OUR 2M REPEATER


Estimated repeater to 50W mobile coverage in green. Estimated repeater to base station with high gain directional antenna coverage in light blue. Click on map for higher resolution.

Latitude: 47 deg 22' 42" N
Longitude: 88 deg 10' 42" W
Height ASL: 1570' (Ground level is 1480' ASL)
New Repeater, Motorola MSR-2000 Summer of 2007
Moved from 4th floor to 1st floor of building
Power Output: 100W
Receiver pre-amp added Nov. 2007
Antenna Gain: 6 dB
Feedline Loss: 1 dB
Description of coverage: Thunder Bay, ON-->Marquette/Alger Co line on the coast-->Crystal Falls-->Ontonagon



Gary, K8YSZ is working on the .315 repeater.



Howard, KD8ABP and David, KD8CGA after completion of the new room for the repeater. Nice job guys!



Ever wonder what keeps the repeater going when the commercial power quits?


ECHOLINK NODE #405654 (KD8JAM-R) INSTRUCTIONS

After much awaited fanfare, Echolink has arrived on the .315 repeater! You can talk to hams across the U.P. and around the world with just your HT or 2m mobile radio. It's free, too. To connect to another repeater you must know the node number you want to reach. Announce your callsign "requesting echolink" then using your mic and DTMF keypad

Connect: key up the mic. Press "A" "Node Number" then dekey. For example, to connect to the KD9GY repeater in Lake Zurich, IL Keyup and press "A 78073"

Disconnect: key up the mic. Press "##" then dekey

Echolink

Current Status of our echolink node

N4WWC Echolink Map

Echolink Nodes on Google Earth


Regional Echolink Nodes
Callsign Location Node Comments
KD8JAM-R
(linked to K8MDH 315 RPT)
Calumet 405654 147.315+ repeater
K6IPC-R
(linked to W8CDZ 88 RPT)
Calumet 628115 146.88- repeater
W8YY-R Houghton 355330 MTU 444.5+ repeater
W8RDR-R Munising 275200 145.41-/147.195+ repeaters
KB0P-L Ishpeming 2052 444.2+/147.27+ repeaters
K9MLD-R Ironwood 319316 146.805- repeater
KC8QZG-L Newberry 240336 146.61- repeater
W9ZL-R Appleton, WI 408545 145.33- repeater
W88DX-R Gaylord 493424 147.12+ repeater
N8FQ-R Grand Haven 469574 145.49- repeater
K9JAC-R Hubertus, WI 114168 Milwaukee area repeater
W9GLG-R Wasau, WI 198118 443.325+ repeater
W8TVC-R Traverse City 56464 145.27- repeater
NØKFM-R Minneapolis 268460 145.29- repeater
AA9VI-R Northbrook, IL 7641 442.725+ (Chicago area)
WW8GM-R Detroit 99846 443.075+ repeater
W9RCA-R Indianapolis 6522 146.88- repeater


Other Interesting Places
Callsign Location Node Comments
KB2NYH-R New York 181905 145.35- repeater
W6BXQ-R Miami 457235 146.64- repeater
KB2NYH-R Norwood, MA 313106 near Boston
N5UA-R Dallas 257890 444.675+ repeater
N0OBA-R Denver 10079 145.19- repeater
KA5QDG-R Houston 94621 145.11- repeater
VK3RTL-R Melbourne, Australia 1046 repeater
VK2IR-R Sydney, Australia 3364 repeater
ZL3CAR-R Christchurch, New Zealand 101553 repeater
VE3JSO-R Hamilton, ON 149477 near Toronto
VA7DEP-R Delta, BC 168180 near vancouver
GØWYG-R Bromley, England 3275 near London
GB3CS-R Glasgow, Scotland 167078 repeater



APRS DIGIPEATERS

KCRA club members Howard (KD8ABP) and George (W8FWG) have donated 4 digitpeaters to the KCRA and CCRAA . They use the nationwide APRS frequency of 144.39 MHz FM and communicate at 1200 baud. APRS is a 2-way tactical communications mode. It is commonly used for text messaging (base and mobile stations), WX station reporting, vehicle tracking, and checking the current status of VHF propagation. APRS is not just a VHF radio system, however. Many VHF APRS stations nationwide are also connected to the internet. So it's possible to send a test message from a station in Colorado to a mobile station in the Copper Country using APRS! The U.P. Skywarn website has plenty of information on configuring your own home or mobile APRS station. The stations are located as follows:

Callsign Location County Path
K8MDH-1 Mt. Horace Greely Keweenaw WIDE3-3
W8CDZ-2 Osceola Houghton WIDE3-3
KC8YDU-12 Mass City Ontonagon WIDE3-3



Autopatch Guidelines

FREE for everyone to use. (Try it)
  • 1. Listen on the "315" receive frequency first......if it is in use, wait until it is free.(BREAK IN FOR EMERGENCY'S)
  • 2. When it is free of all conversation, announce...."(Your call sign) Requesting Autopatch"
  • 3. Operate the PTT switch on your microphone and dial (*) (star) plus the 7-digit telephone number you are calling (2-digits for autodial) or For EMERGENCYS (Fire, Police and Ambulance Services) dial "911" for the Keweenaw County Sheriff, or "912" for the Houghton County Sheriff, or "916" for the U.S. Coast Guard, Portage Station in Dollar Bay. With this type of call please be sure to tell the dispatcher WHERE you are, as the caller id will only show the repeater's location , not the ACTUAL LOCATION where you are!.. Release the PTT switch and you will hear the automated response "Autopatch....(followed by the digits you just dialed)...followed by the ring cycle of the telephone. When the person answers, remember it is half-duplex, that is while you hold your PTT down, you can't hear the party you are calling....so release to LISTEN....and re-operate the PTT key to talk to them.
  • 4. Ending a conversation. When you finish you will simply operate the POUND (#) key, (That would be the key to the RIGHT of the ZERO) then automated voice will then say...."CALL COMPLETE"......and with that statement it will disconnect you from the phone line.
  • 5. Now suppose you get out of range, before you can initiate a disconnect? There is a 2-1/2 minute timer that will automatically disconnect you from the phone line......or....it will give a voice announcement of : 'PLEASE HANG UP AND TRY YOUR CALL AGAIN." Most hams will realize that you can't bring it down, and they will hit the POUND (#) key and bring it down for you.
  • 6. MEMORY AID: Just remember this simple phrase:......."STAR UP. (LIKE STARS IN THE SKY)......AND POUND DOWN (LIKE A HAMMER), (pounding down) These two keys are on opposite sides of the touch-tone pad (dialer) on your microphone and on all telephone dials, that are Touch-Tone.
  • 7. On the Keweenaw Repeater ("315") we offer Free autopatch for everyone to use and two FREE autodial slots for members only. To get your autodial slots contact (Bill KD8JAM) and I will program them for you, at no charge. People sometimes use the last two digits of the telephone number you are using provided they are not already in use.
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