Mt Eckersley Project

SERG Mt Eckersley Repeater Project                                                                       28/06/2020


Report #5  

VK3HAQ, VK3HJV, VK3FJET, VK3HEW, VK3VET visited Mt Eckersley today laid the floor in the container.

The next project will be to build and install the work bench.

The internal dimensions of the container are approximately 1.8m long by 2.3m wide. We will need to know where the radio rack is to be located and how big it is and how big a bench is required and where it is to be located.

After that, the major part of the project, laying the footings and the mast base will be next on the agenda. However, before that Gus will need to partition a piece of land and install the fence and gate and level the site. I will contact him asap to discuss this. Weather will be a determining factor.

Thanks to VK3HEW and XYL for providing afternoon tea.

VK3HJV has posted some photos to the Facebook page and two of these are in the posts section on this site.

Report from Portland group

This #3 report from Denis is a request for funds to get the building repaired. Peter will be approving this expenditure on behalf of SERG Repeater Committee as it is within budget.

SERG Mt Eckersley Repeater Project 30/5/2020

Report #3   Preliminary Costings (partial)

Please note:

  1. These costings are estimates and based on prices for timber from Bunnings on line and Bluescope for flashing (on line).
  2. They do not include costs for cladding or roofing. After discussion with Andrew Bainbridge he may be able to access (in the near future) some second hand sheeting at no cost or reduced cost.
  3. I have not been able to estimate footing costings yet. It is likely that the container pads will each (4 needed) be 600mm cubes. I have yet to contact Ian Mason regarding the requirements for the mast footings.
  4. Also, after discussion with Andrew he has suggested that the cladding is put on the container after it has been transported to site. As he points out there will need to be an overlap of cladding at the bottom of the container for water run-off. Putting the cladding on before shifting the container would damage the cladding.
  5. After writing the above Andrew emailed and suggested he may be able to help with some cheap screws etc and hardwood timber.
  6. However, at this stage we would like some guidance on budget for the materials shown below, so that if we need to go ahead and buy we have the authority to do so.
  7. VK5BE has made an alternative suggestion for footings but that was over the weekend and I have yet to contact a supplier.
  8. I do not anticipate any work being done now for at least a week (awaiting budget approval) and I will not be ale to get to site until Latin exams finished around 15th
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  • External wall batons: Will require about 26.5m of 75*35mm treated pine @ $3.76 per metre. Approx. $100.
  • Internal floor batons: Will require about 15.0m of 90*45mm treated pine @ $5.30 per metre. Approx. $80.
  • Flooring: Will require 2 sheets 3600*800*19mm waterproof tongue/grove chipboard at approx. $45 per sheet (prices from M10 Portland). Approx. $90.00.
  • Roof support timber: Will require 3m of 190*45mm treated pine at @ $11.00 per metre; 3m of 140*45mm treated pine at @ $8.00 per metre; 3m of 90*45mm treated pine @ $5.00 per metre. Total approx. $72.00 and will depend on whether we can get the two larger sizes cut to order. The 90*45mm can be added to the requirement of the internal floor batons.
  • Flashing: Will require about 10.5m of corner flashing at $10.20 per metre approx. $110; About 6.7m of roof flashing at about $12 per metre approx. $80. Total approx. $190.
  • $150.00 for screws, glues and shrews for the taming thereof.

Total approximate cost for the above $682.

Denis VK3VET

SERG Mt Eckersley Repeater Project 26/5/2020

Report #2            Team visit 17/05/2020

                                VK3HAQ; VK3VET

  1. David and I went to site this afternoon and David removed the remained of the flooring. This was no mean feat.
  2. The rear LHS timber was very damp and there appears to be a crack in the outside rear container. This crack will be covered when the cladding is fitted and is of no concern.
  3. We also prepared and applied a first application of fibreglass bog to the rusted bottom LHS corner.
  4. Measurements have been made for the timber, chipboard and cladding requirements and we will have some idea of a budget for this part of the project shortly. Estimates will need to be made for the mast footings and the corner pads for the container. We are probably looking at pad that are 600x600x600mm per corner.
  5. You will be happy to know that I am not running the estimates past the Australian Treasury.


SERG Mt Eckersley Repeater Project 19/5/2020

Report #1            Team visit 17/05/2020

                                VK3HJV; VK3HAQ; VK3FJET; VK3VET

  1. The outside of the container is in good condition. The rear (original) door is welded shut and it was decided not to remove the weld. At the roller door end there is rust damage at the very bottom LHS looking in. This damage is below the level of the floor but it might be prudent to repair it before the new floor is laid. The roof is in good condition.


  1. In a phone call to Gus before we went out, he suggested that we clad the outside rather than patch and paint. We thought that this was a very good suggestion as it will provide an air insulation gap as well as remove the need to patch and paint the exterior. We may be able to source some second hand zinc alum cladding either free (Gus and or VK3LTL). David has suggested using 90*45mm treated pine for batons, cut to length an screwed/bolted to the container to hold the cladding.


  1. David suggested that the roof slope from 200mm down to 100mm across the length/width of the container and again zinc alum the clad. He noted that the slope needs to be either pointing downhill or towards the clad and sealed end of the container.


  1. The old floor has been almost removed. David and Paul did all the hard work, and it was hard, as the flooring was heavy duty ply and screwed into steel bearers. Some of the steel bearers are damaged and rusted away from the support side frame. We will need to put some bracing in to help support the new floor. The new floor will most likely be heavy duty waterproof chipboard. David and I are hopefully heading out there this Friday to finish removal of the floor.


  1. In the preliminary phone call to Gus I mentioned getting the container up the hill when it is ready. He will organise a flat bed tilt tray and is going to take it up the gravel road through his neighbour’s property. This is the road access to the Telstra/Optus set up. He is prepared to cut his fence to allow access for the truck/trailer. This removes the hazard of getting the container up a very steep and slippery hill.


  1. We had some discussions (whilst enjoying the view from the top of the hill) about how the seat and bold the container into position. David had a great suggestion which involves 4 raised concrete pads to sit the container on and bolted or welded lugs to the container which will attach to the pads.
  2. David and I will draw up a materials list this Friday (time permitting) and then we can see how much we can scrounge without spending money.