Repeaters / Nets

KARS provides and maintains the following repeaters using the Club call KB5TX:

  • VHF: 146.64(-)  pl tone of 88.5
  • VHF: 145.19(-)  pl tone of 88.5 

Doug Becker, W5VEO, also maintains two UHF repeaters for our use:

  • UHF: 444.900(+) pl tone of 123.  Temporarily off the air.
  • UHF: 444.750(+) pl tone of 162.2

KARS plans to recommence a weekly practice net on 146.64(-) 88.5. The purpose of the practice net is to provide training for radio operators and to be able to have hams who can efficiently run a net in times of emergency.  A new time and day will be published here when determined.

As a result of months of effort by Ken Nichols and Rodney Vorndam, the use of Kendall County towers by KARS repeaters is now formally approved by the County Commissioners Court and the County Judge.

The County wishes to consolidate communications at one location.  They plan to move the Sherriff’s repeater from Tower Road to the EMS site on Jennifer Road where our .64 machine is presently located.  We don’t have an exact date for their move, but have been told sometime in Q1/2018.  At that point, we will need to move the .64 machine.

In exchange, the County has offered the old Sherriff’'s site on Tower Road to KARS to use, backup generator, tower and all.  We have surveyed the building and know what is needed.  The requirements and costs were discussed with the Membership and approved at our 2 November meeting.  With this, we will commence the move as soon as the building is repaired.  This should be an easy move as we will use the cans, coax and antennas still in place at that location.

Experience tells us the communication footprint for the Tower Road location is about the same as from Jennifer Road.  We see no degradation of coverage, in fact coverage could improve to the east and along US Hwy 281.  Look for a "Splat Chart" of estimated coverage to appear here soon.

Steve Lazar W5SCL has a passion for repeaters and repeater networks. Steve has a vision for new things we can do with our systems that are pretty exciting. Steve will be outlining his vision for us to consider over the coming years. I won't drop any hints yet. Just a teaser. His plan will be discussed at a Club meeting soon and then be published here.  de Dave, N7RF   


Stay tuned.  We will report on this subject again when we know more.  To be continued....