Mt Cotton repeater changes

The FM VHF repeater frequency has changed to 146.875MHz. The offset is -600KHz and it requires a 91.5Hz CTCSS tone to enable its use. The UHF repeater on 438.450MHz has been upgraded and now has mixed mode capability. It will automatically switch between FM and Digital voice Yaesu System Fusion…

BDARS Year End Fundraiser

On 22 December, BDARS held a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Capalaba. It was perfect timing with Xmas shoppers anxious for a tasty snack! Funds raised will go towards running BDARS growing activities, especially the new Mt Cotton multi-radio site, scheduled for furher development in 2019. A big thanks to all…

Foundation Amateur Radio License Course

BDARS' latest Foundation Licence course was held over the weekend of 8 and 9 December at Alexandra Hills High School.  Both our candidates, Bill and Branton were pleased with the depth of knowledge imparted by instructors Russell VK4DCM and BobVK4YA. Our examiner Eddie VK4TJE ran the theory and practical exam…

WSPR Kits Progress…

WSPR Kit Tech Nite #3 on 16 April. We moved into the more intricate part of assembling the cables - for connection between the boards, power, GPS antenna and RF. Dave VK4ZF and Mark VK4MDH gave us a great hands-on lesson in terminating teeny SMA connectors on small coax, as…

Amateur radio via satellite

BDARS member Dave VK4ZF is an active participant in of one of the more exotic aspects of amateur radio – satellite communication. Since 1961, amateur groups worldwide have collaborated to design, build and arrange launch of a large number of satellites for amateur use. Launching is typically achieved by “piggy-backing”…