a brew going ,shortly after bacon and eggs was  on the go . Not long after Brekky , I found myself doing the rotisserie dance next to the fire pit  . Good to see I wasn’t the only  one getting  acclimated to the country air.

Conversations continued on from where we had left of the night before. Darren our host collected our fees also sold some raffle tickets. Shortly after, he announced he would be putting on a sausage sizzle for everyone free of charge and that Saturday night Pizza was on the menu for free as well.

During the daytime on Saturday I was going from one campers setup to the next looking at their radio equipment and antennas . 

I spoke with a Amateur operator I believe is with Bunbury Amateur radio club . He was full bottles on Ardiuno and raspberry pi like devices . From what I recall it is an area he works in professionally . Devon I believe was his name.

Some of the radios I was able to see in use Yaseu/Elad/Xiego/ Icoms/ baofeng /kenwood   to name a few . Antennas where a mix of tapped verticals. Center fed and end fed  longwires ,One that looked like a hills hoist clothes line 

Plan for Sunday go back around get a photo of each operator , their call sign and equipment. But that is for tomorrow. Right now it’s getting late Time for bed  .Wouldn’t you know it right on cue at midnight that weird animal noise sound . again only this time it sounded like a donkey being strangled mid Eeee aww rrr aww eee . something like that.  Strange critters down that neck of the woods .Must be something in the water the cows drink.

Sunday morning ended up heading back Home earlier than planned . Unfortunately We had a death in our extended family so had to  head home organise some new flights some flights. 

Summary for the weekend at Hamcamption.

This was a trial of an idea 1 st event. Host was Darren VK6EK with Mike helping. Very Successful Weekend.

Everyone I met is looking forward to the next one.So Pencil in the Month of May 2023 for a possible HamCamption. The Format was kept simple and worked great it allowed for everyone to feel like they where all part of one big family catching up for a reunion.

People who attended where amateurs from our Great Southern region including up to Perth Northern Suburbs and east to Gidgegannup and everywhere in between. Some of them members of various clubs and organisations Some where just individual Hams.

When I was leaving Darren  invited us to attend the next one and asked me to pass on his personal invitation to all PARG Members as well.

I will be keeping in touch with Darren VK6EK.

73′
Kindest regards
Graham VK6WCR
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List of attendees from Darren VK6EK:

Hi All,

Many thanks for the photos and attendee report from Graham VK6WCR.

The list of Ham-Camption attendees, 25 in total, from Darren VK6EK:

VK6EK:                  Darren

VK6MN:               Mike

VK6II:                    Dan

VK6DEV:              Phillip

Vk6POP:              Bob

VK6LAM:             Craig

VK6TW:                JT

VK6MB:                Mike 

VK6MK:                Stuart

VK6FN:                 Max

VK6VBC:              Brock

VK6DEW:             Doug 

VK6NW:               Wayne

VK6PAW & VK6MOT:      Glynn & Tom

VK6BSA & VK6DEE:          Mark & Deena

VK6WCR & XYL:                 Graham & Maggie

VK6GWM & XYL:               Glenn &

VK6GS & XYL:                     Gary & Grace

VK6NDX & XYL:                  Nick & Jen

Again, a big thank you to Darren, Mike & Dan, who put their hearts and souls into organising the Inaugural 2022 Mayanup Ham Camp and to everyone who attended. 

There is a lot that goes into planning, arranging and producing these events and in the background, to make these into memorable events.  I think it might be fair to say, it was even better than Darren expected! ?  There were a few moments in the organising and arranging, that we may have wondered, was this thing going to fly, but in the end it all came together.

We have plans for a bigger, better and more interesting Mayanup Ham Camp in 2023, so make sure you keep a look out for the next event. (Possibly May 2023)

Regards,

Rob…

VK6LD


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2020 SEG Club Membership Renewals

December 26th, 2019 by vk6ld

It is that time of year again!

Everyone is encouraged to join Southern Electronics Group (SEG) and being a member is a great way to get started in the hobby, meet new friends and help out others. Licensed amateur, shortwave listeners and radio hobbyists alike are all welcome to join us.

Membership is still only $30.00 per year and the membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

SEG has invested and upgraded its network of repeaters, Allstar links and nodes, the RemoteHams internet-controlled HF/VHF/UHF club station, APRS digipeater & I-Gate services and club callsign VK6SR.

These all cost considerable time & money to licence, maintain, upgrade and operate. Importantly being a member of SEG helps us to share the cost of funding new projects and repairs.  For members who joined part way through 2020, we can pro-rata your 2020 membership.  (Please ask to have your membership adjusted.)

Now if club memberships aren’t your cup of tea, SEG are also able to accept donations.

SEG is able to accept membership renewals and new applications securely online via credit card & Paypal through the RegisterNow group.

The link to the 2020 Membership renewals is:  https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=37113

The RegisterNow system will automatically email you a receipt and deposit the funds to the SEG account. 

For those who wish to pay by EFT/internet banking or by cheque, Membership Forms can be downloaded in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats below and sent via e-mail or by Australia Post to the Treasurer at PO Box 435 Mt Barker WA 6324.

Your ongoing support of SEG is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

73,

Rob…

VK6LD

Online SEG Renewals & Applications

Membership Form (Word)

Membership Form (PDF)

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123.0Hz CTCSS tone for Mt Barker 70cm VK6RAA.

November 25th, 2019 by vk6ld

For some time now there has been ongoing short intermittent bursts of white noise QRM on the VK6RAA Mt Barker 70cm repeater (439.950MHz).  Despite best efforts, the source hasn’t been identified due to its short & intermittent nature, but is probably originating from somewhere on Mt Barker Hill and it isn’t deliberate.

To overcome the noise source a 123.0Hz CTCSS subtone has been implemented on the Mt Barker 70cm repeater in order to access the Allstar linked system.

With the CTCSS tone access now installed, if your transceiver transmits a 123.0Hz CTCSS sub tone to the repeater, your transmissions will go out over the linked Allstar system.  If your transceiver doesn’t transmit any CTCSS tone (or a CTCSS tone other than 123.0Hz) your transmissions will only go out locally on the repeater over the Mt Barker area and won’t be heard on the wider linked Allstar system.  This way the repeater still stays as open access for everyone, albeit limited to Mt Barker without the correct CTCSS tone, but will prevent the white noise QRM going out over the wider network and upsetting our fellow amateurs.

If you need any advice or assistance with adding a 123.0Hz subtone to your transceiver please contact SEG for help to reprogram your transceiver.

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2017 SEG Membership Renewals

December 24th, 2016 by vk6ld

2017 SEG Membership Renewals

We encourage everyone to join the Southern Electronics Group. Being a member is a great way to get started in the hobby, meet new friends and help out others. Licensed amateur, shortwave listeners and radio hobbyists alike are all welcome to join us.

SEG has invested considerably in the network of repeaters, AllStar nodes, APRS digipeaters & APRS I-Gate. These are costly to licence, maintain and operate, not just in financial terms, but also time.  SEG also holds the club callsign VK6SR.

In 2017, SEG are planning to refurbish the 2M repeater antennas and install a web based IP switch to control/reboot 12V DC power at Mt Barker and linking the Albany 70cm repeater into the AllStar VK6 south west network.  We are also looking into the possibility of an amateur repeater in the Denmark area, with a connection into the AllStar VK6 south west network & 2M APRS digipeater.

Importantly, being a member of SEG helps us to share the cost of funding these services, establishing new projects as well as repairing things when they break (like power supplies and antennas).  Donations to SEG are also always very welcome.

Membership is only $30.00 per year and the membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

To foster on air activity on our local repeaters and AllStar nodes, SEG will also be offering pre-programmed Baofeng BF-888 70cm handhelds to members in 2017 (new & rejoining) for the subsidised price of $10.00 each, limited to one per membership. The handhelds will be pre-programmed to all local 70cm repeaters and simplex frequencies.

In 2017, SEG will again be able to accept membership renewals and new applications securely online via credit card & Paypal through the RegisterNow group.  If you also wish to purchase a 70cm handheld, this can be added to your membership renewal in the RegisterNow checkout process.

For those who wish to pay by EFT/internet banking or by cheque, Membership Forms can be downloaded in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats at the bottom of this page and sent via e-mail, by Australia Post to the Treasurer at the PO Box or in person at the next SEG Ham Feast.

Your ongoing support of SEG is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

73’s,

Rob…
VK6LD

regnow

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Membership Form (Word)

Membership Form (PDF)

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December 11th, 2015 by vk6ld

2016 SEG Membership Renewals

We encourage everyone to join the Southern Electronics Group. Being a member is a great way to get started in the hobby, meet new friends and help out others. Licensed amateur, shortwave listeners and radio hobbyists alike are all welcome to join us.

Membership is only $30.00 per year and the membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

The group has invested considerably in the network of repeaters which we own and operate. These repeaters are expensive to licence, maintain and operate, not only in money but also time.  There is also the club callsign VK6SR, APRS digipeater and I-Gate.

In 2016 SEG is planning the rollout All Star linking between the repeaters at Manjimup and Mount Barker with the existing All Star system at Katanning.  There are also discussions under way with the Bunbury Radio Club to join in with our All Star linking as both clubs share many common interests (and members!).

SEG are also making progress towards putting in a new 70cm repeater at Albany in 2016 which will cover town and surrounds with linking to Mount Barker and the All Star network.

Importantly, being a member of SEG helps us to share the cost of funding these new projects as well as repair things when they break (like power supplies and antennas).  For members who joined part way through 2015, we can pro-rata your 2016 membership.  Donations are also very welcome.

In 2016 SEG will be able to accept membership renewals and new applications securely online via credit card & Paypal for the first time through the RegisterNow group.. (Below)

For those who wish to pay by EFT/internet banking or by cheque, Membership Forms can be downloaded in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats below and sent via e-mail, by Australia Post to the Treasurer at the PO Box or in person at the next SEG Ham Feast.  Please contact SEG for the online links to online pro-rata membership renewal and donations.  (See Contact Page for details)

Your ongoing support of SEG is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

regnow

Online SEG Renewals & Applications 

Membership Form (Word)

Membership Form (PDF)

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