Brisbane VHF Group Inc.

News 2021

6/05/2021 “EA makes the cut” Peter (Vk4EA) has been duly elected on the board of the WIA.

Our Club has the pleasure of an office bearer of the WIA, and we hope Peter has the opportunity to inject his ambitions and influence the new board into the 21st century. God on ya, Peter.

29/04/2021″Very Rocky April Meeting” Other than the normal Meeting chores a few misives that came to the forefront.

Peter VK4EA gave us his treasures report, also reporting on the Club 2-6 metre beacons (VK4RTT), are to be installed on the Mt Cootha site as soon as practical.

Kevin VK4UH gave us a very interesting presentation on meteor scatter with a link here to the presentation. He also reported on a new Club project being a 10 MHz GPS looked reference, which I’m sure we will here more about in the near future.

If you were unable to attend Rob VK4ZDX came along and gave us a beacon report on VK4RBB beacon s which are positioned at his location in Edans Landing. Also reporting on the Clubs 2 metre chat line on 144.300 SSB Thursday nites around 8pm.

Date 25/04/2021″Lest Not Forget” Wednesday 28th April 2021(being the last Wednesday of the month.

Our Club Meeting at Chermside Library, see you there.

Date 15/04/2021 “Two and Six Metre Beacon Update” Kevin VK4UH has some exciting news to pass on in reference to these Club beacons, as well as much more at the next Club Meeting 0n the 28th April 2021. See You there.

Date 14/04/2021 ” Roving Report” As a few questions were raised at the last meeting on the Club Beacons. Our Club roving reporter has posted this missive.

Greetings, gentlemen!

In recent times, following some improvement of my injured hand, I have started to drive my van again.  So, this morning I have gone up to Panorama Place (in the suburb of Mt Gravatt) to listen for VK4RBB on all of its output frequencies.  It is a full-on line-of-sight path between the two sites, and it is a stupendously beautiful day today!

My report is that all output frequencies were received at good strength, 432 MHz right up to 24048 MHz, and that the ‘CW note’ was pure on all transmissions.  Of course, this is a report from today only and it is not possible to project this report back onto previous occasions.

So if anyone monitoring any of the ‘RBB outputs notices a rough tone or a noticeable reduction in signal strength where you are, please get back to me by e-mail or ‘phone (0428 191066).

Cheers and thanks in anticipation,

–Doug, ‘4OE.

Date 11/04/2021″RED FEAST” Big Saturday RedFeast, lots of our Club members had visited and were selling items on the tables provided. Covid 19 had what seemed to an interesting spin on the normal Ham Feast with all wearing mask, whilst obeying social distancing. Great time was had by all just the same, as there has been cancellations in the past, on the venue and many others.

Date 25/03/2021″Club Meeting” Last nites Club Meeting was attended at the Chermside Library and also on zoom, all were treated to an enlightening time, with Doug(VK4OE) offering a power point presentation on 49GHz transverters from Kunhe and toughing on mixers. Meeting finished around 10.00pm.

Date 11/03/2021 “M A D” List as follows.

M A D Events as listed above. 2021

Are you available for the next one: see below.

March 23 / John Moyle

May 23 / with 23 on 23

July 18 

September 19

November 28

Some other events have been programmed a test and tune day, GHz shoot out. All will be advised as soo as arranged.

Date 19/02/2021″10 GHz VK7-ZL3″  This 1st 10GHz contact between VK7 and ZL. This novel contact was between VK7MO(Rex) to ZL3RC(Roger). They used the new mode of WJST X currently on test mode of Q65-60D. Well done guys (Rex and Roger).:::Click here

Date 28/01/2021″ M A D Dates set for 2021″ After waiting out the covert pandemic ,the Club’s first 2021 was held at the Chermside Library with many topics on the table to be discussed. Many will be finalised and will be reported at a later date. One of the the main topics was to further M A D events, as this subjected was breeched some months back by Scott (VK4CZ) to coincide with 23 on 23 monthly event, he compiled a 2021 M A D event calendar which has been produce here.

Date 20/01/2021″First Live Meeting” VK4UH Kevin reports.

BVHFG Meeting Notice

Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 7:00 pm

Chermside Library and ZOOM

Good morning everyone

The first meeting of the group for 2021 is next week as this is posted and will be our first Face-to-Face meeting since Covid19 restrictions were implemented.  Its been a long break

We also intent to try ZOOM’ing the meeting for anyone unable to attend in person

Please bear in mind that the group is still subject to the usual Covid precautions and regulations for social distancing and hygiene etc.  Hopefully we will no longer be “required” to wear masks by that time but anyone who wishes to can of course do so.

Please, even now, do not attend if you are unwell in any way and do the “new norm things”.  No hand shaking and no share plates please.

There is lots to discuss and lots of news

If you have any issue to put on the agenda then please forward them to Jason (Hon Sec)

Feel free to bring items for the show and describe session so we can see what you have been doing during your lockdown.

Looking forwards to seeing you on the night

Date 9/01/2021 “Great Result” Our congratulations to the VK4IF Team for their result in the last VHF/UHF Spring field day.

Date 25/12/2020 “Scores are in” 2020 Spring field day have been posted Check here: Great job done by all our members who took part.

Date 20/12/2020 ” Xmas Message” Our Club would like to extend a Happy holidays and New Year, to all our Members and followers. It has been a very trying year for us all, as a Club we do our best for all our members. Also advise that our next Club Event, will be the Summer Field Day 16/17th January 2021.

Date29/11/2020 VK4IF Looks for the Win”

VK4IF/P was again out at (Mt Mowbullan (QG53tc26)) . VHF UHF Spring Field Day was manned by VK4CZ, VK4UH & VK4MIL. see more here:

Date 23/11/2020 “special announcement” Please read.

To all BVHFG members and followers

Just to confirm that the group will again be making a club entry as VK4IF/p in the Spring Field Day Contest this coming weekend 28-29 November

Operation will be from the Mt Mowbullan site in the Bunya Mountains (QG53TC)

The contest runs for 24 hours from 01:00 UTC (11am local VK4 time) on Saturday but the team will be on site from the previous evening setting up the station

The intention will be to run in the 24 Hour, portable, all band, multi-operator section.

All bands will be catered for from 6m up to 24GHz inclusive including 9cms (now on 3398.150) with high performance stations and antennas

We will be equipped for all transmission modes  SSB/CW and digital on all bands and will make use of whatever propagation is available including meteor scatter on Sunday morning on 2m and 6m.

Preferred digital mode on 6/2/70 will be FT8

Preferred digital mode on microwave bands will be QRA64 – but anything will be possible 

Liaison for contacts

The plan is to have a presence on VKSpotter and Contest Radar websites during the contest.  

We also hope to be monitoring the Brisbane VK4RBN repeater 147.000MHz as the actual Bunya Mts repeater is currently off-air

Both Col VK4MIL and I will be contactable via Mobile Phone TEXT at any time (4UH 0407 799664,  4MIL 0421 250447) to coordinate contacts

Your Group Needs YOU!

As always we will be at a significant disadvantage in VK4 due to our geography and our low amateur station density in VHF range of us when compared to contest stations in the southern call areas and states.

We make a special request for members to come up on-air, on whatever bands you have available, to work VK4IF/p during the contest. Home portable or whatever.  We just need a report, serial number and your gridsquare if you know it.

We can make contact repeatedly every two hours on every band and get full points each time 

Hope to see you in the Contest

Don’t forget we have a ZOOM BVHFG meeting this coming Wednesday evening (THIS WEEK) and can discuss this further

Date 15/11/2020 ” Spring Field Day” Plenty of activity has been noticed as we move closer to this Event. VK4UH, VK4MIL and VK4CZ the Club team of VK4IF have been posting lots of Gear upgrades to higher bands etc. Seems like if the weather Gods assist us, we could have quite a few out on the ridges and mountain tops around Queensland and near states.

Date 20/10/2020 “23 on 23” will be on Friday nite as per normal and all M A D activity will be at a later date, if it can be scheduled before the Spring Field Day this November 2020. Keep on eye on the Club Facebook page/or here for further information.

Date 18/10/2020 “23 on 23” Friday 23rd is a normally a 23cm 8.00pm Event. Some of us would like to do a M A D week end, so watch the Club Face book or here and maybe a email out too members for further information.

Date 19/09/2020 “ZOOM CLUB MEETING” This months Club Meeting (23/09/2020).

As part of the meeting it is hoped to have a round table discussion and Show and Tell around the VK3CV 122GHz transceiver modules.

If you are working on one of these then it would be good if you could participate and show the group where your progress has taken you so far

Date 9/09/2020 ″IC705 Review’’ Click Here.

Date 6/09/2020 “IF has a win” Vk4IF/p has been running well for the last few Field days Thanks to VK4 MIL UH CZ and others, on some hill, not near home. Great to see.

Look here for the full results

Date 23/08/2020″M A D Report” Sunday 23rd seemed a quiet day with gentle breeze , with no rain on the forecast, a great day to have a M A D of a time. Stations reporting VK4 ALH GU OE UH JAM EA/P CZ/P NA FB AFL, LHD/P MIL CSD KAY HD/P AND 2MAX. All reported contacts though out the day. Some are listed here, VK4OE logged a 47GHz contact with EA/P 73 Klms. VK4ALF logged a 1296MHz contact on 144MHz with VK2MAX 409 Klms, VK4CZ/P logged a 2.4GHz contact with LHD/P 155Klms, VK4EA/P logged a 5.8GHz contact with LHD/P 156 Klms VK4GU logged a contact on 3.4GHz with CZ/P 73Klms also VK4KAY reported a 3.4GHz with CZ/P 105KLms and VK4LHD/P reported a contact on 10GHz with CZ/P 155Klms. For sure there were many others listening or unable to participate with gear failure and testing, what ever the result a fine time was had by all. see you all on the next M A D.

Date22/08/2020″ Club Meeting” Wednesday 26th Chermside Library only 10 people can attend so a ZOOM hook up has been arranged for the Covid concuss people.

Date 21/08/2020 “M A D IS ON” Don’t miss the M A D event Sunday 23rd

Date 9/08/2020″ SDR’s lose to old favourites” Sherwood Engineering has rated the IC9700 below some of the loved IC706/IC756 past radios(remembering these measurements are given on the Dynamic range, noise floor, with an analog to digital converter) . Interested see here:

Date 1/08/2020 “AMC Call Sign Issue” Seems the new body for the amateur regulation are a little slow to the new rules on Call signs. Read here

Date 30/07/2020 “New Call Signs” AMCA has announced a new Licences Indentifaction Rule.

Date 23/07/2020 “Nice Bloke” It is with regret that we have to pass on the sad News that, Quentin Forman ZL1QF VK4AQF silent key. Passed away last night from a heart attack. Reported by ZL1VH. For our Club Quentin was involved with many of our test and tune days, field days from some hill or another and as a member at some of our past meetings. He was a very helpful, active and involved in our hobby, he will be missed and our condolences go to his family.

Date 22/07/2020″Club Meeting on Zoom” It is advised the July meeting will be conducted on Zoom this month(Please contact Jason for details).

Date 17/07/2020″Looking for Young Operators ” Interesting read.

Date 29/06/2020 “M A D EVENT iN JULY” Some keen Contesters are feeling the gap between the Winter and Summer Field days a little long time to wait. So a MAD in July has been muted (26th after the 23 on 23) seems great idea.

Date 24/05/2020 “M A D EVENT” All had a great day either at home or in the field. 1296MHz – 10GHz were heard, lots of gear failure and rare DX, great too see everyone out and about in these trying times. Our next Event will be the VHF/UHF Winter field day in June.

Date 19/05/2020″Events reminder” Club Meeting Wednesday 27th all have been notified of the venue (ON ZOOM). 24 th M A D event in conjunction with 23 on 23 except its the 24th, try out you old or new gear from a mountain near you,(we are allowed out).

Date 24/04/2020 “23 on 23” Covid 19 has had an affect on lots of things, but 23cm; has to be the oddest.

Approximately 12 Hams made it to the 8.00pm session, VK4CZ<AMG<AL<GU>LHD>NA>EA>DDG>MJF>ADM>MIL>KAY as too VK2MAX. 

Not a bad role up for 23cm event, most of the signals were extreme, 59+ for most. Maybe the meteorological event or just a nite for it; lots of fun was had by all.

23/04/2020 “Z00M Save the meeting” Our Club, like many others have reverted to the ZOOM system to conduct there monthly meetings, during this lockdown event. Great meeting very well attended and some really interesting topics, all from the comfort of home.

3/04/2020 “Icom hit by Corona Virus” Read below.

Delay in Delivery of ” Icom IC-705 “

Delay in Delivery of ” Icom IC-705 “

Icom IC-705 Thank you for using ICOM products. Many customers have made reservations for the HF-430MHz all-mode 10W transceiver “IC-705”,… Read more 

23/03/2020 “CLUB MEETING FOR MARCH- CANCELLED” 2020 Corona virus has taken its toll on lots of community gatherings, and our Club has succumb to the same restrictions. Watch our Club site and emails for any change in our Club calendar of events. All Radio airways are Coronavirus free, so using your equipment over this trying time is not limited in any way, except to your licensing condition. 

16/03/020 “Stay Home or Away” A recent post has been brought to the sites attention from the Club Medico. ” 

The next meeting of the BVHFG will be on 25th March at the Eden’s Landing location

There was an error on the club website but this has been corrected now.

In view of the current Covid19 Pandemic, sorry I know we are already overwhelmed with information on this subject, common sense and good hygiene dictates that if you are unwell yourself or have been in contact with others showing any suggestion of this infection at this time then PLEASE stay home and away from your colleagues – its what mates do!

OK Medical Hat off again now

Kevin VK4UH

This is a Club community announcement, Thanks for your response.

24/02/2020 “M A D Report” About 10 plus call signs were heard, North, South,West and a bit East, hills and home based. As we were all spread so far the weather caught some and not others. Some had shelter, it was great to see and hear the microwave bands rocking most of the day. Full, Standard and F calls were out trying their best to make the day. Lots of gear failure, but thats what its about 23 on 23 M A D, don’t miss the next one. 

Col made good with the portable shelter.

22/02/2020″A Visual Map” VK4CZ has posted a map of those suggested sites for the M A D. As per the list on the post dated 16/02/2020 below.

18/02/2020 “A M A D Entry” Stephen will be packing some higher bands.

VK4CSD will be active from Panorama place Mt Gravatt working Doug OE on 24, 47 and 76GHz. Due to high humidty 76Ghz will be bit of a challange. Never less, lets try it. Afterwards I can relocate if anyone wants to have a QSO I can relocate to  MtGravatt Lookout and work stations north, east, and west. on 2.4 3.4 5.7 24 47 76GHz. I might also have 10Ghz mixer level only. 

16/02/2020 “M A D is on the move” As we will be holding the Microwave Activity Day (MAD) 

the 23rd of this month in conjunction with 23 on 23, many operators are jockeying for the best hilltop location. How about you?.

Bands available: 2M/70/23cm/2.4/5.8/3.4/10/24/76/122 GHz, modes SSB, or as per liaison.

Times: 10:00am to Stumps was a starting point, some operators are going to travel longer distances, so some patients would help with there ability to be on air. Some are running 3-4 bands, others are running 8 plus, so it will be a big day.

A list so far VK4 UH/p() MIL/p(MtWoolvi) OE/p(Kamaru l/out) NE(Home) MJF(Home) CZ/p(GusBuetell) CDI/p(GormansGap) EA/p(Gantry D’Agular StateForest) KAY(Home) AFL(Home) ADC(Home)

Also a list will be published on VK Logger.

22/01/2020 “January Meeting a Blast” Many subjects were discussed Beacon repair, which has mystified thoughs charged with the repair.

Club call sign (VK4IF), has been active for the VHF/UHF Spring and Summer field days with outstanding results. 

‘Stephen(VK4CSD) gave an update on 24/76/122/245 GHz and higher bands, with a simple easy method of building these bands for fun or competition. 

MAD( Microwave Activity Day) will have the support of many club members heading to a hill near them, in conjunction with the 23 on 23 in February 2020, with all microwave bands to be activated. 

12/01/2020 “February MAD Event is coming” VK4CZ has asked for a MAD be held as per this paste.”

 2/6metre Beacon are under TEST Brisbane North.  Our Next Meeting.... Chermside Library /ONLINE ZOOM ,  confirmed till November 2021.  Please contact Jason for entry Information.