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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

I always wondered about Morse Abbreviations

AA All after (used after question mark to request a repetition)
AB All before (similarly)
ARRL American Radio Relay League
ABT About
ADR Address
AGN Again
ANT Antenna
ARND Around
BCI Broadcast interference
BK Break (to pause transmission of a message, say)
BN All between
BTR Better
BUG Semiautomatic mechanical key
B4 Before
C Yes; correct
CBA Callbook address
CFM Confirm
CK Check
CL Clear (I am closing my station)
CLG Calling
CQ Calling any station
CQD Original International Distress Call
CS Callsign
CTL Control
CUD Could
CUL See you later
CUZ Because
CW Continuous wave (i.e., radiotelegraph)
CX Conditions
DE From (or “this is”)
DN Down
DR Dear
DSW Goodbye (Russian: до свидания [Do svidanya])
DX Distance (sometimes refers to long distance contact), foreign countries
EMRG Emergency
ENUF Enough
ES And
FB Fine business (Analogous to “OK”)
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FM From
FREQ Frequency
FWD Forward
GA Good afternoon or Go ahead (depending on context)
GE Good evening
GG Going
GL Good luck
GM Good morning
GN Good night
GND Ground (ground potential)
GUD Good
GX Ground
HI Humour intended
HR Here, hear
HV Have
HW How
II I say again
IMP Impedance
KN Over
LID Poor operator
MILS Milliamperes
MNI Many
MSG Message
N No; nine
NIL Nothing
NM Name
NR Number
NW Now
NX Noise; noisy
OB Old boy
OC Old chap
OM Old man (any male amateur radio operator is an OM)
OO Official observer
OP Operator
OT Old timer
OTC Old timers club
OOTC Old old timers club
PSE Please
PWR Power
PX Prefix
QCWA Quarter Century Wireless Association
R Are; received as transmitted (origin of “Roger”), or decimal point (depending on context)
RCVR Receiver (radio)
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
RIG Radio apparatus
RPT Repeat or report (depending on context)
RPRT Report
RST Signal report format (Readability-Signal Strength-Tone)
RTTY Radioteletype
RX Receiver
SAE Self-addressed envelope
SASE Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SED Said
SEZ Says
SFR So far (proword)
SIG Signal or signature
SIGS Signals
SK Out (proword)
SKED Schedule
SMS Short message service
SN Soon
SNR Signal-to-noise ratio
SRI Sorry
SSB Single sideband
STN Station
T Zero
TEMP Temperature
TFC Traffic
TKS Thanks
TMW Tomorrow
TNX Thanks
TT That
TU Thank you
TVI Television interference
TX Transmit, transmitter
TXT Text
U You
UR Your or You’re (depending on context)
URS Yours
VX Voice; phone
VY Very
W Watts
WA Word after
WB Word before
WC Wilco
WDS Words
WID With
WKD Worked
WKG Working
WL Will
WUD Would
WTC Whats the craic? (Irish Language: [Conas atá tú?])
WX Weather
XCVR Transceiver
XMTR Transmitter
XYL Wife
YF Wife
YL Young lady (used for any female)
ZX Zero beat
73 Best regards
88 Love and kisses

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Desert painting

The Gipp’s Guide who painted this painting came from an Australian Dessert Area. An elder of her tribe gave permission for it to be given to and displayed by the Hazelwood and Churchill guide District.

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Four directions painted

Over a period of a few weeks the challenge of creating four paintings.  The Gipp’s Guides asked two locally known artists is give them some ideas.  In the end four canvasses were finished.  These four canvases represent the directions that Gipp’s Guides thought their Unit was going.

Initially the evening was at a stale mate as no one wanted to ‘dirty’ the four new canvases.  Nor could anyone really agree what and how the canvases should be painted.  To jump start things one artist just went and paired up the members, then got the paints and poured and spluttered the tubes over the canvas areas.  Then she got the fingers into the paint…not her own .. two of the Gipp’s Guides. And then… out came the ‘No more gaps’ and ‘fill a hole foam’ stuff.  Such fun getting hands dirty. But the Gipp’s Guides got into the swing of it and these paintings [North, East, South and West…

Actually they called the paintings –High Country, Forest, Desert and Cities as it turned out.  The Walk through a portion of Tarra Bulga park, [ Victoria, Australia] was soon next on the agenda… but thats a different story.

The pictures then went on display at a Business award forum and presentation, and an Art Show, they are now usually  on display at the Hazelwood South Hall.

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Pre-Planning for the Tent and Gadget Overnight stay

For Guides and new  in training Leaders

Things to do at meeting times before July 8th 10 am.

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International Morse Code

Chart of the Morse code letters and numerals.
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I finally found another smaller chart that has the Morse code on it. When the First JOTA was being organised in this District at the Hazelwood South Hall I hand copied a similar chart onto large card board and protected it’s face with contact.  Over ten years later and we still use this diagram.

Other ways of learning or reaffirming the skills of Morse Code are through games, use of equipment, educational tools [like flash cards] computer programs and experts who can come in to your meeting time [ or you go to theirs] or through the JOTA’s and now JOTI’s that happens in October.  Some countries call JOTA …GOTA  as in ‘Guides On The Air’.

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Round turn and Two Half Hitch Knot

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Just knots, hitches and more list

For a fantastic list of knot try this site  For a basic knot in annamation try this Guiding Site.

ABOK #1416,
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Diagram of a Square knot (Reef knot)
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However there are knots that Guides from this district are taught through practise, challenges, games, making and using.  And lots more practice.  These are the:

Clove Hitch

Clove hitch
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Ashley's stopper knot (ABOK #526)
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Donkey Knot

Fisherman’s knot

Larks head [ or cows hitch]

Reef Knot

Round turn and two half hitches

Stopper knot

Slip knot

Square Knot

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Tent articles

General Information

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Shelters have varied over the years.

Not being there myself early humans would have needed some type of shelter from the environment would they not?

The initial caves and tree houses may have been a bit difficult to pack away and move when ever the whims of nature and mankind’s needs changed. So temporary shelters were erected.  Nature would have insisted on knocking things around so there had to be something to hold things together.  Early in human history there was not the electricity available so there went nail  and hot glue guns.  Vines and then ropes would have been used.  One knot would have suited a purpose better than another.  So certain knots were put to different uses.  Different ropes tied better knots for different jobs.  Trial and error and lots of practice kept these knots current.

Walls might have been designed as fences to keep animals and other wild things out.  The bigger the area above ment that something had to be designed to hold the brances, bark and or leaves above.  Then came thatching.  In some areas of the world this and other factors meant settling down.

Other times what was used as roof for one area  was not available in another area.  Woven material or animal hides may have then been used. The walls mean people did not have to bend down whilst walking around.  Good but how to tie the hides onto the roof?  Probably despiration measures put the idea of using rope or hide tide from the hide to something in the ground.  The next step was to create something a little more permanent.  Knots had to be invented to stop the pull ropes from slipping.  Hence the picture included.

With the light weight nylon tents there are small hoops sewn into the base of the floorings.

With all these shelter types available the combined knowledge the Leaders of the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District have means there is much in this field for you to learn from.  Have fun adding to their knowledge too.

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Program ideas for tent and gadget overnight stay

Camp fire

Erecting the Tents

Jump rope for heart 2010

Making Ginger Biscuits, somores in tinfoil and over the flame

Penny Hike

Practice using Morse Code at Night

Striking the tents

Take Photos

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