From the President’s Desk
The biggest news for us in February was the failing of VMRW owned repeater Channels 81 & 82. Some of you may have become aware of this from local media reports and our Facebook page.
We have been unsuccessful in raising the funds to upgrade the aging equipment for over a year, and largely due to this, the VMRW management committee decided that we could not afford to repair the equipment if it failed.
As these two channels are essential to the work of some of the commercial operators in the area, I attended a meeting with members of the Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association (WBOA) and the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association (WCBIA) to offer them ownership of the equipment and licenses, which they accepted.
While the channels are silent for now, plans are in place to repair the repeaters and hopefully it will not be long before Ch’s 81 & 82 are back on air.
I have been going to the radio room at the start of the shifts to ensure that the operators know how to use the Ch 16/67 console competently as it has its shortcomings.
We are hosting the northern zone SAREX this weekend and it will be a busy time for some as it starts on Friday afternoon and finishes Sunday morning. Tom Hudson (VMRAQ trainer) is also here to carry out skipper revalidations.
We have had four activations for February so far and those were two tows and two medivacs.
For maintenance on VMR1, I have pumped a lot of fresh water out of the hulls after the rain that we have had recently.
Lance Robbins (new maintenance officer) and I have be removed the inspection plates and resealed them as well as other maintenance jobs. As VMR1 has nearly 1200 hours on the clock, I will also be organising for VMR1 to go into Hawkes Boatyard for a service.
Regards, Ray Lewis
On February 17, our local State member, Jason Costigan MP visited us on VMR1.
We took him out for a run to Funnel Bay and grabbed the opportunity to have a bit of a chat about VMR Whitsunday, the services we offer, our funding, the delay of our new boat, etc, etc
After some selfie photo opportunities, we headed back.
Jason thanked us for giving him a chance to see what we do. I reckon he would get an even better idea on a 3am activation callout!
Radio Repeater Channels
The question has been asked about which channels to use while Ch’s 81 & 82 are out of action.
The ones to use are Ch’s 16 & 67 for call up and emergencies.
Please DO NOT use these channels as general chat channels; if you do, it is very likely that VTS will call and ask you to get off the channel.
The protocol is to call up on channel 16 or 67, then go to another channel to continue your conversation; use Ch’s 72, 73 & 77 for ship to ship comms.
You can also use this chart as a guide if you are calling direct; ie, for Abell Point Marina, use Ch 09.
VMR MUSIC SUNDAY
Following February’s successful VMR Music Sunday, it is on again this Sunday, 5th March, from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
Maybe Jenni can convince this bloke to come along and have a go on the drums!
Probably not, but there will be a great line up of fantastic bands again, so come along, have a few drinks, enjoy the BBQ and the wonderful view over Whisper Bay.
No Parking problems and free entry at VMR MUSIC SUNDAYS
Like the Facebook page VMR Music Sundays
are held on the first Monday of each month.
The next meeting will be next Monday, March 6.
Starting at 6.15pm after a BBQ and drinks from the bar, the monthly meeting is held at about 7pm, giving members the opportunity to meet other members and committee members, and a chance to discuss matters of interest.
The BBQ is only $3, and drinks are reasonably priced, so come along and have your say.
Notices to mariners
There are two new notices to mariners for our region since the last Samson Post, both about Shute Harbour.
One is about alteration to a lead light, and the other one about the South Molle jetty at Shute Harbour being demolished.
Details of all notices are available at the Qld Govt Transport website
Link to latest Activations reports