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SARCNET at MDRC

New for 2018, the SARCNET Tuesday night STEM Workshops will be held at the earlier time of 4:00pm after school. The workshop will be open to a wider range of primary school students who demonstrate a real interest in STEM. There are new activities planned for this year including programming Raspberry PIs and building Software Defined Radios.

SARCNET National Park Activation

The School Amateur Radio Club students (shown here wearing their high-viz vests) will be operating a solar-powered, shortwave radio station at Churchill National Park, on Sunday 12 November from 10am to 4pm.

SARC team at Churchill National Park Park location

Everyone is welcome to participate in this fun event. It is part of the World-Wide Flora and Fauna in Amateur Radio program, which promotes awareness, conservation and protection of our precious National Parks. This year, SARCNET radio station VK3SRC, will also be an entrant in the Keith Roget Memorial National Park Awards. Participation certificates will be available to everyone making a "Park to Park" contact on the day. Students will learn about shortwave radio and get to talk with many other radio operators wanting to contact the Churchill National park. Meet at the BBQ Shelter, Churchill Park Drive, Lysterfield (Melways 82 C11). There will be a free BBQ lunch at 12:30. Please BYO drinks. Parents can bring some chairs, have a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the park.

REGISTER: To register for this free event, please click on the following link and tell us the number of children and adults attending: info@sarcnet.org.

SARCNET Arduino Challenge

To welcome three new schools to SARCNET and to get to know each other better we are having an Arduino challenge. The idea is to start with an already working program and to hack it to do something really cool. First, get the Arduino IDE running on your PC and attach your favourite Arduino board. Connect an LED, in series with a 470 ohm resistor, between any numbered pin (say pin 9) and GND. Open a new sketch, copy and run the following program:

Arduino on prototype board with LEDvoid setup() {
  pinMode(9, OUTPUT);
}
void loop() {
  digitalWrite(9, HIGH);
  delay(100);
  digitalWrite(9, LOW);
  delay(100);
}

Now, to create your own project: Add more LEDs, if you like, and change the code to make the LEDs flash in a really cool sequence. Build the Arduino and LEDs into a cardboard model. Take a video of your working project so that everyone can see what you have done. Note: To keep it simple we are only using LEDs and the functions shown above. Here are some project suggestions. It doesn't matter if you choose the same project as someone else as long as you do it yourself.

  1. Emergency flasher beacon (On-Off or SOS. 1 LED). Bike light.
  2. Hypnotic OWL (2 LED eyes) – Substitute your own cardboard animal or robot.
  3. Traffic lights (3, 6 or 12 LEDs)
  4. Airport runway approach lights (white) or port channel markers (red/green) (5 LEDs)
  5. Arrow sign (8 LEDs)
  6. Wearable Electronics: Name Tag (Morse code), brooch, pendant, earrings or necklace
  7. Roulette wheel or Dice (may need help to randomize it)
  8. 7-Segment LED Timer or Bar-graph LED Display
  9. Christmas tree lights
  10. Modern art or home decoration

SARCNET @ FoBI, Tasmania

As part of National Science Week we will be running all day Electronics Prototyping Workshops at the Festival of Bright Ideas in Hobart, Tasmania. The event is free with a schools day on Friday 11 August 2017 and a public day on Saturday 12 August 2017.

According to the organiser's web site http://www.festivalofbrightideas.com.au:

"FoBI is a festival with a difference. Created for our community, FoBI is an inclusive celebration of the Tasmanian science sector showcasing engaging hands-on activities, displays, workshops, performances, lectures and tours. It focuses on innovative and inspiring aspects of STEM (science, engineering, technology and mathematics) with a view to providing an educational, aspirational and family friendly experience for Hobart residents and visitors."

School students and members of the public will be able to:

"Use electronic components to assemble a working circuit. Learn about electronic components, their circuit symbols and how to read a schematic diagram. Insert the components into a reusable prototyping board, connect a battery and watch it work! No soldering required. Return the kit for free or take home your creation for $5. Includes a printed circuit board and instruction booklet for home constructors."

SARCNET @ Hahndorf, South Australia

This is a free and exclusive opportunity for Hahndorf Primary School Students to get some extra hands-on experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Hahndorf Oval on Sunday 21 May 2017 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Students from years 1 through 7, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will participate in a range of organised activities including:

  • Shortwave and Line-of-Sight communications
  • Use of Portable Radio Equipment
  • On-air and Emergency Procedures
  • Call signs, Radio Alphabets and Codes
  • Hidden Transmitter Hunts
  • Locations, Bearings and Direction Finding
  • Navigation and Triangulation

There will also be working, hands-on demonstrations of:

  • Earth-Moon-Earth Communications
  • Microwave and Digital Television
  • Digital Voice and Data Communications
  • Portable operations from Mountain Peaks and Parks
  • A High-Altitude Balloon Launch and Tracking

This event is presented by the School Amateur Radio Club Network (SARCNET) in conjunction with the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA).

PARENTS: Why not bring along your lunch and some camp chairs and have a relaxing time while your kids have fun, make new friends and learn new skills! Your kids will be wearing yellow hi-viz vests for the duration of the event. Presenters have current WWC cards.

TEACHERS: Come along and ask about how you can introduce more hands-on STEM activities in your classes.

REGISTER: To receive a detailed program prior to the event and to register for your name tag and afternoon tea, please send us an email with the number of child and adult attendees to: info@sarcnet.org

BROCHURE: Please download the brochure here.

SARCNET @ MDRC

This is now a regular Tuesday night weekly event at the Moorabbin and District Radio Club (entrance opposite 68 Turner Road, Highett). From 6:00pm to 7:30pm students receive one-on-one and group tuition in Electronics, Soldering and Microcontrollers. If you are interested in joining the small group, aged 4 to 14, please contact us at info@sarcnet.org.

MDRC also has an adult group meeting from time to time. If interested please contact secretary@mdrc.org.au.

2017 ANZAC DAY AMATEUR RADIO SPECIAL EVENT

The School Amateur Radio Club kids and the Melbourne Region Cub Scouts will be joining forces again this year to participate in group activities, displays, demonstrations and challenging missions during an ANZAC day special event at the Moorabbin and District Radio Club (entrance opposite 68 Turner Road, Highett), 25 April 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

The event includes an ANZAC day commemoration, BBQ lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

This all-day family event is for school children, scouts and young aspiring amateur radio enthusiasts.

Group activities include:

  • SARC electronic circuit board soldering demonstrations
  • Scout proficiency badge activities
  • Line-of-sight and shortwave communications
  • Portable, solar-powered, emergency communications
  • First Aid and CPR demonstrations
  • Hidden transmitter hunts, direction finding, navigation and triangulation

Timetable:

  • 1000 ANZAC day commemoration
  • 1015 The Fascinating History of Radio in Australia
  • 1045 The Amazing world of Amateur Radio
  • 1115 Morning tea
  • 1130 Electronic Kit Construction
  • 1230 BBQ lunch and drinks
  • 1300 Search and Rescue Mission
  • 1400 Afternoon tea
  • 1415 Search and Rescue Mission continues
  • 1600 Finish

BROCHURE: Please download the brochure here.

REGISTER: For more information and to register for the event please send an email to info@sarcnet.org indicating how many adults and children will be attending.

PARENTS: Why not bring along some camp chairs and have a relaxing time while your kids have fun, make new friends and learn new skills!

 

2016 JAMBOREE ON THE AIR

After our very successful ANZAC Day Special Amateur Radio Event, the School Amateur Radio Club Network (SARCNET) and the Melbourne Region Scouts will again join forces to present the annual Jamboree On The Air. The event will be held over two days at Churchill National Park, Churchill Park Drive Lysterfield on the weekend of October 15-16 2016 from 10am to 4pm each day. The event will cater for both Scout Badges and SARC Awards, enabling children to gain proficiency with skills best practiced outdoors.

  •  BBQ Lunch both days
  •  Shortwave Amateur Radio Station – VK3SRC/CUBS100
  •  10-Minute Amateur Radio Assisted “Nature” Walk (SARC “VHF/UHF Communications” Activity)
  •  6.4km Amateur Radio Assisted “Trig Point” Walk (SARC “Summit Activation” Mission)
  •  Chasing Summits On The Air and WWFF Parks (SARC “HF Communications” Activity)
  •  Build an Amateur Radio VHF station (SARC “Shipwrecked” Mission)
  •  Amateur Radio Direction Finding (SARC “Search and Rescue” Mission)
  •  Amateur Radio Satellite demo (SARC “Space: The Final Frontier” Mission)

BROCHURE: Please download the brochure here.

REGISTER: For more information and to register for the event please send an email to info@sarcnet.org indicating how many adults and children will be attending each day.

PARENTS: Why not bring along some camp chairs and have a relaxing time while your kids have fun, make new friends and learn new skills!

2016 ANZAC DAY AMATEUR RADIO SPECIAL EVENT

See our draft Amateur Radio magazine article

The School Amateur Radio Club Network and the Melbourne Region Scouts will be joining forces to present an ANZAC DAY AMATEUR RADIO SPECIAL EVENT at the 1st Bentleigh Scout Hall, Victory Park, 21 Patterson Rd Bentleigh on Monday 25 April 2016 from 9am to 4pm.

This all-day family event is for schools, scouts and young aspiring amateur radio enthusiasts. It includes:

  • 0900 Official opening
  • 0915 Group activities 1
  • 0945 Morning tea
  • 1000 High Altitude Balloon launch and tracking
  • 1030 Group activities 2
  • 1100 ANZAC day commemoration
  • 1130 Joint search and rescue mission 1
  • 1230 BBQ lunch and drinks
  • 1320 Amateur satellite demo
  • 1330 Group activities 3
  • 1400 Group activities 4
  • 1430 Joint search and rescue mission 2
  • 1530 Afternoon tea
  • 1600 Finish

Group activities include:

  • First Aid - CPR demonstrations
  • SARC electronics, prototyping and circuit board soldering demonstration
  • Scout proficiency badge activities
  • Amateur satellite, shortwave, line-of-sight and weak signal communications
  • Portable, solar-powered, emergency communications
  • Hidden transmitter hunt, direction finding, navigation and triangulation

PARENTS: Why not bring along some camp chairs and have a relaxing time while your kids have fun, make new friends and learn new skills!