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VHF/UHF FIELD DAY – UPDATE

Due to the bushfires, the location at Vista Point is closed. Graeme and the team are looking for a new location. Advice when it comes to hand. This update 11 November.

LISMORE REPEATER WORK IS HAPPENING

Work has started on antenna and feedline maintenance/repair at the VK2RSC site. On 31 October, 4 members worked on installing new Heliax LDF 4-50 hardline and antennas for 2m and 6m receive. All the feedlines will be located in the new tray, entering the building via a bulkhead, instead of being strapped to the tower legs and entering through the ceiling. Also, the link antenna has been installed, but the link is not yet operational.

Ross, VK2ARD working on the antennas. In the top right of the pic is the 2m RX (L) and 6m RX (R).

BYRON BAY REPEATER BACK ON THE AIR

It’s been a long hard process but the 2M repeater VK2RBB (146.625MHz, -600 offset, 123 tone) is back on air. The final step took place last Thursday when Rob VK2ELH, Kris VK2KWW and Duncan VK2DLR went up the hill and the cavities, freshly tuned by Graeme VK2QJ were installed. A few connections and checks and the repeater was switched on. Within minutes Roger VK2LRB at Crabbes Creek called in and reported an excellent signal. Soon after John VK2JWA reported full scale reception in Ballina. Since then it’s
been triggered by many stations in all directions. The link radio to VK2RSC is also operational and waiting on some work at the southern end.
This project has been led by Rob VK2ELH for over 5 years and taken countless hours of work by Rob and the team. New hut, new solar and new antennas were some of the milestones along the
way. Each step took many hours of hard work. The weather was not always kind. Solutions had to be found to get the new hut safely on the site. The mast had to be lowered, new antennas fitted and
safely re-erected. The pay-off for all that hard work? The joy in the voices of operators to the North and and East in particular who can now talk to us on 2m after 7 years of silence.

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Duncan VK2DLR at Byron Bay repeater, on the pole – 2m TX antenna and 70cm link yagi.

SES looking for communication specialists from SARC

Representatives of SES and SARC met recently to discuss a new SES unit to be formed on the Northern Rivers.  Rather than SARC members being recruited as message handling radio operators, this unit is looking for members who want to increase their technical knowledge and put their skills to good use.  SARC endorses this new concept and asks that any interested members check the details at the links below. Some of our members who have seen the letter are very interested.  If you decide to join, please let SARC know and we’ll put you in touch with other like minded individuals so you can support each other. SARC will not be formally involved with the unit but will support our members who join SES.

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