[OZAPRS] VK3ROW failure

Warren_Brown warbn at telstra.com
Thu Apr 10 21:49:42 EST 2014


I suggest starting with Richard.





From: ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au] On Behalf Of Nik Presser
Sent: Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:03
To: Australian APRS Users
Subject: Re: [OZAPRS] VK3ROW failure


G’day Peter JCR, thanks for the update – I’ve since heard further from one of our club repeater co-ordinators. 


We (at club level) in recent times, have discussed further upgrades to our equipment (2m repeater). It now looks like that programme may be unexpectedly brought forward somewhat. 


For those on this APRS list, I need to track down the caretaker of the APRS digi at VK3ROW. Is it still Richard VK3JFK or is there another VK3 APRS co-ordinator that I should be consulting with to ensure we’re on the same page?  




Nik Presser


President – Geelong Amateur Radio Club VK3ATL



From: Peter Carew <mailto:p.carew at bigpond.com>  

Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 5:26 PM

To: 'Australian APRS Users' <mailto:ozaprs at aprs.net.au>  

Subject: [OZAPRS] VK3ROW failure


Afternoon All,


The latest I’ve heard, indicates that a meeting has been held on-site with the Emergency Service Organisations impacted on-site. I can’t confirm any other users apart from Colac-Otway Shire (site owners). A temporary solution has been proposed to get the ESO’s back on air with a monopole to be installed to replace the guyed mast.







From: Peter Carew [mailto:p.carew at bigpond.com] 
Sent: Monday, 7 April 2014 4:05 PM
To: 'Australian APRS Users'
Subject: RE: [OZAPRS] VK3ROW failure


Hi Nik,


I have it on good authority that the tower is on the ground due to an issue with a guy wire. The same source indicated that the site “issue” has been communicated to all users Friday afternoon and one can assume that most services from the site will be off-air for some time.


I’ll keep my shell-likes tuned for further and pass on any news.







From: ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au] On Behalf Of Nik Presser
Sent: Saturday, 5 April 2014 1:26 PM
To: ozaprs at aprs.net.au
Subject: [OZAPRS] VK3ROW failure


G’day all on the OzAPRS list, 


I saw an alert elsewhere yesterday that the SES UHF repeater at Beech Forrest had failed due to damage/failure of some sort. It now looks like the VK3ROW 2m repeater and APRS digipeater have failed also. The last lot of telemetry that came out of the APRS digipeater was about this time yesterday. 


Given that the 2m repeater utilisation is very low, I’ll wait a week or two before doing anything further about it. I suspect it’s an issue with the external structure this time – but we’ll wait and see. The APRS 2m digi & 2m repeater share the same power system. 


I’ll post further updates here. 




Nik Presser


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