Upcoming Events

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  • Sun
    11:00 amQueens Domain Clubrooms

    Notice of AGM 2021

    Dear Members,

    In accordance with the Rules of the Association, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania will be held on Sunday 31st January 2021 @ 11.00am located at the Queens Domain Clubrooms.

    I encourage anyone willing to contribute to the club as a committee member or office holder to nominate for a position.


    1. Attendance & Apologies

    2. Welcome & Silent Keys

    3. Ordinary Business:

    3.1. Confirm the minutes of the last preceding Annual General Meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting.

    3.2. Business arising from the last Annual General Meeting:

    3.3. Receive from the committee, auditor and servants of the Association reports on the transactions of the Association during the last preceding financial year.

    3.4. Elect the officers of the Association and the ordinary committee members.

    3.5. Appointment of Ex Officio Officers Bearers.

    3.6. Appoint an auditor.

    After the AGM there will be a discussion about the future of the 6m repeater VK7RAD.

    There will also be a quick-fire auction of equipment from the estate of VK7MC. Proceeds to go back to the estate.

    We will then finish the proceedings with a BYO BBQ.

    Yours Sincerely

    Tony Lathouras VK7VKT

    REAST Secretary & Public Officer

    5 January 2021


  • Wed
    7:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
    Listening to the Planets Presentation
    We are very lucky to have Dr. Mike Groth VK7MJ giving us a presentation on Listening to the Planets.
    Decametric Radio emissions from the planet Jupiter, were first identified by Burke and Franklin while calibrating a 22 MHz antenna array in Maryland USA in 1955.
    This was later confirmed by data collected by Alex Shain in Australia some 4 years earlier, and opened a new field of planetary astronomy.
    This talk is a brief outline of the early history of decametric radio astronomy and how observations in Tasmania and New Zealand between 1971 and 1975, provided the first dynamic spectra of the Jovian radio bursts.
    In the true ANZAC tradition, all this was achieved on a shoestring budget, and using an early generation of domestic videotape recorders in a way their manufactures never intended.
    This should be a fascinating talk as this was the subject of Mike's PhD!
    We will also stream the presentation on the REAST YouTube channel and on DVB-T around Hobart.
    See you there
    REAST Committee
  • Wed
    7:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms

    Our March presentation night will be a discussion forum on the ACMA proposals for licence reform and the other changes they are proposing.

    It will take place in the COVID-Safe Queen’s Domain clubrooms from 7:30pm.

    Supporting documents are below:

    ACMA Licence Change Proposals - https://www.acma.gov.au/consultations/2021-01/review-non-assigned-amateur-and-outpost-regulatory-arrangements-consultation-012021

    Apparatus Licence - https://www.acma.gov.au/apparatus-licences

    Class Licence - https://www.acma.gov.au/class-licences

    WIA Survey Registration on licence changes - https://www.vision6.com.au/em/forms/subscribe.php?db=520800&s=232856&a=77723&k=NDm5RIsXSsIuIl8QaGDuHEdqKaoD4aqQ4cFJ5POACy4&fbclid=IwAR1XFvpXNG0_4KIT-xmGHLqXOC8TxaTYzCnGnBozTpYviFlaifDFhbCMekE

    See you there.

    73, REAST Committee

  • Wed
    7:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms

    A huge thank you to REAST Member Andrew Elwell for giving us a talk on the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

    This centre is based in Western Australia and Andrew is a Supercomputing Systems Administrator who works remotely from his home in Cygnet, Tasmania.

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre prides itself on incorporating a range of best practices, features and solutions. Key features of the Centre include:

    • A purpose-built supercomputing building of more than 1000 m2 at Technology Park in Kensington, Western Australia; complete with scalable cooling and electrical services, to accommodate for expanding supercomputing infrastructure within the facility
    • A unique groundwater cooling system for removing heat from the supercomputer and dissipating this heat via an aquifer, 140 metres below the Centre, with no loss of groundwater.
    • A photovoltaic system which has been incorporated into the building’s shaded façade, plus an extensive PV array on the roof of the building
      • This installation generates 140 kW of electricity onsite, which acts to offset the electrical and CO2 footprint of the Supercomputing Centre
    • Automated ‘intelligence’ incorporated into the building, with real-time monitoring, to facilitate efficient operation and support fine tuning of operations to reduce overall power costs

    Andrew will be covering the centre, its history, who was Joe Pawsey and the work being undertaken to process the data from the Square Kilometre Array radio astronomy project.

    This should be a fascinating presentation.

    One not to be missed.

    73, REAST Committee.

  • Wed
    7:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms

    Our REAST May presentation night will be a talk by Dr. Mike Groth VK7MJ on many lightning derived phenomena.

    While Army Signalers in the trenches in France during the First World War were using early valve amplifiers to detect the earth currents generated by the field telephones in the enemy trenches, they discovered that the earth generated a range of strange audio frequency signals, including clicks, tweaks, and whistling.

    These remained a scientific curiosity for almost 40 years, until the International Geophysical Year in 1957-8, when they became a tool for exploring the electrical and magnetic properties of the Earth’s magnetosphere before the development of specialised geophysical monitoring satellites in the 1970’s.

    This will include many fascinating phenomena that Mike come across whilst undertaking his research in New Zealand featured in his Listening to the Planets presentation.

    This should be another REAST Presentation not to be missed.

    Thanks to Mike for offering to give the presentation.

    73, REAST Committee


  • Wed
    7:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms

    Mike VK7DMH will describe his experiences receiving & decoding Weather, Commercial & Amateur satellite signals. The hardware, software & antennas that he used for this project will be discussed and used in this presentation

Regular Events

Wednesday Lunchtime Social Gathering – Every Wednesday 12.00 – 2.00pm
REAST Clubrooms, Upper Queens Domain

Every Wednesday members of the club get together for a social gathering, enjoying lunch together and general discussion.

Satellite & DATV Experimenters Night – Every Wednesday from around 7:00pm
REAST Clubrooms, Upper Queens Domain

Join members of the club in a weekly after work get together involving Satellite experimentation, Digital Amateur TV Broadcasts, demonstrations, show-and-tell, general discussion and videos.