Ham Radio operaters given the chance to use the Radio Australia antennas before they are all demolished.

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dendad

Joined Feb 20, 2016
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Just a heads up to all you Ham Radio guys out there, the Radio Australia transmitter site in Shepparton, Victoria, is in the process of being destroyed.
It is a very sad thing and I for one believe it a short sighted move, but besides all that, there is a once only chance for Hams to use the HF phased array antennas. Depending on the frequency, 14 to 20db gain.
I spent almost 20 years working there and am quite angered by the political decision to turn the millions of dollars of equipment into scrap metal.
Still, it is a done decision :(

I would encourage those of you who are hams to look into this event, either here in Oz, or elsewhere around the world to see how well the antennas work.

https://www.google.com.au/maps/search/radio+australia+shepparton/@-36.3614848,145.3769931,13.19z

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With the kind permission of Broadcast Australia and many thanks to Rex VK3OF, there will be a Special Event Amateur Radio HF station set up at Radio Australia.
This special event will be held on Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th, of March 2020. Note: Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. GMT +11:00
The event will be commemorated with a special QSL card.
Amateur radio operators will be invited to register to be on-site to participate in this special event, site restrictions limit us to no more than six on site at any one time, so there will be a roster, and reservations for specific time slots will be required.
Please note: This is not a tour of Radio Australia, this access is being provided just for operators of the special event station.
(And this is a free event.)
Registrations are now open.
For more info, https://ra.sadarc.org/#!/
 
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dendad

Joined Feb 20, 2016
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I thought this worth posting as folks here may be interested in antenna design.
And to see what difference a bit of antenna gain can achieve.
 
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