Woorabinda The long Road
June in Northern Australia is the best time of the year to travel long distances, and as people in the south rubbed the sleep from their eyes and faced another winter’s day, QRAM was on the long road to Woorabinda.
If you are on the road just be aware, this is a time of the year when the migrating human species known as Grey Nomads leave the comfort of their homes in Southern Australia on their annual pilgrimage to the warmer climate of Northern Australia.
Using satellite navigation and web sites to plot their way to the next stopover, they meet others of the species on their long journey north. Forming themselves into long convoys for company, they meander along slowing down the impatient travellers clogging the roads with their Winnebagos, and SUVs towing caravans, some with tinnies on the roof, not a care in the world, as they go in search of themselves. They stop at night before they get up have a look around eat a drovers breakfast and get out on the road and do the same all over again.
The male positions himself behind the wheel, settles down and drives, while the female sits quietly beside him knitting and thinking about the grand kids.
QRAM took the long 2,333 km Cairns- Woorabinda round trip to carry out maintenance, upgrades, training and catch up with old friends. It was an opportune time to give some experience to the young QRAM team of Tec Support Shane Gibson and Black Star Network Coordinator Gilmore Johnson.
While there the team installed new computer with latest Simian program, new monitor speakers a Vast Black Box to take the new radio satellite platform from Black Star, and also took Dianne through the new simian upgrade.
The trip was great for the young guys’ experience and also to get a feel for on the job problem solving, meeting the locals and promoting the service. It was also a good time to meet up with the legend of Indigenous radio and QRAM founding Chairman Uncle Bill Thaiday. (pictured left with Gilmore Johnson and wife Rosa).
Known by everyone these days as Uncle Bill, the respected elder still helps out at the station when he can, and loves getting behind the mike telling a story and announcing a request.
Woorabinda was the first RIBS to open as a BRACS in Queensland and is now the first to receive the new VAST digital satellite radio service in Queensland.