Amateur Radio - About Us...
many years, the call-sign VK4RGY has been known to Amateurs
around the south east of Queensland. This repeater, originally
on 146.625MHz was originally sited on Mt. Boulder. Today, the call-sign is used on our 70cm repeater which is located in the town of Gympie. The call-sign of the Radio Club is VK4GYM.
many local amateurs maintained the Gympie Amateur Radio Club
and in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club
alternated the local HamFests between the Sunfest and the
Goldfest, each year.
the turn of the century, GARC had suffered the fate of aging
members and a falling amateur population and after one resurrection
was finally wound up and the assets passed onto SCARC. SCARC
maintained the repeaters within their network and maintained
a positive commitment towards the Gympie area with a Monday
night net, conducted by Len, VK4JZ initially on VK4RGY and
several years Jason, VK4MIH had provided a good quality Motorola equipped repeater sited at Mt Corella, on a frequency
of 146.725MHz and this is where the call-sign VK4RCM originated. This repeater has since been purchased by
the Club and was relocated to Mt. Boulder. The Club's digital interfaces (EchoIRLP
and AllStar) operate through this repeater as well. These days, the Motorola system is used as a stand-by repeater should the now installed Icom system fail. Two more repeaters were added to the area and the VHF systems are linked.
introduction of the Foundation Licence has provided a new
body of recruits to the hobby. Thus with enthusiasm, by the
middle of 2008 a group of local amateurs got together to investigate
the possibility of starting a new Gympie area radio club.
From this the first meeting was called and by September, the
Gympie Communications and Electronics Group had been founded
as an incorporated society and affiliated to the Wireless
Institute of Australia.
was formed as a new group, to promote the hobby and whilst
acknowledging the efforts of its predecessors, it is setting
its own goals and is decidedly looking to the future. The
Group's Monday night nets have become a feature of the week
and the monthly meetings are featuring a program of presentations
for the benefit of members and visitors.
welcomes all interested persons to join us.
also the History page for more and
the Contact Us page for office bearers.
Repeater info is on the Repeaters page.