Activations - GONZALES

Julie and Joe Gonzales
Julie and Joe Gonzales
Julie and Joe Gonzales
Julie and Joe Gonzales
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Activations
Activation is the Amateur Radio term for "setting up and operating an Amateur Radio station in a temporary, portable situation". Activations usually have an underlying worthwhile purpose or theme and are organised and promoted globally by various Amateur Radio organisations. Of course, practicing Amateur Radio portable operation ensures that we are ready to provide communications to support community events and possible disaster relief efforts. We, and others like us, can literally set up a portable radio station to provide international voice and digital communications (subject to ionospheric propagation conditions) within 30 minutes of arriving at a remote, unpowered location.

We have participated in the following Amateur Radio activations:

    Testing and demonstration
    To ensure that all of our equipment is ready for the activation event we practice our set-up at local parks and remote locations.
    Testing an ultra-light Monoband Dipole using two 9m self-supported Squid Poles at the Oakleigh Antenna Test Range
    Testing a heavy Tri-Band Fan Dipole using three 9m Squid Poles at the South Oakleigh Antenna Test Range
    Testing a heavy Tri-Band Fan Dipole using two 8.5m guyed Telescopic Aluminium Masts at the South Oakleigh Antenna Test Range
    Testing our Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Ground Station at the VK3HEX Antenna Test Range in Ballarat

    Testing HF Maritime Mobile operation with a 10m Squidpole.

    Testing 15m band vertical antenna operation.
    Testing Solar Panels for portable operation at the South Oakleigh Solar Panel test range.
    Demonstrating our Portable HF Setup at the Rosebud RadioFest
    Demonstrating our Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Ground Station at the Rosebud Radiofest

    "Antennapalooza" Held every year on a property in Drouin West.
    Portable Radio Equipment
    To set up a radio station in a remote location in the minimum time we needed to develop and/or use specialised equipment.

    Coaxial cable adapters, dummy load, antenna-analyzer, hand tools, gas soldering iron, tape, cable-ties

    DC Power Adapters, Meters and Cables

    Robostick, guy reels, lightning arrestor, ground stake, safety tape and safety signs

    Sunscreen, caps, first aid kit, pocket knives, headlites

    Gas kettle, CQer (with pre-recorded radio calls)

    Pack reels, guy ropes, telescopic masts, bolts and pegs

    Solar panels, cables, controllers and power meters

    Safety fuse, safety switch, auto isolator and circuit breakers

    12V Sealed Lead-Acid Batteries, discharge curves, 50A cables and connectors

    Antenna Triplexer - Connects 3 transceivers to one antenna

    Guyed, telescopic antenna mast with safety signs

    Radio equipment - strapped together for easy transport

    Operating chairs and tables

    Public relations material

    Operating position with laptop for logging and digital modes
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