Storage Container

Saturday the 4th of July saw Phil, Clint and myself at LMRO doing some preparation work for the new (very old) shipping container we have been gifted. Having spent many years at Narre Warren in Melbourne's south east as a home for a community radio station transmitter it is a little worse for wear but should get a new lease of life as a storage container for all our tools and spare bits and pieces.

We picked out a location up near the trees and started digging, digging, digging. We'd had a load of road-base and treated pine sleepers delivered and after a few adjustments had the sleepers levelled. We had about a half metre difference between top corner and bottom corner so we moved quite a bit of dirt.

We then backfilled with the road-base and spread the remainder out as a bit of a pathway. It could probably do with some compacting. Maybe on delivery day next weekend.

Rob Arrowsmith.

Comments (0) 05.07.2015. 00:27

Radio Astronomy Media

The Internet is a treasure trove of information. In our case I'm attempting to gather up links to information on Radio Astronomy to make it a little easier to access that information. To that end we've started a 'Media' page with links to Podcasts, Webpage Lecture material as well as Astronomy websites like the VLA with its amazing video tour.

To help out, if you come across websites, media or PDF files please drop me an email to and I'll include it on our Media page.

The other interesting Media item is The Astronomical Society of Victoria Radio Broadcast on 3.541 MHz lower sideband at 10pm Friday night. Recently taken over by Clint Jeffrey VK3CSJ it has been a feature for many years (20+ years Clint?).
As some people have difficulty accessing the shortwave radio bands we now broadcast it on Amateur Television and through the VK3RTV Website
We also have a link on the right side of this website to the Video Stream for VK3RTV Channel 1 and 2 via the BATC (British Amateur Television).
And finally, we now have our own Audio Stream with a built in audio player on the right side column of this website.
So you have no excuse not to listen.

Rob Arrowsmith.

Comments (0) 13.06.2015. 23:13

LMRO weekend shutdown

To follow up on the changes over the 28th and 29th of March, David Rolfe, an electrician and member of the ASV along with Phil, David, Mitch, Craig and myself replaced all the old 240 volt power pedestals at LMDSS with new power distribution cabinets and upgraded some circuit breakers and earth leakage switches.

The work went quickly and all 10 pedestals were concreted in by Saturday evening. The power was wired up the next morning and turned on after the appropriate tests were done at all the pedestals. We also ran a power cable separate from the LMRO Lab power for the Air Conditioner. This has eliminated the problem of the combined current tripping the 10 Amp breaker.

The other task was to tidy up the computers by installing a wall mounted rack cabinet and get the computers off the floor and improve accessibility to wiring and terminations. That task went well with the cabinet mounted and computers installed by Saturday night by the light of battery powered torches. After the power came back on at the site we could turn everything back on and fix any issues the re-arrangements had caused.

With the Airconditioner now operating the computers are running cooler. We saw the temperature drop to 16 degrees inside overnight and today (Monday) it kept steady at 22 degrees. A big thanks to all those willing hands over the weekend.


Rob Arrowsmith

Comments (0) 24.03.2015. 11:14


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