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GUIDE TO SERVICES FOR

Amateurs in Canberra and surrounds

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club (Formerly the Wireless Institute of Australia ACT Division) delivers many services to amateurs both members and non-members.

Repeater Services Supplied and/or Supported by the CRARC;

CTCSS at 91.5Hz rx/tx tone has been implemented on all Mt Ginini (VK1RGI) repeaters to help with a intermittent interference problems.

Repeater Offsets:

VHF: -600khz 147.000 MHz and below, +600khz above 147.000 MHZ

UHF: -5.0 Mhz

Voice Repeaters;

Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCoverage Area and Notes
146.900 MHzVK1RACOFFLINE!Canberra Local (Offline awaiting a new home !)
146.950 MHzVK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
147.175 MHzVK1RBHBulls HeadACT - WICEN REPEATER
(Should not be used except for WICEN Activities)
147.150 MHz
147.125 MHz
439.925 MHz
439.975 MHz
VK1RWPPortableWICEN Portable repeaters placed to suit required coverage
53.925 MHZ (Planned!)VK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
438.050 MHzVK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
146.725 MHzVK1RBMIsaacs RidgeCanberra Local
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
439.950 MHzVK1RBMIsaacs RidgeCanberra Local - IRLP (Node 6110)
Digital Repeaters
146.6625 MHzVK1RWNIsaacs RidgeDSTAR - See information below
438.8125 MHzVK1RBMIsaacs RidgeDMR, see DMR Information page

Packet Radio;

Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCoverage AreaNotes
147.575 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1KWBelconnenCanberra LocalOwned and run by Rob, VK1KW, see the website.
145.175 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1RBMBlack MountainCanberra CityAPRS Digipeater
145.175 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1RGIMt GininiACT and surrounding AreaAPRS Digipeater

Note that the Packet Radio services in the ACT are presently being reviewed and altered, VK1DSN is still operating as the local BBS and wormhole service !

Internet Repeater Linking Project - IRLP and Echolink

NodeRepeater/FrequencyCurrent Status!Notes
6110439.950 Isaacs Ridge  

The following passive features are enabled;

  • APRS node broadcast - The status and location of the IRLP node is broadcast every hour and at the beginning and end of every connection via an APRS object labelled "IRLP-6110". The object icon is a circle containing the status of the node, I for idle, C for connected, B for busy. By looking at your APRS display you can instantly see the status of the node and if it is connected, by looking at the object information you can see who it is connected to.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning - On the hour between 0700 and 2300 the node checks with the Bureau of Meteorology for any valid Severe Thunderstorm warnings. If one is found covering the ACT or Southern Tablelands then an alert tone and the BOM warning text is broadcast.
  • Weekly News Broadcasts - Weekly news broadcasts from a number of Amateur organisations around the world are rebroadcast via the node on a scheduled basis. The current schedule is;
    • Monday, 1pm and 8pm, RSGB weekly news and 2pm and 9pm ARRL News.
    • Tuesday, 1pm and 8pm, AR Newsline.
    • Thursday, 8pm, WIA weekly news (same content as broadcast the previous Sunday).

More information on node 6110 may be found on it's own page.

6336146.725 Isaacs RidgeNode is currently non-operational.Note: 91.5 Hz CTCSS tone required for access is presently turned off.

D-Star

Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCurrent StatusNotes
146.6625VK1RWN CIsaacs RidgeD-Star Users Status Page / DPLUS DashboardGateway currently ON LINE

D-Star Resources

Useful Links:

## Register HERE on VK1RWN ##

Disclaimer

CRARC does not distribute the programming software for these radios, we only distribute the configuration file assembled to suit our own locality. You will need to purchase your own licensed software either from Icom or RT Systems to use these files.

VK1 D-Star Programming (Using Icom Software and using RT Systems software and Hardware combination)

Icom ModelVK1 D-Star for Dummies (Quick Reference Guide)1.0Program DumpIcom .icf Program FileRT Systems Program File
IC-2200HVK1_QRG_IC-2200H_V1.0.pdfIC-2200H.pdfVK1_IC-2200H.zip 
IC-2820HVK1_QRG_IC-2820H_V1.0.pdfIC-2820H.pdfVK1_IC-2820H.zipVK1_RTS.IC2820.zip
ID-800HVK1_QRG_ID-800H_V1.0.pdfID-800H.pdfVK1_ID-800H.zip 
ID-880HVK1_QRG_ID-880H_V1.0.pdfID-880H.pdfVK1_ID-880H.zip 
IC-91ADVK1_QRG_IC-91A_V1.0.pdfIC-91A.pdfVK1_IC-91A.zipVK1_RTS_IC91AD.zip
IC-92ADVK1_QRG_IC-92AD_V1.0.pdfIC-92AD.pdfVK1_IC-92AD.zip 
ID-51AVK1_QRG_ID-51A_V1.0.pdfID-51A.pdfVK1_ID-51A.zip 

Please contact the Committee if you would like us to program your D-Star capable radio.

Repeater Map

Click on the pins for repeater site details.

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CRARC Amateur Radio News

The local news bulletin is NO LONGER on air, but rather an "Email Newsletter" is distributed to those people who wish to receive it. Please use the form on the mailing list website to subscribe to the list.

There is a broadcast of WIA NEWS on Sundays from VK1WIA 9.00 AM LOCAL on 146.950 MHz, 438.050 MHz and from there to the Linked Repeater systems of Wagga, Goulburn, & High Range. Callbacks are welcome on all frequencies after these transmissions.

Club Meetings

These are held at 8:00 PM on a Wednesday, once a month at our premises at Mt Mugga Scout Hall, 17 Astrolabe St, Red Hill. Meetings normally include some form of lecture or presentation. Visitors are always welcome. Come and meet fellow amateurs.

SERVICES FOR MEMBERS

As well as the general services above, the CRARC supports amateurs in their hobby. We are upgrading the services and assistance to WIA and CRARC members. The aim is to provide better value for your membership fees.

Foundation Licence, Standard , Advanced, New Modes, etc

Just got a licence, or need help in a new endeavour? Want advice on setting up your station, antenna, equipment or operating or whatever? Everybody has been there; most of us still need help. The CRARC will try to find a local amateur with the experience and expertise you can draw on to help you. Contact the group by email to: committee "at" crarc.ampr.org

VK1 Technical & Packet Group

Join the group that helps construct and maintain Canberra's VHF and UHF repeaters. Apart from working bees at repeater sites, there are add-hoc meetings held at various locations to undertake technical works. These hands-on sessions are ideal for amateurs wanting to learn more about the practical side of amateur radio. Email to committee "at" crarc.ampr.org for more information.

Shack Open Nights

We hold Tech nights on about every 2nd Wednesday at around 7.30PM at the Mt Mugga Scout Hall 17 Astrolabe St, Red Hill.

If you have questions relating to Amateur Radio or if you have that special project that you would like some technical help or advice for, come along as we have experienced Amateurs who can help you.

If you are bit scarce in your shack to have a working station, we also operate a complete and working Club station for the use of members on these nights.

See our “Events” page for dates and details

Recycle your old batteries

Battery World of Phillip and CRARC have teamed up to recycle your old dry cell batteries. There is a 45 litre purple wheelie bin just inside the 2nd door at the Hall where you can deposit your spent dry cell batteries.

Education and Examination services

The CRARC supports an education service, click here to go to our Education page.

Awards

The CRARC sponsors the "VK1 Award" to encourage amateurs here and worldwide to work VK1 (ACT) stations. Please visit the VK1 Award page for more information.

HF DX AND QSLing

Want to work more DX! Want to know what Dxpeditions are coming up; which bands are hot when; how to use the CRARC free QSL Inwards and Outwards Bureau service for members.

VHF/UHF

Interested in the world of 50 MHz and above. Tropospheric ducting, aircraft enhancement, moonbounce and other exotica. Call Chris VK1DO on 6260 5626.

Interference

Many of us have to deal with interference problems that we suffer or we cause to neighbours and ourselves. The CRARC can help amateurs work through these problems, both through technical advice and through helping consult with those affected by or causing the interference. Call Gil VK1GH on 6254 3266.

MORE AND MORE

Foxhunting, Contesting, comm's for rallies, WICEN, test equipment, antenna construction and testing, homebrewing, moonbounce, satellite operation, logging programs, the internet and amateur radio, etc. Most facets of the hobby have their enthusiasts in the Canberra area.

The CRARC can help you achieve your interests and aims in the hobby.

Contact the President, and start using the services provided by the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club.

JOIN THE CRARC and the WIA TODAY