Today’s working bee saw a number of routine maintenance jobs completed, like clearing the leaves from the guttering before the bushfire season cuts in, cutting up old tree branches for the BBQ and bonfire (for use outside of Total Fire Ban periods, of course), general cleanup in the clubhouse, etc.
BUT… the big one was raising the main HF antenna tower into position and installing the guys to keep it in place. Which we did. The rotator has been fitted at the top, but the beam itself is yet to go up. Today’s exercise was to ensure that the guying is right, and that the tower is secure.
An impromptu rendition of Advance Australia Fair was given as the upper section of the tower was cranked into position. Something along the lines of:
All VK2s, let us rejoice
We’ll soon be QRV!
We’ll be on air with class and flair
And steerable yagi!
We’ll do our best in each contest
Now just you wait and see!
On 20, 15, 10 (of course)
We’ll call CQ with glee!
On every band across the land
(with apologies to, well, everyone 🙂
Patrick VK2PN and Richard VK2SKY recorded some of the activities using Patrick’s iPhone (below).
Excellent work from every who showed up to help on the day: Yves VK2AUJ, Connie VK2CON, David VK2COY, Pat VK2PN, Charlie VK2MSD, Sean VK2THT, Richard VK2SKY, Richard VK2NRA, Tim VK2BT, Bruce VK2ZZM, Perry, Stefan VK6TSK, Brendan VK2???, Dave VK2BDA, Ryan, Russell VK2BYN, and Horst VK2HL.
More photos here.