Newsletter 6, November-December 2013
Famparc whip Announcement.
Production of the Famparc HF Whip has ceased so they are no longer available from the club.
For a little over eleven years Famparc has produced a range of HF multi band mobile antenna which became known as the “Famparc Whip.” Over the years these range of antennas have grown in reputation for quality and efficiency. This has been due to the dedication, and hard work of principally two club members Alan VK3AB and Bill VK3MMM. Their enthusiasm for building a highly tuned affective antenna knew no bounds. The Famparc whip can be found and heard in all areas of Australia and most areas of New Zealand. I understand there is at least one being driven round in South Africa. Over the years enquiries for the Famparc whip has been received from most areas of Europe and the U.S.A. The building of the Famparc whip started out as a club project and simply developed due to its effectiveness and rugged design.
It is with some sadness I report that Alan VK3AB and Bill VK3MMM have finally retired and will no longer be producing this very popular mobile antenna. We wish them well in their well deserved retirement.
Roy VK3GB Famparc President.
At our February club meeting there was a lot of discussion regarding the letter ACMA sent to all Amateurs regarding the proposed reallocation of the 2300-2302MHz band. Some might think oh well it’s only 2 MHz, I don’t use it so what the heck. Following the discussion at the meeting Peter VK3IJ decided to carry out some research and find out more information. Thinking they were only going to chop 2MHz off the first part of the band Peter looked up the WIA 13cm band-plan and was surprised to find it was in fact a 2MHz chunk of spectrum out on its own. An article was also found on the WIA website, an article by Phil Wait VK2ASD.
This is where the story gets interesting; if they take the 2MHz from us it will give the government a full 100MHz segment from 2300 – 2400MHz or twenty 5MHz channels and much revenue from the sale of that spectrum. Thinknig again it’s only 2MHz so why do we need it? Well, Phil’s article explains:
Losing any spectrum is always a great concern to radio amateurs, and this secondary allocation spectrum is the only viable option for Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) contacts to Region II (where the EME activity is on 2304 MHz) or Region I (which uses 2320 MHz). Australian radio amateur EME activity would then be confined to 2400 MHz and above, where ISM and Wi-Fi equipment is likely to cause interference to local EME stations.
As a result of this research I think everybody would agree it is important that we at least put the case to the government through the ACMA the importance of retaining this spectrum. At the meeting it was proposed that a formal letter by sent to FAMPARC members who can personally sign the letter and forward their objection to the proposal to the ACMA. This will be done in the near future.
Further information IT News: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/333129,acma-plots-amateur-radio-band-harvest-for-lte.aspx
Further information WIA: https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2013/20130214-1/index.php
On Saturday 2nd March Cornish College is holding a Carnival (http://www.cornishcollege.vic.edu.au/), you can see the attached flyer for more details.
Famparc were invited to erect a stand and advertise and promote the activities of Famparc in general. It runs from 11am to 4pm and is a family fun day out, so bring your families! Some members have arranged to set up a weather satellite station display, Software Defined Radio display and a CW display including a laptop. Peter VK3YE will also be joining us for the afternoon intending on setting up some QRP gear for display!
The Oceania DXpedition Group (ODXG) have announced a planned dxpedition to Norfolk Island this May! They will be on the island from 3rd May to 12th May to operate on SSB/CW & RTTY from 80 through 10 meters. Detailed information is at: http://vk9nt.odxg.org as well as the main http://www.odxg.org.
Two members from FAMPARC will be part of the ten member team going to Norfolk Island – Peter VK3IJ and Roy VK3GB. So clean up those antennas and radios and get them all working in time to make contact with the team!