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Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest

The Trans-Tasman Low-Band Contest is once again on the 3rd Saturday in July which is Saturday the 16th of July between 8:00 UTC and 14:00 UTC this year. Two amateurs with either one or two radios have a good chance of getting a place in this contest, going by last years results. So, grab a mate, a radio, and a bottle of wine, and have a go this year. As they say: good luck in the contest!

Rules for the contest can be found on the WIA’s website.

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2021 Committee

Congratulations to the incoming committee! Rod Gamble VK2DAY is the new President, Rob Dolphin VK2DIO is Vice-President, Stephen Stebbing VK2AAV returns as Secretary, Andrew McNamara VK2TAN continues as Treasurer, and the remaining two Committee positions are filled by Colin Christie VK2JCC and Matt Ayres VK2BAI.

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John Bishop VK2ZOI SK 29 January 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news that John Bishop VK2ZOI (VK2BK), President of Hornsby And Districts Amateur Radio Club (HADARC), became a silent key in the early hours of Friday, 29th January 2021.

For more information, please click HERE.

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George Archibald VK2BGU SK 17 March 2020

It is with great sadness we record that George Archibald VK2BGU became a Silent Key on Tuesday 17 March 2020.

George was very active on our weekly 2m, 80m and 40m nets; always a bright, cheery voice but unfortunately, after suffering a stroke and heart attack earlier this year, his health quickly deteriorated over the past few months and he had to enter care.

George was an amateur for many years, a life-long interest that started with a run-in with the Radio Inspector when he was 12 years old. He was looking for a local club and joined HADARC in July 2006 on the recommendation of Keith VK2AXN (SK). At the time he joined HADARC George was retired but kept himself busy as a volunteer bus driver for a local retirement village - a job he only recently gave up when he decided it was time to surrendered his bus driving licence; however, driving the bus was obviously something he enjoyed and we often listened to many entertaining bus-driving stories on our nets. He was a regular on the Old Timer's Net and Col's net and his other interests included vintage radio and restoring old valve radio sets.

We will miss his voice on air.

A service to celebrate George's life will be held on Monday 23 March at 11.00 am at the Carlingford Baptist Church, Corner Pennant Hills Road & Alamein Avenue, Carlingford.

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Ralph Parton VK2IRP SK 2 December 2019

Sadly we record Ralph became SK on 2 December at age 91.

Ralph joined our Club in August 1983 shortly after having gained his novice callsign VK2PEJ. He was very active in the Club, giving talks, organising Field Day excursions, was co-instrumental in starting the 80m HF Net and was the nominal custodian of the VK2MA callsign for many years.

Even as a novice operator, he was a very active HF DX chaser and went in many contests. Both as an operator and a project builder, he obviously enjoyed the hobby. In April 1994, Ralph upgraded to 'full-call' level and gained his VK2IRP callsign which only recently he surrendered because of his health.

It was always a pleasure to swap stories and have a chat with Ralph and the ranks of amateur radio have lost a treasured stalwart.

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Brian Robertson VK2BRO SK 10 August 2019

It is with deep sadness we record that Brian Robertson VK2BRO became a Silent Key on 10 August.

Brian had been a long term member and was a regular attender at meetings. Unfortunately, about ten years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and because his health rapidly deteriorated in the last six months he became unable to make the drive to Mount Colah from his QTH in Carlingford. In his work-life, he was involved in the television industry but again due to the developing cancer, he had to retire earlier than he would have liked due to his health issues.

We didn't hear Brian on air much but he liked to listen and regularly monitored Club nets and was always interested in what Club members were doing as well as their projects which were described in QUA.

Brian passed away peacefully in his sleep and we will miss his cheery voice and presence at our meetings.

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John Raymond Howard APM VK2AMH SK 16 July 2018

It is with much sadness we record John Howard APM VK2AMH became SK on Monday 16 July 2018 after a period of prolonged health and mobility problems. He was aged 88.

John was born 16 June 1930 at Muswellbrook, NSW. His father was a Superintendent of Police and John followed his father into the NSW Police Force. He became involved with the police radio communications system and played a significant part in structuring police radio into all service vehicles. He was promoted to Executive Chief Superintendent in 1984 and was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1990, retiring from the Police Force that year.

As a radio amateur, he was first licensed as VK2AHM in 1955 when living at Earlwood, later changing his Callsign to VK2AMH. A long-time member of HADARC, John was also very active in WICEN and for a period after his retirement, had served as the State Coordinator and as WICEN NSW President.

John was a JP and regularly volunteered his time at the Hornsby Shire Library to members of the public requiring the services of a JP.

A great man, always able to provide sound advice when asked, a man who will be missed.