Redcliffe & Districts

Radio Club Inc

Last revised - October 2013

Objectives

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Provide a constructive environment for members and guests to actively participate in Amateur Radio related activities and projects. This plan is intended to outline the Club's future plans, and to be used as a guide when planning and formulating budgets.
This is a living document, where the intent is for members to have input into what they want from their Club.

Major projects

Mobile communications facility
The caravan is a long term project, with work done solely by volunteer labour and small amounts of Club funds. The caravan fitout shall be completed using funds obtained from a Gambling Comunity Benefit grant. Where the intent of the fitout is to provide communications capability across a range of services, supporting Local Govt and State emergency service organisations. The caravan when fully fitted out will also be an excellent promotional vehicle for the Club and Amateur Radio hobby.

Club station enhancements
The Club Station (Radio Shack) should be the showcase of the Club, demonstrating as many aspects of the hobby as possible. At minimum the Club should have SSB and CW capability from 160m to 23cm, where at the moment the station is HF SSB, 2m FM and DStar, APRS, analogue ATV, CB, Marine, SES and HF land mobile. Funding for the Club Station is to be derived from grants that are available to the club via various sources.

Long term plan is to ensure there is the antenna systems in place to gain the best possible capability. The Club Station should be active each Monday evening and Wednesday morning to encourage use of the VK4RC callsign, and to promote the Club to Amateurs who may be listening. Noting that the ATV broadcast attracts up to 200 viewers, it should be encourage to turn on the camera and transmitter for all activities.

Premises renovation
As the Club grows, space for meetings, training, workbenches, test equipment, caravan accommodation and gear storage needs to be optimised. The long term strategy shall be to aply for a lease change to occupy more land, allowing for an extension to be built. Funds for the extension shall be sourced from Gambling Community Benefit Funds. The process to alter the land holding is unknown at this stage, hence a working group needs to be formed to establish:

1. Proposed renovations,

2. Lease application,

3. Long term viability,

4. Funding,

5. Building project.

Training/assessment
It should be well understood that without a means to welcome new entrants to the hobby, the number of licenses will shrink. The Executive is to provide moral and financial support to the training and assessment volunteers, and actively promote this capability to the wider community.

Major Activities

REDFEST
A yearly event to provide a fundraising vehicle for the Club, intended for operational funding. Initially to be hosted at the St Michaels School, The Abbey, Caboolture in between BARCfest (May) Sunfest (September) and GCARS (November), and away from any other major Amateur Radio event such as JOTA and the John Moyle Field Day.

Contests
Continued participation in field days (generally located at Murrembong) should be encouraged using Club owned and members equipment. In the past the Club has been successful and gone to great lengths to setup a QRO all band HF station for the John Moyle Field Day (JMFD).

The technical challenges of setting up 400W stations in close proximity is good training in filtering techniques, antenna placement and operator ability. Noting the intent of field days is to practice setting up a field station "off the grid" in case of emergencies. The contest is merely a means to justify the effort where there is no emergency.

The Club should not spend club funds on capital acquistions to support one day a year, and the members are encouraged to give their gear a go while balancing their concerns of possible damage to their equipment. It is not seen to be prudent for the Club to own 5 x contest grade radios, 5 x amplifiers and 5 x QRO tuners to be used for one day in the year.

There is an increased interest in VHF/UHF and microwave operations, it is expected that the Club should attempt to participate in the WIA VHF/UHF field days as much as practical, as well as JMFD and Remembrance Day.

JOTA
An excellent weekend that benefits the Club and the Scouts/Guides that visit the activity base. The fox hunting and kit building prove to be the most popular bases for the young people, while the old faithful Morse Code, HF, Echolink, DStar and IRLP setups enable contacts throughout the world. ATV was introduced in 2012 and was well received by the participants. It should be noted that the Club has assessed many new licenses and new Club members as a direct result of being at Murrembong each year.

Minor Activities

Tech Talks
Tech talks are the life blood of this Club, every effort should be made by the Executive to ensure there is an interesting and informative session presented every Monday of the month, without fail.

Fox Hunts
Fox hunts conducted every fourth Monday evening provide a fun activity for members of all ages, and the side benefit is the technique of locating a ELT beacon is practised.

Wednesday Group
Wednesday mornings, colloquially known as the "retired crowd", an important outlet for the retired members who may not be able to have a home station and who would be looking for fellowship ala the "Mens Shed" movement.

The wednesday group is also encouraged to participate in a monthly call around, thereby utilising the radio room equipment and the VK4RC callsign.

Proposed Project Schedule

2013
Repeater linking - 6m and 2m
6m repeater
New front tower, tribander relocated, 6 metre beam relocated - description here
Drawings for planned extensions
Extension costings obtained
Grant applications for kitchen ceiling and external signage

Gambling grant applications for caravan project

See here for the 2013/14 budget (members only)

2014
Caravan project money obtained, caravan fitout commenced
Begin development application / negotiations with Council
Grant application submitted for extensions

2015
Satellite antenna system
Extension construction
Digital ATV upgrade

2016
Extensions completed
EME station established

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Meetings & Nets

Club House is open every Monday evening from 6:30pm

1st Monday - General Chit-Chat
2nd Monday - Business Meeting
3rd Monday - Tech Talk
4th Monday - Fox Hunt
5th Monday - General Chit-Chat

 

And also open Wednesday mornings from 9am to 12pm

Click here for Clubhouse location

Nets

Sunday evening

7.00PM - 2 metre FM repeater - 146.925MHz (-600kHz offset) - 91.5 Hz CTCSS required - IRLP 6404, Echolink 44666

Wednesday evening

7.30PM - Trivia Quiz - 70cm repeater - 438.325 (-5MHz offset) - 91.5 Hz CTCSS required - IRLP 6400, Echolink 4464

8.00PM - 2m repeater - ATV net - for vision tune your STB to 446.5MHz DVB-T (point your antenna towards Oceanview)

 

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