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Repeaters

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Amateur Radio Victoria is the licensee for the majority of VK3 repeaters. Our regular spend on Victorian Repeater maintenance is in excess of $20,000 each year. This includes equipment maintenance, insurance, site fees and licences.

Repeaters and beacons listed may/may not be operational

Callsigns
VK3RAN
VK3BWI HF/VHF/UHF (News relay at 1030Hrs and 2000Hrs local time Sunday)
VK3ZWI
VK3WI

Beacons
VK3RSX Dunolly 28.213 MHz & 50.294 MHz
VK3RTT Glen Waverly 144.43 MHz & 432.43 MHz
VK3RGI Mt Carrajung Gippsland (GPS) 144.434 MHz, 432.434 MHz, 1.296434 GHz, 2.403434 GHz, 5.760434 GHz, 10.368434 GHz
VK3RTS Victoria area wide 10.115 MHz, 438.95 MHz, 145.45 MHz
VK3RED Donald’s Knob 432.436 MHz 144.436 MHz
VK3RCW Glen Waverley 145.65 MHz (T) 433.05 MHz (R) more details

Voice
VK3RBL Bambill South 439.825 MHz (T) 434.825 MHz (R) 52.725 MHz (R) 53.725 MHz (T) 146.650 (T) 146.050 (R)
VK3RCP Ouyen 438.025 MHz(T) 438.025 MHz (R)
VK3RWM Mt Arapiles Horsham 146.25 MHz (R) 146.85 MHz (T)
VK3REM Maramingo Hill 147.15 MHz (R) 147.75 MHz (T)
VK3RZU Mt Buller 434.675 MHz (R) 439.675 MHz (T)
VK3RSU Melbourne City 432.7 MHz (R) 438.1 MHz (T)
VK3RCU Mt Moliagul Bendigo 433.425 MHz (R) 438.425 MHz (T)
VK3RMS Ferny Creek 52.9 MHz (R) 440.075 MHz (T) 430.275 MHz (T)
VK3RMK Mt Kerang Charlton 147.025 MHz (R) 147.625 MHz (T)
VK3RNE Mt Big Ben Wodonga 434.425 MHz (R) 439.425 MHz (T) 146.4 MHz (R) 147 MHz (T)
VK3RGV Mt Wombat Shepparton 438.200 MHz (T) 432.800 MHz (R)
VK3RWA Ben Nevis 147.1 MHz (R) 147.7 MHz (T) 146.3 MHz (R) 146.9 MHz (T)
VK3ROW Beech Forrest 147.275 MHz (R) 147.875 MHz (T)
VK3RHO Mt Hotham 433.375 MHz (R) 438.375 MHz (T) 147.65 MHz (R) 147.05 MHz (T)
VK3RGS Mt Fatigue Foster 147.025 MHz (T) 147.625 MHz (R)
VK3RPS Mt Cottrell 434.725 MHz (R) 439.725 MHz (T) 1.29365 GHz (R) 1.27365 GHz (T) 147.8 MHz (R) 147.2 MHz (T)
VK3RRU Merbein Mildura 29.14 MHz (T)(R) 433.525 MHz (R) 438.525 MHz (T)
VK3RPU Arthur's Seat 434.85 MHz (R) 439.85 MHz (T)
VK3RML Ferny Creek 146.1 MHz (R) 146.7 MHz (T)
VK3RBA Mt Buninyong Ballarat 145.2 MHz (R)(T) Packet 146.15 MHz (R) 146.75 MHz (T) 434.275 MHz (R) 439.275 MHz (T) 1.293925 GHz (R) 1.273925 GHz (T) 434.9875 MHz (R) 439.9875 MHz (T) 1.2987 GHz (R)(T)

Packet/IPRS
VK3RPC Mt Warrenheip Ballarat Packet 147.575 MHz 144.75 MHz 434.075 MHz
VK3RPG Mt William Packet 147.575 MHz 144.85 MHz 144.9 MHz 147.55 MHz
VK3RPP Lysterfield Packet 144.9 MHz 439.075 MHz
VK3RPA St Albans Packet
VK3RPN Mt Stanley

ATV
VK3RBO Bendigo 1.25 GHz (R) 2.415 GHz (T) 446.5 MHz (T)
VK3RTV Olinda 1.25 GHz (R) 1.278 GHz (R) 446.5 MHz (T)


VK3RCW Morse code beacon
VK3RCW is used by radio amateurs to to increase their speed allowing them to join the CW mode on the bands. It transmits on 145.650 MHz and access to its menu via DTMF codes on 433.050 MHz. VK3RCW is located at Glen Waverley.

Built by David Byrne VK3DRB using his expertise with things digital, it has wide coverage and features the well-known voice talent of Jane Holmes.

Using DTMF codes via the control input of 433.05 MHz you press 1 to select the menu, 2 to change speed, 3 for the tone of emission (400 - 600 - 800 Hz), 4 to change content and 5 to read back the text.
The DTMF tones can be generated using a DTMF microphone, mobile phone or be computer generated, with a microphone held in front of a loud speaker.

In a clear voice Jane Holmes will ask a user to 'hold the line' and this is where you need to listen for the result on the VK3RCW output frequency of 145.650 MHz.

VK3RTV
The digitisation of VK3RTV on Mt Dandenong east of Melbourne followed a remarkable progression which began with black and white in 1977, then full colour television serving both Melbourne and Geelong.

Television was demonstrated by radio amateurs long before its introduction to Australia 1956. A notable display featured at the 1952 demonstration at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.

After 30 + years VK3RTV Analogue has closed. It now uses the DVB-T standard, the 'terrestrial' version of the digital broadcasting standard and can be received on commonly used household Set Top Boxes and digital television sets.

The transformation to DATV followed substantial funding by Amateur Radio Victoria and a grant from the WIA club scheme. Other amounts, equipment and voluntary time went into the project. The sector has now undergone growth and change.

At the heart of the project are German made boards with the system to be configured to have three inputs and two channel output, making it the first of its kind in Australia.

A highlight was the world's first DATV QSO Party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Amateur Radio Victoria in August, 2011. It was an overwhelming success with 13 local stations taking part and the importing of stations via Skype.

There were stations from around Australia and the world. Special emphasis was placed on the US where to event was televised and written about. It was streamed live via the British Amateur Television Club facility.

Local stations transmitted on VK3RTV1 while SKYPE used VK3RTV2. The accomplishment of digitisation and the QSO Party have been published in the WIA journal Amateur Radio magazine.

The inputs are 1250 MHz VK3RTV1, 1278 MHz VK3RTV2, and 10.41 GHz VK3RTV2. Manual tuning is required to tune in a Set Top Box at 446.5 MHz to receive VK3RTV.

Signal reports can be given on the 2-metre 147.400MHz ATV liaison frequency.

VK3RTV web site

VK3RBO
Located at Bendigo Input Frequency 1250Mhz FM.

Output
446.5Mhz DVB-T
For latest info on VK3RBO ATV go to http://vk3ce.homeip.net/