Starting life November of 2002, the node ran on a three month trial basis via a link transmitter through the Coffs Harbour and District Amateur Radio Club repeater VK2RCH near Coffs Harbour. The node was then commissioned as a simplex system and has remained that way ever since.
In May 2006, family concerns forced a number of changes. After relocating half way across the country and then running for a couple of months in South Australia’s Riverland at Barmera, 6527 was moved to Happy Valley, in the foothills of Adelaide’s southern suburbs where it ran for a further three years.
August 2009 and time for another move back to the east coast; Rathmines, on the north-western shores of what we believe to be one of Nature’s wonderlands, Lake Macquarie, about half an hour south of Newcastle, and about an hour and a half by road north of Sydney.
In early Feb 2010, the node was decommissioned, in preparation for another move of about 2 kilometres, just down the road, er … lakefront, to Buttaba, between Balmoral (not the one in Sydney) and Wangi Wangi, where we happily stayed for quite a while.
The end of 2014, and off to S.E. Queensland, a bit inland from the Gold Coast on the other side of the Mt Tamborine range at a little place called Mundoolun. If you know Jimboomba, we’re about ten minutes away.
Of course each time we’ve moved interstate there’s been a change of callsign, but the number remains the same and thus the node is usually available, somewhere, somehow!
EchoIRLP Node 6527 / 96527 Administrator