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A new role with Whakatane RT Users Association

After a month's apprenticeship on the Management Committee of the Whakatane Radio Telephone Users Association, I accepted the role of Chairman at the AGM last week.

The WRTUA is a 49 year old Incorporated society set up to build and manage transmission sites for a number of RT users in the Eastern Bay of Plenty including councils, emergency services, lines companies and the like, as well as local radio stations. It owns 3 sites at Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), Whale Island, and Manawahe.

Its an interesting role giving me an insight into the modern day usage of the RT systems - which to many users who spend long periods on their own in cars have a social as well as economicvalue.

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