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Area Repeaters

AMATEUR RADIO REPEATERS IN UTAH

There are numerous Amateur Radio repeater stations in Utah including a number in Southwestern Utah. The following is taken from a database maintained by the Utah VHF Society web site and information from that organization is reproduced below. The Dixie Amateur Radio Club takes no responsibility for any inacuracies that may be present in these listings. 

To view a comprehensive listing of all known Amateur Radio repeaters in Utah please follow this  LINK.

Dixie Amateur Radio Club's

Linked Repeater System

The Dixie Amateur Radio Club has a linked repeater system.  Here are the new frequencies that you can use. These are open repeaters available to any Amateur to use: 
  •    145.490 MHz  Utah Hill  (covering most areas of the southern county, northern Clark County, NV)
  •    146.640 MHz  Webb Hill  (coverage of  metropolitan St. George, Washington)
  •    145.450 MHz Toquerville  (coverage of northern Washington County, Hurrican/LaVerkin - eastern Washington Ccounty areas)
Remember, the frequency that you should have your transceiver's receiver set on is the frequency shown above.   You should have the transmit offset set to minus (-) 600kHz  and each of these repeaters require a 100hz CTCSS tone to access them. 


Information on accessing IRLP Links from the Club's DARC Repeater System:

All you need to do is key up on one of the 2 meter DARC repeaters, count to two to get time for the links to all come up, identify yourself for IRLP access, dial the IRLP node number on your TT pad, release the PTT and listen for the IRLP computer voice to tell you if you are connected or not. When you are done dial 73 on your TT pad and the IRLP computer voice should come back and tell you that you are disconnected. If for any reason you cannot get the 73 to work (like you drive out of range of our repeaters), the IRLP node connection will time out if the repeaters are inactive.

The DARC repeaters are 145.49 - with 100.0 Hz tone, 145.45 - with 100.0 Hz tone, or 146.64 - with 100.0 Hz tone. The 145.49 is a high level machine with good general wide area coverage. The 145.45 is a medium level machine that works best in the Hurricane area. Up to the Zion park entrance works on a mix of 145.49 and 145.45 with .45 being the best overall. The 146.64 is a low level machine for St. George and Washington area coverage. All three of these repeaters are normally linked. If our repeater links are down for any reason, the 145.45 is the direct IRLP access repeater frequency.

The IRLP web site lists the available IRLP node numbers:  http://www.irlp.net/

Click on:  Node Info     Then click on: List of nodes and Frequencies


Presentation on the Repeater System:


Below is a link to view the presentation on the Club's Repeater System that Nick Nickle, W7CRN, presented at the October 21, 2009 Club meeting.  A number of Club members asked if it could put it on the web site.
 
Please CLICK HERE to view the presentation. 
 (Note: It is provided as a PDF file, 1.303MB file size.  and Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF reader is needed to view the file.)

If you have any questions on the presentation, please contact Nick via e-mail at:  w7crn@crnick.com



A Tutorial on Good Amateur Repeater Practices from Honorary Lifetime Club Member Casey Lofthouse, KD7HUS:

I asked that this be posted on our repeater page. It covers the operating procedures according the to ARRL.  On a recent fall 2011 day, the system was plauged with nearly 200 kerchunks.  You have got to be kidding me!  Here is a link to ARRL operator manual regarding repeater operation and a few other spills on it.  Thanks for reading and following this advice. '73', Casey

http://www.redgiant.org/w7rac/arrl_repeater_operation_from_the.htm


Kerchunking, What is it? 

To put it lightly, it is an act of pressing the PTT to trigger the repeater without any intention to talk to anyone. Some people do it when there is no one talking on the repeater. They may be checking if their antenna is working okay, or to know if the repeater is working fine. Some do it when they feel bored and the mere repeater tail end and squelch crash gives them some satisfaction. The funniest thing is that if someone comes forward to talk to them, they simply shy away. People who do kerchunk while a QSO is on are real QRM makers. Sometimes, a distant station trying to access the repeater by turning and adjusting their antenna towards repeater could be mistaken for kerchunkers. In that case listening carefully without any prejudice could bring to your log a callsign which is transmitting from afar.

Whereever there are hamradio repeaters, kerchuking is there, its a universal phenomenon. Kerchunk if you have to. But always Identify your transmissions!  Another good thing to keep in mind is to always allow a slight pause to allow another station to transmit if he needs to. And remember transmitting without identifiying is illegal.

OK, we have probably all done it, but what is it. You pick up the mike or handi- talkie because you have not heard anything for few minutes. Then even though the display of the radio is on, that little bit of doubt creeps into your mind, is it the repeater....or me..... or is my radio working? Did the repeater offset slip? Did the PL tone get lost? Did the power setting go to extra low? Did that intermittent coax connection just go away again? Finally you just have to key the mike for a second or two to see if you hear the repeater identify or hear the courtesy tone. That second or two of dead air with no ID is a kerchunk.

If you just have to do an on air test, say so:      "This is (Call sign) Testing".

It will still bring up the ID or courtesy tone and is a legal transmission. Due to the increasing complexity of our radios, no one minds if you test as long as you say so. Anyone who has ever had a microprocessor-based radio lose its mind knows the complexities involved.

Anytime we use the repeater and autopatch, we become caretakers of it. The responsibility does not lay entirely in the hands of the repeater trustee and the communications officer. By our very use, we are taking this responsibility upon ourselves. If we use it, let's use it in a way that will provide this service for years to come. It's a shared resource, and in sharing we must all use it with these things in mind.

By the way, the term "Kerchunk" can also apply to the sound a large Amplitude Modulation Transmitter makes when the operator switches it off and on.


Information from Steve Fehlhaber of Monroe, Utah on other linked repeater systems in the State of Utah:


I wanted to share some Utah VHF repeater information with you and your organization.  I invite you to review my information and create a link to it via your website if you so desire. Last year I realized that the chore of locating and identifying repeaters for single and Linked systems in Utah was a complex task of research and patchy information.  In this endeavor, I realized that a single listing and mapping of our 3 primary linked systems was possible.  This includes the "Intermountain Intertie", "Sinbad(SDARC)", and "Skyline Systems".  I first published in August of 2009, updated in September of 2009 and again in February of 2010.
 
The link is www.steveswww.com/content.htm or via my call sign at QRZ.com where there is a link available also.
 

I invite you and any of your members to visit and review this information.  If there are any errors or omissions, please let me know, otherwise, I think you will find it rather pleasant to use and derive information from.   We have also just begun to establish a new group here in Sevier Valley,  www.sevierarc.org,   Sevier Amateur Radio Group.
 
Please feel free to contact me for information or questions about these sites.  
 
73,
Steve Fehlhaber - KE7ZIW
Monroe, UT.  84754
435-893-1957 cell
CW4759

www.steveswww.com


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