An Australian Radio Club

Having recently arrived in South Australia at a small community south of Adelaide, I kept an eye open for Amateur Radio Stations. Oddly enough there was one a few doors away and, as my daughter-in-law knew the lady of the house, an introduction to VK5ABS, the Chairman of the local club, soon followed. As is common in Australia the BS of the call sign are his initials (Bernie Semels).

The Club is the South Coast Amateur Radio Club, VK5ARC, again note the initials. The Club has some 20 members obtained over a wide area. Some arc ex-UK amateurs who have emigrated to be with their ever loving offspring. The Club meets in some rented premises at O’Sullivan’s Beach, part of a Community Centre.

A Committee room of good size is one room and the other is just like the Ashdown Centre with a display board, Transceiver (Japanese), and teletype. A 45ft. lattice mast with Rota table VHH-UHF aerials has been erected. A recent High Court S.A. decision allows the erection of such aerials without planning permission.

The Club was very neatly kept and the subscription of 20 dollars per annum reflects the high cost of living in those parts. The Club runs a magazine/news letter ‘Scarchat’, samples of which were obtained. A call book of Australia 1983/84 was also secured (5.75 dollars).

Most of the members arc registered hams, the others are registered listeners. This category is defined in the call book. Regulations are roughly the same for other groups as in U.K., but the interpretation of the rules is easier. Even a “registered listener” can use the Club transmitter under the supervision oft higher member.

Messages from relatives and even friends are widely practiced and a variety of other activities, e.g. Fox Hunts. The Club are planning a VHF repeater on a local mount “Prospect Hill”. I was interested to hear about them. A cheerful dedicated lot, even when a Rod-Back Spider was caught on the Club door (This Spider caused many deaths until 1956 when an antidote against its bite was produced).

Eric Vast. January 1984.

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