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School Amateur Radio Clubs have inspired a number of very interesting radio and electronics projects. We are developing more all the time. Some of our most popular projects have now been turned into products for sale in the hope they will encourage more youngsters into STEM through the development of School Amateur Radio Clubs. Of course we will always continue to offer free project information, software and support where we can. We have secured our website and we use the secure PayPal server. We aim to provide high quality hardware and software. Each of our products is fully checked and tested before shipment.
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Shipping to other countries, not Australia, is by International Air Freight. It is a single fee of $50 per order.

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STEM Kit #1- Electronics Prototyping
With this electronics prototyping kit you can learn about electric voltage and current, electronic components, circuits, component symbols, resistor color codes, schematic diagrams and build the first five (5) different educational circuits in our STEM workshop notes or use the included Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and this free STEM Electronics Kit Construction Booklet to make our Hypnotic Owl model (requires a soldering iron, adult supervision and tools). There is also a free STEM Electronics Prototyping slide-show for a teacher or instructor to use, introducing each component, showing step-by-step instructions and an animation illustrating how it works. Included in the kit are the printed instructions, all the transistors, resistors, capacitors, LEDs, wire links, PCB, prototyping board and a switched battery-holder for two AA batteries (not included).
STEM Kit #1 - Electronics Prototyping Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 10.00
STEM Kit #2 - PTH Soldering Practice Kit

This STEM kit will help you learn to solder electronic components to Plated Through Hole (PTH) Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). The kit comes with a 4cm x 6cm practice PCB, with 280 pads aligned in a grid, as well as 60 1/4W carbon resistors and 600mm of lead-free solder. The task is to solder 56 resistors in 4 even columns across the PCB. Note: The resistor leads should be insered into columns A&E, F&G, K&O, P&T. The first resistor is already soldered for you as an example. Make sure to follow all the safety instructions in our PTH Soldering Workshop Notes.
STEM Kit #2 - PTH Soldering Practice Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 10.00
STEM Kit #3 - SMT Soldering Practice Kit

This STEM kit will help you learn to solder Surface Mount Technology components to Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). The kit comes with a 4cm x 6cm practice PCB, with pads for a selection of different sized SMT components including:
    • 20 - 0805 resistors;
    • 20 - 0806 resistors;
    • 9 - 1206 resistors;
    • 5 - 1206  diodes;
    • 1 - SOP16 IC;
    • 6 - SOT-23 transistors; and
    • 1 SSOP28 IC
The kit includes 600mm of lead-free solder and a toothpick to help you align the small components to the pads. The task is to solder all the SMT components to the PCB. Make sure to follow all the safety instructions in our SMT Soldering Workshop Notes.
STEM Kit #3 - SMT Soldering Practice Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 10.00
STEM Kit #4 - PTH LED Christmas Tree Kit

For the more advanced constructor, and great as a project over the Christmas break, you can tackle this Mini Christmas Tree LED project. Powered by 3 AA cells, or from the USB port of your laptop, this multi-coloured display looks really fantastic on the mantle-piece at Christmas. Download the instructions here.
STEM Kit #4 - PTH LED Christmas Tree Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 15.00
STEM Kit #5 - SMT Electronic Dice Kit

This kit is an electronics touch dice. It works off a 9 volt battery. By just touching the two contacts on the front of the PCB with your finger, it sets the 7 LEDs in motion. They eventually slow down and stop flashing to reveal a random number from 1 to 6, displayed in the same pattern as used on a real dice. You can use this circuit with your favourite game of chance. See a clear overlay diagram here.
STEM Kit #5 - SMT Electronic Dice Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 15.00
STEM Kit #6 - Arduino Microcontroller Kit

Our Arduino microcontroller kits are perfect for anyone starting their own Arduino projects. Simply plug it in to a laptop and start coding. They include the following pre-assembled parts:
    • Arduino Pro-Micro 5V/16MHz Controller on pre-soldered SIP Header Pins
    • Pre-Programmed C++ Traffic Light Demo
    • 400-Point Solderless Breadboard
    • Pre-Installed Busbar Power and Ground Links
    • Micro USB Cable
    • 3x5V Compound LEDs: Red Yellow and Green
To use this kit to learn about microcontrollers and coding: Download the Arduino IDE from; connect to your Laptop or PC using the USB Cable; write your own or download code from the Internet; click to verify and upload your code to the Arduino. Now your programs will automatically run at power up.

For more information and code examples please download our Object-Oriented Programming booklet. Download our oop.ino and TrafficLight demo sketch. For the more advanced programmer please download our Arduino for Amateur Radio Presentation.
STEM Kit #6 - Arduino Microcontroller Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 25.00
STEM Kit #7 - USB Soldering Station Kit

This is a complete soldering station for anyone wanting to learn Plated Through Hole (PTH) and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) soldering. It is safe to use provided you follow the simple directions. Eye protection, heat-resistant gloves and 100% adult supervision is required for absolute beginners. We use it to teach soldering to students as young as 5 years old. After one session they are proficient in the basics. They simply love building their own electronic circuits. It is perfect for building all our kits, of course, and better than larger and more expensive sets for most SMT work. It even runs off USB backup batteries for portable operation. The kit includes:
    • USB Powered Soldering Iron with Stand
      • Powered from any USB Charger or PC (Not included)
      • Safe Low Voltage and Low Power (5V/8W)
      • Heats up in 20 seconds with Power Indicator
      • Micro-tip perfect for PTH & SMT Components
      • Touch on Switch with Automatic Off function
    • Carbon Fibre Tweezers
      • Precision Point, Heat Resistant, Insulated, Anti-static
    • Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner (Brass) and Stand
    • Precision Side Cutters for Electronic Components
    • Lead Free Solder
    • Soldering Mat (A4)
STEM Kit #7 - USB Soldering Station Kit
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 40.00
USB Soldering Iron
We use these soldering irons because they work well and are perfect for beginners with small hands. They are suitable for building all of our kits and work particularly well with tiny surface mounted devices. With safety formost in our minds, when teaching children to solder, these devices work on low voltages, shutdown automatically and are quick to heat up and cool down. They can be powered by any USB phone-charger or even from laptop USB ports.
  • Quick heating time: <15 seconds
  • Fast cooling time: <30 seconds
  • Long life tip
  • Protective cap for tip
  • Momentary trigger powers unit on
  • 25 second idle auto shut-off
  • LED indicator
  • Power: 5VDC / 8W
  • RoHS compliant

In the box
  • 1 x Soldering Iron
  • 1 x Detachable USB power lead
  • 1 x Metal Stand
  • 1 x Tip Cover
  • 1 x Small coil of Lead Free solder

USB Soldering Iron
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 15.00
LCD Soldering Iron

This professional temperature-controlled soldering iron is perfect for more advanced projects requiring precise temperature control and additional power. It is suitable for both Plated Through Hole (PTH) and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) soldering. It has an LCD display showing the temperature setting and + (UP) and – (DOWN) temperature control buttons convieniently located on the handle. The temperature range is 180°C - 480°C with a fast heat up time from a powerful 80W ceramic heating element. It uses standard Hakko 900M tips and the tip is grounded for anti-static protection.
LCD Soldering Iron
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 30.00
Mini Morse Code Practice Set
International Morse Code
This is one thing that really surprised us: Kids love Morse code. It fascinates them and they pick it up quickly. We used to do our Morse code activity with a Hi-Mound HK704 straight key and oscillator. But that setup costs over A$140, so we can't use it to do a class or group activity. The answer was to design our own Mini Morse Code Practice Set. And for A$10, it is a hit! Now, for the cost of coffee and a donut, kids can have their own set to take home. It has a microswitch, simulating a real telegraph key with a nice click-click action and a 2.5kHz sounder, all mounted on a double-sided PCB with a non-slip base. It measures only 64x36x15mm and fits in the palm of your hand. It comes in a zip-lock bag, with a laminated, credit-card size, Morse code chart and instructions. It requires a 3V lithium battery (CR2032) not included for up to 36 hours of continuous tone operation. Note: A free lithium battery is provided to pickup customers only.
Morse Code Practice Set
All prices in Australian dollars (AUD). Shipping - Pick up: Free. Australia: $20. Overseas: $50.
$ 10.00
Satellite Antenna Rotator Controller and TRACker
SARCTRAC is a portable, integrated, satellite tracking system, which is now available as a fully assembled, tested and calibrated product. It provides a wireless connection to the same Windows or Linux PC and satellite tracking software you use to control your Amateur Radio transceiver (rig). With a SARCTRAC system and your own equipment you can listen to orbiting space beacons, make two-way satellite contacts and use free, third-party software to download earth images and decode satellite telemetry. It's both fun and educational!

New for 2020: The Amateur Radio International Space Station (ARISS) team and NASA have installed a permanent radio repeater on board the ISS. So now you can use SARCTRAC to listen and talk to other Amateur Radio enthusiasts via the ISS!

To get started you need to:
  • Make a counterbalanced lift-arm to attach your favorite hand-held satellite antenna to SARCTRAC
  • Make your own tripod mount for SARCTRAC
  • Connect your rig to your Windows or Linux PC via your rig's CAT cable
  • Download a free satellite tracking application like Gpredict™, SatPC32™ or Orbitron™; or
  • Download a low cost, feature-rich tracking application like PstRotator™ or SatPC32™

To set up and use SARCTRAC you need to:
  • Attach the SARCTRAC Rotator and SARCTRAC Safety Lanyard to your tripod
  • Attach your antenna assembly to SARCTRAC
  • Connect your antenna cable to your rig
  • Strap the SARCTRAC 3D sensor to your antenna boom
  • Plug in the SARCTRAC USB dongle into your PC
  • Connect the SARCTRAC Quick Disconnect Power Cable to your 12VDC power source
  • Start your tracking application. Select satellites to track and engage rotator control.
  • SARCTRAC will steer your antenna to the satellite position

SARCTRAC Mk3 Portable Setup
  • Points your own satellite antenna at a selected satellite under the control of your own, PC-based, satellite tracking application.
  • Light-weight and quick to setup on a sturdy tripod - Best suited for portable operation.
  • Built-in, high-torque DC motors - Handles a small hand-held, dual band, satellite antenna via your own counterbalanced lift-arm.
  • Can be remotely controlled by any Windows or Linux PC, Laptop or Raspberry Pi etc.
  • Includes a 3D sensor mounted on your antenna-boom - Does not require any on-site orientation or calibration.
  • Includes a dedicated USB dongle for wireless connection between your PC and the rotator - Does not use a WiFi router or internet connection.
  • Emulates AMSAT EasyCommII rotator protocol - Provides antenna position feedback.
  • Tested with Gpredict™, SatPC32™, PstRotator and Orbitron™ - Others TBA.
  • Built-in serial terminal utility for manual user control, debug, monitoring, calibration, configuration, simulation and testing.
  • Built in microcontroller - Low noise, fast start up and no shutdown procedure required.
  • Low power - Runs off 12VDC, 125mA, 1.5W. Can be battery-powered. Includes reverse polarity protection.
  • Low Radio Frequency Interference - Barely audible noise on VHF/UHF.
  • High Electro Magnetic Compatibility - Tested with 50Wrms continuous RF power on VHF/UHF into the antenna.
  • Factory calibration - Improved pointing accuracy and repeatability.
  • New PID motor controller - Smoother antenna positioning and better stability.
  • Provides an intelligent anti-windup algorithm - Automatically unwinds the cables between passes.
  • Provides safe operation under continuous motor-stall condition.
  • Provides a quick-disconnect DC power connector and lanyard - Foolproof, anti-windup safety device.

  • Enclosure Size: 145x105x65mm (5.7x4.1x2.2inch). Operating Temperature: 0-40 Celsius.
  • Ingress protection: Enclosure: IP65. 3D sensor: IP68. USB dongle: IP68.
  • Anti-Windup safety mechanism: Quick-disconnect power cables with lanyard.
  • Sensor cable: 1m. Power cable: 1m. USB cable: 150mm. USB cable type: USB2.0, type A.
  • Operating voltage: 12-15VDC. Current: 125mA (typical). With reverse polarity protection.
  • WiFi mode: 802.11b/g/n. WiFi band: ISM2.4GHz. WiFi range: 30m/100ft (typical).
  • Sensor type: Absolute position sensing 3D Magnetometer/Accelerometer.
  • Control type: Real-time position feedback system with PID motor controller.
  • Rotation range: Azimuth +/-360 degrees. Elevation +/-360 degrees.
  • Rotation speed: 0.5 RPM (3 degrees per second) azimuth and elevation.
  • Rotation torque: static, dynamic.
  • Rotation accuracy: < +/- 5 Degrees (depends on local magnetic environment)
  • Rotation mode: Shortest-path with configurable anti-windup algorithm.
  • Start-up time: 10 seconds. No shutdown time required.
  • Rotator emulation - Serial protocol: AMSAT EasyCommII with position feedback - 9600/N/8/1.


SARCTRAC is only to be used under adult supervision. It must never be operated unattended. Stand away from the antenna while operating. Immediately disconnect the power to avoid any damage or injury. Please refer to the full safety information in the SARCTRAC Mk3 Project.   

SARCTRAC is a light-duty, portable device not suitable for permanent or unattended installation or operation in harsh environments. It is warranted, for one (1) year from the date of purchase, to work as stated, but only if it has been setup and used correctly. Damage caused by overvoltage, cable windup, forcing the light-duty motor gears or stripping the mounting threads, for example, is not covered.

We accept no liability for any costs, accidents or damages resulting from the incorrect use of this product.

Press the Add button below, which will be displayed ONLY if we have stock. Follow the checkout procedure and pay using the secure PayPal server. Once you have ordered, you will receive a receipt from us and a PayPal confirmation email. You do not have to email us to confirm your order to us as well.

The SARCTRAC package contains one (1) fully assembled, tested and calibrated product including: The SARCTRAC rotator, SARCTRAC 3D sensor, SARCTRAC USB dongle, quick-disconnect DC power cable and safety lanyard; or one (1) short-form kit including the SARCTRAC 3D sensor and SARCTRAC USB dongle. There is also a product information sheet containing a packaging list, regulatory compliance statements, disclaimer, safety instructions, limitations and specifications. Neither product includes: Satellite antenna, lift-arm, tripod, power supply, rig, PC or satellite tracking application.

The SARCTRAC Mk3 Rotator comes in a 22.5x22.5x12.5cm, 1kg carton. The SARCTRAC Mk3 Short-Form Kit comes in a TBD package. It is picked up from us by courier on the next business day after receipt of your order. It is delivered to you by courier, including tracking information, which is sent to your email address. The courier will leave the parcel at your address. A signature of receipt, which is seldom obtained due to COVID19 restrictions, is not required. So, please select a secure destination address and be available on the day of delivery as the courier's delivery status is final. Other local COVID-19 postal restrictions and delays may also apply. The courier does not deliver to post office boxes.

  • Free to pickup in Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia.
  • AU$20 (Approx. US$15) Postage to Australia.
  • AU$50 (Approx. US$40) Postage Worldwide.

We are unable to ship to: Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Japan, Lao, Libya, Martinique, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Réunion, Suriname, Turkmenistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Nth Korea and Sudan. Note: We do not ship to Japan as the unit does not have Giteki certification.
OUT OF STOCK: SARCTRAC Mk3 Rotator System AU$350 (Approx. US$250)
  • Includes SARCTRAC Mk3 Rotator, 3D Sensor, USB Dongle, quick-disconnect DC power cable and safety lanyard.
  • Update 27 August 2022: Worldwide chip shortages, due to COVID19, have delayed production and increased our costs. We have used this time to design a new NC-machined case, a new, fail-safe quick-disconnect cable and elevation tilt sensor. We now have stock for 200 units. Please check back as we do not have a completion date for this work and are not taking any orders until we have sufficient stock.
OUT OF STOCK: SARCTRAC Mk3 Short-Form Kit AU$250 (Approx. US$180):
  • Includes a fully assembled, tested and calibrated 3D Sensor and a USB dongle.
  • Update 5 April 2022: Worldwide chip shortages, due to COVID19, have delayed production and increased our costs. Please check back as we do not have a completion date for this work and are not taking any orders until we have sufficient stock.
  • Connect the 3D Sensor 6-way cable to your own power supply and motor driver (Max 3.3V TTL Interface).
  • Connect your own DC or AC motors to your motor driver.
  • Connect the USB dongle to your PC and use your own satellite tracking software.
  • Attach you own quick-disconnect DC power connectors and safety lanyard (Important).
  • Will work with our Mini Satellite-Antenna Rotator Mk1B, Mini Satellite-Antenna Rotator Mk1C and Mini Satellite-Antenna Rotator Mk2.
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