October 2012 Volunteer Amateur Radio Operators took part in a five station net to prove communications between isolated regions
On Saturday October 6th, 18 WICEN Members operated the base station as well as the four remote stations in a hook-up to prove communications between SES HQ in Bundaberg and Community Halls around the region.
We're planning to repeat the exercise at another 4 communities in April 2013 as we continue our Communications Mapping Exercise around the Bundaberg Region.
April is also the WIA Field day so we may tie the two events so operators can stay on after the exercise, drop to battery power and try for some national contacts. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Boolboonda Memorial Hall on the Mount Perry Road was Team 3's home for the afternoon. The team was VK4ION, VK4FHAM & Linda Sullivan. Photos show VK4ION explaining the wonders of the Portable Station to the Hall Manager and he watches on as the "Boolboonda Gals" begin to assemble the ENVIS Dipole antenna.
The Pacific Haven team were Hervey Bay Club members
Comprising Wade VK4WM as team leader, Dave VK4FDHS, Norm VK4NP and Terry VK4HQ they travelled to Dave's bush residence and set up using his OCF Dipole.
There are no photos of how tough this troupe did it... but we hear the cappuccino machine was working overtime.
This is the Dipole the team used and they lowered it to 1.8m so it would be comparable with the ENVIS Dipoles that the other 3 remote teams were using.
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