View from top in mist
Mast in mist
ZS1SCI (Ohan) and ZS1VDV (Jan) went to site around 17:00
UHF repeater ZU9DMR running DMR, D-Star and YSF
The reconfigured UHF repeater ZU9DMR was reinstalled on site.
A new gateway was installed for the VHF D-Star repeater.
Last view of site, with alarm activated
The site was left around 18:45. The drive down in the dark and mist was a big challenge.
Jan (ZS1VDV) and John (ZS1EQ) did a round trip to service 3 sites.
Started to load the bakkie 07:00.
Left Stellenbosch around 08:00 and reached Piketberg by 09:45
At the end of 2017, the Piketberg VHF repeater was removed. The repeater was serviced by Verstay. The final transistor was replaced. A replacement duplexer was prepared during the week. The duplexer was swapped out and VHF repeater reinstalled. SWR between duplexer and VHF radio was 1.2 and between the duplexer and antenna 1.3.
Left Piketberg 11:15 and was on Hawequa at 12:45.
The 10 amp battery charger was swapped out for a 7 amp battery charger. The 10 amp is designated to go to Hanskop.
Left Hawequa 13:45 and reached Bottelary at 14:45.
Removed the UHF DMR repeater for service.
Back in Stellenbosch and unpacked by 16:15.
The first digital repeater high site in the Western Cape was installed on Sunday.
ZS1VDV and ZS1DDK completed the main install on Sunday 19 March 2017.
UHF MMDVM Repeater and ICOM VHF DSTAR repeater and controller
The install on site started around 08:30. All equipment had to be carried a few 100m up the hill.
Uninstalled old equipment from rack.
Cleaned out all dead animals and dust.
Installed power supply unit.
Automatic transfer switch with low voltage dropout on battery side.
Power pole distribution block.
Installed networking router.
Did all network cabeling.
Installed MMDVM UHF repeater (DMR and DSTAR configured)
Installed ICOM ID RP2C controller and ID RP2000V repeater.
Installed VHF duplexer.
Made up coax fly leads.
Installed UHF HD 400 antenna.
ZS1VDV installing antennas
Did a final cleanup.
Returned home by 14:30