On the 20th of January a team from the RSSL went up to Yati in Nadika’s (4S5NCH) Land Rover along with the repeater coordinator Wijay 4S7VJ, Jaliya 4S7JL and Thilan 4S5TNT to effect urgent repairs to the antenna and for general maintenance. The antenna was replaced by 4S7VJ having repaired the broken antenna that was brought from the Gongala repeater test effort and installed at Yati. A new low/no maintenance battery was also installed as the old battery had served 3 long years, along with a lightning arrestor which was brought by 4S6ABC from Singapore for the RSSL.
We like to place on record the appreciation of the team that went up there at very short notice and also note with gratitude doing so at no cost to the RSSL for transport. Such is the dedication of the RSSL hams. It is the ham spirit of these dedicated guys that keep amateur radio alive and kicking, going out of their way at personal expense to serve the community.
All appear to be excellent at the point of writing. Nadika is in the process of completing a coverage map and we welcome your input so that members could be better informed about its coverage.
G. Victor A. Goonetilleke 4S7VK