Upcoming public service events for 2014. Please consider helping out. These events not only present a good public image of what ham radio operators can do, they are also opportunities to have a good time with fellow hams and other members of the local community.
Special Olympics – The Special Olympics will be held June 6 and 7 this year. Please see K4MTK’s website to learn more and to sign up.
MS Society Bike Ride – Contact Mike Hackett (AC5PT) to volunteer or for more information.
If you have information about an upcoming event, email us and we will add it.
RATS has added a new repeater to the W4RAT stable. A new 900MHz Motorola Quantar repeater, built by Fred Towers, WB4KXS (a RATS Founding Member) and Dave Meier, N4MW, is on the air at our repeater site.
From Fred WB4KXS:
The second 900MHz Richmond repeater is on the air from southside right now. It is on 927.0250/902.0250MHz. It is a mixed mode repeater, that is, it can work in analog mode using 100Hz PL, or it will work in P25 digital mode using NAC $293.The repeater output (after the duplexer) is 60 watts. The antenna is fed by about 500 feet of 7/8 inch hardline. The antenna is one that was already mounted on the WCVE tower. However, it is NOT a 900MHz antenna. In fact we do not really know what the antenna is, but we suspect that it is a UHF (450MHz) antenna. We have a 900MHz Super StationMaster antenna ready to go, but are trying to find a way to cover the cost of having a commercial tower crew (required by WCVE) put the 900MHz antenna on the tower. When the Super StationMaster antenna is in place, this repeater’s range should improve greatly. Then again, even with the current antenna, it works surprisingly well.If you have one of the Kenwood TK-981 radios that N4MW and I have set up and distributed in Virginia, mainly in the Richmond metro area, this repeater is just two channels down from the downtown Richmond repeater you have been using.
If you have one of the P25 EFJ 5100 handheld radios that were recently available on eBay, you are ready to go on analog. You will need to get the very latest version of the software configuration for it to work on P25. Any 5100 programmed at the last Tailgate Fest (or since then) is programmed for P25 on this repeater. If you need a 5100 update, let me know and we can fix you up with the newest configuration.
Thanks to N4MW for the engineering, metalwork, duplexer, time, and sweat to put together this repeater, a Motorola Quantar. Thanks to K3WRY for the Bird wattmeter panel we are using in this repeater. Thanks to RATS for getting permission to put this repeater at the WCVE site, and thanks to WCVE for giving that permission.