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 10m, 6m
VK3RTT Glen Waverly 2m, 70cm
VK3RGI Mt Carrajung (GPS) 2m, 70cm, 23cm, 13cm 6cm, 3cm
VK3RTS Victoria area wide 10.115 MHz, 70cm, 2m
VK3RED Donald’s Knob 70cm, 2m
VK3RCW Glen Waverley 2m, 70cm more details
VK3RTG Clayton 2m
VK3RWL Mt Warrnambool 3cm

Voice
VK3RBA Mt Buninyong 2m, 70cm, 23cm
VK3RBL Bambill South 70cm, 6m, 2m
VK3RBU Mt Hollowback 70cm
VK3RCP Ouyen 70cm
VK3RCU Mt Moliagul Bendigo 70cm
VK3RDU Mt Major 2m, 70cm
VK3REG Mt Cann 2m
VK3REM Maramingo Hill 2m
VK3RGC Montpellier 2m, 70cm
VK3RGL Mt Anakie 2m, 70cm
VK3RGS Mt Fatigue Foster 2m
VK3RGU Mt Carrajung 70cm
VK3RGV Mt Wombat Shepparton 70cm
VK3RHO Mt Hotham 70cm, 2m
VK3RLV Mt Tassie 2m, 70cm, 23cm
VK3RML Ferny Creek 2m
VK3RMK Mt Kerang Charlton 2m
VK3RMS Ferny Creek 6m, 70cm
VK3RMU Mt St Leonard 23cm, 70cm
VK3RMM Mt Macedon 2m, 70cm D-Star 2m, 70cm, 23cm
VK3RNE Mt Big Ben Wodonga 70cm, 2m
VK3ROW Beech Forrest 2m
VK3RPS Mt Cottrell 70cm 2m, 23cm
VK3RPU Arthur's Seat 70cm
VK3RRU Merbein 10m, 70cm
VK3RSU Melbourne City 70cm
VK3RON Ouyen 2m
VK3RVL Robinvale 2m
VK3RWA Ben Nevis 2m
VK3RWG Mt Baw Baw 2m, 70cm
VK3RWL Mt Warrnambool 2m, 70cm
VK3RWM Mt Arapiles Horsham 2m
VK3RWZ Mt William 2m
VK3RZU Mt Buller 70cm

Packet/IPRS
VK3RPC Mt Warrenheip 2m, 70cm
VK3RPG Mt William 2m
VK3RPP Lysterfield 2m, 70cm
VK3RPA St Albans
VK3RPN Mt Stanley
VK3RGU Mt Carrajung 2m, 70cm
VK3RBA Mt Buninyong 2m
VK3RBU Mt Hollowback 2m
VK3RMU Mt St Leonard 2m
VK3RON Ouyen 2m
VK3RVL Robinvale 2m
VK3RBB Jindivick West 2m

VK3RCV
VK3RPK
VK3RWI
VK3RSG
VK3RWP
VK3RWE
VK3RPB

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/

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