CRARC Committee November Update email #Committee_update

VK1MA Matt

The CRARC committee meets on-line on the second Wednesday of the month, to discuss the running of CRARC. This email is an outline of items covered and other topics potentially of interest to CRARC members and is promulgated to keep members aware of what is going on.


The hamclubonline (HCOL) membership management tool is continuing to be rolled out with almost all members migrated across to it. For the most part it has been very successful with only a couple of hiccups – mostly associated with some US centric backend processes – for example referring to US licencing processes for expired licences. There may also be issues with paying by debit cards – if so, please record the errors and let us know. Graham and Carl continue to work with the HCOL team to iron out these issues, but always if you have any issues please email Graham VK1GVC on membership@... As a result of the hard work that has been put into this, we currently have 166 financial members of the club.


CRARC maintains a number of Beacons and Repeaters.

Except for the Isaacs Ridge VHF repeater, the analogue repeaters (Mt. Ginini 2/70, Bulls Head 2m and Isaacs Ridge 70cm) are all operational. The D-Star and IRLP/ Echolinlk Repeater at Isaacs Ridge remain online and operational, although here remains some packet loss issues with d-star due to link interference issues. The 2-metre beacon is currently being worked on (issue determined to be faulty power supply with a replacement being constructed, hopefully back up on air in the not too distant future). The DMR repeater at Isaacs Ridge appears to be working well with no reported issues, however if people do notice anything unusual, please let the committee know.


There have been no additional WICEN activities since the last update went out and we have no more on the calendar for the year – the next fix for the WICEN addicts will not be until early next year.


The last Foundation course of the year was held this weekend – a big thanks to the education team who continue to pump out the training and assessments for no personal benefit (other than the satisfaction of a task well done). Note that the education team may also conduct upgrade assessments on the Saturday of the course (pending assessor availability and sufficient lead time to order exams) and out of sessions examinations by arrangement with the education team.

  • The November general meeting will be a presentation from Bob VK1ERF on Node-Red (shack automation). Timings are 7:30 for an 8:00 pm start, venue is the CRARC clubrooms at the Mount Mugga Scout Hall. 
  • ACMA submission on class licence and high power submissions are due to ACMA by 29 November. This is an important issue for the amateur community and the maximum number of submissions possible are needed to get our view across to ACMA.


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