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Just a ham operator and a real radio junkie!

I am the sponsor of the 146.9850 repeater at Rose, Oklahoma. Minus offset, 110.9 PL (NW Arkansas standard for VHF).

I first got my ticket back in September 1993 at Durant, OK. My first rig was a 6 channel Yaesu HT. It was a rock-bound job that included 146.5200 and 147.3900 (Durant, OK repeater). I even acquired a mobile antenna, 5/8 whip I believe, to put on my 81 diesel Grand Prix. I talked to guy by the name of Jim up at Atoka; and talked regularly with Steve Talley and his family at Durant. I can't remember either of their call signs. Steve became an SK several years ago; and I think Jim has too.

That was the day though! I had more fun hamming than anything I'd ever done. The guys and gals at Durant and all around that area were great. Then there was the Alinco DR 110 and the Struthers Wattmeter. I had to scrape and save for that setup. Hamfest was fun; the people were great. I sure enjoyed those days and sometimes wish I could go back for more, despite being so "poor" if you will.

Now I'm professionally employed, own my house and two cars and, on and on.

The repeater was a dream come true. I'd envisioned a 2 meter repeater in this area, native to Delaware County, a few years back. We put the finishing touches on it just a week ago (2/6/06). She's workin' good; hope to hear you on it sometime.

June 23, 2007--Recently upgraded to Extra Class May 5th, 2007. My station is nearly complete; just gotta put on mic connectors and she's on the air. The station will be capable of 160m to 23 cm, all modes except 1.25m (222 MHz) which will be FM only and 33 cm (902 - 928 MHz) where I have no capability at all. Tis' a shame that they don't make a 220 all mode radio...........

August 08, 2007--The 23 cm station has been repaired and is operational on 1247 MHz, any mode. I'll probably run it in FM mode for the most part unless scheduled otherwise. I'm running a loop Yagi antenna. I don't remember how many loops other than it's more than 15 loops.

Summer 2009--The 23 cm station now has a vertical antenna and is operational from 1260 to 1300 MHz.  10 watt output, feed is 1/2 inch Andrew Heliax running 35 ft. up a tower.

The 985 repeater is working really well these days.  During the 1st half of April, 2011, I had the antenna raised to 225 ft. on the tower and am now utilizing a 1-1/4 inch heliax that was already in place on the tower.  The coverage is super and what it should've been all along.  The duplexer was changed in Feb. 2010 to a Telwave TPRD 1556.  At first, the backup repeater was operating.  With six watts headed up the heliax to the antenna, the repeater covers from Tulsa to Joplin to Springdale and who knows how far south beyond Tahlequah.  The receiver is just as good.  The 100 watt GE repeater will be back in operation sometime in mid-May, 2011, after a few minor repairs are made.  The tower site is about 1220 ft AMSL.

73 de KC5DBH

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