The Tower Road facility is currently leased from Kendall County and is our primary location. It is located approximately 6 miles north of Boerne at 29.86N, 98.77W. Bandera Electric provides the internet service which has provided stable Wires-X capabilites. The VHF 146.64 repeater provides coverage as far north as Fredericksburg, West to Kerrville and South to Leon Springs and the north side of San Antonio. Some members have even been able to use the repeater as far south as Von Ormy.
The UHF 444.9 repeater generally stays in digital mode, which means one will need a radio with Yaesu C4FM to access. It is connected to Wires-X and can connect other Wires-X rooms. After 5 minutes of inactivity, it automatically switches back to the SADRC room. The internet at the tower is excellent; IP traffic sounded as good as the RF traffic.
We support Yaesu AMS, which supports both "pure" FM and emerging digital standards like C4FM and Wires-X. We have APRS capability and a mesh network at 2.4 or 5.8 GHz to a remote site with an internet connection. This gives the capability to "call in" via the internet and participate in NETs from a remote location.
During the ice storm of 2023, there was some damage to the antennas that have affected the range of the 146.64mhz repeater. Marsh (WA5UBO) is currently leading the effort to get them repaired in addition to other tower upgrades.