Repeater Info

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SYSTEM FUSION is now online (2 meter)

We have now replaced the DR-1 repeaters with the all new DR-2x repeaters.  Our 2 Meter repeater is on the air, the 70 Cm should be up soon, we are waiting on some parts and some more testing on the antenna system.

The new DR-2x is full of new features, some of which include linking of DR-2x repeaters with other to form a cluster of such, meaning a statewide network of DR-2x repeaters could be in use at one time.

The DR-2x is also capable of voice announcements, courtesy tones, verbal ID and so much more.

DR-2X/XE Features
  • Modulation Modes: Conventional FM, 12.5 kHz C4FM Digital (V/D Mode, VFR Mode, DFR Mode) *
  • VHF or UHF operation (cross-band capable) / Dual Receive / Dual Transmit (DRDT)
  • AMS (Automatic Mode Select) function automatically recognizes the signal as C4FM digital or conventional FM, and then the DR-2X repeater re-transmits the signal using the preset communications mode.
  • 3.5-inch Full Color Touch Panel Operation
  • Extremely reliable, high RF Output Power: 50W/20W/10W
  • Emergency Operation: Supports auto-switched backup battery power operation.
  • Front panel microphone connector is provided for use in repeater transmitter testing, and enables use as a base station.
  • Built-in large-size monitor speaker with front panel volume control
  • Full Integrability with existing repeater controllers using the 15 Pin rear I/O connection.

*System Fusion is not compatible with the D-STAR GMSK digital format.

DR-2X/XE New Features
  • Dual Frequency Operation (DRDT)
  • MSRL (Multi-site repeater link) Function for Easy Coverage Expansion using optional module
  • New and improved “News Station” feature for Easy sharing of voice and text messaging.
  • Enhanced Group Monitor Feature for Easy Grouping Set-up (DG-ID, DP-ID)

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System Fusion FAQ-From Cory – WA3UVV

Current Repeater

Since the 1970’s the W8MWA repeater has been known as one of the widest coverage repeaters in the area. With it’s antennas located 250 ft. up on the WNPB tower on Chestnut Ridge It has provided reliable coverage for most of North Central West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania and parts of Eastern Ohio. Net check-ins from Stubenville, OH, Pittsburgh and Elkins are common place. Due to antenna orientation on the WNPB tower, coverage to the East is somewhat limited.

RADIOS:

Since the mid 1970’s the transmitter and receiver for the UHF and VHF sides of the repeater have been RCA 500 Series Carphones. These were manufactured at the RCA plant in nearby Bridgeville, PA. The RCA 500 is a unique hybrid transmitter. Everything is solid state with the exception of the RF final that uses a conduction cooled 8072 tube which was not commonly used among manufacturers of the period.  The time proven stability of these radios has been nothing but remarkable. These radios are hands off and do not require constant frequency or audio adjustments.


CONTROLLER:

As of April 15th, 2012 we have been using the Arcom RC210 repeater controller for the VHF, UHF and remote base radios. At the bottom of this page you will find instructions of how to control the repeater through DTMF codes from your radio. We are currently working to provide “S Meter ” readings for received signal reports.

REPEATER ABUSE:

While monitoring the repeater if you hear someone attempting to abuse or interfere with the repeaters normal operation or someone using abusive language, please notify someone on the repeater committee  below immediately so they may take corrective action.

  • REPEATER TECHNICIAN: Cory WA3UVV
  • REPEATER TRUSTEE:  Randy N8OZY