The South Coast Amateur Radio Club Inc. (SCARC) was formed in the Southern Suburbs of Adelaide to bring together people who share a common interest in the hobby of Amateur Radio and Electronics.
The SCARC is an affiliated member of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), which is the National representative body for all amateurs in Australia. All SCARC members are encouraged to become a member of the WIA, as they are the recognised body who advocate for the Amateur Operators perspective where current and prospective legislative changes effect the Amateur Community.
The NEW and Permanent Clubrooms are located in Seaford Meadows, where the Seaford Meadows Scout Group have been fantastic enough to provide us with a permanent home for the Members and operational Radio Shack for SCARC.
Our recent temporary clubrooms where at the Port Noarlunga CWA Hall, on the corner Margaret Street and Witton Road, Port Noarlunga. Before that, the Clubrooms were previously located in Hackham, at the Hackham Scout Hall 16 Roberts Road Hackham.
We aim to provide a central location for SCARC members to meet, socialise and hold General Meeting nights. The club has some members to the north, though the majority of them are located to the south of O'Halloran Hill, spreading down through McLaren Vale towards Victor Harbor and Goolwa.
We were, however, looking for a NEW home for the Clubrooms, which we have kindly been provided a home for the club by the Seaford Meadows Scouts, which will result in the group having probably one of the best JOTA/JOTI stations in the country. So listen out for VK5ARC at JOTA time for operational our station, allowing scouts, guides, etc to communicate with the Country and the World.
Membership is open to ALL interested persons, with the only requirement being a genuine interest in Amateur Radio. We especially welcome the youth of the community, of whom we feel amateur radio as a fantastic leisure activity, as well as providing a social outlet for them. An amateur radio interest may well lead to a career in communications, broadcasting, computers or even electronics. Our membership is a broad group, made up of people of all professions, trades and callings. Many of our members include non-technical backgrounds, like farmers, builders, musicians and retirees to name but a few.
The SCARC meets every Thursday evening at the Clubrooms, from 7:30pm till usually 9:30pm.
The forth Thursday is usually reserved for General Meeting Nights, which allow both the passing of information on to members as well as to allow the managing of club business. Our radio shack uses the callsign 'VK5ARC' (Soon becoming operational), which is open for operation each week allowing members without their own equipment, to get a "hands on" experience with the HF, VHF, UHF and satellite communications facilities available.
This also allows visitors to see a working amateur station in operation showing exactly what amateur radio is all about, with the chance of exposing the hobby to a greater number of people.
The club also has members who are facilitators for examinations for the Amateur Operators Certificate Proficiency (AOCP). There are members who are more than willing to help guide you in your study to obtain your license, as well as members more than happy to provide help with problems in understanding the related topics and questions involved with not only the theory examination, but also the whole exam process. The SCARC objectives include the encouragement of all members to obtain their highest Amateur Status, plus the furtherance of high standards of Amateur Radio in all practices and technical knowledge. Thus we try to encourage all members in attaining their highest possible potential, while providing plenty of support and guidance to help them achieve this.
The SCARC Members actively participate in outside organisations which incorporate amateur radio, also allowing us to provide a community support role for events held both in Adelaide in the state of South Australia.
These organisations include: The Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network Inc. (WICEN), which are written in to the South Australian State Disaster Plan, where they provide support communications in times of natural disasters and major social and sporting events.
Events have included - Classic Adelaide Car Rally (since 1996), Coopers Pale Ale Rally (South Australia), Bicycle SA Events and Australian Off-Road Championship Rally. These events enable us as amateurs to incorporate and develop our radio operating skills, both in the field (i.e. portable operation) and central radio command (WICEN control). Nationally, (WICEN). has been activated for more tragic times including Ash Wednesday, Newcastle Earthquake, NSW Christmas Bush FIres, NSW \ VIC Floods to name but a few. We can be a valuable asset to our community, as we can be fully operational, Australia-wide, with a few hours providing necessary communications for civilian requirements [i.e. Red Cross, Hospital & Search\Rescue], when existing infrastructure is either damaged, or complementing existing operations.
The SCARC regularly participate in contests throughout the year, which includes setting up and operating portable stations, to run continuous for a 24hr period, logging contacts for resulting in scoring points. The winner is the station who logs the most contacts within the time limit. The contests we have participated in include: Remembrance Day Contest , John Moyle Field Day , VHF/UHF Field Day.
This involves the organising for operating a large fully portable amateur station, in sometimes remote locations operating continuous for up to a 24 hour period. The station requires the construction and setup of - portable antennas, towers, coax feeders, generators and amateur radios. We can have more than 5 radios and operators simultaneously contesting on multiple bands, sometimes multiple modes, with the same Callsign attempting to contact as many stations as possible, for points in the contest. This can be both confusing and exhilarating at the same time, especially when it comes all together and you manage to pull it all off. At the completion of the contest, the collapsing and packing up of the station seems to be quicker than the setup, with the only thing left is to go home and recover from the lack of sleep you received over the entire weekend of the contest.
The Club also provides several awards and trophies to Members who acheive outstanding efforts in Construction, Club Service and the Southern Vales Award Southern Vales Award. This award is available to the Amateur Community as a result of contacting the VK5ARC and a set number of members within a certain period of time.
If the SCARC sounds like a club in which you wish to be involved with, please don't hesitate to either contact us by email, post OR come and visit us on a Thursday night at the Clubrooms. We certainly look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at the Clubrooms. All the best in your amateur interests and all we can say is to try and contribute as much to the amateur community as possible, as to sure its future for the next generations to come.....
An Amateur Radio Information Brochure has been created by Rob VK5MM which is available to view and download from HERE.
Regards from the SCARC Committee & Members.