V8's Barbagallo

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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Zebedee » Wed May 14, 2014 11:08 am

yorky wrote:So! On again this weekend! Let's see how big the crowds get this time around. Plenty of support categories which will keep things busy.
Yep :)

This year there's four national categories and two local categories racing across the weekend. The national categories are the V8 Supercars, the Dunlop Series, the V8 Utes and for the first time to WA the Aussie Racing Cars. The two local support categories are the Historic Touring Cars and the Super GTs. All the categories have some track time on each of the three days. The sessions are on the V8 Supercars website at http://www.v8supercars.com.au/champions ... 0/sessions

This year, kids 14 and under get in for free with a paying adult and they're really pushing hard for people to get public transport to and from the venue with a fleet of buses running from Clarkson train station every day. A V8 ticket also allows for free public transport too, making it an even more attractive option. In years past when everyone tried to drive to the racetrack and park on-site there were queues that stretched for miles as the roads in the area just can't support that number of cars all trying to go to the same spot at the same time ;)

There's also been a LOT of infrastructure work at the raceway since the last time the V8s came to town. I was up there on the weekend and there's new structures being put up. Some of them are temporary (like the grandstand seating and corporate marquees) but there's also been a lot of work to the bits that stay there all year 'round which is great to see.

From the other side of the fence (literally!), there's hundreds of volunteers who will be working across the three days to make the event happen. Almost every motorsport official at the event is giving their time to be there. Early pre-dawn starts and long days are on the cards for several WARSUG mods/admins the weekend - but they feed us pretty well and we get to see some awesome racing much closer than any paying spectator so that's always a bonus. :)

Radio-wise (this IS a radio forum after all!) things are going to be a bit different this year. The old analogue FM repeater systems that were in use up there for many years have been decommissioned and a new encrypted digital radio system has been put in place just in time for this event. All is not lost however, since the V8 teams traditionally like to monitor the race control radio channels at each event, I would imagine (but I don't know for sure) that some kind of rebroadcasting might have to be put in place to let that happen. It might be by radio (good for scanner listeners) or by a hard-line feed to each pit garage (which wouldn't be of any use to us at all...) Anyone going up there for the weekend with a scanner, take a listen around and see if you can hear anything useful and if you do, share it around and post the frequencies for others! :)

All the major phone companies have increased coverage for the V8s. Optus has a permanent tower inside the boundaries of the Raceway so that's them sorted. Voda and Telstra have towers nearby but are also deploying their mobile "Cell on Wheels" (or COWs) to the event. They've even shown up in the ACMA database here and here :) Looks like Telstra's (if the site details are accurate) is going on the grassed area in the paddock behind race control and Voda's is going to a similar spot to last year at the top of the hill on the outfield, opposite where the short track starts after flag point 5...
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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Raptor » Wed May 14, 2014 9:51 pm

Zebedee wrote:Radio-wise (this IS a radio forum after all!) things are going to be a bit different this year. The old analogue FM repeater systems that were in use up there for many years have been decommissioned and a new encrypted digital radio system has been put in place just in time for this event. All is not lost however, since the V8 teams traditionally like to monitor the race control radio channels at each event, I would imagine (but I don't know for sure) that some kind of rebroadcasting might have to be put in place to let that happen. It might be by radio (good for scanner listeners) or by a hard-line feed to each pit garage (which wouldn't be of any use to us at all...) Anyone going up there for the weekend with a scanner, take a listen around and see if you can hear anything useful and if you do, share it around and post the frequencies for others! :)
Any further info on this one ? I.e. What radio models etc ? type DMR, NXDN, P25, TETRA etc

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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Zebedee » Thu May 15, 2014 12:24 am

Raptor wrote:Any further info on this one ? I.e. What radio models etc ? type DMR, NXDN, P25, TETRA etc
As best I know I THINK it's a TETRA system. What radios are in use on the day remains to be seen. I know in previous years they've hired in a bunch of handhelds and headsets to complement the ones they have there all year round. I'm going to make a wild guess that they'll be doing the same but for the digital system this time around. So what end up being handed out to the officials could be anything from two tin cans and a bit of string all the way up to some fancy radio with buttons, lights and even the cappuccino attachment :)
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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Zebedee » Thu May 15, 2014 6:58 pm

Zebedee wrote:Looks like Telstra's (if the site details are accurate) is going on the grassed area in the paddock behind race control
Hey presto! One temporary cell tower (which was making my phone report its location as "Winton" earlier today :P

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The trailer with all the info in is apparently called the "WA Quikcell #2"

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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by yorky » Mon May 19, 2014 8:46 am

A successful weekend I would say. Very few incidents although the Aussie cars almost guaranteed something happening every time they came out!
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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Zebedee » Mon May 19, 2014 10:07 pm

yorky wrote:A successful weekend I would say. Very few incidents although the Aussie cars almost guaranteed something happening every time they came out!
Sure was! Massive weekend, lots of fun, great team of people to work with. Hundreds of volunteers all working behind the scenes to make the event a success for the drivers, the teams and the paying public.

If anyone is interested in coming along next year to do more than just spectate, let me know! (Or even for any of the slightly less hectic state level rounds that run all throughout the year...)
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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Raptor » Thu May 22, 2014 10:32 am

Hi doug, what radios were you issued with?

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Re: V8's Barbagallo

Post by Zebedee » Thu May 22, 2014 12:09 pm

Raptor wrote:Hi doug, what radios were you issued with?
I ended up not having a radio in the end coz the job I was doing didn't need one. But I think they were "Sepura" brand radios that were being issued for people to use.
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