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.
Amateur Radio Club's
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:
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.
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
Hurrican/LaVerkin - eastern Washington Ccounty areas)
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
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/
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
(Note: It is provided as a PDF file, 1.303MB
size. and Adobe
or a similar PDF reader is needed to view the file.)
have any questions on the presentation, please contact Nick via e-mail
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
Kerchunking, What is
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
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
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:
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
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,
Amateur Radio Group.
feel free to contact me for information or questions about these
Steve Fehlhaber - KE7ZIW
Monroe, UT. 84754