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
All of BARC’s repeaters are Yaesu DR-1X repeaters running in analog node, but subject to switch to “AMS” (Automatic Mode Select) for incoming signals at anytime. When the repeater is in AMS mode , it automatically recognizes the signal as either Yaesu Fusion’s C4FM digital mode or analog FM mode. All four of our DR-1X repeaters are currently set to retransmit the signal, whether it’s digital or analog, as analog FM.
BARC club president John MacDonald, K4BR,
BARC tries to operate all repeaters without a CTCSS sub-audible access tone so that visitors to the area will have easy access.
However, a 71.9 Hz CTCSS sub-audible access tone, also known as a PL tone, may be turned on at anytime without notice. Therefore, be sure that when you program your handhelds and mobile radios you set a PL tone of 71.9.
When the CTCSS access tone is activated on any BARC repeater, the repeater will hear your radio, but it will not transmit your audio. Therefore, it is best that you program the 71.9 Hz sub-audible access tone when programming your radio(s) for those times when we do activate the CTCSS sub-audible tone access.
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 for your particular radio.
We recommend that all amateurs program the BARC repeaters’ 79.1 Hz CTCSS access tone into their transceiver(s). All BARC repeaters do not require a CTCSS access tone under normal circumstances. However, when “skip conditions” dictate, each transceiver attempting to access one or more of our repeaters will have to transmit a sub-audible 79.1 Hz CTCSS access tone each time they transmit. The CTCSS access tone may be turned on (required to access the repeater) at anytime without notice.
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
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.
The antenna which, was purchased by KK4YVE, has 9 dBd omnidirectional antenna
3. The 145.23 repeater is installed at KB8TEP’s QTH
The antenna is has 2.5 db of gain omnidirectional.
4. The 442.8 repeater is also installed at KB8TEP’s QTH
442.80 repeater is a DR-1X that is owned by KB8TEP.
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: 580 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!