GippsTech 2017
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 July

Several prominent VK VHF/UHF/microwave amateurs attend the HamRadio event in Friedrichshafen each year. The 2017 HamRadio event is occurring two weeks later than usual. Therefore EZARC has decided to hold GippsTech 2017 on the first weekend in July. Time to finalise your plans.

More details will be made available here in soon.

GippsTech 2017
July 1 & 2, 2017
The new VK1 triple mode 2m beacon - the best of 3 worlds    
EME on Small Aperture Horns - equivalent to a 13 cm or 5 inch dish    
Near-antenna Fresnel zone clearance    
Mini Satellite-Antenna Rotator MkII    
Timing for Portable Digital Operation with a $20 USB GPS receiver    
Performance of QRA compared to JT4    
GPS Locked Multi-Beacons Controller using the ZLPLL    
10 GHz 3 W PA kit and possible active device upgrades    
The International Governance of the Amateur Service – the Role of the IARU    
Building the 2 metre version of the Geelong 3.4 GHz panel    
APRS on HF    
ARDF Telemetry    
Remote Radio Control Server    

All sessions other than evening meals will be held at Federation University Australia, Mary Grant Bruce Drive, Churchill. Entry via building 4N. Look for the reddish brick building with a small glass pyramid above the entrance. There is a link below to Google Maps.


Friday evening (30 June) social gathering: Morwell Top Pub from 1800 to 2000 to order meals - pay your own way. Ask locals for discount vouchers.

Saturday Registration from 0830 1 July. First session at 0915. Federation University Australia, Churchill.

A Partner's Tour will operate. The sites to be visited are usually determined by the participants on Saturday morning before departing from the Conference venue.

Full Registration has now CLOSED.

Conference Raffle

In 2017 we will run a major raffle.

Prizes include:

Icom IC-7300
3.4 GHZ panel transverter kit
plus more.

1000 tickets only at $5.00 each. We reserve the right to limit ticket sales in the first instance, to give everyone a chance to purchase a ticket. Tickets available during coffee and lunch break on Saturday and possibly morning tea Sunday. Raffle drawn after morning tea on Sunday.


(Clicking the links below will take to the venue website or to Google Maps with the location highlighted)

Friday evening social gathering & meal (from 1800): Morwell Hotel, Vincent Road, Morwell

Main Conference: Building 4N, Federation University Australia, Mary Grant Bruce Drive, Churchill.

Saturday Conference Dinner: Morwell Club Inc, Helen St., Morwell


There is limited accommodation in Churchill. Most visitors stay in Morwell. Google or your favourite search engine should be able to assist you to find options.

Proceedings from Past Conferences, 1998 to 2015 are available unless sold out. Also available from Pages of Cobram
Proceedings for GippsTech 2016 will be available for sale at the 2017 event or via mail AFTER the event.
For a copy of these please contact Peter Freeman VK3PF (
or via snail mail

Eastern Zone Amateur Radio Club Inc.
PO Box 134
Morwell Vic 3840

Transport available from MEL

EZARC recently received notice of possible minibus transport from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) from Kevin VK4UH:

As on previous years I am bringing a party of VK4s to GippsTech. This year I have had sufficient interest to overfill my usual 12 seater minibus so am considering running a second one. This will leave me with several free seats -possibly 4-5 at this stage.

I have been able to offer transport to others between Tullamarine and Morwell / Churchill to catch flights or travel on elsewhere on previous years.

I have seats between the airport and the conference on an equal cost share basis as before. It will be first come first served.

Anyone joining us would need to be at Tullamarine by 1:00 pm on Friday 30 June and we would have them back there by about 5:00pm on the Sunday.

Anyone looking for transport is invited to e-mail me requesting a place We are all looking forward to the conference.