|During 1989, an application was made for a UHF CB repeater licence, after a survey had shown that the Forster water-tower would make a suitable location.|
|A series of lectures on amateur radio and related subjects was initiated, and preparatory work commenced on the Cabbage Tree Mountain repeater site.|
|In 1990 PO Box 91 was acquired at Tuncurry.|
|Daryl StJohn, VK2MZ||
After extensive testing from his home by Daryl, VK2MZ, the primary 2-metre
repeater, with the call-sign VK2RGL, was finally commissioned at the 2GLA-FM
transmitter site, under a reciprocal maintenance arrangement, on 29th April
Operating frequencies were 147.975 MHz (Receive) and 147.375 MHz (Transmit).
The receive aerial (2 collinear half-waves) was mounted at the top of the 2GLA-FM tower and the transmit aerial (3 collinear half-waves) 10 metres lower.
All repeater modules, including a 120-watt fan-cooled linear amplifier, were assembled into a rack, with sliding shelves for easy access.
In October, the repeater was used by local participants, including a number of club-members, in the Scoutsí annual Jamboree On The Air, or JOTA.
A licence was ultimately issued for CB operation on UHF Channel 4 and the call-sign FST04 approved. By then, investigation had commenced of the possible use of Mt.Talawahl, NW of Nabiac, as a better site for this repeater.
Procedures for incorporation were completed, and, on 10th April 1991, the club received its Certificate of Incorporation.