THE SEWING CIRCLE
So how did it begin?
Here's an interesting article from a 1986 March issue of AR Magazine, written by Bob Jackson VK7NBP (SK) Falmouth House, Falmouth, Tas. 7215
The Tasmanian Sewing Circle is not what it seems. For one thing there is not a needle in sight. But, there are morse keys ,valves and aerials aplenty.
(Thanks to Bob VK7FRKL for finding this article)
THE SEWING CIRCLE & MEET THE VOICE
1986 – Present
The Tasmanian Sewing Circle has continued unabated to the present day with various net controllers and stand-ins.
Notable among these gentlemen are VK7AY Don who went about the business of keeping the troops in order for a good number of years. He was ably assisted by Frank VK7CK when away on trips.
Cedric VK7CL usually runs the net these days and is assisted by Gavin VK7VTX, Brian VK7ABY and Alex VK7FALX with relays when conditions are dodgy or the usual net controller is away.
The barbecues and presentation of the trophy continued to be held at various venues until about 2006 when Don VK7AY had the idea that a central location be arranged to encourage more participants to attend.
It was further decided to have a registration donation with funds raised going to Radio Clubs around the state for the maintenance and licence fees of repeater stations.
The location chosen and now used is on the bank of the Macquarie River at Ross adjacent to the Ross Caravan Park.
And every year come rain, hail or shine, amateurs flock from all over the state (as well as from the big island to the north), to share a great weekend with fellow amateurs and their families, in a most picturesque location as the Sewing Circle Net trophy is once again awarded to the 'most loquacious' amateur operator who has operated on this net over the past year.
So now that you're here, check the date for the next Meet The Voice weekend, put yourself on the subscription list on the contact page and make sure you clear the calendar to join us at the next Meet The Voice event weekend.
And don't forget to tune in to the The Tasmanian Sewing Circle Net at 1700hrs Local time any day of the week on 3.590 Mhz in Winter and 7.120 Mhz in Summer and join in on a very friendly group who can help you with almost any question you may have regarding all things Tasmanian (and on occasions possibly even the meaning of life).
73 and looking forward to your company at our next event, Cedric VK7CL
All pictures courtesy Justin Giles-Clark VK7TW