Repeater Upgrade – 146.625

It has come to the attention of the Tech Committee recently that we have a unique opportunity to replace and update the 625 machine. In the last several years Yaesu has been offering their “Fusion” repeaters at a fairly decent discount. Their play is to get Fusion digital repeaters out to as many clubs as possible in hopes that Fusion radio sales will follow, and it seems to be working..

We’re looking specifically at the DR-2X The benefits of this upgrade include:

  • Modernize the repeater and increase stability, its last upgrade was 2004.
  • Maintain Analog FM operation on 146.625
  • Add the capability to pass C4FM Digital “Fusion” mode
  • Add the capability to join Wires-X, via the HRI-200 linking with several other counties around us.
  • Repeater will be frequency-agile and COULD be used on VHF or UHF if we ever desire to do so.
  • Can be used with an external controller if we want to add bells and whistles.

Not all of the equipment will be replaced at this time. We’ll be using the existing:

  • Duplexers
  • Feedline
  • Antenna

Resources to learn about the repeater, the Fusion system & Wires-X:

https://yaesudr2.blogspot.com/ – This website was most helpful

The existing KRP5000 repeater + CAT1000 controller was purchased in 2003. It has been a very solid machine and was recently re-aligned. The controller, while flexible, is also a bit dated.

Costs:

  • DR-2X Repeater: $700
  • HRI-200 Wires-X device: $125
  • FVS-2 Voice Synthesizer: $35
  • PC for Wires-X Linking: ??
  • Shipping: ??

We expect all total to be under $1200 for this upgrade.

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June RARC Meeting – Field Day – 6/9/2020 @ 6:30PM

The Rochester Amateur Radio Club (RARC) monthly meeting is normally held at 6:30 p.m on the second Tuesday of every month, at the Rochester City Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of  the 2185 Wheelock Drive Rochester Fire Station No. 2 building.

Meetings start with a  brief club-business discussion, then a  Rag-Chew time, and finally a presentation  of amateur radio interest.

When the world restarts again we will also meet for an optional social dinner before at 5pm at Whistle Binkies North. Unfortunately that’s not likely to occur this month.

Skywarn APRS Spotter Info Form

Skywarn APRS Spotter info

Spotters that have the capability to use APRS need to provide their information so we can track them during activations. We and the Sherriff’s dept use this info to accurately track locations of storm reports.

Click on the link below and you will be taken to a form to provide your info. Any questions, contact John N0HZN @ jesott09@gmail.com

Skywarn Information form

2020 Public Service Updates

Just a quick announcement to keep an eye on the RARC Public Service page for updates, postponements, and cancellations of events. As you can imagine these schedules will be very fluid throughout the year. IF you had signed up for any of the postponed events, please contact the RARC event coordinator listed on said page with updates to your availability as things start moving again.

The 2020 Med-City Marathon is being moved to September 5th and 6th.

RARC Club Meeting ON AIR – Tuesday April 14th @ 6:30 PM

The RARC will meet virtually on the 147.255 repeater for the month of April since we are unable to meet in person. Our normal meeting place is:

The Rochester City Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of  the 2185 Wheelock Drive Rochester Fire Station No. 2 building.

Meetings start with a  brief club-business discussion, then a  Rag-Chew time with treats, and finally a very semi interesting presentation  of amateur radio interest.

On Hold: Spring Technician License Class – April 18, 25, May 2

Our next Technician Class was scheduled to start April 18. The class runs three consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Bill and the RARC are exploring options to do the class online rather than in person. More information will be posted here as it becomes available!

The class is $25, and students need to obtain the ARRL License Manual, Fourth Edition, and start reading Chapters 1-4. We will cover most of the information in these chapters on the first day.