K6KJQ has constructed a UHF repeater on 444.325 MHZ + with a PL of 94.8. This is a low level repeater in the Stockton, CA area and will serve local amateurs, as well as provide for emergency communications for the Stockton Police Department. The repeater resides in its permenant location and is on the air.
K6KJQ also has an additional high level repeter on the same frequency. The repeater is regisitered as a high level CLOSED system, located at Angel's Camp, CA. While the low level system has ENCODE and DECODE PL, the high level system arranged with a split ENCODE and DECODE DPL/PL. Using one repeater will not interfere with the other.
A new addition to the lin-up of repeaters. K6KJQ has a newly constructed VHF repeater on 147.105 with a PL of 94.8 Encode/Decode with a + offset.
NARCC STATUS: COORDINATED
Putting a repeater on the air for the first time is a challenge for the amateur. No pun intended. Tuning this vintage commercial Micor was a challenge and making it function properly presented additional learning curves. Mistakes result in time and money. This vintage Motorola Micor has been equipped with dual cooling fans, an Arcom controller and a brand new power supply. The fans are activated by the contrller. When a transmission is made, the fans come on and remain running for one minute after the last transmission. Programmed announcements do not activate the fans. The easiest part was manhandling this monster to the roof of a two story building.
REPEATER - ANTENNAS - TOWER
It may look small, but it took three strong men to get it up there.
New Andrew Repeater Antenna
On Sept. 24, 2012, a new commercial Andrew DB408-B antenna replaced a Diamond ham antenna. This is a four stack dual dipole base antenna with 6.6dB gain.
The crew, N6TMA Tom, N6KZW Paul and K6KJQ Glen, assisted the tower climber, K6NOX Knox.
Signal reports are currently being accepted to compare hopeful improvement in receive capability.
Photography courtesy of N6KZW
K6KJQ Coverage Map
MAY, 2013 - This is the newest addition to the repeater, an Advanced Reciever Research preamp. Giving the receiver gain of 18db, this device results in improved fringe reception and smoothes local shadows.
Reports using a hand held radio.
Eldorado National Forest
ARCOM RC-210 CONTROLLER
EMERGENCY COMMAND CENTER
Work is underway to set up the once known RACES room. For a long period of time, this room has been abandoned and used for storage. Here are some pictures of the challenge ahead. This room will once again be functional and available in the event of an emergency, but will not be RACES affiliated.
SKEETER THE PSYCHOTIC REPEATER
Skeeter makes the announcments on this repeater and it's psychotic because it has Decode of DPL 223 and Encode of 94.8. While positioned on the same UHF frequency pair as the low level box, either can be used without interference. Skeeter is mostly an emergency backup and is closed for normal use. He is located on a hilltop near Angel's Camp, CA. and covers a large portioon of the San Joaquin Valley.
K6KJQ now has an operational repeater on 147.105 +600 with PL 94.8 serving Stockton. Future plans include linking this repeater with it's UHF sister station. All repeaters are NARCC co-ordinated.
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