Sunday, 26 February 2017

CTARC Report-Back on Meeting of 25 Feb '17

On Saturday 25 Feb 2017, Jan / ZS1VDV gave the club a most interesting talk and Powerpoint presentation on the Western Cape Repeater Working Group's activities.

Using the Hawequa Repeater as an example, Jan took us through the environmental issues that affect the repeaters proper operation. Sited as they are on exposed positions high up on mountain tops, the actual buildings require periodic maintenance, in addition to the maintenance of electronics inside. Wind load on exposed antennas - sometimes as high as six tons! - takes its toll on even sturdy steel structures over time.

Jan also showed us the insides of the repeater buildings and the actual repeaters themselves, which also require maintenance, repair and (eventually) replacement. He brought along an example of a repeater unit for us to see, too.

He also gave some insights into the future plans of the WCRWG, which include implementation of new technologies in the digital domain.

In essence, Jan provided us with a clear understanding of just why there is a constant request for funds by  the WCRWG - regular custodianship of equipment by this dedicated group of individuals (who often give freely of their personal time to keep the system afloat) does come at a cost. Furthermore, in April  the repeater licenses are due and the 5-year option (cheaper in the long run) is a significant sum.

After Jan had finished his talk, Klaus / ZS1QO briefly presented some of the latest Yaesu mobile rigs which he is taking orders for.

That was another great CTARC monthly meeting. The next meeting is the mega-fleamarket outside the club house on Saturday 4 March 2017. See you there!

Jan / ZS1VDV introduces himself

Cable ducts outside the repeater building

Jan shows the repeaters in situ

Our chairman, Rob / ZS1SA, thanks Jan for his presentation

Klaus / ZS1QO presents s latest line of Yaesu rigs

Jan brought an opened repeater for all to see the components thereof

Various questions were asked and answered after the talk

The usual post-meeting rag-chew and eyeball QSOs.
Left to right: Hans / ZS1HA, Noel / ZS1FW, Skippy,
Danny / ZS1BL and Barry / ZS1FJ