This page provides links to assist Australian Amateurs find appropriate sites and also showcases our member's projects.
We are a not-for-profit organisation, however we may provide commercial links to Companies which have given exemplary service to our Club, or sites which offer genuine resource materials for our members. Enjoy!
BARC partnered with AVOCA State School to talk to the International Space Station.
12 lucky students spoke with Astronaut Colonel Mike Hopkins.
Ariss Project page has the full story along with the Downlink Audio and an exciting video.
The club received positive feedback and great publicity from this community event.
The governing body for Amateur Radio within Australia. This should be your first port of call for official business, training and Licencing matters
This is a link to a great school if you want to upgrade an Amateur Radio Licence
This is a link to the Radiocommunications area of the Federal Government website
We maintain a CLUB NEWS Page
Members, friends and family can check the stories and see what we get up to.
The newest articles are at the top and slowly sink down the page.
It's interesting to take a "scroll" down memory lane.
We also have a social media presence; if you're on Facebook you can Like us Facebook#BundabergAmateurRadio
Club Resource Area - Link to Documents and Resources [including Workshop notes]
Club IRLP Node established in 2019 - The full story including Node numbers and easy to follow instructions are on this page.
VK4ION Wireless internet Yagi - Building a Telstra Bigpond Next G Wireless internet 800mhz Yagi
You can build one too from almost anything in your shed!
VK4JRO TVI Quarter Wave Stub Filter Television Interference article created by Ross with solutions using 50 and 75 Ohm coax... just the thing when you're causing TV interference
The Deltahet Project by Arch Lewis (SK) is a story of a 1964 project.
Inspired by an article in a 1963 magazine, Arch built a unit by hand. We had the priviledge of taking a look at a club event.
VK4UD Wireless Internet page - a link to an article written by VK4UD
VK4SR's article and photos on overcharging Gel Batteries Myths about gel batteries
The ARISS Project. We partnered with Avoca State School so that students could speak with Astronaut Colonel Mike Hopkins aboard the ISSHABE
On the night of Thursday March 11, 2021 a group of 12 students had two-way Amateur Radio communication with the ISS for over 11 minutes
Students and the entire school were exhilarated by this out of this world experience
The club certainly learned a lot in bringing this project together
2016 AND 2017 Hi Altitude Balloon Launches... HABE
The group launched and recovered payloads on both projects and learned a lot about electronics, gps and tracking, helium and upper-atmosphere wind patterns.
They also drove a long way to recover it!
They were great learning experiences for members.
In 2017 We built a new storage shed!
No, this isn't it, but it's what we could have ended up with until some very handy members took over and sorted things out.
Gary and Stu did all the hard work and the rest of us just said Yes Sir, and carried stuff.
2012 Buxton BBQ with Hervey Bay
2011 was a BIG year and the club celebrated it's 50th Anniversary over a weekend in October.
Amateurs came from all over Australia to say Happy Birthday.
We went to Buxton with Hervey Bay club in 2011. Buxton2011 has some photos of the day
The official opening of VK4RBW Mt Watalgan repeater 2010
With the amalgamation of local councils we needed a bigger footprint to cover the region during emergencies, so we build our 3rd repeater site on Double Sloping Hummock, better known as Mt Watalgan.
August 2010 BARC had an exhibit at the Lifestyle Expo
Workshop - making fox hunting antennas - 10 happy hams make Fox Hunt Yagi's
2010 our most senior member VK4APQ Keith Haverfield is SK.
In radio-speak that means Silent Key.
Keith was an inspirational member who brought with him engineering knowhow and he was responsible for getting us to build the repeater tower on Mt Goonaneman.
we lost a good friend.
Rusty McGrath VK4JM(SK) was a member at the creation of the club (in 1961) and has served on the committee for many years.
In 2010 he became the Bundaberg Senior Citizen of the Year. The full story on the 2010 Award
This is a great site to learn just about anything.
Filled with forums and reviews of almost every piece of radio equipment made. It's free and simple to use so do yourself a favour and check out eham.net
Maker Pro - Welcome to the 21st century. This site will help you build Arduino kits, Raspberry Pi, Home automation and much more. The content is completely user generated and might tempt you to make a robot or a weather station!
Check the EDUCATION Link, it will take a beginner on a great journey from Electricity, Semiconductors to Digital circuitry and there are even experiments that you can try, at varying degrees of difficulty.
The TOOLS link has some excellent resources too.
You can view any chapters of interest online, however you will need sign-up to get the pdf volumes, but it is a free resource.
E E Power - Digital Publications
Featuring technical articles, design tips, and application notes from electronics engineers and application experts. This may be of interest to Amateurs who are heavily involved in radio electronics, power sources and test equipment.
SPACEWEATHER.COM - A site dedicated to what's happening in space and how it effects Amateur Radio communications.
A great site with all the latest in space news and plenty to keep the Amateur reading for hours.
Take a look at this Youtube video of engineer Diana Eng as she builds a yagi and explains the theory.
Hepburn Charts link: William Hepburn's Worldwide Tropospheric Ducting Forecasts
What's the rule about extending VHF communications? Try to pop your signal into a Tropospheric Duct - want to know how to find one?
This is your site.
Want a great mapping tool try AZProject
This mapping tool allows you to build a world map with YOU at the centre...
It gives you an eagle's eye view of where you are in relation to your overseas contacts... once you master the map building parameters
Refresh your mind with the Amateur's Code
[it's American so feel free to substitute Australia and the WIA as you read along]
IPS Radio & Space Services - This Australian Government site shows the actual monthly sunspot count since 2000.
You can see what all the fuss is about when we had a months with NO sunspots.
DX ZONE - A Ham Radio Guide with thousands of radio related resources.
Beginner's guides, Band Plans, Blogs, DX Clubs, CW Clubs, QRP Clubs, Technical specialty clubs, Famous Hams and even Learning Morse Code
Building the G3TXQ Broadband Hex Beam - The new improved Broadband Hex Beam design, this is a magical antenna.
AC6V Antenna Projects
AC6V's Homebrew Antenna Links include Antenna Theory.
Don't reinvent the wheel, you'll find all the calculations you need right here. You can punch in your frequency requirements and get the element spacing etc. A really handy site for antenna builders.
Ham Universe - Baluns - Build an All Band HF Air Core 1:1 Choke Balun. THE UGLY BALUN, as the name implies it's not pretty but it works.
Riverland A.R.C. - That's the Riverland AR Club in Onalaska, Wisconsin U.S.A.
If you're Looking for some interesting projects and ideas... Check out their newsletters.
A small ARRL Special Services Club, that works with the National Weather Service and their SkyWarn System, ARES/RACES. They also regularly marshal run/walks and bike-a-thons.
VentraIP - Proudly Australian!
Our web and domain hosting partners
They provide our club with great service and we highly recommend them.
ARCOM controllers USA - Maker of Repeater Controllers
The club purchased 4 RC210 Controllers and they're a great success in our rugged rural repeater sites
Strictly Ham Our Genuine Yaesu Products supplier
They offer genuine products with Australian warranties.
We have purchased several Yaesu products from Strictly Ham and we're very happy with the service and pricing
R and L Electronics Best Buys from the USA
Quite a few members have purchased from them. Their prices are best by far and they ship quickly with fully insured US Postal Service.
Need to locate hard to find electronic components like surge protected resistors and resistance temperature detectors? Try Riedon. An amazing respository of all things electronic.
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