BARC has four repeaters each of which ID with the club’s callsign of K4BRK/R (for repeater) in Morse code.
Additionally, each repeater transmits a different number in Morse after K4BRK/R as follows:
- 146.64 repeater transmits K4BRK/R 1
- 444.10 repeater transmits K4BRK/R 2
- 145.23 repeater transmits K4BRK/R 3
- 442.8 repeater transmits K4BRK/R 4
Three of BARC’s repeaters are Yaesu DR-1X repeaters running in analog node. The 444.1 repeater is both analog and D-STAR. We leave it on REF 30B, which is the Georgia ARES reflector.
Each repeater has a 71.9 Hz CTCSS sub-audible access tone, also known as a PL tone that runs 24/7/365. Therefore, be sure that when you program your handhelds and mobile radios you set a PL tone of 71.9.
With the CTCSS access tone activated, the repeater’s receiver will hear your voice coming on the input requency, but will only retransmit your audio if it also hears a 71.9 Hz along with your voice.
Besides receiving a 71.9 Hz tone, each BARC repeater also transmits a 71.9 Hz sub-audible tone. If your radio has a CTCSS-enabled receiver set to listen for the 71.9 Hz sub-audible tone on any of our repeaters, it will lock out signals from distant repeaters such as:
- Montezuma, GA (156 miles & 97.4 CTCSS)
- Waycross (144 miles & 141.3 CTCSS)
- Sumter, SC (158 miles & no CTCSS)
- Americus (174 miles & no CTCSS)
- Temple, GA (196 miles & 131.8 CTCSS)
- Winston-Salem, NC (269 miles & 100Hz CTCSS)
Any member of BARC may ask to have one of our repeater committee members program their radio(s) with frequencies and CTCSS tones. We have many cables, but you may possibly have to supply the programming software for certain radios. Please contact us before buying a radio to be sure it is compatible with our repeaters in ever way.
Facts of Interest Concerning BARC’s Repeaters
1. The 146.64 repeater is installed 4 miles north of the City of Waynesboro.
This repeater is now BARC’s “flagship repeater”
The antenna gain is 6 dBd omnidirectional 4-bay dipole at over 600′ above sea level.
This repeater frequency was activated in July, 2015.
2. The 444.10 repeater is installed at the present repeater site, K4BR’s tower
444.10 is installed on a new DR-1X that is owned by K4BR.
It is a D-STAR/analog repeater depending on which signal comes into the receiver.
The D-STAR part of the repeater stays on REF 030B.
The antenna is 4-bay folded dipole with 6 dBd omnidirectional gain.
3. The 145.23 repeater is installed at K4BR’s QTH on another, shorter tower.
The antenna is the same 4-bay folded dipole with 6 db of gain omni-directional.
This repeater also has D-STAR installed on it.
4. The 442.8 repeater is installed at KB8TEP’s QTH
442.80 repeater is a DR-1X that is owned by KB8TEP.
The antenna is 2.4 db gain omni-directional.
Here are a few facts about our 146.64/444.1 repeaters’ tower:
1. Height Above Average Terrain: 348 Feet
2. Ground elevation Above Mean Sea Level: 470 Feet
3. Antenna Top Above Mean Sea Level: 610 feet
Vince Vassello, KB8TEP, is chairperson of the BARC Repeater Committee
Jason Cravens, N4BRK, is our “tower man.”
From the top of our tower, you can see the “very tall” Planter’s EMC tower (across the street from the Waynesboro Post Office). If you point at that tower’s top from the top of our tower, you will be pointing downward at about 15 degrees!
This information is current as of March 29, 2018.