SharkRF Hotspot 50% off

The ever popular SharkRF DMR / D-Star / Fusion hotspot is currently 50% off for Easter.

Many club members run the openSPOT and it’s agreed that if you’d like a hotspot that just works, this is the device for you.  The brilliant MMDVM can do the same thing (and more) for less, but you’ll need to work for it – most MMDVM based solutions require some degree of assembly and plenty of fussing about with Linux.  50% off brings the device down to $207ish AUD with DHL freight (about 6 days to Australia).

Read more about the SharkRF here.  See a review here.  Purchase here.

Bargain – Humble Book Bundle: DIY Electronics (& new Pi)

Arduinos and Raspberry Pis are close to the heart of every Amateur (or at least they should be).  There’s no shortage of amazing things one can do with either of those hobbyist platforms, and not just from a radio perspective.  If you’re new to either platform though, you may have quite the learning curve ahead of you – enter the Humble Book Bundle for DIY Electronics.

If you’ve never heard of Humble Bundle, they’re a digital distribution platform selling games, eBooks, software, and other digital content.  Since Humble’s founding in 2010, their mission has been to support charity (“Humble”) while providing awesome content to customers at great prices (“Bundle”).  Read about them here.

Best of all, you pay what you want for the bundle, and you can split how the money you pay is divided up between the creators, charity, Humble Partners, and Humble Bundle.

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Humble Book Bundle: DIY Electronics by Wiley

Get Learning Python with Raspberry Pi, Electronics For Dummies, and more!

$414USD worth of digital books, Pay what you want, DRM-free, Multi-format

Pay $1USD or more to receive:

Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects
Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry
Learning Python with Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi Projects
BeagleBone For Dummies

Pay $8USD or more to also unlock:

Arduino For Dummies
Arduino Projects For Dummies
Arduino Sketches: Tools and Techniques for Programming Wizardry
Raspberry Pi Projects For Dummies

Pay $15USD or more to also unlock:

Electronics For Dummies
Adventures in Raspberry Pi
Exploring BeagleBone: Tools and Techniques for Building with Embedded Linux
Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux
Raspberry Pi User Guide

You’ve got until approximately March 28th 2018 to act, so don’t delay.  Note too that yesterday (Pi Day!) saw the release of the new Raspberry Pi 3B+ with improved clock speeds and networking – read about it here.  Spend the money you saved on the books buying yourself a shiny new Pi to play with!

March Oxtales

March Oxtales has been released!

Our regular thanks to John VK2AYQ and Trevor VK2TT for their continued effort in putting together a publication so full of great content!  Thanks go to all contributors as well.

Members should now have received their copy by email, but website copies of the current and past editions can always be found here.

ORARC Field Day 2018 (with new venue)

We’re moving venues this year due to some renovations at the usual home of the Field Day, so please take note!

Wauchope High School looking South over Wauchope Township, photo by Owen Wilson Photography

Whilst Wauchope High School lacks ocean views, it’s close to the Hastings River, spacious and should delight our FoxHunt competitors!

Henry VK2ZHE writes:

The ORARC 43rd annual Field Day will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of June 2018 during the June 2018 Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.  Visitors and members are cordially invited to attend.

The venue is has been changed as the Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club Hall is being renovated during June.  The new venue is now the Wauchope High School hall in Nelson Street, Wauchope 2446.  Nelson Street is at the end of Campbell Street which runs off High Street which is the main street running through the Wauchope CBD.  Wauchope is 20 kilometres west from Port Macquarie via the Oxley Highway.  Driving time is approximately 20 minutes.

There will be all the usual Field Day attractions with fox hunts both days, disposals; bring your items to sell, no commission charged, barbeque lunch both days with bacon and egg breakfast available on the Sunday morning.  Sunday is the trading day.  The Field Day dinner is at 6 pm on the Saturday night at the Port Macquarie Golf Club with a menu to suit all tastes.

Click here to view the associated event page.  The field day programme will be added to the event page as it becomes available.  See you on the June long weekend!

Event Reminder: Antenna Shootout tomorrow!

It’s time again for our annual Antenna Shootout!  Bring your Yagis!  Bring your Whips!  Bring your Flower Pots!  Henry VK2ZHE writes:

The annual Antenna Shootout is at the Tuffins Lane Sports Fields on Sunday the 11th of February 2018.  Set up is from 9 am with a bacon and egg breakfast from the barbeque for the early arrivals.  Lunch will be a sausage sizzle.  Tea and coffee and soft drinks from the club’s Communications Caravan.  There will be facilities to test antennas for 6 and 2 metres and 70 centimetres.  Very similar to last year’s shootout except that we aren’t expecting a burst of extreme heat!

2017: Sizzling.