ARV volunteers recently added a new APRS beacon to the Victorian network. VK3RHO is now running on the summit of Mt Hotham and is fully operational in time for the coming winter snow season. This will be a valuable addition to the network expanding the coverage well into the high country.
VK3RBO the Bendigo City repeater has an experimental AllStar node running on it. This is in addition to the IRLP node that has been operational for some years. The node information can be viewed at http://node44099.ddns.net/ Frequency 438.025Mhz -5Mhz offset.
VK3RCE in Bendigo has been upgraded to MMDVM which allows multiple digital modes to operate through the one gateway. Currently both DStar and DMR are operational if interest is shown further modes will be activated. Frequency 438.9125Mhz 0Mhz offset.
VK3RTV digital ATV has run a successful test from the Surrey Hills site and is now waiting building refurbishment and licence updates before being put into regular operation.
VK3RGL Mt Anakie has joined the Victorian DMR network with the recent addition of an Motorola DMR repeater. Frequency is 439.500 -5Mhz offset.
Antenna work has been completed at Mt Stanley and we expect this repeater to be operational in the near future. This has been a long process with the complete rebuilding of the site after the disastrous Black Saturday bushfires. With the assistance of Government grants over $100,000 has been spent on a total site refurbishment.