Winlink Project

Winlink hut coming together

Site preparations well under way

Toyota loaded to the gills with gravel, about 1.5t. Decided to put 100kg of concrete powder on bonnet to help hold front wheels down for traversing steep road

Mick VK4NHX fitting new hoses to machine

Mick up and running building a new piece of road to negate the existing steep sections on the access road

The crew digging the foundation holes. From left, Les VK4FLES on shovel, Chris VK4FGKO also on shovel, Bob VK4FRC on the water tank hose, Ray VK4XXX on the Dingo digger, arguing with the tough digging work. Ground is harder than concrete!

When the digging gets tough, add more weight 🙂 from left, Mick VK4NHX, Trevor Bell, Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX

Mixing starts, from left is Les VK4FLES (our resident concreter) and Chris VK4FGKO on shovel!

From left, Jack VK4JRC and trusty Dingo pouring in the mix, Chris VK4FGKO observing, Les VK4FLES guiding the mix into the hole and Mick VK4NHX (our resident foreman) supervising!

Les VK4FLES finishing off troweling around the foundations.

VK4LM Jack Picasso handy work 🙂

At left, Mick VK4NHX, Les VK4FLES and Trevor cutting out insulation on tray of Landcruiser.

Chris VK4FGKO and Ray VK4XXX installing insulation.

It’s up and bolted down 🙂 Now to start the fitout.
From left Chris VK4FGKO, Mick VK4NHX, Jack VK4JRC and Les VK4FLES.

Winlink site from the air.

Winlink site from the air.

View of winlink shed and what appears to be an abandoned vehicle 🙂

Ray VK4XXX chief solar engineer at work!

From left, Les VK4FLES, Mick VK4NHX (Project Works Foreman) Ray VK4XXX laying out panels on mounting hardware.

Today’s finished job! Wiring and regulator battery install next!

Hardware under test.

All progressing very well. We have approval to connect to the Winlink servers and all the hardware in hand. A few options for radios/antennas under consideration but at this stage we will have a local packet/Vara VHF link as well as Pactor I II III plus soundcard modes. Currently testing a Icom 7200 running Pactor and sound card modes (Winmore Ardop and Vara). Bands/frequencies to be worked out with other VK gateways and Winlink Development Team (WDT).

The system will fill in a big hole in the coverage of VKs East coast and the Pacific Ocean. It will be a hybrid gateway so if the internet is down emails will be forwarded via HF radio.


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