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Darwin Amateur Radio Club

Amateur  radio operators in Darwin form an interesting group who meet regularly to promote the interests of amateur radio and to share technical information and socialise.

Apart from pursuing our own personal interests, members of DARC operate Darwins' emergency radio network which includes personnel operating from cyclone shelters during an emergency. We also provide operators for organisations such as the Red Cross.

DARC is affiliated with the 

Wireless Institute of Australia

 and has about 40 active members.

There are dozens of other radio operators operating throughout the Territory who interact on occasions - for example, when there are emergency warnings, they are able to activate radio links and share information.

The Darwin Amateur Radio Club

is one of the oldest clubs in Darwin. It provides emergency radio communication in times of need, as well as flexible communication networks for major social and sporting events throughout the Territory. The club is the agency through which Territorians can gain their amateur radio licences.

Australian Ham Radio equipment suppliers

By Gary Gibson | October 24, 2017

Most of us are aware of Strictly Ham http://www.strictlyham.com.au/ As well as Andrews Communications http://www.andrewscom.com.au/amateur-radio  and TET-EMTRON http://www.tetemtron.com.au/ But you May not be aware of TTS Systems http://www.ttssystems.com.au/products/ A company run by Dave VK3JKY and Claureen  VK3KMB they seem to … Continued

80 Meter Shortened Dipole Antenna

By Gary Gibson | July 28, 2017

With the sunspot activity declining and all indications suggesting activity will continue to be low for the next few years it appears the best HF frequency for Local NT coverage will be 80 Meters. Many of us on suburban blocks … Continued

Meeting Wednesday 5th July

By VK8RR | July 1, 2017

This is a reminder that there will be a club meeting this Wednesday 5th July at 7pm    

WIA members Please listen to News West for the 5th March

By Gary Gibson | March 4, 2017

News West has a special election edition broadcast this week sharing contributions from the candidates, explaining how the proxy voting system works and how you can make your voice count. Follow this link http://www.vk6.net/news/

Want to Learn Morse Code?

By Gary Gibson | March 2, 2017

It is a bit odd that since the requirement to pass a Morse code test for an amateur advanced licence was removed there seems to have been a resurgence in interest in it’s use. Another odd observation is that for … Continued

Nothing New Under The Sun

By Gary Gibson | March 2, 2017

It appears that troubles from within the ranks of the WIA is nothing new. See this item from the June Edition of Radio and Hobbies magazine 1946. For Larger Image Click link below Click to View  PDF WIA and Loyalty … Continued

Alinco Power Supply

By VK8RR | February 28, 2017

  The Alinco power supply for amateur radio has been around for a while but this latest model has some extra features. All switch mode power supplies or their harmonics can interfere with some of our bands. It appears to … Continued

Radiation Resistance, SWR and Resonance

By Gary Gibson | February 28, 2017

Radiation resistance is that part of an antenna’s feed point resistance that is caused by the radiation of electromagnetic waves from the antenna, as opposed to loss resistance which generally causes the antenna to heat up. The total of radiation … Continued

Installing new air -con at Knucky Lagoon.

By VK8RR | February 27, 2017

New air-con/new pipes/old wiring and coin machine . VK8RR

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