The new QHUG DX and Contesting remote site will be able to be controlled remotely and have audio will be able to be sent to and from the remote site from anywhere in the Wellington Region via the rapidly developing Wellington Region Broadband-Hamnet(TM) network.
The first three nodes in the mesh network were established in mid-November 2014. Even at this early stage, the vision was to create a transport mechanism for a remote HF DX/Contesting site. A of the end of October 2015, there are over 30 nodes in the mesh, which stretches from the Kapiti Coast through to Porirua, Upper Hutt and North Wellington. Quartz Hill User Group has already committed resources (in the form of Airgrid M2s) to bring the mesh to potential remote site locations in the Wairarapa (accessible from the new node on Mt Climie) and the Southern Horowhenua (accessible from new nodes on Mt Field that will be up and running shortly, courtesy of Kapiti Branch 69 NZART).
More details on the mesh network will be provided here shortly. For those operators not yet on the mesh, check out more information at Broadband-Hamnet.co.nz. For those already on the mesh network, checkout diskstation/wordpress/ for more details.
QHUG has been looking for a new site for some years without luck.
However, in the last 12 months considerable rethinking has gone on.
Firstly, it was realised that we did not need to necessarily pursue a large site with several hundred acres of antenna farm, but rather we could get by with more compact high-gain HF arrays (e.g. Four Square Arrays) for the lower bands.
Secondly we realised that we didn’t need to travel a long way out of town to operate in a contest or DX. We could simply build a compact remote site and transport signals back to Wellington over a high speed data network.
This website is dedicated to describing the project build for the new remote site.
It will keep you informed about:
Project developments and the timetable of work
Project teams and their activities (e.g antennas, off-grid power, mesh data network)
All the key events in the life of the project will be documented here, culminating in the return of ZL6QH to the major HF contests!
Once our build of a remote site has been completed we will set up a new website with a new name that is more focussed on our new core mission. In the mean time, check out how the ZL6QH remote station is progressing here!