New DSTAR Repeater in Perth

As there have been ongoing problems with the VK6RWN DSTAR Gateway server, it’s been removed from site and connected at Heath VK6TWO’s QTH for remote maintenance by the DSTAR Guru’s.

To assist in getting Perth DSTAR users back ‘online’, Heath VK6TWO is in the process of building a standalone DSTAR Repeater Node which will enable registered DSTAR users to ‘connect’ to the worldwide DSTAR network.

Testing is currently in progress and it’s expected that the node will go live late July.

VK6RTH – Tic Hill – Site Working Bee – Wed 11th July

A successful working bee at Tic Hill was carried out on 11th July.

Work carried out consisted of:

APRS antenna stand-off replacement (to keep antenna vertical)

INOX placed in batteries and placed on high charge (via 2KW petrol Generator)

Reconnection of all 6x Solar panels (total 350W) with each pair isolated

Current measurement of all/individual equipment at site (Standby, power-up and TX)

WAFN antennas/cabling/equipment replacement/tidy up and new solar pannel/batteries installed (not independant power system)

Thanks to 6POP, 6JAH, 6TWO,6ZRW, 6FLEX,WAFN

Pogo-Stick Antenna Working Bee – Saturday 14th July

Saturday morning 14th July will saw a club working bee to manufacture our famous ‘Pogo-Stick’ antennas for sale at the Anual Perth Hamfest.

Mass production of all of the ‘parts’ took off quite quickly, however the assembly hit a ‘road block’ when it came to optimising/refining the design. Several hours were spent ‘tweaking’ and testing with very expensive test equipment till we came up with a final build which enabled the antenna to be usable across the entire 2m band.

Along with several saussages in bread, the assembly line was back in full swing.

~20 antennas were completed and individually tested.

Thanks to 6HRB, Dot, 6ZRW, ZRW-Jr, 6AXB, 6JAH, 6FMON, 6TWO, 6LV, 6FLEX, 6BDO, 6FJON, 6KMC, 6ZMS,TOM.

 

Anual Perth Hamfest – 5th Aug 2012

WARG will again be attending the Anual Perth Hamfest.

As usual, the ‘WARG Shop’ will be selling Coax (213 & 58), connectors and antennas.

WARG welcomes any members to bring along any gear you wish to sell on the WARG table  (please let us know how much you intend to bring so that we can manage table space).

As always, the WARG Membership Officer will be present which will be a great opportunity to join the club, or renew your membership.

New Perth Repeater Site – VK6RLM

Negotiations are in place for a new WARG repeater site. Coverage is expected to be the majority of the Perth are.

It’s expected that the site will be used for hosting VK6RLM after a long period without a home. Once installed, Echo/IRLP is expected to be connected up to the repeater to enable a broader coverage Echolink/IRLP round Perth.

Bringing RLM back on air will enable all of the regular ‘nets’ to relocate back to 146.750, allowing VK6RAP to be free for general/mobile voice traffic.

Video Webconferencing Trials

In 2011 Heath VK6TWO started researching the use of ‘WebConferencing’ for use at committee and planning meetings. This was brought on by several key active members often working away from the Perth area which made attending/arranging meetings rather difficult.

Given recent discussion and interest in the idea, further research has been done and the committee have trialed several solutions for suitability for GM’s, Practical sessions, Committee meetings and planning meetings.

It’s expected that we may end up with two soltions aimed at differnt uses. First being a featureful and interactive solution to enable effective planning and committee meetings, and the second being for general meetings so that members can ‘attend’ via webconference.  This should enable more time to be spent on ‘making progress’ instead of driving in the car to/from meetings.

Further testing will continue by the committee, potentially for some initial ‘planning’ and once the best solution is decided on, the GM preferred solution will be sent out to enable members to remotely attend meetings.

VK6RCT – Cateby has new battery power

Cateby has recently had a couple of site visits. For quite some time the batteries at Cateby have been in a poor state and the 2m voice repeater went ‘off air’. APRS data showed that the battery voltage (particularly overnight) was very low. Thanks to Ray VK6ZRW who donated a 180Ah battery for the site. The battery was installed by Matt VK6MRG on his way through to Parabardoo. After a Low Voltage Cutout reset, the voice repeater came alive again and was usable for aproximately 50km north on the Brand Highway. Within a couple of days, it was noticed that the 2m repeater wasn’t accessible again. Ray VK6ZRW called in to the site on his way back from Canarvon to find that a coax lead from the Cavities to the Rx had failed. Since the cable was replaced with a new purpose built one, signal reports indicate 2m voice ‘back to normal’. Many thanks to all involved.

Fremantle (VK6RFM) has a new antenna.

The Fremantle repeater VK6RFM now has it’s new antenna installed thanks to Bob VK6KW.

Coverage and Signal reports so far show a significant increas in the repeaters coverage compared to the temporary discone antenna.

Some have reported that the signal is better than the previous repeater location, whilst others have reported that it’s slightly lower. This is to be expected as it’s physically in a different geographical location, as well as using a new antenna with different gain and radiation pattern.

We plan to do some more testing/tweaking on the Cavity Filters to improve on the repeaters performance.

Please let us know any signal/coverage reports.

Echo/IRLP is also back online. It was ofline for a short period as the Echo/IRLP ‘node’ couldn’t access the repeater with it’s temporary antenna.

MAY AGM

We have the AGM comming up on May 12th.

The AGM is also WARG’s ‘financial year’ which means that anual membership subscriptions are due.

Get your payments in early to enable you to nominate for a committee position and/or vote for who you want on the committee.

The Anual Newsletter formally detailing the AGM will be going out in April so keep an eye on your mailbox.

Ask all of your HAM buddies if they are a WARG member and encourage them to support a good cause.