of Foreign Wars Post 1108 Richmond In,
W1IDX Repeater Group announce Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 1108 in Richmond Indiana is sponsoring there entirely four
amateur radio repeaters in the W1IDX Repeater Group. The post is footing the
total bill for the $9000 project.
Thank to all of the amateur operators who helped with this project but
especially the Advisory Board who not only has worked hard putting the project
together and keeping it going but who spent also a lot of time meeting with the
VFW in securing their sponsorship. I'd like to give special thanks to Ron
Stier (W9ICZ) who audited the expenses recently.
W1IDX Repeater Group as open
repeaters with no dues or membership required. If you would like to run
any nets or special interest group activities, please do so.
The W1IDX Group 444.350 MHz
repeater uses a CTCSS tone of 127.3 is a Motorola GR1225 antenna is an Antenex
FG4405 5 dB gain on a side arm. It is a 45 watt repeater turned down to
about 20 watts after the enclosed duplexer ERP is approximately 125 watts. It uses LMR600 cable to run to
just about the top of a 150' tower at the Richmond Fire Department headquarters
at 101 South 5th Steet. The range is not known at present but A mobile on US 36
at the Ohio/Indiana line at times was full quieting but with UHF would disappear
when going down into dips. Ground elevation is 990".
The duplexer was incorrectly installed prior to shipping and not
only was backwards but not tuned. A great big thanks to Gary Green, (Tech
Electronics), for rushing this in and out of his shop and getting us up and running!. Thanks to all that have donated their time to getting this running
and a special thanks to the Advisory Board for the repeater group.
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The 224.740 MHz 1.25 meter
is 127.3. The antenna is Comet Super22 at 6.6 dbi and is mounted at
the very top (the bus system is side-mounted below the top). Located at South 4
& Q Street at Roseview Transit System (bus garage) on a 125' self-supporting
tower. It is fed with LMR600 cable to a Celwave four-cavity duplexer and then to
a 35 watt Motorola Micor transceiver using a NHRC-4 repeater controller with a .ERP
is approximately 175 watts
The system uses a CTCSS tone of 127.3. at Roseview Transmit System at S. 4th & Q Street.
There is a crossband repeater 147.585 MHz with a CTCSS tone of 131.8 at about
the 80 foot level is a side arm with a Diamond CP22E 6.5 dB gain antenna that is
fed with RG/8 (9913) to a Motorola MaxTrac transceiver using 25watts. This
crossband repeater is on simplex and what is transmitted on the VHF link is
repeated to the 224 and the same thing occurs when the 224 machine is used.
Elevation is 980.The crossband l bring up the 220 machine at that Roseview Transmit System. You will NOT here anything back except if
someone on the 220 responds. Therefore, keying the VHF input will not give
any indication but if you make a call it will go out on 220. Any respose
come back on the same simplex frequency and it has been working great!
A note, if you are using the 220
remember you are driving two repeaters so
please don't keep them running for any extended time as with all repeaters. The
crossband at times may be used to link the other repeaters
on VHF, Echo Link, etc. No plans are to do so now but in an emergency it
be in a different configuration and an e-mail will be sent out.
W1IDX reports that he was able to use a 5 watt portable in
downtown Cambridge and make it back full quieting but the signal probably is not
a great as when it was on the police radio tower the past 25 years. That
system was discarded except for the
repeater cabinet that was sandblasted and repainted and the system is using the
same duplexer. Everything else was recently replaced.
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The 147.045+ repeater
pl tone of 131.8 is
located in downtown Richmond at Uptown Laundry, 1017 East Main Street, on the
old 110' taxi tower. The antenna is 7.8 db gain Diamond F23A single band
antenna. The transmission line is RG-8 (9913) feed to
a four cavity Celwave duplexer and then to the Motorola GR1225 45 watt repeater. The repeater has been turned down to about 25 watts
ERP is approximately 200 watts. The repeater uses a CTCSS
tone of 131.8 full-time. The ground elevation is 990' and coverage west is
about mile marker 135 on I-70 in Henry County, north to Winchester, south to
just inside Franklin County depending where you are at and east to just inside
Montgomery County. Mobile units have called in from Everton and on SR 44
short of Rushville at full quieting. A GMRS repeater also operates on a sidearm at the top of the tower
The club repeater is 147.270 MHz
tone is 131.8. located at Redcross 1417 N A Richmond, Indiana. The repeater is Kenwood
730 pushing 30 watts the antenna is an Diamond
Ff23A 2 meter repeater antenna (7.8 dbi gain) 15.8 feet tall it's 95 feet
to the tip of the antenna from ground elevation of 995.
The 147.270 + (131.8) is a Kenwood TR-720. It is located between Richmond and
Centerville on US 40 and Woody Drive at Cummins Electric on a 100' tower at
about the 90' level and has a 100 watt amplifier. The ERP is approximately 600
watts. It has autopatch and reverse autopatch.
Antenna is fed
with Belden 9913F7 the duplexer is a 4 cavity Sinclair. White
Water Valley Amateur Radio Club are getting good reports on our repeater
coverage as far south as Brookville lake.
147.525 Echolink Node 332794
EchoLink is now operational at
the Richmond Municipal Building. You can access the system 24/7 on 147.525 MHz
simplex using a 131.8 tone. The station transmits and receives the tone in case
you want to code your receiver at your end to open up only to the station on
that channel. The station is operating at 50 watts and has a JTB1 high gain
antenna on the roof of the building using a 30' tower. It is approximately 80'
above the ground at the base of the antenna. Mobile coverage 20-30 miles base
coverage up to 40 miles erp of 130watts. The Echolink is using Icom IC:2100 and
for the antenna JTB1.Location is Latitude: 39.82994
Longitude: -84.89543 giving it a elevation of approximately 980 feet.
EchoLink allows your signal to go by way of the Internet to a
distant station and out over their local system, generally this will be also a
simplex channel or a repeater. Please call as you would if visiting another
city in person and using a FM VHF or UHF local system, not as if using a HF
radio. When using EchoLink please give your call such as, "W9XYZ for EchoLink".
Please clear the channel with your call when done so someone else will know it
We would like to thank the Richmond Police Department as the sponsor of this
station and the VFW Post 1108 for the eventual funding of the system. Also, to
all the individuals who worked on this project with special thanks to Jeff
Norris who spent several hours with our I T people and to Ron Showalter Jr who
engineered the RF side of the system. If you have never used EchoLink ask around
or send any specific questions to any of those you hear using the system
over-the-air. Generally, you use " 0 0 " to connect and " # " to disconnect.