national meet at Nyngan
HF & Amateur Radio workshop was given by Kevin Beckwith, Ron Dickson & Alan Dunshea.
Workshops like this gives members the chance to get face to face, one on
one feedback, rather than the usual quetions & replies via the
Kevin Beckwith started the session discussing the aspects of UHF use as a means
of communicating between vehicles travelling together or other road
users. He then went on to aerials & the different types & their suitability in
different types of terrain.
Ron Dickson discussed what was needed to set up a
UHF radio in your vehicle & the costs involved, including a yearly club
membership where you are able to use the channels allocated to that club.
Alan Dunshea then went
on to give us a view of what Amateur Radio
was all about with his personal insight. Operators
enjoy worldwide wireless communications with others while supporting their
communities with emergency & disaster communications if necessary.
Brian Sommerville is
a camper trailer owner & a keen member of the Australian CamperTrailers Group. He also owns
GPGOZ & we are very fortunate to have him come along again this year & share
with us more from the world of GPS. Brain first looked at how GPS worked & the
various forms around to help us in our everyday life getting from point A to
point B in the city & also as a navigation aid when on the road touring &
along the bush track.
He also bought along
a range of new GPS equipment that has been recently released & explained their
use. We appreciate his input.
demonstrated a prototype version of the Royden Anchor, a product soon to be released by
a NSW Central Coast inventor. A pipe with auger is screwed into the
ground & can then be used as an anchor point to winch a bogged vehicle
from. There are a number of
of other uses, especially to the 4wder or camper trailer owner.
One is to secure your
solar panel with steel cable & a lock via the Royden Anchor so it cannot be
stolen. Another use is to secure a steel chest to the ground which might contain
valuables like a camera, video, binoculars or wallets. It can also be used as a
light pole stand.
damper on a
Sharon Wheatley showed the kids
how to make a damper & cook it on a stick. The kids love the campfire & even
better when they can cook marshmellows or something they can eat.
trash & swap
We are always open to
suggestions to make the national meets a little different & interesting. This
year we tried a Cash, Trash & Swap
event during happy hour. Members were invited to bring along any unwanted camping gear
that could be sell, give away or swap for something else. A few brought their
unwanted camping gear & a there were a number of bargains done.