Written by Max Francis VK2BMK from club minutes and other documents that were available. From about 1990 on notes were taken mainly from the “5x9” news letters.


In September 1978 three Coffs Harbour District amateurs, Norm Cameron VK2ZNQ, Brian Slarke VK2ZCQ [s/k] and Max Francis VK2BMK, felt that as there was a lack of amateur activity in the area, and an Amateur Radio Club would assist in the creation of more activity. With the aim of creating a club, they wrote to all amateurs in the area bounded by Macksville, Dorrigo and Woolgoolga, inviting them to a meeting to be held at the Ocean View Hotel, Urunga on 15th October 1978.


As it was felt that number of local CB operators would be interested in amateur radio, an invitation was issued to the Coffs Harbour CB club and several amateurs attended a meeting of the CB club to talk to the members and advise them of the advantages of Amateur Radio.


The first meeting was held at the Ocean View Hotel, Urunga, with about 30 interested people in attendance. After an explanation of the reasons for the meeting and a general discussion several motions were presented and carried resulting in the formation of an Amateur Radio Club with the general boundaries of  Macksville, Dorrigo and Woolgoolga and the name ‘Coffs Harbour and District Amateur Radio Club’. Several amateurs from the Port Macquarie area also joined to assist with the club formation. Their assistance was greatly appreciated.


A number of those present were CB operators. A provisional constitution, based on one suggested by the WIA was presented and adopted subject to final approval at the next meeting. The date of the next meeting was set as 3 December 78, again at the Ocean View Hotel. 25 of those present joined the club at the meeting. The initial membership list is thought to have been:-


Jack Gerard           VK2ADN              Arthur Monck        VK2ATM

Harry Alderson      VK2NSR- ep         Fred Reid              vk2dlw

Paul Ireland           VK2DMV             John Lake              VK2OK

Stan Glyde            VK2GC                Morrie Allen          vk2qv

Arnold Austin        vk2ada                  Terry Thorne         VK2TL

Peter Drady           VK2NIE-dbi          Bruce Telfer          VK2NHZ-ddu

Ken Golden           VK2NSJ-dgt          Jim Brinkman         VK2IS

Rick Fletcher         VK2NSY-bkv        Noel Hansen          VK2AHH

Max Francis          VK2BMK              Norm Cameron      VK2ZNQ-knc

Russel Ashdown   VK2NUN              Karen Ashdown      VK2NUE

Brian Slarke           VK2ZCQ              Dave Harding         vk2dqr

Eric Collins           vk2dqh                  Brian Lackie          vk2dlm

Ray Golden           vk2brg

Note - call signs in lower-case were gained later on.


The first executive was :-

President   -  Max Francis           Secretary - Norm Cameron           Treasurer - Brian Slarke

Committee-  John Lake, Bruce Telfer,  Rick Fletcher and Peter Drady.


Also passed that the club sponsor the Urunga Convention and Field Day held over the Easter week-end each year and that affiliate membership of the W.I.A. be applied for.


The second meeting of the club was held on 3rd December 78 when several recommendations from a committee meeting were put to the members and carried. Of these was  the Constitution as presented to the inaugural meeting be adopted subject to minor amendments, carried. Other motions were the club net be operated on Mondays at 2000 EST on approx 3610 kHz, that a club call sign be obtained and  a Novice Training course be started in early 1979 with Rick Fletcher as the instructor. Meetings were to be held weekly on a Wednesday with a business meeting on the second Wednesday of the month. The Annual General Meeting was to be held in November.


The first club net was held on 4 December with Max VK2BMK as coordinator. To give the club access to W.I.A. educational information, application was made to join the Youth Radio Scheme. As the Club had no meeting room at this stage a request was made for the use of a room at the Coffs Harbour Technical College and permission obtained. The first meeting was held on 14 February 1979. The Novice Course began on 21 February. There were several instructors at this stage. Some of them were Tony Langman, Norm Cameron and Rick Fletcher. Hans Schumacher was the CW instructor assisted by several others.


After a short period the club began to look for other accommodation as the class in the next room complained that our class was making too much noise, particularly during the Morse practice. The room was like a garage, with a roller door at the front and only thin walls. There were no other rooms available at the college and the club remained such until arrangements were made for the use of rooms in the Manual Arts block at the Orara High School in Bray St. The move was made about June 1979.


Rick VK2NSV, later VK2BKV, ran the Novice courses until he left the area in 1985 and as a result of his training many operators gained their Novice licenses. Assistance has also been given to many Novice operators to enable them to gain their Full or Limited licenses.


To assist students or operators Harry Alderson VK2NSR, later VK2EP, conducted an early morning slow Morse training session on the air for various periods between 1979 and 1982. This Morse session was also used by many prospective amateurs outside the club area. The call sign VK2DVF was granted to the club for use as the club call sign and also used by a station at the Orara High run for interested students by Rick Fletcher. In 1988 after the death of Harry Alderson, the club call was changed to VK2EP as a mark of respect to Harry for his assistance with Morse training.


One of the successes of the club has been the obtaining of permission for candidates to sit for the Novice and AOCP examinations in their local area rather than travel to the location of the Radio Inspector, in Lismore. This arrangement had been in existence prior to the split between the Postal Dept and Telecom. The campaign entailed many letters and phone calls to the Radio Branch of  DOC, politicians and others who could be of assistance. The cause was also taken up by many other radio clubs and the WIA, becoming known as Campaign 81. The club member who carried the major part of the campaign was Bruce Telfer VK2DDU.


Further notes on the Club’s repeaters.


In early 1991 several UHF units were obtained and moves were made to provide a UHF Digipeater. It was also suggested that provision of a UHF voice and an Amateur TV repeater be investigated. Frequencies of 438.025 Tx and 433.025 Rx allocated for UHF Repeater.


The original VHF repeater unit was a Yaesu FT-2F, a  crystal locked transceiver. It and 2 antennas, a mobile whip and a commercial co-linear aerial  were donated to the club by the Great Lakes Radio club at Taree. They were donated by Peter Drady, VK2DBI.


Also an old valve type single channel ex-Telecom unit was donated. Parts of the metalwork from this unit were used in the construction of the initial unit. The major work for the original unit was carried out by Brian Slarke, VK2ZCQ.


The original test site for the unit was at Brian’s QTH on North Bank Rd, Bellingen and a lot of work and time was used trying to locate a suitable repeater site prior to the installation at its present location.

Jan 1993.   The club has UHF repeater Freq of 438.025 but no repeater operational. We have a UHF repeater unit, but no  aerials.

June 1993.  Tests carried out from a possible new site for the repeaters.

June 1993.  Antennas were stolen. Temporary antenna digipeater - droopy ground plane.

June 1994.  New Transceiver -Philips 727- for UHF packet unit.

July 1994.   lt is hoped that VK2RCH-2 (UHF) can soon be put on frequency – it’s 2.5 khz high. This doesn’t appear to be affecting the general operation. It is also hoped that

                 we will be able to install a TNC and transceiver in the new university to provide a local, after hour’s access to Telnet, a world wide educational data network.

July 1994 - Fred VK2BFM and Paul VK2KTT installed a Philips 814 combination style repeater unit as the VK2RCH repeater to replace the Philips FM- 828 which was installed

                 in June 1884. The Tx and Rx are now separately mounted giving greater separation. It appears that the receiver is now more sensitive and also the transmitter has an

                 output power of 50 watts.

Sep 1995 - repeater antenna location carried out. Droopy dipole on digipeater replaced by ex-commercial folded dipole.



Sep.            Formation of amateur radio club suggested. Local Amateurs and CB operators contacted.

15 Oct.        Inaugural meeting at Ocean View Hotel Urunga.

22 Nov.       1st Committee meeting

3 Dec.         Foundation meeting at Ocean View Hotel.

4 Dec.         Club’s first radio-net commenced at 8pm, with the following participants.


Max Francis VK2BMK was running the net  on 3.609mhz using an FT101 into a dipole at Bellingen.

In order of log-in, were…

VK2NIE Peter Drady (later 2DBI) - FT 301D into a dipole

VK2NSV Rick Fletcher (2BKV) - FT7

VK2NHZ Bruce Telfer (2DDU)

VK2NUN Russell Ashdown (2KEG then, now 2VK) at Casino using TS520 into Inv Vee

VK2NSJ Ken Golden (2DGT) - Viking & Transverter

VK2NSR Harry Alderson (2EP)

VK3NCB Cedric ???- portable 2 at Emerald Beach with Mike ??? VK3NKF

VK2NTP Neil Davidson - at Casino

VK2NUD Ross Davidson  - at Lismore

VK2 NVF Lance Ferris (Casino) but portable at Tabulum

VK2NXK Ron Jackson - mobile (Landcruiser) at Wollongong

 Rick Fletcher at Repton, reported that all signals were 5/9


Also listening on the side:

Norm Cameron VK2ZNQ (2KNC) - on 2m

* Ray Golden (VK2VGG? later 2BRG)

* Arnold Austin (2ADA) at Woolgoolga

* yet to be licenced ..?



14 Feb.        1st club meeting. Held at Coffs Harbour Tech College.

21 Feb.        1st Novice Class. Held at Coffs Harbour Tech College.

13/15 Apr.   Urunga Convention

                    Minutes from March to July 1979 not available.

June             Offer of Yaesu FT2F 2M Transceiver and aerials by Great Lakes Radio Club to be used as a 2M repeater accepted. Picked up at Port Macquarie Field Day.

11 Jul.          Club meeting place changed to Manual Arts Building at Orara High. Club moved to have supper after meetings. Bruce VK2DDU First ‘tea lady’Offer of Xtals for

                    repeater by Peter Drady VK2DBI.  .

15 Oct.        Club news session starts on Net. Rick Fletcher first news reader.

26 Oct.        Club donates Weller Solder Station to Orara High. $10 o/order - top electronics student at Orara High.

28 Nov.       Xmas party at Sandy Beach.



16 Mar.        Family day at Urunga.

19 Mar.        Talk by Bill Morris and Allan Wentworth from Integrated Engineering on Basic  Digital Electronics.

4-6 Apr.       Urunga convention.

9 Apr.          Harry Alderson VK2NSR starts morning Slow Morse session.

Apr.            Meeting at Coffs Harbour RSL. Farewell to Norm Cameron VK2ZNQ and Peter Drady VK2DBI.

23/24 May.  Exhibit at Coffs Harbour Show.

31 May.       Exhibit at Bellingen Show.

4 Jun.          Start Novice.course #3. 26 enroll.

11 Jun.         Request PMG Dept for Novice Exams be held at Coffs Harbour . Start of campaign to have Exams held in applicant’s local area. Later to become ‘Campaign 81’.

20 Aug.       Clause 52 added to Constitution.

                    Rick Fletcher VK2BKV elected club WICEN co-coordinator.

10 Oct.        Harry Alderson recommence morning slow Morse.

Nov.            Presentation of Weller Soldering station and $10 open order as for 1979.

18 Nov.       Novice Exam — 13 candidates. 9 pass.

19 Nov         AGM.Start of ‘Campaign 81’ in full.

                    Application to be made for Club Call sign.

                    Ken Golden net controller.

7 Dec.         Xmas party at Sandy Beach.

10 Dec.        Xmas meet at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.Bill Howell KA6HYK and xyl Laura guests.



11 Feb.        1st meeting for 1981 start of 1981 Novice course #4 25 enroll. AOCP course 6 enrol & 6 pass.

18 Mar.        Percy Sara VK2QV joined. Morse Tutor to be bought in conjunction with school in lieu soldering station.

15 Apr.        Morse Tutor received.  Moved that all club funds, be put into a single account. Advice that Phil Smith was to be examined for

                    the L.A.O.C.P. at his home, after many approaches to DOC. Part of  Campaign 81.Phil is confined to

                    a wheelchair. As this was the Year of the Disabled this enabled pressure to be used on Phil’s behalf.

17/19 Apr.   Urunga Convention.

9 May.         Repeater VK2RCH fired up at Mt Coramba.

18 May.       Novice Exam. 7 candidates.

24/25 May.  Exhibit at Coffs Harbour Show

27 May.       Club Call Sign VK2DVF received.

13 Jun.         Death Mike Claughton VX2DKX.

17 Jun.         Norm Napper VK2VMP news reader.

24 Jun.         Novice Exam at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

1 Jul.            Visit to NRN-11 Studios.

21 Jul.          Max Francis VK2BMK WICEN observer at emergency Airport exercise at Coffs Harbour.

30 Aug.       Family & field day at North Beach.

10 Sep.        Rick Fletcher nominated for Dick Smith Educator of the Year Award.

19-20 Sep.   Week-end Field day at George’s Gold Mine.

                    WICEN Search Exercise in conjunction with Police, SES and VRA for missing aircraft at Barrington  Tops.Max, VK2BMK attended.

23 Sep.        Visit to Coffs Harbour Telephone Exchange organized by Fred McSkimming VK2BFM.

Oct.             JOTA.

18 Nov.       AGM.  Ken Go1den VK2DGT net controller

            Follow up to Campaign 81.

           VHF Group formed.

29 Nov.       Family Day at Boambee.

9 Dec.         Xmas social at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.



 3 Feb.         Commencement of Novice class #5. Display night of Amateur equipment and operations. 17 students.

16 Feb.        CW exam held at Coffs Harbour.

17 Feb.        Moved that Rick Fletcher be nominated for Dick Smith Educator of the Year Award.

                    Harry Ussher VK2DUJ Net Controller.

22 Mar.        Novice students invited to shacks to see Amateur radio in action.

9/11 Apr.     Urunga Convention

Apr.            Visit to Coffs Harbour Drive-In.

11 May.       Novice exam. 14 candidates. 4 pass.

25 May.       Novice exam at Yacht Club, 14 Coffs & Oxley candidates.

                   Phil. Smith VK2PLC Net controller

                    Moved that club assist Orara High in purchase of metal bender.

30 May.       Family outing.

3 Jun.          Farewell to Bob Brien VK2DQB at Yacht Club. Bob & Xyl Shirley to do medical work in Saudi Arabia.

7 Jul.           Club ta1k in-fox hunt.

16 Aug.       Harry Alderson VK2EP applied to DOC for permission to conduct morning Slow Morse training broadcast. Granted.

15 Sep.        Novice course #6 start.

14 Oct.        Club WICEN members assisted with communications for Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic - Grafton to Kempsey.

16-17 Oct.   JOTA. Stations at Coffs Harbour  Sawtell, Woolgoolga, Macksville & Urunga.

21 Oct.        Presentation of ATOM clock to Percy Sara VK2QV.

                    For timing out repeater and having to talk to himself on   many occasions.

                    Rick Fletcher advised he had been awarded the Dick Smith Educator of Year Award.

30 Oct.        Rick Fletcher as club delegate to Conference of Clubs at Teralba Westlakes Radio Club. Presentation of the Dick Smith Award made to Rick at the conference.

17 Nov.       AGM
Harold Wright VK2AWH, Lismore awarded Honorary membership of the club for services rendered.

28 Nov.       Family BBQ held at Coffs Harbour Beach Area.

15 Dec.        Xmas party at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.



16 Feb.        Club news letter to be published

1-3 Apr.       Urunga Convention

Apr.            First issue club news letters.

1 May          Harold Wright VK2AWH gave talk on RTTY.

Jun.               Margaret Nally VK2DQU wins CW contest at Port Macquarie  Field Day.

21 Jun.         Death Percy Sara VK2QV.

6 Jul.            Start of Novice course #47. Amateur equipment display. 12 students enroll. 8 complete

Jul.                Farewell social to Margaret Nally VK2DQU at Coffs Harbour CWA Hall.

20 Jul.          Purchase by club and Orara High of beam & rotator from estate of Percy Sara.

21 Sep.        Club moved to disassociate itself from the running of future Urunga Conventions.

Oct.              JOTA

30 Oct.         Club outing at Sandy beach.

16 Nov.       AGM Requirements of Clause 43 of Constitution not complied with AGM deferred until first meeting 1984.

22 Nov.       Novice exam at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

6 Dec.         Xmas party at Yacht Club.



5 Feb.          Deferred 1983 AGM Clause 43 amended.

21 Mar.        Purchase of Philips FM 828 repeater unit as replacement for Yaesu FT2F. Authorised.

                    Offer of Percy Sara award by Betty Sara accepted

           Meeting nights to 2nd and 4th Wednesdays as from May.

20/22Apr.    Urunga Convention.

26/27 May   WICEN training week-end at Orara High for NW Zone members.

30 May        Inspection Coffs Harhour Ambulance Station.

12 Jun.         New Philips FM828 repeater on air.

18/19 Aug.   WICEN Exercise at Yessabah Caves west of Kempsey, with Caves Rescu.e Bob VK2AWA, Ken VK2DGT & Max VK2BMK from Coffs Harbour attended.

4 Sep.          Fred Reid VK2DLW resigns as President for health reasons Bob VK2AWA acting President until AGM.

7 Oct.            Family day at North Beach.

Oct.               JOTA

21 Nov.       AGM.  First ‘Percy Sara’ Award won by Arnold Austin VK2ADA.

6 Dec.          Xmas Party at Yacht Club. Presentation of  ‘Percy Sara’ Award by Betty Sara.



 3 Mar.        Death of Jack Gerard VK2ADN.

24 Mar         Beach picnic day at Woolgoolga Lake

3 Apr           Talk by Eric Howell of Customs Dept.

5/7 Apr        Urunga Convention.

17 Apr         Video on Packet Radio.

24 Apr         Visit to NRN-11TV station.

19 Jun          Talk by Sgt. Nevill Livingstone of Coffs Harbour Police.

21 Aug        Club accepted AAPRA offer of Packet repeater.

19/20 Oct    JOTA at Coffs Harbour Sawtell and Woolgoolga.

20 Nov        AGM
Nov             Percy Sara Award won by Rick Fletcher VK2BKV.        
4 Dec          Xmas party at Peking Palace.

15 Dec         Family social day at Keogh Park Gleniffer.



            Jan            Rick Fletcher leaves Coffs Harbour.

           19 Mar        Rick Fletcher and Max Francis granted Life membership.

           28/30 Mar   Urunga Convention.      

          Ken Golden Fox Hunt Champion at Port Macquarie Field Day — Team with Arnold VK2ADA and Vicki.

18 Jun          New Constitution presented to club for discussion. 

Aug             DEATH Roy Berry VK2DQB from Grafton.

17 Sep         New constitution adopted.

19/20 Oct    JOTA

19 Nov        AGM  ‘Percy Sara’ Award won by Arnold Austin VK2ADA.

                    From AGM - Meetings to be held on 3rd Wednesday of month & business meeting every third month.

Nov              Harry Alderson VK2EP ran off road on the Dorrigo Mountain road. Call on 2m for assistance heard by

                     Max VK2BMK who organized assistance to get Harry back on the road again. No injury to Harry.

4 Dec            Xmas party at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club.



18 Feb         Club to accept the Urunga Convention as annual social event.

17/19 Apr    Urunga Convention.

19 Sep         Packet repeater group formed.

17/18 Oct    JOTA from Coffs Harbour, Woolgoo1ga, Sawtell.

18 Nov        AGM.    Percy Sara Award won by Arnold Austin VK2ADA

24 Nov        Xmas party Coffs Harbour Catholic Club


8 Feb           Digipeater installed on same site as voice repeater.

17 Feb         Club to buy Digipeater unit and TNC from AAPRA for $1 Club to install and maintain unit and resell to

                     AAPRA for $1 at later dates.

8 Mar           Death of Harry Alderson VK2EP.

16 Mar         Club to relinquish VK2DVF for VK2EP as club call sign at request of Elva xyl late VK2EP, Harry Alderson.

20 Mar         John Moyle Field Day. and club BBQ at Coffs Beach area.

1/3 Apr        Urunga Convention.

Jun                 Antennae stolen from both repeaters.

13 Jul             Death of Harold Wright VK2AWH killed by motor cycle accident in Sydney.

15 Oct           JOTA and display at Palms Centre. Call sign VI88NSW used (Bi-centennial Year Call)

Nov               Ray VK2BRG, after 10 years finally erects tower.

16 Nov        AGM

24 Nov        From Committee meeting – that:-  All meetings be on 3rd Wednesday of month.

                    Business meetings in Feb,  May, & August. AGM in November.

                    Committee meetings be on 1st Wednesday of Feb,  May August & November.

24 Nov        Percy Sara Award won by Peter McAdam VK2EVB.

30 Nov        Xmas party at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club.



15 Mar          Visit to R.V.C.P. HQ at Jetty. Trip on “Nemesis”.

24/26 Mar    Urunga Convention.

16 Jun          BBQ at Jetty foreshores with talk--in Fox Hunt.

2 Jul              Norm Napper VK2FIN suffers a coronary away from home and was saved as a result of the call he

                     made on his VHF hand held which was heard by three club members. As a result the Ambulance was

                     called and arrived within minutes. Norm made a full recovery in Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Sep                New antennae fitted to voice repeater. Co-linear antenna from voice repeater fitted to  Digipeater

14 Oct           Amateur Radio display at Park Beach Plaza.

21/22 Oct      JOTA

Oct                New transceiver Philips FM828 - and TNC obtained for Digipeater.

15 Nov          AGM
                     Trophy offer by Elva xyl late VK2EP, accepted by club. Decision on manner of selection of recipient to  be  decided at later meeting.

                      Meeting place transferred to Science Room

            Percy Sara Award won by Bob Colsel VK2AWA

29 Nov           Xmas party held at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club.

                     ‘Harry Alderson’ Trophy presented to club by Elva Alderson.

Dec               New Digipeater equipment installed.



19 Jan             Digipeater software updated - also 22 Feb & 14 Jun.

21 Feb           Changed meeting room to Science Room 1. Orara High with entry from Joyce St & off street parking.

            Also got own keys. Cost $5 per night.

23 Mar           Club applied to DOC for accreditation for setting and marking the papers for the AOCP LAOCP and  NAOCP examinations.

5 Apr             Accreditation for the setting and marking of the exam papers given. to Bob Colsel (VK2AWA) the   authorized club member.

14/15 Apr       Urunga Convention - (not much rain).

2 May             Bruce Telfer VK2DDU granted Life Membership.

Jun/Jul            Ken VK2DGT & Ray Golden VK2BRG Safari to tip of Cape York. Good radio contacts with Coffs Harbour all the way.

6 Jun/7 Nov     N.A.O.C.P, Classes conducted by John VK2BUI.

22 Aug            Application made for permission to re-broadcast VK2WI Sunday broadcasts on  VK2RCH.

26 Aug           BYO BBQ & Fox Hunt (talk in) at Jetty Foreshores.

Oct                Re-broadcast of VK2WIA commenced on VK2RCH, Peter VK2EVB & John  VK2BUI as operators.

20/21 Oct      JOTA

17 Nov          NAOCP Exams – 17 candidates.

21 Nov          AGM

23 Nov        Xmas Party at Catholic Club. Percy Sara Award to John VK2BUI.

           VK2EP Award (cw) to Stewart Wood.

Dec               Death of Jim Brinkman VK2IS

17 Dec          Death of Bruce Telfer VK2DDU after long illness.



19 Feb         Start of new Novice Course by VK2BUI. 16 students.

30/31 Mar    Urunga Convention.. Rain on Saturday afternoon..

Mar             Investigation of possibility of obtaining use of Ex-DCA hut on Beacon Hill from Shire Council as Club Rooms.   Application made.

May             UHF Digipeater being organized.. Possibility of UHF voice and Amateur TV repeaters being investigated.

6 May          Bob Brien VK2DQB off to Saudi Arabia again.

5 May          Club meeting. Talk on Club History by Max VK2BMK video. Memories taken from  other members of the club for addition to the written history.

Jun              Several members f the club met with Coffs Council re provision of club rooms. The ex DCA hut was not available on Beacon Hill. Suggestion was made

                    that  as the hut had to be removed it be re-located to a suitable position on the Airport and made available for use as a club house. Decision to be made later.

Jul               UHF units obtained for sale to by members.

29 Jul           Novice Exam for 1991 class. 9 students, 3 gain licenses, VK2MAC, VK2MKX. &  VK2MKY.

Aug             UHF Packet Repeater commissioned.

21 Aug        UHF Units distributed to members. Set on 439Mhz.

10 Sep         Death in Sydney of Bill Miller VK2CWM.

Sep             Application to WIA for UHF repeater frequency allocation.

18 Sep         Talk by Peter VK2EVB on TVI.

16 Oct         Club meeting.

Oct              Frequencies for UHF repeater 432.025TX / 433.025Rx.

Oct              Faults on Digipeater. UHF unit out of service.

Oct              JOTA.

10 Nov        Club outing at Dorrigo National Park, Good attendance.

20 Nov        AGM

27 Nov        Christmas party Coffs Catholic Club.

                    Club net to be in recess over Christmas-New Year.

                    ‘Percy Sara’ Award to John VK2BUI.   VK2EP Award to Graham Webb.



15Jan             First meeting of year.

Jun                 Members attended a meeting of the Link Rd Sporting Fields Management Committee with the view of   investigating the erection of Club Rooms on the complex.

                      Council also contacted re a site and or a  building we  could obtain.

15 Jul             Meetings moved to Coffs Harbour Community Village,  cnr Payless.

17/18 Oct      JOTA at Coffs Guide Hall & Sawtell Scout Hall.

18 Oct            Moved that CHADARC become incorporated. See 3 Feb 1993 committee motions & meeting of 17    Mar 1993.

18 Nov           AGM

25 Nov           Christmas Party at Catholic Club. Percy Sara’ Award to Arnold Austin VK2ADA.

                       VK2EP Award NOT AWARDED To be decided in early1993. (see Feb 1993).



Feb                  From ‘5 x 9’ REPORT -. Re Club meeting room. ‘Approach made to Coffs Shire Council re old Band

                         Hall building Brelsford Park.  Mr. Shaw from Parks & Buildings said it virtually the Clubs if the Club

                         officially requested the donation of it. A letter was written and delivered to Mr. Shaw’ s secretary. This

                         has apparently been lost in the system. A further letter has been forwarded by mail to the Council hope

                        of a prompt  reply. The most likely location is a site in Toormina Sport and Recreation Centre, Toormina

                         end of Hogbin  Drive. Rental suggested subject to agreement with the management is $350 per annum

                        including water and  electricity. An approach has been made to Mr. C.Gibbs,  Bonville House removals

                        for a quote. de Greg  YK2PYU.


3 Feb                 Meeting of Club Committee - The following motions be moved at a general meeting  on 17 Mar 1993 :-

                        That CHADARC be incorporated.

                         That the name of the club be changed to “The Coffs Harbour District Amateur Radio Club Incorporated”.

                         The Club adopt the Model Rules as issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

                         That the present secretary be nominated as Public Officer.

                         The club accept the offer of the Coffs Harbour City Council of the old Band Hall in

                         Brelsford Park and re-locate it to a site on the Toormina Sport Recreational Grounds

                          in Hogbin Drive, as our permanent Club House (Estimated cost of re-location etc  $4215)

                         Suggestion that the Club raise money for removal and setting up club house by raising loans from club

                          members - suggested $60 per member.


17 Mar             Meeting to Discuss and vote on motions from Committee meeting of 3 Feb 1993. 75%

                        Club Members needed to pass motion for Incorporation

.                       The following motions were passed at the meeting:-

             That the club becomes incorporated.

             That the name be changed to “Coffs Harbour and District Amateur Radio Club Incorporated”.

             That the Club adopt the Model Rules as issued by the Dept of Consumer Affairs That

             the present Secretary Bob (VK2DQB) be nominated as Public Officer

             That the club accept the offer of the Old Band Hall in Brelsford Park and re-locate it to

             the  Toormina Sport and Recreation Grounds in Hogbin Drive.


28 Mar             Committee Meeting - That the quote from a Woolgoolga firm of house movers be

                       accepted.  Move not to commence until incorporation is completed. Following

                        incorporation the Coffs Council to be advised confirming acceptance of the offer and

                        indicate that we  wish to move the building within the following 3 months. Request

                        further information in writing re the clubs interest in the grounds. That the club attempt

                        to raise finance via a Loan  Scheme as detailed in ‘5X9’ April 1993.

           VK2E                       EP Award to be made an encouragement award for promoting Amateur Radio’.

9-11 Apr         Urunga Convention

Apr                From ‘5X9’ investigation of new site for repeaters Bruxner Park location - to be made.

            Letter received from Toormina Sport b Recreation Association with quote for site rent

            $100 from Urunga Convention towards building scheme.

            Now pledged $1800, $800 so far received towards loan target of $3000.

Jun                 From ‘5X9’ 16/6/93 - Decision made to go ahead with  removal of Band building

                      using Loan funds and funds invested by club. Date of removal subject to receipt

                      of Certificate of Incorporation At examinations held recently by John VK2BUI,

                      Hans DGV & Peter EVB a few more club members gained higher grades.

Jul                  From ‘5X9’ 21/7/93 Secretary Bob VK2DQB advised that the Certificate of

            Incorporation now received. Club now CHADARC Inc.

17 Jul             Work bee to remove the front porch from the Band Hall prior to removal. Those in ‘destruction’ team

                      were BFM, GZE, BUI, DGT, BRG (camera man), PYU +  XYL, ADA, KTT, EVB, DOD.

21 Jul             Band hall removed to our site. Foundations to be laid and approval of foundations before building lowered.

Aug                From ‘5x9’ 18/8/93

            Donations of material from Pioneer (cement), Golden’s Gravel (sand & gravel),

            Clipsal Aust (electrical fittings). Workers - DGT, BRG, CAT, PYU, BFM, POC, ADA, KTT, BUI,

            electrician Bill McCarron + others not named. The new CHADARC VK2EVB—1 Packet Bulletin

            Board has been running for about 3 weeks. Thanks to Dave VK2YDN for assistance. A Dick Smith

            Commander 2m transceiver is to be set  in place for the BBS rig allowing the STC unit at present in use

            to be returned to the Summerland Radio Club. The packet Digipeater is operating well since the  UHF

            yagis were installed.


1993             The VHF antenna has been repaired giving enhanced coverage.

16/1.7 Oct      Jamboree on the Air.

20 Oct            First meeting in new club houses.Work on repairing the building mainly due to the  efforts of Greg CAT,

                      Fred BFM, Ray BRG, Ken DGT, John BUI and Greg PYU. Bill McCarron did most  of the electrical

                      work and  also arranged for the donation of power wiring from   Clipsal and other companies.

17 Nov           AGM at new club Rooms Life Membership granted to Bob Colsel  VK2AWA. 5 year’s club

                      membership granted to Bi1l McCarron in appreciation of his work installing the electrical  wiring at the

                       club house.

24 Nov           Christmas party at Coffs Harbour Catholic Club.

            VK2EP Award to Peter VK2EVB.     Percy Sara Award to Greg VK2PYU.

29 Nov            Amateur Examination



13 Mar            Family barbecue at Georges Gold Mine.

Mar                Amateur examination.

2/3 Apr           Urunga Convention.

                     Work still continuing on repairs and painting of club house.

18 May          Discussion re foundations for wind-up tower donated by Rowley  VK2CRP.

                      Materials -For foundation & backhoe organized by Ray VK2BRG who also did a  deal with a cement

                      company who donated  44 gal drum of cement powder and arranged for Golden’s Gravel to supply the

                      sand & gravel needed for the mix. Arnold to look into a suitable date for a display at Park Beach Plaza

                      October  l3th-l4th-l5th. Club looking for display suggestions. Russell VK2PRC reported on negotiation

                       with NRE for  connection of power to premises - dropped from over $1000 (including pole & wire)

                       to $329 for wires + $330 connection fee, Committee to negotiate with T,S & R..C  to see if they will

                       assist with costs.

21 May          Working bee to lay foundation. VK’s BRG, BFM, DGT, TAK, CAT, KTT, DQB,

                     BPH & EVB + harmonic. Also some repairs to inside of building

1 Jun            From 5X9 UHF Packet Digipeater transceiver has been off. Peter EVB preparing a

                     Philips FM747 to install in place of original Mocom 70 unit.

5 Jun             Club meeting. Resignation of VK2PYU as club treasurer due to family responsibilities.

             VK2BRG & VK2CAT procured blackboard - unknown donor.

             Donation of FM828 by VK2DGV for use in club building.

             Discussion on set up of 6m repeater in club building.

            Solitary Islands Award (Appendix A)

             Next local exam Aug 28th - applications Aug 1st.

 26 Jun           Tower dismantled from QTH VK2CRP, removed to club house.  Attending BRG, CAT, DGT, EVB,

                       KTT –  action videoed. Rowley (CRP) donated rotator and 2m Qagi.

20 Jul              Club meeting. Discussion on club finances and repairs to club house and mast. First  CHADARC Field Day

                        planned 2nd weekend Jan 1995. Planning -For display at Plaza.

13/15 Oct.      “Solitary Islands Award” ready for printer.

23 Jul              Working bee - repairs to building and check mast. Top section of mast needs repairs and mast need  rust- proofing.

Jul                   Decision to hold Guessing Competition. 200 tickets I $10 Prize worth $1000 to be   drawn 16th Nov at annual meeting.

Jul                   New repeater unit installed.

             New UHF digipeater FM747 installed

13-15 Oct       Club display at Plaza.

15-16 Oct       J.O.T.A. with Coffs Harbour Guides.

19 Oct            Monthly meeting

            Guessing Competition cancelled and all moneys to he refunded.

             Club Field Day to be Sun 8th January 1995

19 Oct            Xmas party at Catholic Club 30th November.

Nov                Bob VK2AWA admitted to hospital with clot in leg.. Result-loss of toes on one foot and not out of   hospital  for several months.

16 Nov           A.G.M.

27 Nov           Amateur Exam

30 Nov           Xmas Party at Catholic Club

            VK2EP award to Arnold ADA.      VK2QV award to Fred BFM.

             Misc. Awards

             Packet Certificate - Hans DGV

             Time Out Award - Allen QE

              Long suffering XYL award -- June xyl ADA

             XMAS RAFFLE won by Ida xyl BMK



8 Jan              Club Field Day at Club Rooms

12 Feb           VK2EVB caught in flooded creek at Dairyville. Vehicle was washed down creek and  wrecked.

1 Apr             Meeting re Packet Users Group formation.

15-17 Apr      Urunga Convention.

19 Apr            Club meeting. Discussion of formation of Packet Group. See report in 5X9 April 1995.

26 Apr             Ray VK2BRG led a working party to work on tower.

26 Apr            Fred VK2FM — ex BFM & Peter EVB tried to change freq of digipeater to

                        144.900Mhz as per WIA plan. Constant carrier found from external source on freq so

                         back to 147.575Mhz until sorted out.

17 May             Business meetings to be 3 monthly Feb, May, Aug, Nov.

                        Bob DQB to loan club FT-101 E for use when aerials installed -- possible donation if satisfactory. Peter

                        EVB repaired club Philips FM828 for packet.. Also will loan club a 2 m txr to enable access to voice

                       & packet repeaters from club. Greg CAT to loan club 6a power supply. Also has repaired club 2m

                       Quagi. Fred FM & Ray BRG examined tower to decide how to correct lean. Work on that shortly.

27 May           Examination - Daryl Barwise passed AOCP theory.

19 Jul               At the meeting an attempt was made to get packet working. When connected a fused

                        the one in the main fuse box. We had no access and had to wait in the dark for the

                        caretaker to return.

22 Jul              A working party of 2BRG Ray, 2FM Fred, 2CAT “pussy”, 3BMJ Mark, 2QE Allan  2EVB Peter and

                        Joshua erected a 2m co-linear antenna and threaded co-ax cable through the roof  into the building.

                        This with club 2m radio Tiny tnc and Difficult  Dumb Terminal give the club voice and data  communications.

23 Jul                Some individual got a bug about getting the dumb terminal working right and on a  second trip also got a

                         bug about cleaning up and organizing the club rooms.. We now have a radio station and workshop area

                         separated   from the main area.



                        The TV and video were installed near the blackboard and the room readied for the next  meeting.

29 Jul                Work crew of 2ADA Arnold, 2BRG Ray, 2BPH Pat, 3BMJ Mark, 2CAT “pussy”, 2DGT Ken,

                         2DOB Bob, 2DMS Merv, 2EVB Peter & Joshua and Bob Green 2YRG turned up and installed the

                        TH3Jr triband HF beam and a 2m Quagi on the tower Operation was videoed by Ray 2BRG. Co-ax

                        was fed into building and tower cranked up. It is planned to open the club each Saturday from 1300 est

                        so members can make   use of the facilities and library. Next meeting 16th Aug, quarterly meeting.

                        Exam to be held in rooms on 27th August.

16 Aug            Quarterly meeting - discussion re access to grounds, Bob DQB brought in FT-101 for club use. Some packet

                        operation from club. Armidale Amateur Radio club to hold mini-ham fest on 17th September.

23 Sep             Repeater antenna relocated. Work by VK2FM, BRG AND KTT. Temporary antenna

                        fitted to digipeater when previous antenna stolen replaced by ex-commercial folded  dipole.

21 Sep             Demonstration of SSTV & colour FAX at club.

Sep                VK2PYU-1 Packet BBS, replacement for VK2EVB-1 system, now up and running using later version of

                      FBB 5.15C Software.

19 Oct           General meeting.

15 Nov          Annual General meeting. Election of officers.

             Rex Hardacre dropped in gave club to new lock on ground gates. Club to get keys cut and members

             requiring key to pay for same.Working party to paint outside of building in new year.

6 Dec              Club Xmas party at Coffs Catholic Club.



Mike Claughton               VK2VRK (DKX)                      13Jun  1981

Percy Sara                      VK2QV                                     21 Jun 1983

Keith Blanch                   VK2GIL                                     xx.xx.198x

Jack Gerard                    VK2ADN                                  3  Mar 1985

Roy Berry                       VK2BQD                                      xx.8.1986

Harry Alderson               VK2NSR (EP)                                8.3.1988

Harold Wright                  VK2AWH                                   13.7.1988

Jim Brinkman                  VK2IS                                          xx.12.1990

Bruce Telfer          *        VK2NHZ (DDU)                         17.12.1990

Bill Miller                        VK2CWM                                     10.9.1991

Bob Colsell           *         VK2AWA                                    17.1.2007

Allan Rutledge                 VK2CBK                                      x.xx.1997

Brian Slarke                     VK2ZCQ                                    26.11.2003

Bruce Fleck                     VK2FS                                       xx.xx.2006

Bob Brien                        VK2DQB                                   26.04.2007

Fred Reid                        VK2DLW                                     xx.8.2009

Daryl Barwise                  VK2THU                                    xx.02.2010

Paul Ireland                      VK2DMV                                    12.6.2013

Ken Barrett                       VK2KJT                                      31.3.2014

Arnold Austin       *          VK2ADA                                       6.9.2014

David MacNaughton         VK2BA                                        25.2.2015

Norm Napper                   VK2FIN                                              ?

Peter Drady                      VK2DBI                                              ?

Roley Prince                     VK2CRP                                            ?

Harry usher                       VK2DUJ                                             ?

Dave Harding                    VK2DUR                                            ?

Emiel Hentgartner              VK2NEH                                            ?

Phil Smith                         VK2PLC                                             ?

Russell Brownett               VK2PQC                                            ?

Reg Gibson                        swl                                                    ?                                        


* = life members



YEAR                  PRES                   Vice/Pres.            SEC                     TREAS

1978/79                 VK2BMK              VK2NHZ             VK2ZNQ              VK2ZCQ

1979/80                 VK2BMK              VK2NHZ             VK2VQI               VK2DQU

1980/81                 VK2BMK               VK2DDU             VK2DUR              VK2DQU

1981/82                 VK2BMK               VK2DDU             VK2DUR              VK2QV

1982/83                 VK2BMK               VK2BKV             VK2AWA             VK2DLM/DDU

1983/84                 VK2DLW/AWA    VK2AWA             VK2CRP              VK2EVB

1984/85                 VK2AWA             VK2SL                 VK2BKV              VK2EVB

1985/86                 VK2EVB               VK2ADA              VK2DGT              VK2BFM

1986/87                 VK2EVB               VK2DDU              VK2DGT              VK2DMS

1987/88                 VK2EVB               VK2ADA              VK2DGT              VK2KJK

1988/89                 VK2ADA              VK2FOW             VK2AWA             VK2KJK [gjk]

1989/90                 VK2ADA              VK2BUI                VK2AWA             VK2GJK

1990/91                 VK2ADA              VK2EVB               VK2AWA             VK2BUI

1991/92                 VK2ADA              VK2BUI                VK2EVB               VK2PYU

1992/93                 VK2CAT              VK2ADA              VK2DQB              VK2PYU

1993/94                 VK2CAT              VK2BUI                VK2DQB              VK2PYU/BUI                                                                                                            

1994/95                 VK2CAT              VK2ADA              VK2DGV              VK2BUI

1995/96                 VK2DQB              VK2CAT              VK2BMK              VK2THU




1986                   RICK FLETCHER         VK2BKV
1986                    MAX FRANCIS             VK2BMK
1989                    BRUCE TELFER           VK2DDU…sk
1993                    BOB COLSELL             VK2AWA...sk

   ?                       ARNOLD AUSTIN        VK2ADA…sk

  2017                    Fred McSkimming           VK2FM

  2017                    Terry Wood                    VK2TEZ

  2017                    Les Sidebottom               VK2CPC


‘Percy Sara’ Award; VK2QV.

  Presented to Club Member who is voted by the club to have done the best work for the club in the previous year.

1984                      ARNOLD AUSTIN                  VK2ADA
1985                      RICK FLETCHER                   VK2BKV
1996                      ARNOLD AUSTIN                  VK2ADA
1987                      ARNOLD AUSTIN                  VK2ADA
1988                      PETER McADAM                   VK2EVB
1989                      BOB COLSELL                       VK2AWA
1990                      JOHN WILLIAMS                   VK2BUI
1991                      JOHN WILLIAMS                   VK2BUI
1992                      ARNOLD AUSTIN                  VK2ADA
1993                      GREG REES                           VK2PYU
1994                      FRED McSKIMMING              VK2BFM
1995                      RAY GOLDEN                        VK2BRG

From Ray Golden (VK2BRG).


At one of the early meetings at the Technical College Peter Drady VK2DBI took along a starting pistol. Rick Fletcher was  demonstrating some equipment and when he switched on the supply to it Peter fired the pistol. The result - the switch was very quickly turned off.


From Allan Gilson (VK2PHY).


On the Field Day at George’s Gold Mine in Sep 1981 Dave Harding VK2DUR and Harry Ussher VK2DUJ took along a motor generator unit and floodlights. The rest of the group set up camp at the foot of the hill but Dave and Harry set up on top. That night there was a thunderstorm.To get up a 80m dipole Norm Napper VK2FIN used a fishing rod to cast hauling lines over two 80ft trees. The antenna was there for several months and eagles kept attacking over the time.

On the Sunday Dave and Harry set up a 2 metre station and wondered why they could not get out as they were at about 2000ft asl and could not even raise the repeater. After several hours they finally realized that they did not have the co-ax connected.

From Arnold Austen (VK2ADA).


At one of the early Morse classes at the Tech. College Hans Schumacher VK2DGV was sending a Morse test in PL using dirty German. As Emil Hengartner VK2NEH started smiling, Hans did not realize that there was anyone else in the class who understood German.




History of VK2RCH Repeaters - ‘BOB’ and ‘PHIL’ & the Digipeater.

by Fred McSKIMMING, VK2BFM [now vk2fm]. 5th September. 1989.


On the 9th May 1981 a split Yaesu FT2FB transceiver was installed at Mt Coramba, by Brian Slarke VK2ZCQ, Brian Lackie VK2DLM and Fred McSkimming VK2BFM. Frequency of operation was 146.650 Tx and 146.050 Rx. The call sign,VK2RCH. The repeater became known as ‘BOB’ – (bucket of  bolts).


‘BOB’s installation followed many months of trial and error by Brian Slarke of Bellingen to get the system up and running. The equipment had been donated by the Great Lakes Radio Club some months previously. Later improvements included adding an extra cavity filters and receiver pre-amp. Largely assisting with the commissioning of our new repeater was Harold Wright, VK2AWH, of Lismore. Harold had gained a wealth of experience in the building and maintenance of the Lismore repeater, and several of his suggestions were adopted and remain today.


In November 1981 the club formed a VHF group and established a fund to enable equipment to be obtained to upgrade the repeater. Over the years several adjustments were made, various aerials were trialled with mostly obscure results, resulting in the decision in March 1984 to purchase and install a later and more reliable unit, a Philips FM828, a unit designed for commercial repeater operation.


‘PHIL’, the FM828 purchased for $ 500.00 in early 1984 and installed on the 12th June 1984, has generally been trouble free since. The purchase and installation of ‘Phil’ was mainly due to the activities of Fred McSkimming, VK2BFM. Fred has been the maintenance officer from the time the repeater was installed on Mt Coramba until his separation from Telstra in Nov, 2002.


On the 8th February 1988, a ‘PACKET’ Repeater, ‘Digipeater’ was installed at the same site, to operate on 147.575 MHz. This provided data communications on a store and forward basis and although attracting only a few locals initially, continues connect packet enthusiasts by a software linking system. A UHF unit has since been installed as an addition to the system. In late 1989 a Philips FM—828 transceiver and new TNC, that provided additional facilities (Rose’s addressing) were obtained for the Digipeater and were installed in December. Upgrading of the system is being carried out on a continuous basis.


It should be noted here that Harold Wright, who was of great assistance in the obtaining of the repeater site, died in Sydney on the 13th July 1988, after being knocked down by a motor-cyclist in Kent St, Sydney. During June 1988, the antennae on the voice and packet repeaters were stolen by persons unknown. Temporary aerials were installed immediately, and permanent aerials, a co-linear on the Digipeater and twin folded dipoles were connected to the voice repeater. As this goes to print, it remains a priority of this committee to build a diplexer for our voice repeater. We also note that Grafton is building a voice repeater using a diplexer to operate on 146.675 MHz, using a Philips FM828.


The  Repeater Committee. VK2RCH


This whole page was corrected / updated 5.3.2018.  vk2fm.