Working Bees

Working Bee – VK6RTH – 15-05-2015. 

A short notice to members just reminding all that a working bee has been scheduled for Tic Hill, by Site Manager Bob VK6POP. The Bee is scheduled for Friday May 15th 2015, Meeting is at 0930, Liason Frequency for the morning will be the star of the day, Tic Hill (146.800). If you are planning on attending to assist, please notify Bob via the reflector.

A number of tasks require attention including installation of solar panels (if anyone is able to climb a mast, please contact Bob), installation of a regulator, servicing of the batterys and a general site cleanup and tidy.

For those who haven’t attended a site working bee for a while, or who haven’t been to the Tic Hill site, the information below refers:

WARG will appoint team leaders or co-ordinators for the working bee to ensure everyone goes home safely – these person/s will be identified to you on the day, please follow their instructions.

The repeater site is on private land, and prior permission is required for access. No entry for pets or other animals. Leave all gates as found, and take care not to disturb livestock, damage any crop or contaminate water supplies (eg: no hand washing in stock troughs or similar). Even though it is a lower risk time of year, fire precautions should also be taken. All rubbish and waste items must be removed from the site at the conclusion of the works.

The repeater site itself is not readily accessible by 2WD vehicle. Therefore arrangements will need to be made with the working team beforehand so everyone has suitable transport from the base of the hill to the site if required.

The site is unattended, with no toilets or other facilities of any kind. It is your responsibility to bring with you everything you will need for the day, including food, and water for drinking & washing, etc. There is little indoor space to shelter from the elements, so hats, sunglasses & sunscreen, or rain wear etc should be carried, depending on the weather forecasts. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as boots, hardhat, gloves, safety glasses, earplugs etc may be required, depending on the work we are doing – if you have your own PPE, please bring it along. Likewise bring a first aid kit if you have one, although some first aid supplies will be available on site.

The site is shared with other users, and their equipment & presence must be respected. Keep the usual distance from antennas and equipment you are not familiar with. Some structures on the site may contain asbestos, the usual precautions should apply here. Radio masts shall only be climbed by appropriately qualified or experienced people with the correct safety equipment.

The site is in a scrub/bushland setting, and – especially in summer – care must be taken not to do anything which may start a fire. Extra care must be taken with the use of gas soldering irons, power tools, or clearing work likely to cause sparks. Smokers should be especially careful – or preferably, quit! (At least for the day…)

In addition there may be the usual hazards associated with bushland, including spiders & snakes – wear long pants and closed shoes, preferably safety boots. Take care when moving near bush areas.

Besides your tool box, multimeter, SWR meter and handheld radios, useful items to bring to a repeater site working bee could include: insect spray; stepladder & garden tools for trimming tree limbs and clearing scrub from guy wires; rags, brushes and cleaners for removing dust from equipment; camera & notepad for documenting things; heavy cable ties, black electrical tape, silastic sealant; coax joiners & adaptors….  this list is not exhaustive. In the end, what you bring to a working bee is limited only by your transport, imagination and what’s in your shack – but remember it is your responsibility for keeping track of items you bring to site, and making sure you get them back at the end of the day.

Pets & small children should not be part of a working bee. If you are caring for children and have no choice but to bring them, it is your responsibility to supervise them, keep them out of harm’s way, and prevent them becoming a risk to others.

West Australian Repeater Group
May 2015

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1 February 2014

As mentioned on Newswest and our Sunday Net, this Saturday, February 1st, WARG are heading to Roleystone VK6RAP site to carry out some work.

All interested WARG members and supporters are welcome to join us. We envisage being on site from around 10am, and the day will probably conclude between 2 & 3 pm.

Roleystone is not a public site, for security & ease of access, we are meeting beforehand in a public location nearby the site, and going up in a group.

The meeting point for this Saturday, February 1 is at Rushton Park in Kelmscott, off Orlando St near the corner of River Rd. (See map below)  We aim to be at Rushton Park from around 9:30 am, and will be listening on repeater VK6RLM 146.750MHz, if anyone needs directions. Kelmscott shopping area is around the corner, if anyone needs fuel or last-minute supplies on the way.

Rushton Park Meeting Point

Rushton Park Meeting Point – Click to enlarge.

There will be a short safety/information briefing given prior to setting off, and we aim to get mobile up the hill about 9:45am.

The day’s activities will include WARG specialists climbing the mast to tidy redundant cables, accordingly, if people have safety helmets, boots, gloves etc to join in the ground crew, please bring along. (Some gear will be available on the day, but is very useful if people have their own equipment). Most of the work will be at ground level, moving cabling into our new cable support ladder, and a general check over of the equipment. It should be a good day, and a good introduction to the site for those who haven’t been before.

Please respond confirming your attendance, and if you have any questions or need more information. Otherwise I look forward to seeing you on the day.

(Please see the additional information below, especially if you are not familiar with repeater site work).

BR & 73,
Anthony VK6AXB

For those who haven’t attended a site working bee for a while, or who haven’t been to Roleystone site, the information below refers:

WARG will appoint team leader/s or co-ordinators for the working bee to ensure everyone goes home safely – these person/s will be identified to you on the day, please follow their instructions.

The Roleystone repeater site is readily accessible by 2WD vehicle, gravel track, and usually there is sufficient space to bring in your car. When moving or parking your vehicle, pay extra attention to overhead hazards like guy wires, and ground features like cable pits Driving into a guy point or mast support wire could have catastrophic consequences. There are also sharp rocks and sticks which could puncture tyres.

The site is unattended, with mains power connected but with no toilets or other facilities of any kind, so you need to bring with you everything you will need for the day, including food, water for drinking & washing, etc. There is little indoor space to shelter from the elements, so hats, sunglasses & sunscreen, or rain wear etc should be carried, depending on the weather forecasts. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as boots, gloves, safety glasses, earplugs etc may be required, depending on the work we are doing – if you have your own PPE, please bring it along. Likewise bring a first aid kit if you have one, although some first aid supplies will be available on site.

The Roleystone site is shared with other users, and their equipment & presence must be respected. There are no services on site which pose an EMC or radiation hazard at ground level, but keep the usual distance from antennas and equipment you are not familiar with. Some structures on the site may contain asbestos, the usual precautions should apply here. Radio masts shall only be climbed by appropriately qualified/experienced people with the correct safety equipment.

The site is in a scrub/bushland setting, and – especially in summer – care must be taken not to do anything which may start a fire. This may prevent the use of gas soldering irons, power tools, or clearing work likely to cause sparks.

In addition there may be the usual hazards associated with bushland, including spiders & snakes – wear long pants and closed shoes, preferably safety boots. Take care when moving near bush areas.

Besides your tool box, multimeter, SWR meter and handheld radios, useful items to bring to a repeater site working bee could include: insect spray; stepladder & garden tools for trimming tree limbs and clearing scrub from guy wires; rags, brushes and cleaners for removing dust from equipment; camera & notepad for documenting things; heavy cable ties, black electrical tape, silastic sealant; coax joiners & adaptors….  this list is not exhaustive. In the end, what you bring to a working bee is limited only by your transport, imagination and what’s in your shack – but remember it is your responsibility for keeping track of items you bring to site, and making sure you get them back at the end of the day.

Pets & small children should not be part of a working bee – but if you have no choice than to bring them, it is your responsibility to supervise them, keep them out of harm’s way, and prevent them becoming a risk to others.

West Australian Repeater Group
January 2014

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