During the July 2020 DARC Board Meeting, the issue of noise on the DARC 146.880 repeater was discussed. Tony NT5TM did a street level inspection July 10, 2020 and noted NO issues or apparent damage to any of the antennas. A plan was formulated for an early repeater site inspection Sunday July 12, 2020.Continue reading
During the July 2020 DARC Board Meeting, the issue of noise on the DARC 146.880 repeater was discussed. It was agreed we would reach out to Bernie K5BP, our Technical Officer to discuss and get his consultation. Since that time, Tom KE5ICX Repeater Trustee, KF5ZBP President and David KG5EIU Vice-President have continued to monitor and do some testing offsite.Continue reading
If you’d like to listen to one of our nets without using Echolink, or if you’d like to introduce non-ham friends to the 88 machine, I’ve been working on a resource that can help: a Broadcastify feed. After experimenting for several evenings with a RTL-SDR dongle, I’ve decided that I can get better audio quality by wiring an old HT up to a computer…so that’s what I’ve done.
Be aware that there is 30-40 seconds of latency between the repeater and the feed, so don’t try using this for checking in to SKYNET. Broadcastify also claims to provide archives of recorded audio, but I haven’t tested that feature yet.
Let me know if you need to report a problem: just email my callsign, nt5tm, at w5fc.org.
Some good news and bad – The Bad: AS of Nov 11, 2018 the w5fc DARC 442.425 Yaesu System Fusion Repeater will be off the air for a few days. The Good: when the repeater and controller come back on the air it will be the new Yaesu DR2X and have Wires-X connectivity (replacing the older DR1X). Stay tuned for more updates as they occur. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Good News!! After a long wait the W5FC D-STAR repeater stack was successfully reconnected to the Internet today July 17, 2016. We ran into some issues with the VHF repeater and while that repeater will link and unlink the RF output power is very weak – further troubleshooting will be required at a later time but the UHF and 1.2GHz repeaters should be just fine – please let us know if you have any issues or questions just drop us a note here.
After a few weeks of downtime the W5FC 220 repeater (224.880) was put back into service and is now available for general Amateur use. It was taken down for integration with the new SCOM controller running the 146.880 repeater. With the new controller and integration the Club will be able to link the repeaters as needed. Special thanks to K5BP, KE5JIT and KF5ZBL for helping with the updates this evening July 7, 2016.
July 7, 2016 – After some maintance, additional features/functions were added to the VHF W5FC (146.880) repeater stack. A new SCOM controller was added and the voter was put back online. Check out the video overview from DARC VP Bill KF5ZBL.