In November, Martin VK6ZMS, Heath VK6TWO and Monique VK6FMON traveled to a potential new site in Warradarge to assess the suitability for extending 2m Voice and APRS coverage up to Geraldton.
Warradarge is aproximately 260km north of Perth along the Brand Highway, and about 180km NLOS SSE of Geraldton.
A 10m mast was raised to enable some propagation/coverage testing from the 290m HASL Warradarge Hill.
The VK6RPT 2m APRS Digipeater was installed, along with 4.5dB antenna, deep cycle battery and 80W solar.
APRS packets from Warradarge have been received by VK6RCT, VK6RTH, VK6REX and VK6RAV.
Performance from the site has been much less than expected so a higher gain antenna will replace the current one to better assess the site for suitability.
Great thanks goes to Craig VK6FLAM who did a lot of the prep-work for this trip, but unfortunately had a last minute emergency which stopped him from attending.
It’s expected that 2012 should see permanent APRS and 2m Voice in this area, enabling coverage from Geraldton through to Cateby.