Supervising communications technician Scotty and building services supervisor and carpenter Joe returned to station a few days ago from a week long walking trip to Hurd Point at the southern tip of the island. The purpose of the trip was to perform some maintenance and repairs at the Mt Jeffryes VHF repeater near Hurd Point, and carry out other hut building and communications facilities maintenance and repairs along the way.
The Mt Jeffryes repeater is essential to provide good radio cover to the southern end of the island, and is particularly important for safety reasons given the relative remoteness of the area. Additionally, the nature of the albatross and other wildlife research that is done in the area requiring access to steep coastal slopes, means that our communications to this area must be good.
Joe shares some of his photos of their trip.