If you have tried using the IRLP or Echolink nodes on the 443.3 repeater you may have noticed the audio would drop after connecting. We’ve discovered that it was just a simple push to talk (PTT) wirecoming lose from the terminal. We will have that fixed today so it shouldn’t be a problem. We’re sorry for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.
A couple days ago, K5GLH and W5QO were talking on the 146.7 MHz repeater when they noticed the signal coming back from the repeater was intermittently weak and was preceded by static. Later, K5GLH received an email from a user saying they experienced the same thing while connected to an IRLP node. At first we thought it was a fluke but now it is clear there is a cold solder joint or possibly a pot that has some connectivity issues on the power amplifier.
We have not had a chance to check it out yet but we just wanted to let everyone know that we are aware of the problem. We do have backup repeaters to use when we get a few minutes to swap them out. Keep in mind, the backup repeaters have different courtesy tones set on them so you’ll know when the backup is being used. You can still use the repeater but just be aware that if the other person doesn’t come back to you or you stop hearing courtesy tones, that you are experiencing this issue.
We have family here so we are not able to get to it immediately. We appreciate your patience and we’ll get to it as soon as we have some time.
This week we added Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) object scripts to both of our IRLP nodes. This adds an object to the map showing IRLP-4122 and IRLP-3013 at the tower site on the map. The negative side to this is that both objects are on top of each other. We have set them to beacon at different times so that each one will be dominant at different times. The 146.7 MHz repeater, IRLP-3013 is set to beacon once every 10 minutes while the 443.3 MHz, IRLP 4122 is set to beacon every 15 minutes. Since they both show up on top of each other on the map, you really can’t read the text.
To alleviate the two nodes being stacked on top of each other we moved node 3013 one slightly to the North so that they show up beside each other vertically instead of stacked on top of each other.We noticed there were some stations up in Canada that were doing it this way. Now when you look at them on aprs.fi, you will see the two nodes on the map with IRLP-3013 slightly North of IRLP-4122, even though both of them are on the same tower.
When you click on them, they show the repeater frequency, offset, PL tone and our web site. Hopefully this will help those traveling through to be able to locate our IRLP nodes. We couldn’t show the Echolink nodes simply because there was not enough space to show them. Our web sites reflect them so people should still be able to find them. If you have any questions, please let us know.
We would like to wish all of our members and their families a wonderful New Year in 2017. The last year was very eventful for us and we hope the next year will be even more so. Thank you for being a part of our small group and allowing us to serve you.
Our club has been mainly a small group of family and friends though anyone has been and continue to be welcome. As of now, our roster is more than 150 people and we appreciate everyone of you. It is our wish that you and your families have a prosperous New Year with good health and financial stability.
What a busy year it has been. Today at 12:24 PM, the 443.3 MHz repeater signed on the new DB-420 antenna at 96 feet on the new tower. It is our desire to make this repeater our full time WIN System repeater like it was back in 2010 when K5GLH took his tower down to facilitate the sale of his house. Now the 146.7 MHz repeater is at 113 feet elevation, also on the new tower. This has been very costly and time consuming over the last year.
Since we’ve struggled to find someone to climb the tower and install the antennas, this project was a bit delayed but we finally got it done. Our Trustee, W5QO would have done it himself had the rest of us begged him not to.
We hired a tower climber that has experience with this and he was very good. If anyone needs tower work, we can set you up with a guy that is good, quick and does a very professional job.
In this picture we have the tower with the 146.7 repeater antenna installed while the climber pulls the 443.3 repeater up. We are thrilled to have this installed once and for all. I hope you are able to reach them from your location.
In this picture you can see the antenna going up the tower. We could not have asked for a better day to do this. It started out as a nice cool 52 degrees and was a comfortable 76 by the time it was complete. The wind was very light and there were very few hiccups in this process. There are over 400 pictures in our Flickr album from the time we picked up the tower sections until complete. You can view the entire album here.
This tower project started as K5GLH was looking for some tower sections for his own use. He found someone on Craigslist that had 14 sections but he only wanted five sections. W5QO wanted the remaining nine sections and over the last year has built and install the tower. Today is an exciting day to see this project complete. Thank you for your patience.