Lismore 70cm repeater back in operation


From Ross, VK2ARD – Today (2nd May) I had a visit to our repeater site at Parrots Nest & installed the refurbished 70cm repeater(439.950), the repeater requires a 123 tone for access & now has a repeater controller attached to it for expansion in the future, a link to Grafton is on the cards.

A big thanks to Graeme & Tony in Grafton for their efforts in bringing this frequency back online, the system is a Unilab that has had some substantial work done to it, a re-tuned diplexer looks after the single antenna for TX & RX.Thanks to John (VK2YLO)) for his help today installing the gear. A sweep of the antenna revealed that the SWR on both TX & RX is below 1.2:1. Initial reception reports are good

Another successful John Moyle operation

Report from Graeme VK2QJ –


Friday morning 18th Pat VK2FAAD, Graham VK2BWC & myself (VK2QJ) headed out of Grafton after a quick coffee stop, bound for Vista, not long after David VK2JUB left Tamworth. We arrived at the site just in time for a late morning tea. With assistance from Graham we began setting up, soon after that, David arrived. Graham headed off home late afternoon, and we managed to have all antennas setup by nightfall. Saturday morning saw us sorting out the gremlins before the start of the event at midday.
Weather was not that great Friday afternoon with a few showers delaying setup, and they continued on and off through to early Sunday. We managed fine weather to pack up with all arriving home safely Sunday night.
We had a successful event with some great contacts & support from a few club members & VK4 alike on HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm & 9cm, also a few stations notably absent.
Some of the longest contacts were 6m VK4S 393km 70cm VK4S 393km23cm VK4I 314km13cm VK4I 314Km9cm VK4AFL 305km
The longest contact goes to Pat on 2m to VK1DO 654km off the back of the beams, well done Pat.

Two contacts of note where 9cm with Trevor VK4AFL peaking at S9 over 305km, then Sunday morning Doug VK4OE relocated slightly to a gap in the trees coming in on 9cm with a signal of +10 over 300km.
Thanks to all those stations that put in the effort to contact us during the event & good luck in the contest.
Cheers Graeme VK2QJ

New ham syllabus on the way

A new syllabus for Australian amateur radio licencing wll be introduced, see the item by VK2DLR on the ACMA/NGO page, here news

Malanganee repeater work commenced

Construction is underway for the new SARC 2 metre repeater VK2RNR at Hogarth Range, near Mallanganee. ACMA has approved the callsign with the downlink frequency 147.050MHz, 600KHz positive offset, plus a 70cm band frequency for linking to the 2m Lismore repeater at Parrots Nest.

ROB VK2ELH tying reinforcement bars to the slab mesh. There are 3 deep holes for each tower leg attachment.