The BCARES VHF Repeater

Operational

The ice storm just before Christmas destoyed the antenna. We've put up a temporary antenna until we can get a long-term replacement and weather good enough to get it installed.

Important CHANGE Effective NOW

Even though I've tried to keep the repeater fully open as an emergency resource for everyone with a radio, the increasing amount of interference on the Mary's Peak site has forced me to add PL to the K7CVO repeater. Effective now, program in 156.7 Hz as the input PL for K7CVO.

One important note:

  1. The tone of 156.7 Hz is not required to use LiTZ (Long Tone Zero) to enter EMERGENCY mode. If you have a radio that has a DTMF pad but no PL encoder, and you have an emergency, PRESS AND HOLD ZERO for several seconds and the repeater will enter EMERGENCY mode.

I'm running a net and it isn't in net mode. Help!

Net mode is usually activated via timer. When daylight savings time starts or ends, the guy who has the codes usually forgets to reset the clock. Sigh. It's hard to get good help these days. Net mode also terminates 5 minutes after the last user transmission, so if someone last used the repeater 4 minutes and 59 seconds before the automatic net announcement is made, net mode will shut off 1 second later. Or you're late starting net and the five minutes expires. How to fix?

The EASIEST way to turn on net mode is using "long tone 1". That is, send a DTMF 1 for five to ten seconds. This method works almost all of the time, compared to trying to send the '0922*' code.

Yowsers...

You think YOUR antennas at home take a beating during the winter? The K7CVO antenna is the black StationMaster on the lower left with two large flags of ice still attached. Thanks to Craig at MY-COMM for the picture.

What Happened to W7QH?

The W7QH repeater is now operating under the call K7CVO -- Benton County ARES. Why?

With the recent dissolution of the Linn-Benton-Lincoln Emergency Repeater Association, the repeater located on Mary's Peak in Benton County has been donated to the Benton County Sheriff, and is being operated by Benton County ARES. David is fine, he's just stepped down as the legal trustee.

The are no planned changes to policy or practices. The ownership and callsign are the only changes. If you are running a net or otherwise using the repeater, carry on! The codes are the same, the purpose is the same. In fact, most of the people are the same.

K7CVO operates on 146.78MHz, minus input, PL 156.7 Hz. It hosts the WOVEN net at 7:30PM local time every evening.

K7CVO is a designated emergency repeater, and users are requested to change frequency for long contacts. In the event of an area-wide emergency, K7CVO will be used in the ARES District 4 network for communication around the seven county District 4 area.

Question: Why is the timeout so short/can it be lengthened?

K7CVO is intended to be friendly for emergency uses. A short timeout, long reset (time before courtesy beep) helps remind people to take frequent breaks in QSOs to allow emergency traffic to break in.

Question: I write with a pencil?

I wanted to make sure the system was switching back from net mode (no PL, long 'gator') into normal mode properly, so I programmed it to say something when it does. That also allows others to know it has switched back, and to put it back into net or emergency mode if necessary. The only reasonable words I could find in the programmed vocabulary were "priority cancel". I've been told that sounds like "I write with a pencil." Best I can do.