Dear OM's: ( Dstar update info at bottom)
I hopefully had a nice QSO with you on one of the many modes I now enjoy. I normally listen on 3885khz AM and still do, but addition to that I'm on dstar node number 035C and 003C thanks to Larry W7IOS and the Aussy friends, VK3BBB, VK3NUG. 146.780 156.7pl ( echolink too) and 444.900 103.5pl ( IRLP too) is usually on as well.
Listed below is a brief explanation of the UHF repeater we have in town with K7TMF's IRLP node and the VHF repeater system (N7RHT/KA7ZDL)with Echolink under my call. The dstar is currently on 147.435mhz as a hotspot till W7IOS has his repeater up on the hill above Ephrata. Please use and enjoy, all welcome .
444.900 and 146.780 repeater info
This is hopefully a simple run down of the two repeaters in town. Of course a little bit of history is always fun and makes a good story as well.
The 444.900MHz with 103.5PL (CTCSS) repeater is located at the GCPUD site on Beezley Hill. If you where at Burger King looking up on the hill, its the site at your far left. The 145.310 in perspective is on the far right side above the lite up Flag, star or ? that is lite up at night. The PUD calls this site, Beezley City cause it favors the " City " of Ephrata. Whatever it is called isnt of concern just for seeing where is where. Anyway, if you use this PL tone on the 444.900 (103.5), it will tie your signal (audio) to a repeater in Wenatchee on 444.750 W/103.5PL, and give you access to IRLP node 7141. If you ask " Is this open for me " , yes absolutely !!! The more use the better, tell you friends etc...
How it all came about was a brain storm of Larry Moore ( N7RHT), Sal ( KA7ZDL), and I with help of WR7K, K7NRJ, and ect.....The parts and pieces was all donated for the project and has been a lobar of love of the hobby. In fact the IRLP is owned by K7TMF(Chuck), who thought it could be a help with communications to the Coast or where ever you want to connect to. IRLP ? whats that ? Google will help more than I can explain with my poor skills in that area. All you need to know is " 73 "( sounds familiar) and that will disconnect you from the node that is connected at the time. " 00" will tell you if and who your connected to. Lately Ive had it on node number "9198" which is a reflector to tie in lots of different repeaters of interest. For example we have another repeater that is new in the area that is above Vantage on a frequency of 441.775MHz (103.5PL) This owned by W7UDI and has the blessing of PSE for the same purpose that we have here. So now the coverage is huge! We have had at one time, one Ham in Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Cle Elem, and Seattle. Lots of fun. Steve and I a lot of the times will use the 9198 to tie in the repeaters for the fun of it. So to use the repeater on IRLP on a different node just disconnect it and have fun. The next paragraph should help you in doing that.
So to tie into a IRLP node of your choice, just transmit, and wait 1 second, then enter the IRLP number. If you like you can leave it up as long as you like, or transmit and wait a second and enter 73 and it will say disconnected. If it says connected to lets say 9198, just do a 73 and then select your node number its no big deal at all.
Now for the 146.780 MHz (156.7PL) repeater, it is a large system that bases its operation by using a voting panel to automatically picking the best receiver for you!! Just put in the frequency and tone and away you go. It will give you the same coverage as the 444.900 and 444.750 plus Okanogan, Methow Valley, Lake Chelan, and Grand Coulee. Their is about 4 receivers and 3 transmitters all coming on line at the same time. The transmitters are a high stable osc. accurate up to 1/2Hz per year, so we can have them all set right on frequency for no co-channel interference. Also a echolink node is on this repeater that is under my call, and all is free to use.
FYI, Larrys ( W7IOS) D-Star node is now up on Beezley Hill on 147.435MHz simplex DV mode, and I now have one on 445.600MHz in the DV mode at my house. Please use and have fun! 73 and feel free to email or call
P.S. The local club is on 145.310 repeater -600