Brindabellas Around Piccadilly Circus and Bulls Head

The snow caused much disruptions and the power supply to Bulls Head was down for two days. As a result a generator was driven to Bulls Head and connected up to ACTEW communications hut. Bulls is at an altitude of 1366m and is some 40KM south-west of Canberra. The NSW border is on the west side of the Mt Franklin Road. Bulls Head comm site is only 0.5Km west of this road.

This site also has a Telstra communications site. The ACTEW site has a 38 metre tower and has 34Mb/s microwave links to other ACTEW sites in the ACT. The tower also provides a Trunked Mobile service (Telstra Fleetcoms) using the 420Mhz band. Several other facilities including the ACT Emergency Services us this tower for VHF and UHF communications.

The tower is served by a Transgrid hut and an ACTEW hut. ACTEW has a large 48Volt battery bank and also 12Volt batteries. The 12 Volt batteries failed by Tues morning but the 48Volt was still holding up although down to 46.9 volts. The normal float voltage is about 54 volts.

Pictures from 29-31st May 2000


 Brindabella Road

 Mt Franklin Track 29th May

Piccadilly Circus (Junction of Brindabella Rd and Mt Franklin Rd

 Mt Franklin Road from Piccadilly Circus

Clearing Snow on Bulls Head access track

Clearing Snow on Bulls Head access track


 Vehicle on Access Track

 Vehicle on Access Track


Vehicle On Access Track

Clearing snow near Bulls Head huts


Clearing Snow form the Gate

Backing Generator


The Tower

Great Southern's Windmill Generator

Tower Top Showing Snow Covering


The Author at Bulls Head

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