A little light hearted relief

Hi to all. As we are trying to keep with the environment where I live as in I am unable to erect an antenna outdoors, I decided to use this little J pole antenna tuned for 70 cm. As you can see we turned it into what I call a Plantana and the SW are a spot on and it’s […]

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Sunday at VK2RAY

Yesterday we got all the top hat sections cut and attached and the sheets back on. Lots more work on the telemetry, monitoring and power control side. Ron, Erwin and I deferred from yesterday to today due to weather. Of course the wind went from negligible to problematic as soon as we started to handle the colourbond sheets!Ross – VK2DGY

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More VK2RAY relocation activity

More on VK2RAY relocation activity. 13th July – Garoni’s truck arrived at 9:15 am and we had the container in place at Ross’ place by 10:30 am. Photos 1 – 4 – The whole operation went exactly as planned and was completed just before the rain set in. Over the next few weeks we’ll reinstall the solar panels, then rebuild […]

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Homebrew 6 Element Yagi for 70cm

A fun little project I did over a couple of days was making this little 6 element yagi for 70cm. There are so many designs and ways one can do this so after some reading of different designsand measurements I came up with this (photos below). I decided to go for a dipole driven element fed by a “Bazooka Balun”. […]

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VK2RAY update

Some of you may have noticed a brief VK2RAY repeater outage on Wednesday. Due to unforeseen circumstances we were required to replace the IRLP hardware for VK2RAY linked repeater system on Wednesday 15 July. New logic and filter boards were hurriedly assembled and installed, without any opportunity to test, tweak or adjust. As a result, there was a slight tone […]

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VK2RAY photo update

Here are a couple more photos submitted by Erwin VK3ERW. The left photo shows the old site after cleanup. Tom handed the site back to Albury Council, so we are no longer liable for rent. The right photo shows this weekend’s achievements: Solar panels mounted and batteries are back on charge Telescopic mast with X300 antenna deployed with improved water […]

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VK2RAY relocated!

Over the weekend some hardworking AWAR volunteers finalised relocating VK2RAY, from Lake Hume to Red Light Hill in Lavington. Below are photos taken by Ross VK2DGY of the successful transfer of the container/RAY. Photos should be self-explanatory but you’ll see the container being loaded onto the truck and then unloaded at Red Light Hill. Below is a quote from Ross; […]

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Relocating VK2RAY

Below are some photos, taken by Rob VK2FAAA last weekend, of some very active AWARC volunteers preparing our transmitter out at the fish farm, RAY. Everything had to come off the container; solar panels, antenna towers, even the side installation panels had to come off. Before the actual moving of the container was scheduled to go ahead all items except […]

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When the internet goes down…

Interesting Engineering: When the Internet and Cell Phone Networks Go Down, Amateur Radio Operators Step Up. Click this link to read this interesting article published in the USA: Interesting Engineering: When the Internet and Cell Phone Networks Go Down, Amateur Radio Operators Step Up

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Australia’s own amateur radio handbook now locally available

For the first time in years Australia’s 14 000 radio amateurs can easily buy a hard-copy handbook written for local conditions. Up to now the Australian Ham Radio Handbook had only been available as an ebook via Amazon. Author Peter Parker VK3YE says “It’s clear that Australians wanted a paperback version that was available locally at a good price”. “I’m […]

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Raspberry Pi Power Supply

An issue confronting Raspberry Pi users is SD card corruption due do improper system shutdown. Ordinarily before removing power from the Raspberry Pi, one should execute the “sudo shutdown -h” Simple routine can be incorporated into the system, sensing either an operator shutdown or a power failure. Read the full PDF article here> Thanks to Rob VK2YMU for submitting this […]

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The Moxon Rectangle

In the now defunct magazine Radio and Communications July 1999 issue, an article appeared about HF Moxon antenna. As incredible as these claims may seem , I have made a Moxon Rectangle and it seems to doall that was claimed for it… Read the PDF article> Thanks to VK2YMU ROB for submitting this article.

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IRLP Node for Raspberry Pi

IRLP Node for Raspberry Pi – The motivation behind this new NODE design was driven by the cost of purchasing fromthe developer (David Cameron (VE7LTD), to be a very expensive exercise, due to ourexchange rate… Read full article PDF download> Article kindly submitted by Robert Campiciano – VK2YMU

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