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Photo: Supervising a fire near Swifts Creek in NE Victoria.


Info valid as of:   05/02/2018      Main Update: Repeater Network Diagram

Repeater status for users of the Grampians Linked Repeater System (updated regularly and as things change):

RBA70 FM 439.275MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz  Status: OK & Linked.   Site: Mt Buninyong

RWU70 FM 438.675MHz (5-MHz offset) 91.5Hz  Status: OK & Linked.   Site: Mt William

RCU70no2 FM 438.350MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz  Status: OK & Linked.  Site: Mt Moliagul

RBH70 FM 438.175MHz (-7MHz offset) 91.5Hz  Status: OK & Linked.   Site: Geelong

RAD70 FM 438.525MHz (-7MHz offset) 123.0Hz  Status: OK & Linked.   Site: Mitcham


Status of other repeaters of interest in the catchment area (updated regularly and as things change):

RBA23 FM 1273.9250MHz (+20MHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: Back on-air 12/01/2018.   Site: Mt Buninyong

RBA70 Digital 439.9875MHz (-5MHz offset) DMR, P25 & DStar   Status: OK   Site: Mt Buninyong

RWZ2 FM 146.950MHz (-600kHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: OK   Site: Mt William

RWU6 FM 53.650MHz (-1MHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: OK & new antenna   Site: Mt William

RWL2 FM 147.050MHz (+600kHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: OK   Site: Mt Warrnambool

RWL70 FM 439.875MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: OK   Site: Mt Warrnambool

RBU70 FM IRLP 438.475MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz IRLP node 6287   Status: OK   Site: Mt Hollowback

RCU70no1 FM 438.425 (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz   Status: OK   Site: Mt Moliagul

RNP70 FM IRLP 438.650MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz IRLP node 6993   Status: OK   Site: Bannockburn

VK3OB70 FM IRLP 438.075MHz (-5MHz offset) 91.5Hz IRLP node 6097   Status: On air after a fresh re-build  Site: Bannockburn

Geelong area repeaters - some info here can be out of date... http://vk3atl.org/repeaters-beacons/

Most nights, the VK3RBU70 repeater on Mt Hollowback on the north side of Ballarat and the VK3RNP70 repeater at Bannockburn are often linked together via IRLP. You can see the status of these repeaters by clicking on this link and scrolling down to the VK3 section in the IRLP status page... http://status.irlp.net/?PSTART=5&country=15

For more info on the VK3RNP70 IRLP-linked repeater, click on this link... https://www.qrz.com/db/VK3RNP

The VK3RBA70 Multimode Digital repeater was installed in late 2017 and is enabled for DMR, DStar and P25 use. Linking ability for DStar is disabled and for local use only. The DMR & P25 modes are linkable via a 4G internet connection. Normally, this repeater is in auto-scan mode looking for any valid DMR, DStar & P25 transmissions. When it finds one, it is then locked in one of these modes for a period of 10 seconds after the last transmission and then returns into auto-scan mode. Statically assigned connections 24/7 are: DMR TS1: TG505  TS2: TG5053 and P25 is TG10400. For more info on the VK3RBA70 Multimode Digital repeater, click on this link... https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=505317

The 2130 Net is operated by Shaun VK3VLY every Monday night at 2130hrs on the Grampians Linked System. Everyone is most welcome to join in for one or two rounds, whatever floats your boat. There are often anywhere from 13 to 18 stations joining us in Shaun's 2130 Net with all topics discussed. You can join in via RBA70, RWU70, RCU70no2, RBH70 and RAD70 or refer to the information at the top of this page. We talk about more things than just the weather by Miss JB... !



Now for the boring stuff

Well, you're here now so you might as well sit back and read this...

G'day and welcome! My name is Nik...

I live in Bannockburn which is about 15km NNW of Geelong or 60km SSE of Ballarat, in the southern Australian state of Victoria. The QTH is approx 125mASL and I have reasonably good RF coverage in most directions.

The Geelong and surrounding areas have an approximate population of 250,000 people and is approx 70km south-west of the Victorian capital of Melbourne.

I grew up on a farm in the Hamilton / Penshurst area in Western Victoria but have been working all over Victoria in the telecommunications industry and living in the Geelong area for some 28 years now. Apart from my main hobby of radio comms, my other interests are four wheel driving, camping, motorbike riding, motorsport, country-rock music, outback travelling, comparing one shiraz to the next, pro-lighting & audio, and local volunteer fire brigade service and activities.

I regularly operate 6m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm on FM, SSB, D-Star, DMR, P25, IRLP and a little bit of HF (HF is mobile only for now until I get things sorted out at home). I like working portable or mobile as well.

You will usually hear me on the very social Grampians / Upper Goulburn Linked Repeater System, as detailed at the top of this page.

My local IRLP node at home is 6993 and its status can be found here... http://status.irlp.net/index.php?PSTART=11&nodeid=6993

If you are new to the hobby of Amateur Radio, you will be amazed with many of the contacts you make and the people you will come across. There are really great operators out there that will help you along, share ideas with you, inspire you and amaze you!

There are a lot of great people doing fantastic things in our hobby. There is no shortage of friendly & knowledgeable mentors out there!

Thankyou for visiting!!

Cheers, Nik VK3BA

Grid: QF21CW


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