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This page contains all the latest news about school amateur radio clubs. Please contact us to add your SARC news to this page. Send us a picture and description of your SARC activities. Remember to get parental permission to publish student photographs on this site and in our newsletters.
Jamboree On The Trail 2021
At the kind invitation of Murray VK3MJT, the Melbourne Region Cub Scout Commissioner, Julie VK3FOWL and Joe VK3YSP, operating as VK3SRC for the School Amateur Radio Club Network, set up a radio-linked, trail checkpoint at Rushall Station car park in North Fitzroy.

This year's JOTT was attended by 221 hikers in 9 teams. There were 5 checkpoints in total along the 6km route. Each was manned by both Scouts and Amateur Radio crews. Strict COVID19 rules were in effect. The hike went to plan with unusually fine weather. The team number, time and number of hikers, arriving and leaving each checkpoint was radioed through to the hike management team.

In February 2021 we started daily Amateur Radio broadcasts as SACRNET at 0300UTC on 7105kHz LSB in the 40m Amateur Radio band using our club callsign VK3SRC.


The purpose of SARCNET is to promote the idea of setting up a school amateur radio club to individual Amateur Radio operators and clubs. During the net, stations call in from all around the south of Australia, including the Australian Capital Territory (VK1), New South Wales (VK2), Victoria (VK3), South Australia (VK5) and Tasmania (VK7). Unfortunately, at the present time, the ionospheric propagation does not favour Queensland (VK4), Western Australia (VK6) or the Northern Territory (VK9).

We begin the net using the following call:

"CQ, CQ, CQ. This is VK3SRC, Julie and Joe, for the School Amateur Radio Club Network. Over."

When stations call in we discuss all manner of subjects including Amateur Radio operational and technical issues in a round-table, open-forum, format. Everyone gets a say. Newcommers are given priority and are introduced to the group. Some of the questions we ask, just to get started, are:

"How did you first get involved in Amateur Radio?"
"Were you interested in radio and electronics at school?"
"What projects are you working on at the moment?"
"Do you know any youngsters who would be interested in Amateur Radio?"

Our very basic Amateur Radio station was specifically designed to favour local communications using Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) propagation. Our setup includes an HF transceiver (ICOM IC-7200), a Linear Amplifier (Elecraft KPA500) and a 40m Horizontal Loop Antenna.

SARCNET Amateur Radio Station
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