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The latest news on our new style Hamfest :)

Hi All, 

Planning is well under way for the NCRG WA Hamfest Weekend on the 29th and 30th of September and the 1st October. 

The weekend will start off on the Friday evening with an open evening at the club where anyone is welcome to attend. There is nothing planned except to gather and enjoy the company of your fellow hams and if you haven’t been to the NCRG club rooms this is a good opportunity to see what we are about, and the radical new changes that have taken place recently. This will start at 1800 on the Friday evening and there is no charge for this. If the interest is there we will also put on some food 😉

On Saturday the 30th September, NewsWest and NCRG are co-hosting a Tech Day event with a full day of presentations including;

  1. Contest University – presented by Trent Sampson VK4TS
  2. ‘SDRs made simple – why they make good radios’ by Steve Ireland VK6VZ
  3. A Flex Radio presentation by 2-way Live video conference by Gerald Youngblood, Founder and President of FlexRadio Systems, K5SDR
  4. Use of the Ham Freeware “Radio Mobile” – software used to carry out coverage analysis and link budgets by Steve Kennedy VK6SJ
  5. The NCRG Remote Club Station Facility – presented by NCRG

We are also looking for more presenters from over the entire ham community and we hope to have parallel presentations in the club meeting room (seating 50) and also in our training room (seating 15). Our aim is to have presentations that not only cater for experienced hams looking for specialised knowledge by also for new hams just starting out on this fantastic journey that is amateur radio. The day will start at 0800 in order to cater for our first presenter who is 13 hours behind Western Standard Time. Seats are limited and bookings are essential. Bookings will be online in a similar format to the hugely successful PerthTech event hosted by NewsWest last year and tickets will be $15 each. If we have a lot more interest than the 65 seats, then we will consider hosting the event at a larger venue. Lunch will be available from the club kitchen.  

 NewsWest and NCRG will also be co-hosting a Gala dinner event on the evening of the 30th September at “The Henley Brook” Tavern and Restaurant at 9810 West Swan Road, Henley Brook in the beautiful Swan Valley. This will be an evening focusing on all the amateur community, with a number of awards to be presented (more on this in the coming weeks). We have the Marquee booked (the chook pen!) which will comfortably seat 100 people. Meals are ordered and paid for separately by each attendee. There will be a small cover charge of $15 to cover the cost of providing the awards and event, of which $5 will be donated back to the nominated AR club of the ticket holder. The event starts at 1800. Tables (seating 8 each) can also be booked by clubs or groups. More on bookings in the next week or so. Wives, friends etc are also encouraged to attend. 

On Sunday, 1st October, we will hold our ever popular Hamfest Swap Meet at the Cyril Jackson Community Hall, Fisher Street in Ashfield. A number of vendors will be present including TET Emtron, Measurement Innovation, and Future Systems. As usual, the event is also open to anyone wishing to book a table. Others booked in so far include the Australian HF Touring Club, SOTA with John VK6NU, VK6 Microwave Group and Fritz Berrer VK6UZ. One of our big attractions to Hamfest has been the raffle. Last year we raffled an Icom IC-7300. This year – not to be outdone, we are raffling the new Flex-6400 transceiver worth $3300 which has been jointly sponsored by FlexRadio, Future Systems and the NCRG. In addition we have additional prizes of Comet and TET Emtron antennas and accessories and many other great prizes. Tickets for the raffle will only be available on the day at the Hamfest Swap Meet. We will again host the Homebrew competition and to add to this, we will also be holding a competition for the best presented mobile radio installation. This will be judged by Stu Brown, VK6BG and the prize will be a $300 voucher to a popular 4WD store (more on this in coming weeks). The door charge will be just $6 and doors will be open to attendees at 0900 (table holders at 0730). 

So… block out the weekend of the 29th September to 1st October and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow hams, learn something new, eat something new, buy something new (or old) and be in the chance to win a Flex-6400 and plenty of  other great prizes at this year’s NCRG WA Hamfest Weekend. 

NCRG Hamfest Committee. 


Hamfest 2017 Update

Just to stem the confusion around the date of Hamfest this year here are the details.

Friday 29th September at 6-30pm, a meet and greet BBQ at the NCRG clubhouse in Whiteman Park for all who would like to join in and have a play on the clubs radios etc

Saturday 30th September, Lectures and presentations at the NCRG Clubhouse in the afternoon followed by an evening meal at The Henley Brook in the Swan Valley.

Sunday 1st October, Hamfest at Cyril Jackson Rec Centre Ashfield from 9-00 am onwards for Buyers, sellers from 7-30 am.

The raffle prize this year is a Flex Radio 6400 sponsored by Future Systems, Flex radio and of course the NCRG !

There will be many other prizes as well, and hopefully this years Homebrew competition will be even bigger.

More details will follow soon.

Exciting news about this years Hamfest to come soon

The Hamfest Committee for 2017 met tonight to plan a new and exciting format for the upcoming NCRG Hamfest.

More news to follow soon, BUT, just a small hint, we think you had better keep the whole weekend clear this year, nuff said 😉

The raffle promises to be even bigger and better as well !!

First prize will be a new release HF SDR radio worth more than double last years first prize.

Got you interested ? then keep looking here for updates as and when they happen.

73 Keith VK6KB

NCRG Exam Service

Later this year the club will be carrying out exams and training sessions at the NCRG premises, a new training room has been built !

Training And Assessment Contact

Club training course coordinator

Phil van Leen – LF-093
Email :

Please get in touch with Phil for the latest news.

2015 Hamfest over and done with ;)

Well another Hamfest has come and gone with a lot of drama involved in the setup but excellent results in the actual outcome !

There were some issues due to the change of ownership of the hall that nearly caused the cancellation or delay of the event, but we got there in the end !

Turn out was better than we had hoped for and the weather was kind to us, but prevented the Peel Group from presenting  their proposed display outside 🙁

So, I will present a more detailed analysis in the September edition of AR magazine and I will list the Raffle prize winners here as soon as I have received verification of the winners.

Thanks to all that attended, both vendors, exhibitors and visitors.

The home brew was exceptional this year with about 16 entries,  more to follow !

73 for now

Keith VK6RK




The annual NCRG Hamfest is on again on the 9th of August 2015.

This is the second Sunday in August, not the first as is usual. We have changed the date to avoid a clash with the Avon Descent weekend.

The venue is, as always, the Cyril Jackson Rec Centre, Fisher st , Ashfield ( Bassendean ) 6054.

Sellers admitted from 7-30am, buyers from 9am.

Admission is $5  and tables are free, but traders will still be charged admisson. Over 50 tables were booked last year so get in early !

Once again we will have our BIG RAFFLE with lots of prizes so come prepared  😉

Our usual excellent beef rolls are planned and sausages , rolls, tea and coffee, plus soft drinks will all be available at reasonable prices.

More updates will follow as we have them, but to book your table contact Keith   vk6rk at or 0488 228 088

We are planning to have an NCRG stall this year with squid poles, antennas and lots of other “BRAND NEW” goodies for sale.

We look forward to seeing you there


John Moyle Field Day 2015

This coming Saturday 21st March 2015, several club members will be heading out to Mt Dale and the  location is  -32.131153° S   116.298561°E.

We intend to operate from 9-30 am local until 3-30 pm local. On all VHF / UHF bands up to 23 cms and on HF as well.

So keep an ear open for the clubs efforts in the 6 hr section and I will report on the successes later 🙂


Keith  VK6RK

Well it was a most enjoyable day as far as I’m concerned ! A good turn out of members and a top location for playing radio in the outer metro area.

One I will remember for future 10 ghz operations for sure.

We had a lot of fun experimenting with antennas and QRP gear as well as putting a relaxed effort into the Contest.

Sometimes the chance to get out there and have a bit of fun and social interaction is much better than a serious contest operation from the Club premises, again my personal opinions 🙂

NCRG at Mt Dale for JMFDHF hammock portable !10866108_686198734819859_6165205569383914651_o

It was nice to have a relaxed and fun Saturday for once !

73 Keith

2015, where is the NCRG heading ?

Well it’s 2015, another year done and dusted.

NCRG projects for this year include, updating the 15 mtr antennas to a stack of three on their newly located tower. All three antennas will be modified from the original Tet Emtron designs to long boom LFA designs before they are raised up high. This should significantly improve our 15 mtr capabilities. The 20 mtr beam will also be modified to the new LFA long boom design before it too is located to it’s new tower home. Once the 20 mtr beam is finished there are plans afoot to put either a 3 ele Steppir beam or a 3 ele Steppir DB 18 beam on the ” Carine” mast. This will be our antenna for remote operation eventually. The 80 mtr 4 square is still coming along, hot weather and other nuisances such as kangaroo ticks 🙁  are giving us headaches in this bush scub area, but soon a cherrypicker will be available and things will come together a lot faster. There are plans  to modify the 10 mtr beam to the same designs and possibly add a second beam as well.

There are many other projects underway both externally and internally so we will just see how much can be done in the few hours we all manage to get together on a Sunday morning 🙂

It looks promising for the club to acquire a couple of high power 70 cms amplifiers as well, so we may have to revisit the 70 cms EME project in the near future, especially as we do seem to have many 70 cms beams around the place 🙂

Fingers crossed for a progressive 2015, and HNY to you all.

Car boot sale Update

Well today wasn’t quite the success hoped for with a shortage of car boots turning up. There where, however, many bargains still to be had !

It was a lovely day weather wise and those who visited left with their grubby hands full of bargains ( or rubbish depending on your point of view)

I spent the day BBQ’ing sausages and onions so never spent a cent 🙁

Thanks to all that attended and if you have a preference for a saturday or sunday event next November please let us know well in advance.

It was good to catch up with old friends and see that their projects are just as bogged down as mine  🙂


Keith VK6RK


Oceania SSB DX contest.

Last weekend saw the SSB leg of the Oceania DX contest take place.

The weather was atrocious but indoors it didn’t matter :).

There was a good effort from members and also two guest operators Steve VK6SJ, a former member come back to the fold and Mats SM6LRR/ RM2D who was visiting Perth for the weekend and sat in for a while.

I’m not sure of the final score as I write this but it looks as though we may not have won again this year as there is at least one other score we know of who may have pipped us in our section.

Oh well there is always next year, You cant win EVERY time 🙂

C U in the next one !