Bring along your HF portable setup to the picturesque shores of Kyle Bay, on Wednesday evening 7th February 2018. Setup and show others your portable HF equipment in operation, commencing from 6.30 PM.

Band pass filters will be available to facilitate simultaneous operation on different bands. Come along and see what your fellow amateur radio operators have created for great HF portable operation. This event would be a great introduction to the John Moyle contest in March.

The meeting hall in Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point, will be open for those requiring tea or coffee and to use the facilities.

 

This is an opportunity to share your summer radio project or find out what your fellow amateur radio operators have been home brewing. At the next gathering of The St George Amateur Radio Society, attendees will have the floor for 5 minutes to show any radio related project and tell others about your home brew experience.

Join your fellow amateur radio operators from 7.30 PM on Wednesday evening, 1st February 2017 at our meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville).

Members and visitors are most welcome to join us for a cup of tea or coffee.

Packet Radio - One of the first "modern" digital modes, packet radio transmits data in groups or "packets" of 10s or 100s of bytes, which allows improved throughput and error control. Amateur radio operators have been exchanging packets of data, using the AX25 protocol since the 1970s, with transmission speeds of typically from 300 bps on the HF bands to 1200 and 9600 bps on VHF or UHF. Packet radio is still used today.

Cameron VK2CKP will demystify the world of packet radio in his presentation to The St George Amateur Radio Society gathering on Wednesday 2nd November 2016, commencing at 7.30 PM local time, in the clubs meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville).

All members and visitors are most welcome to attend what should be a very interesting presentation, and have an opportunity to meet up with your fellow amateur radio operators over a cup of tea or coffee.

 

 

WIA Director, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH will give an update on the following Wireless Institute of Australia topics;

  • About the WIA General Meeting to allow members to vote on a motion re financial audit of WIA
  • Review of the Australian Radio Frequency Spectrum Plan
  • Progress on Future Licence Conditions discussions

Roger's update will be presented at the October gathering of The St George Amateur Radio Society, commencing at 7.30 PM Wednesday 5th October 2016. The SGARS gathering will be held at the club's meeting rooms in Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville).

Following the presentation, enjoy refreshments and a rag chew with your fellow amateur radio operators.

The September 2016 SGARS gathering will be an opportunity for members to show any amateur radio related projects or equipment, and tell those at present about their achievement.  The project or equipment should be amateur radio related and be of interest to others, e.g. test equipment, homebrew transceivers, SDR, antennas, antenna matching, keyers, etc.

Of course there will be usual tea, coffee, biscuit and rag chew afterwards. The next SGARS gathering will be held on Wednesday 7th September 2016, commencing at 7.30 PM local time, at our club rooms Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville).

At the next SGARS gathering, there will be a presentation by Greg Bain VK2GSB on solar astronomy.

For those interested in HF communications, the sun controls may aspects of our hobby. the number and size of sun spots eventually determine how our radio waves propagate. It is fairly easy to observe the sun, but you need to be careful. In this presentation Greg will explain this an much more.

As well as the presentation, there will be the usual free refreshments and all members and local amateurs and others interested are invited to attend.

The next gathering of The St George Amateur Radio Society is Wednesday evening the 3rd of August 2016, in the club's meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville), commencing at 7.30pm.

Based on the recent portable operation by Paul VK2GX, this informative presentation will cover the basics for a successfully operating your portable amateur radio station in the great outdoors. Paul will also provide an overview of the popular parks and peaks operation, and contesting.

Seasoned operators are also invited to discuss their own portable operation experiences, to encourage others to participate in this popular and rapidly growing aspect of amateur radio.

The Portable / Field Operation presentation will be held on Wednesday evening 6th July 2016, commencing at 7.30 PM, at the club rooms in Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville).

With the amateur radio contesting session just about to get into full swing, on the 1st of June 2016 Ken VK2BBQ (SGARS Contest Manager) will be speaking about contesting techniques and discussing the more poignant aspect of portable operations from a practical point of view.

Contesting is an excellent way for new amateur radio operators or those returning to the hobby, to gain some operating experiencing without the fear finding something to talk about. In a contest, contacts between stations are very structured with exchange of callsign, signal reports and usually a serial number.

Following Ken's presentation is the Worked All VK Shires contest, held on the Queens Birthday weekend, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016. The contest modes are SSB and CW on all HF bands available to Standard licensees. There are a number of categories for single and multiple operators, including a category for Foundation licensees. Click here for more information.

You can hear Ken's presentation at the SGARS club rooms in Connells Point (near South Hurstville) from 7.30 PM local time.

The SGARS 80m Throphy Contest follows at the end of June 2016. For a summary of VK amateur radio contests for 2016 click here

SGARS members and visitors may know each other and are we all aware of the other’s amateur radio interests, but there is generally more to amateurs than radio.

Members are visitors are invited to bring along one or several items to show the audience, items that are not related to amateur radio. It will be a surprise as to what others are interested in.

As well as the presentation, there will be the usual free refreshments and all members and local amateurs and others interested are invited to attend the SGARS club's meeting rooms, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point (near South Hurstville) on Wednesday the 4th of May, commencing at 7.30pm.

"Everything You Want to Know About the Future of Amateur Radio in VK, and Then Some" is the title for what should be a very interesting and topical presentation to be given by WIA Director, Roger Harrison VK2ZRH, at The St George Amateur Radio Society April gathering.

Roger’s presentation will look at the government's Spectrum Reform program, which will see a new Radiocommunications Act that will change the whole landscape of licensing, competition for and access to spectrum, and its use, the allocation of frequency bands, and the regulation of users and applications. Hear how the Wireless Institute of Australia has responded to this "perfect storm" of challenging change with an "insider's view" of what might be ahead.

Also Roger will give an insight on the reforms being undertaken of the WIA National Office operations, in preparation for the new landscape of Amateur Radio licencing and licence conditions.

Roger will also be available to answer questions from members and visitors at The St George Amateur Radio Society clubrooms, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point near South Hurstville, on Wednesday 6th April 2016 commencing at 7.30 PM.