Armidale & District Amateur Radio Club
ABN 66 142 315 938
VK2RAD
146.725Mhz Echo Link Node 872907
438.650Mhz

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On Friday May Third 2013 we laid to rest a valued member of ADARC in Roger VK2FGE sk.

On that occasion, four of us, and that is Dean VK2ZID, Les VK2LES, Brian VK2BLP and myself Rick VK4HF found ourselves in conversation about Roger and how his dream was to see the ADARC 2 metre repeater fully operational for all and sundry, had not come about even though some efforts had been made in the past.

We decided then it would be a fitting legacy to the club and travelling hams alike to put some of our energies into making Roger's dream a reality.

To that end, a temporary steering committee was formed with Dean VK2ZID taking responsibility for Secretary/Treasurer, Brian VK2BLP, Vice President and Rick VK4HF-VK2RR accepting the role of President.

A few hours on the keyboard and lots of e-mails back and forth have brought a lot of support from far and wide and we now have the offer of quite a lot of repeater equipment and technical expertise. Our immediate goal is to bring all this new support to a point where ADARC 2metre repeater will be fully operational in the very near future.

We have been fortunate enough to have received a donation of a fully operational 2 metre and a 70cm repeater complete with power supply, smart controller, a full diplexer for 70cms and an 8 cavity diplexer for 2 metres. This equipment is all neatly housed in a 19 inch rack mount cabinet on castors ready to be installed. Both repeaters are 25 watt Philips FM-828 Mk11's which were originally purchased brand new for this project when it was originally built, so they weren't just some old junkers from a previous commercial vehicle. Echo Link is now operational on the 2 metre repeater. VK2RAD-R or Node 872907.

Antennas are folded dipoles to minimise the effects of a lightning strike. Antennas and LDF4-50 Heliax are already installed on the tower ready to hook up to the repeaters.

Timeline Update:- 2 metre repeater:- Installation and Testing August 3rd 2013. A suitable site has been acquired.
                           70cm repeater:- Installation and Testing August 3rd 2013. A suitable site has been acquired.
                            Echo Link is now operational on the 2 metre repeater. VK2RAD-R or Node 872907.
                            2m Repeater replaced by a new Yaseu System Fusion FM/C4FM 50 watt repeater 30/12/2016

Installation Day August 3rd 2013

Here is a quick montage of the day on you tube

http://youtu.be/qm2PiyTMaTI

 

Power Supply at the top powers both repeaters and the controller.

The Transceiver controls on the left are the 70cm repeater and the 2m repeater controls on the right.

Have a listen to our repeaters identing. You'll need Quick Time to watch the videos.

IMG_1040.MOV 2metres (25mb)

IMG_1041.MOV 70cm (11.5mb)

 



Back view

 

Do these 2 metre cavities look brand new or what??

Our 2m Antenna is at about 70' on the left of the tower

Bottom half of the tower

Antenna Checks out

Cavities Check

L-R Peter VK4EA, Les VK2LES, Danny VK4KI, James VK2KHJ,
Rick VK4HF/2

Danny & Peter brought the repeaters down from Qld. Thanks heaps guys.