Ham Hacks Category

Ham Hacks Category

All A new category has been added to post all these little tricks you do to make your hobby life easier and you would like to share. Tweet

Shack Clean-up June 2016

Shack Clean-up June 2016

Richard VK2ARN, Russell VK2BYN, Bob VK2RL and myself VK2AUJ conducted a special “seniors” working bee Wednesday 22-Jun-2016 to clean up the shack.  We’ve empty it all, cleaned the shelves and re-intalled only the operational gear.  All hand mikes have been provided with a hook.  Most radios are permanently connected to a suitable power source and a suitable […]

Vanity Power

Vanity Power

Looking for 12v power for your Bluetooth or dashcam?  I’ve connected mine to the vanity mirror lights in the sun visor?  Uses far less power than the 2 incandescent lights.  In our car it is switched with the ignition – not the accessories somehow.  Just need to plug before the light on/off switch.  So no wires from the top of the windscreen […]

Anderson Y

Anderson Y

I use Anderson plugs for all my 12 volt equipment.  Except for my HF rig, most of my equipment is of very low current drain.  I tend to always terminate my Anderson power leads and extensions with 2 plugs so that I can connect multiple devices, however I don’t like having the spare plug floating […]

Spade adaptor

Spade adaptor

SLA batteries come with 2 different size spades, narrow 4.7mm or wide 6.3mm.  When getting a replacement SLA, you don’t always have the choice on the spade size.  You can get away with plugging a 6.3mm female to a 4.7mm male, but the other way around will just not work. I found an easy way to make adaptors, if you don’t […]

Ding-Dong Car Alarm

Ding-Dong Car Alarm

A couple of xmas ago, some friends stayed at our place and got their car broken into during the night in our driveway, so I decided we needed a car alarm.  As an amateur, I went for the homebuilt stuff. I got the cheapest remote door bell I could find ($15 at Bunnings!).  Since the remote works on a 12v battery, […]

Mad Max Fury Road – Behind the ...

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The April 2016 lecture, Mad Max Fury Road – Behind the Scenes, by Greg Roberts VK2TPL and Jack Swart VK2TRF, is now available on the club YouTube channel, VK2MB-TV. Greg is the MD of Lateral Linking, which provided sound mixing for the film, winning one of those Oscars. Jack was cinematographer on the film, which also picked up a nomination for […]

160m TT Contest Weekend 15-17 July 20...

160m TT Contest Weekend 15-17 July 2016

“Top weekend, well done with the Hangi” Geoff vk2avr. “Great weekend. Well done Mal – you are now a Hangi masterchef.  Thanks also to Don and the antenna erection team.  Note also the duelling chainsaws!!”  Mike vk2uct. It was a great weekend at a great location.  We had 12 people staying overnight, 5 people visiting for […]

Wed 31st August 2016 – 5th Wed ...

Wed 31st August 2016 – 5th Wed “Technology Made in ANZ”

Australia and New Zealand used to manufacture a lot of technology products.  This evening will be a show & tell of any technology products that were manufactured in Australia and New Zealand.  We are looking for radios (obviously), phones, clocks, tools, test equipments.  Also looking for production kits from EA, SC, DSE, Altronics.  You must […]

W/E 20-12st August 2016 – ILLW

W/E 20-12st August 2016 – ILLW

Get ready for the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2016!  The Society has been activating the Barrenjoey Lighthouses every year during the annual ILLW.  Participate to the activation, come pay us a visit or contact us during the weekend. Tweet

W/E 13-14th August 2016 – Maker...

W/E 13-14th August 2016 – Maker Faire, Powerhouse Museum

Members of the Society typically attend the Maker Faire at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum.   Tweet

Test Gear Tech Night! – 29th Ju...

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Wednesday the 29th June 2016 is a Testing Gear Show & Tell evening!  Same format, however homebrew gears get double the votes!  I think we’ve got a pretty good idea who’s going to win! We are looking for any gears/tools used to test radio, feedlines, aerials, power supplies, etc.  We are looking for hi-tech, low […]

May 2016 Lecture – Magnetic Res...

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Erika Davies from Macquarie University presented our May Lecture on MRI machines: “Have you damaged your knee? Slipped a disc? Regardless of the specifics, many of us have had first-hand experience with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but not many of us are aware that this extremely pricey bit of kit is essentially a collection of amplifiers […]

Ross Beaumont (VK2KRB) – Quadra...

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Ross Beaumont (VK2KRB) has shared his report on a suitable antenna to provide quasi-omni-directional coverage in azimuth from an antenna that is light and simple enough for amateur use, and focussing specifically on Quadrant antennas: Quadrant Antennas Tweet

April 2016 5th Wednesday Challenge: E...

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For months with 5 Wednesdays we often initiate a challenge of some sort.  This month we put forward that club members bring up a project they have built out of repurposed electronics (ie, e-waste). Winner was Bob VK2RL with his direct conversion 40m receiver and power supply Runner up was Phil VK2BDF with a traffic light vehicle […]