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OPENING of NEW REPEATER on MT WATALGAN

VK4RBW - 70CM REPEATER OFFICIALLY ON AIR 16TH MAY 2010

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Club President Rusty McGrath led the Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and Councillors Lynne  Forgan, David Batt and Wayne Honor up Mt Watalgan on May 16th to officially open the club's newest repeater.
The 70cm UHF repeater was switched on by the Mayor who declared “ VK4RBW is now in operation”.

In his opening address, the president said Mt Watalgan had been a $6500 project which was partially funded by the Bundaberg Regional Council through the Community Grants Program. He thanked the Mayor and Councillors for their foresight in supporting this venture which will come back to aid all residents of the community in times of need.

The club has a core group of WICEN (Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network) volunteers who handle emergency radio operations when required. They take up a position behind the emergency service organisations and pass radio traffic freeing the professionally trained teams to do their jobs saving lives and property.

Since the clubs formation in 1961, it has a 40 year history of building and maintaining repeaters on Mt Goonaneman and Bundaberg. This new Mt Watalgan site will strengthen the communications backbone and ensure that the Club and the WICEN volunteers can provide emergency comm's in times of natural disaster.

Here are a selection of photographs taken on the day by club members VK4UD & VK4MAX (and Dad)

 

 
mtw1We placed our banner mtw2View from Mt Watalgan mtw3We're at 350m A.S.L.
mtw4They're all looking at something??
mtw5 Just standing about
mtw6 People clambered about for good photos
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mtw7A couple of short speeches
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mtw23Mayor's address
mtw24 Cutting of the Ribbon
mtw9 Switch on VK4RBW
mtw16Official plaque acknowledging the funding
mtw20VK4RBW
mtw25 Mayor announces on air 'VK4RBW is in operation'
mtw12A Gift for the Mayor
mtw11Something made them all smile
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mtw10 Catering Crew
mtw27 Who noticed the 'posh' cups in the bush!
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mtw34 Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch

 

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