Located some 20km North east of the Perth city centre in Whiteman Park, is the home of the Northern Corridor Radio Group.
Now known as the "Neil Penfold State Amateur Radio Center or NPSARC In honour of Neil VK6NE.The members of this club also refer to it as “Ham Heaven.”
We also hold the calls VK6NC for contesting and VK6NE for the OCDX contest in memory of Neil VK6NE SK, our late station manager.
NPSARC has a large antenna farm including:
- 8 metre long, 6 element yagi on 10 metres @ 12 metres (Designed and built by TET-Emtron)
- 10 metre long, 5 element yagi on 15 metres @ 18 metres (Designed and built by TET-Emtron)
- 12 metre long, 5 element yagi on 20 metres @ 18 metres (Built by TET-Emtron)
- 10 metre long, 3 element yagi on 40 @ 18 metres (Hy-Gain)
- ½ wave dipople on 80 and a four square almost completed
- Full wave dipole on 80 with an open wire feed
- 1/2 wave dipole at 40 mtrs on 160
- 6 element yagi on 6 metres, mounted above the 20 metre yagi.
- 13 element yagi on 2 metres, mounted above the 10 metre yagi.
Inside we are constantly improving our 2 contest stations in separate shacks, comprising 2 Elecraft K3 transceivers, bandpass filters, Six Pack auto antenna switching system and an Emtron DX-2 HF amplifier.
Another room houses 3 fixed frequency transmitters for WIA news broadcast connected to wire antennas. The 10m beacon is also housed here.
Other rooms in the club include a workshop, office, meeting hall, full kitchen and an upstairs air conditioned room with two beds for overnight stays during contests.
We welcome approaches from intending overseas visitors and we are pleased to have hosted many international hams and allowed them access to our constantly improving facilities.
Our members are often heard activating the club station and improving the club’s DXCC tally and we are all proud in the knowledge that we are all part of the very best club station in Australia.
There are projects on the way including a beacon across the Indian Ocean on 2mtrs ( VK6RIO ) thanks to new hardware/ software from Phil VK6APH using Chirp modulation, new antennas including a 4 square for 80 mtrs, an EME station on 23 cms and hopefully 10ghz as well, and a 70 cms repeater is now on air for members to use. Things have really started to happen again lately so watch this space !!
Sadly Neil VK6NE our friend and QSL manager passed away in late September 2010.
We have had to consider how we will QSL in the future and a decision has been made to use LOTW and Eqsl as the preferred method of confirming contacts.We will endevour to update at least once per month to both the above systems so please use these methods for primary QSL'ing. We will still accept direct cards providing sufficient funds to cover return post are enclosed. A minimum of 3 x Greenstamps at this time.
For those cards received with insufficient to cover postage, we will send them via the bureau. Many local post offices in WA do not accept IRC's so it means a special trip to the main post office in the city to redeem them, this causes delays in returning cards.
If you do want a direct qsl card please send to above PO Box. The PO Box is checked weekly
Catch you on the bands, Good DX.
Please Note: The contact email address listed above is not located at the club so do not expect an instant response . If you wish to contact the club or arrange a sked, send an email and it will be forwarded to the more active members who will then contact you at a later date.
73 from the members of NCRG