Winlink hut coming together
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!
From left Mick VK4NHX, Merv VK4DV, Ray VK4XXX, Les VK4FLES (Concrete engineer) Neil VK4NJR. Taking advantage of cooler weather to get some more site works completed. Installation of the antenna feed point pole, for the sky loop antenna. Coax to shed has been laid underground in conduit. The RT-600 antenna tuner will be mounted on the pole and supplied with 12volts via a bias-t from the solar system.
Chris VK4FGKO holding ladder for Ray VK4XXX as he slides the remote ATU enclosure up the pole. The enclosure final mount point at top of pole. Concreting Wireless Internet and VHF beam mounting pole and conduit into trench.
Neil VK4NJR slaving over a hot shovel! Ray VK4XXX on shovel Jack VK4LM and Chris VK4FGKO working out 4G panel antenna mount.Les VK4FLES checking 4G panel antenna mounting. Jack VK4LM feeding cable into conduit. Kay VK4FKJW supervising work, Ray VK4XXX sorting cable into conduit
Chris VK4FGKO and Les VK4FLES taking a break.
You can see the 4G patch antenna installed on the pole to the left, at this stage the yagi top left of shed is in use. We are modifying, updating and testing a number of things to make this gateway the best it can be.
System is scanning dial frequencies 3571 7041 10141 14081 modes Ardop Pactor VARA HF and Winmore with a IC7200 connected to a Chameleon CHA SKYLOOP antenna. FT8800 on 144.075FM mode VARA FM on a home brew 3E horizontally polarized yagi. The PC stick has been getting a work out with concurrent connections on Pactor HF and VARA FM VHF with out a problem.
We have been getting connections from ZL1 ZL2 ZL4 VA VK1 VK2 VK3 VK4 VK5 VK8 JA K7 SA6 as well as our local test team VK4JRC and VK4FLR on most bands and modes with good reports. Jack has been giving 160M a work out mobile also with great results (160M currently offline). Been able to maintain connections mobile on Mt Morgan range as well as Mt Morgan CBD. Capricorn Highway Burnett Highway and Gracemere CBD also work fine. Rockhampton CBD noise floor is a bit much. I have also used the gateway from the mobile on 30M in the CBD during the Emergency Services Day 2019. Watch this space for more mobile and field deployment testing.
Please Note: VK4LM is running VARA HF 3.0.7 and VARA FM 3.0.9
On the 30th June 2020 we will be updating to VARA HF version 4. V4 is NOT backward compatible with V3.0.X. If you are planning to be away from the internet on this day download the new VARA now ready to install on the 30th, otherwise your system will not connect to VK4LM using VARA HF V3.0.X
The system will fill a big hole in the coverage of VKs East coast and the Pacific Ocean. It is a hybrid gateway so if the internet is down emails will be forwarded via HF radio to a node with internet it will then forward emails to the CMS.
Quick demo of Winlink and Pactor. 2574Km on 10W
Mobile testing 160M Pactor port