Hooray! the clubrooms have reopened, but please be aware that access to the clubrooms relies on people respecting the physical distancing and hygiene guidelines as directed by public health services. If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of covid-19 please stay at home.
Tue10Jul2018Mon30Jul2018Clubroom and via email
As part of work to clean up the Clubroom, a number of surplus items are being made available for sale by tender to financial REAST members. Further details will be posted over the coming week so stay tuned and keep an eye on your email or the site!
Wed01Aug20187.30pm - 9.00pmREAST Clubrooms, Upper Domain Road, Queens Domain HobartThe August presentation for REAST covers aspects of Radio Astronomy ranging from the development of Radio Astronomy (Karl Jansky and Grote Reber) through to the role of microwave mapping in developing theories of the universe and studies into HF planetary radio emissions from Jupiter and is presented by well known local enthusiast Mike Groth VK7MJThis is a free event for members. Non-members are welcome, but please contact us prior to the event to ensure there is enough seating.Update: A live Stream will now be available on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgMiSpXj1nULooking forward to seeing you!Sean, VK7FAZEREAST President
This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area.
A perpetual trophy is awarded annually to the Australian state or territory with the best performance. The name of the winning State or Territory is inscribed on the trophy, and that State or Territory then holds the trophy for 12 months. The winning State or Territory is also given a certificate, as are leading entrants.
More details are available on the WIA Web Site at http://www.wia.org.au/members/contests/rdcontest/
Sat18Aug20189:00 amREAST Clubrooms Queens Domain
REAST has scheduling Foundation training on the 3rd Saturday of every second month. That is February, April, June August, October and December. If interested then contact Reg on email [email protected] or phone mobile 0417 391 607 if you wish to participate. The training manual used for this training - "Your Entry into Amateur Radio" is available from the Caltex Service Station - Corner of Amy St and Main Road Moonah for $35 Cash. (73, Reg, VK7KK)
Sun19Aug201810:00 amMt Pleasant Radio Telescope & Grote Reber Museum Denholms Road, Cambridge, TAS, 7170
As part of National Science Week there is an Open Day planned at the Telescope and Grote Reber Museum.
Learn about the science of radio astronomy and the history of Grote Reber, experience the Telescope Control Room and view the 26m dish antenna at this annual event. A great day out for families, with tours of the facility, 3D movies, face painting, BBQ, water rockets and many other events.
Wed05Sep20187:30 pmREAST Clubrooms on the Queens Domain
One of the challenges of growing the hobby is engaging new members from an ever increasingly diverse community.
Training Officer Louise Adams from Equal Opportunity Tasmania will this month be presenting an overview of discrimination law, lead a discussion into respectful and inclusive practices, and provide tips on recognising and dealing with discriminatory or inappropriate behaviour.
Please come along to the REAST clubroom on top of the Queens Domain for this topic.
Wed03Oct20187.30pm - 9.30pmREAST Clubrooms, Upper Domain Road, Queens Domain Hobart
You've now got the radios, but how does DMR Work? Whats a Talk Group? Scott VK7HSE will be presenting at our October presentation night to demystify the technical details of DMR Radio. This is one of the presentations that should not be missed. This presentation is expected to happen on Wednesday 3rd October @ 7.30pm. We're not quite sure if we will be live streaming it yet, so we strongly advised that if you are interested to please turn up!
Sat20Oct20189:00 amREAST Clubrooms Queens Domain
REAST has scheduling Foundation training on the 3rd Saturday of every second month.
That is February, April, June August, October and December.
If interested then contact Reg on email [email protected] or phone mobile 0417 391 607 if you wish to participate.
The training manual used for this training - "Your Entry into Amateur Radio" is available from the Caltex Service Station - Corner of Amy St and Main Road Moonah for $35 Cash.
(73, Reg, VK7KK)
Sun04Nov201810am - 2pmClubrooms, Top of Queens Domain, Hobart
Can't make it to Hamfest or need a bit of extra cash to buy things at the Hamfest? REAST is having a radio and electronic car boot sale & BBQ on Sunday November 4th from 10am (right after the broadcast) through to 2pm.
There is no car boot fee for sellers and at the BBQ sausages and hamburgers with bread and sauce will be $2ea. So far we look to be having all sorts of things for sale from radios to computer bits and basically anything that has something electronic in it. Please no general goods. For more information please contact by email [email protected]
Wed07Nov20187:30 pmREAST Clubrooms, Top of Queens Domain, Hobart
I think we can all agree that the weather this week has for the most part been more like "outside weather" and our hobby now has some great ways to get active outside. REAST's next presentation on Wednesday November 7th will see a panel of experts talk on going portable with the hobby. From preparing for a successful field trip to lessons learnt from less-than-successful expeditions, this evening will be definitely one for anyone who likes taking their radio out of the house. We look forward to seeing you there at 7.30pm! Youtube stream Link: https://youtu.be/_ucontwL2Yk
Wed01May20197:30 pmREAST Queens Domain Clubrooms
We are privileged to have Andrew Klekociuk from the Australian Antarctic Division who has agreed to give REAST a presentation on a potted history of Australian atmospheric research in Antarctica, from studies of aurorae, the ionosphere and magnetosphere, and cosmic rays to modern work on global climate modelling and related topics. There will be some side trips to note some personal highlights, including professional and hobby interests in radioastronomy.
Andrew is a Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division where he has conducted research on the Antarctic atmosphere for over 30 years. He grew up in Tasmania and gained a PhD in physics from the University of Tasmania. He has hobby interests in astronomy and environmental monitoring.
Queen's Domain clubrooms from 7:30pm on 1st May 2019.
Thanks to Warren VK7WN for organising this presentation.
Photo by Ben McCormick and sourced from http://www.antarctica.gov.au/news/antarctic-insider
Wed12Jun20197:30 pmREAST Queens Domain Clubrooms
The presentation for June is on Wednesday 12 June 2019 and will be given by our resident radio control experimenter Ron Cullen. It is a follow up from his previous presentation that was done back in June 2017.
Ron will be covering improvements that he has made to do with remote control aircraft, First Person View (FPV) including a head tracking system which complements the FPV experience.
He will also be presenting a new modern aircraft which is capable of reaching speeds of 100+km/h.
Ron also now builds his own 5.8GHz AV antennas with the aid of a handy jig he created making the job a lot easier.
All this and more from Ron this Wednesday night, the 12th of June 2019 from 7:30pm.
See you there.
Sat29Jun201910am - 4pmREAST Clubrooms
We will be opening the REAST Clubrooms on Saturday June 29th for an antenna build day. An Antenna build day gives people the opportunity to work on antenna projects they have been working on, or starting a new project, with equipment and knowledge available to make sure you go home with a tuned antenna - which is very important if you are transmitting.
- An end-fed half wave antenna that can be used on 40-20-15m will cost $35
- A VHF/UHF handheld Moxon antenna for working LEO Satellites will cost $25
Each kit takes around 1-2 hours to assemble and test, so why not bring up some lunch and put together an antenna that you can start using as soon as you are done.
If you are interested in pre-ordering a kit, and guaranteeing availability please contact Ben VK7BEN by email at [email protected].
If you are building kits please be aware that there will be only limited tools available at the clubrooms, and you are strongly encouraged to bring your own. Ben will advise kit builders of what tools they will need on the day a bit closer to the time.
Wed03Jul20197:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
For July REAST will be holding a GPS Disciplined Oscillator Forum on Wednesday 3rd July from 7:30pm.
This forum will be led by Rex VK7MO and Justin VK7TW who will be bringing along a broad range of GPSDOs and run through the positives and negatives of the various models.
A broad agenda for the forum will include -
· What is a GPSDO and how does it work?
· When is a GPSDO used and what benefits does it bring?
· Not all GPSDOs are the same.
· Where can you get more information about GPSDOs?
· Who are the Time Nuts?
If you have a GPSDO then bring it along and tell people about what you use it for and your experience with it.
We will have some interesting research around the very topical locking of the ICOM IC-9700 to share.
The session will be streamed on the REAST Facebook and YouTube Channels and will be recorded.
We look forward to seeing you along.
Wed07Aug20197:30 pmREAST Queens Domain Clubrooms
We are lucky to have Ian MacIntosh back for a fantastic presentation and demo of Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Ian has been experimenting with this technology for many years and the presentation will include Oculus Rift VR Archaeology since 2012 as Ian will be able to demonstrate each of the models over the last few years.
The history of VR will be included from the 1960s and the players in this space. Ian will then move to the challenges like - Tracking. IMUs, IR Constellations and webcams, Room Scale tracking and motion capture. There are also technology challenges with real time processing, communication channels, bandwidth and latency.
Ian will show the technology he has built up over his time experimenting with VR technology. The prototyping he has been doing and Photogrammetry. Don't know what this is - why not come along and learn! Ian will then go into the tools he uses with an application called Meshroom.
During the presentation and demonstration there will be many forays into the real-world applications that this technology is already being used for. A huge thank you to Ian for giving us this presentation on one of his many passions.
This looks to be a fantastic night and we hope to see you up on the Queen's Domain in the REAST clubrooms from 7:30pm Wednesday night, 7th August 2019.
Wed25Sep20197:30 pmABC Studios Hobart
We are privileged to have a " behind the scenes" tour of the ABC Radio and TV studios in Hobart.
A huge thank you to Damien VK7SD and Alan VK7KAN who will be showing us through.
More details closer to the event.
Wed02Oct20197:30 pmREAST Queens Domain Clubrooms
Following on from our hugely popular presentation by Kim VK7KB, Alan VK7KAJ and Roger VK7ER in August 2017.
These guys are back and will continue where they left off in 1970's with the rest of the story about Antarctic Communications up to the present day.
More details closer to the event.
Wed16Oct20197:30 pm215 Lenah Valley Rd
Ever wondered what goes on to bring you that carton of flavoured milk? Well this behind the scenes tour of the Lion Dairy & Drinks company in Lenah Valley will show you the whole process. We are lucky to have the chief engineer - Dale Barnes VK7DG to show us through.
The levels of automation and process control used within this factory are a wonder to behold!
Given this is a food production facility all visitors will need to comply with the hygiene and Good Manufacturing Practise requirements as we all do as employees. This includes all visitors needing to wear long pants fully covering the legs. Visitors will be supplied boots ,dust coats, protective safety glasses, hair nets and beard masks, washing and sanitising of hands before entering production area.
This members tour will take place on Wednesday 16th October at 7:30pm. Meet at front office car park - 215 Lenah Valley Rd.
A huge thank you to Dale for organising this tour.
Wed06Nov20197:30 pmREAST Queens Domain Clubrooms
We are privileged to have Dr. Conn O'Neil from General Practice Plus along for the night to give some insight into common (and not so common) men's health issues and importantly how we can prevent or reduce the risks associated with these issues.
More info closer to the event.
Wed12Feb20207:30 pmREAST Clubrooms
Fun with QRP
This Wednesday night we have guest presenter Peter Parker VK3YE coming along to the clubrooms to give an impromptu presentation entitled "Fun with QRP - Equipment, Antennas & Operating".
Peter is a prolific experimenter, broadcaster, videographer and author.
His latest book - The Australian Ham Radio Handbook is now available in Jaycar! Take a look at his website for more information. http://vk3ye.com/
We get underway in the clubrooms from 7:30pm and the presentation will be broadcast on RF and streamed on the REAST YouTube Channel.
See you there.
(73, Justin, VK7TW)
Wed04Mar20207:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
This night was born from a group looking at pictures and videos of various amateur's shacks.
Steven VK7OO is currently getting his shack back up and running at his new house and he was asking different people about space saving ideas in the shack.
Amateurs are usually resourceful people who have been re-purposing, recycling and re-using things for a very long-time.
So, we have decided to have a forum where everyone can come along and bring your interesting and innovative ideas that you have in your shack, outside, inside, etc.
There is no limit to the ideas - simple, complex, easy, hard, bring them along and talk about them. If you have some show and tell to demonstrate the idea then bring it along. You may have a problem or challenge that you are dealing with - bring
that along and we are sure there will some ideas in the room to help you solve that issue.
The format is a forum where everyone can input their ideas, questions, problems and solutions.
See you there.
73, REAST Committee
Sat07Mar20209:00 amQueens Domain Clubrooms
If interested in assessments then contact Reg on email [email protected] or phone mobile 0417 391 607 if you wish to participate.
The training manual used for this Foundation training - "Your Entry into Amateur Radio" is available from the Caltex Service Station - Corner of Amy St and Main Road Moonah for $35 Cash.
(73, Reg, VK7KK)
Wed05Aug20207:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
Following on from our successful forum nights we are running and antenna forum night for our August presentation night.
The format of the night will be an open forum for anyone to bring along their experience of the antennas they are using, building and testing. This includes the antenna analysers you use with your antennas.
It doesn’t have to be a huge in-depth analysis presentation just come along and share your experience with the antennas you are using. If you have some analysis data then certainly bring it along.
They can be permanent installations, mobile, satellite, microwave, LF, MF, HF, portable or handheld, in fact anything and everything is encouraged. Just come along and share your experience.
We will compile on the night a list of antennas and users and make it available so, if you are interested in a particular antenna you will know who to contact.
The night will be streamed and we will take questions and comments via R2, DM 3807 and the YouTube Chat Channel. We will also broadcast the night on RF 445.5MHz DVB-T around Hobart.
Wed02Sep20207:30 pmQueens Domain ClubroomsAustralia Post willing - we will have an ICOM IC-705 and Accessories to play with on the presentation night.This is the latest offering from ICOM and continues their range of SDR based transceivers which include the IC-7300 and IC-9700.The IC-705 is a light portable rig that covers from DC to 70cm and is either internal or external battery powered.It has the same touch screen interface as the 7300 & 9700.The units have only just landed in Australia and are already proving to be very popular with Strictly Ham shipping many units this week.Come along and see if the IC-705 is a FT817/818 killer!The presentation night will be broadcast on RF on 445.5MHz DVB-T in the Hobart area and will be streamed out on the REAST YouTube Channel.We hope to see you there.73, REAST Committee
Wed07Oct20207:30 pmQueens Domain ClubroomsOur REAST Presentation Night for October will see Steve, VK7OO taking us through his obsession with SSTV and SSTVCAMs and his experiences during his 13 year journey.Covering the challenge of keeping a SSTVCAM operating, observations about propagation, receiving SSTV from space unattended and just what's involved in operating a SSTV CAM.Steve will also discuss his success building a PEX-AL-PEX magnetic loop just for SSTV on 14.230. This presentation will feature actual images from the 120,000 plus images Steve has received.We also will be broadcasting this presentation on 445.5 MHz DVB-T in the Hobart area and we will be streaming on the REAST YouTube Channel - https://www.reast.asn.au/news-events/live-stream/.See you there.
Sat05Dec20209.30am - 2.30pmQueens Domain Clubrooms - Top of Queens Domain
Come learn about Amateur Radio!
The Radio and Electronics Association of Southern Tasmania (REAST) will be holding a public open day on Saturday December 5th up at the top of the Queen’s Domain.
Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.
There will be lots going on in and around the REAST clubrooms and we will have lots of different activities for everyone!
- Did you know foxes are alive and well in Tasmania? Come join in on a "fox hunt" or hidden transmitter finding game.
- Have you ever talked over a light beam? Come up and meet our Wallies and talk over a red light beam.
- Come check out our television studios where we will be broadcasting live on the airwaves using Amateur Television.
- WICEN - the civil emergency network will be there with their big mobile tower and show what they get up to.
- ALARA - the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association will be there with the many activities that ALARA get up to.
- Moonbounce - you will be able to see how the equipment that amateur radio operators use to bounce signals off the moon and back.
- Morse Code - yes it is still used and is actually gaining in popularity - it's SMS that is over 100 years old! Come along and try your hand at it.
- Microwaves - bit like the type in your kitchen but much less power. See it in action!
- Interested in bushwalking? - How about taking a radio with you and operating from the top of a mountain - Learn about Summits on the Air (SOTA).
- Pictures over radio - Come up and see Slow Scan TeleVision (SSTV) and see pictures being send over radio.
- Did you know the internet has links back to technology that radio amateurs developed called Packet Radio - come along and see it in action.
- Learn who to become a radio amateur - REAST runs regular courses up on the Queens Domain.
There will be many other general displays and interesting and fascinating things that amateurs get up to as well as a Sausage Sizzle (with onion!), coffee and cake available on the day.
Who could pass up an opportunity such as that!
Sun31Jan202111:00 amQueens Domain Clubrooms
Notice of AGM 2021
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.
Attendance & Apologies
Welcome & Silent Keys
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.
Tony Lathouras VK7VKT
REAST Secretary & Public Officer
5 January 2021
Wed10Feb20217:30 pmQueens Domain ClubroomsListening to the Planets PresentationWe 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.https://www.reast.asn.au/news-events/live-stream/
https://www.reast.asn.au/special-interest-groups/amateur-tv/See you thereREAST Committee
Wed03Mar20217:30 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:
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
Wed07Apr20217:30 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.
Wed05May20217:30 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
Wed02Jun20217:30 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
Wed14Jul20217:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
Please note - REAST's July presentation night will be on the second Wednesday night of July - the 14th.
It will be a presentation and tour of Tas Maritime Radio Facility on the Queens Domain.
Barry McCann OAM will be giving us a presentation on the Tasmania-wide maritime radio network and the services that TMR provide to maritime users and then he will give us a tour of the facilities operations room and museum.
We get underway at 7:30pm in the Queens Domain Clubrooms.
A huge thank you to Barry and TMR for this night.
73, REAST Committee.
Wed04Aug20217:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
Contesting at LX4SKY.
REAST's August presentation night is all about contesting on HF and VHF and above.
With the Remembrance Day contest just around the corner (14/15 August 2021) we want to equip everyone with contesting skills to ensure they get the most out of their RD Contest experience.
Martin VK7GN will be giving us the High Frequency (HF) contesting low down and Richard VK7ZBX will be covering contesting on VHF and above frequencies.
A huge thank you to Martin and Richard.
See you there.
73, REAST Committee
Wed01Sep20217:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
P25 is a radio protocol that is used extensively around the world for emergency services radio networks. Learn about it and it's implementation in Tasmania.
Sun03Oct202112:00 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
Peter VK7KPC and Kim VK7KB are avid collectors of Military radios and they will be presenting and demonstration these radios and antennas in and around the Queen's Domain compound.
Wed03Nov20217:30 pmQueens Domain Clubrooms
The digital voice hotspot is rapidly becoming popular with many amateur radio operators allowing you to work the world on a handheld with the clarity of digital voice modes. Ever wondered about them? Come along and learn all about the Pi-Star and OpenSpot3 hotspots.
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.