This system is
operating currently in Winthrop Washington on 462.675 Mhz,
up 5 Mhz, PL 141.3 full encode/decode, known as the
National Traveler's Channel. This repeater operates under
Open Repeater Initiative. While we reserve the
right to control access and use of this system by
individuals or families who live in the area, we also
encourage the legal use of this repeater.
Preference for use is given first to Emergency or
Priority traffic, then to travelers needing area
information or directions, then to normal users on a
We wish to welcome the North Methow Valley community to
GMRS. This is a friendly system.
We want to grow our system. We want to help
Okanogan County to enhance their emergency or disaster
communications capabilities. We hope this repeater
system will become another thread in their protective
coat. We are also Amateur Radio Operators (Hams)
and we would encourage that you seek your Ham license
also. It's great fun, service to the community and
a socially powerful endeavor.
This is a "not for profit" repeater
group. Currently costs are born by the system
owner. If you decide to become a regular user, then a
written agreement (why?/sample) will be required, you
be given your own access tone and more information on
the system and how your share of support shall be fixed
Cash is not necessary nor desirable but we are required
to share the burden. The FCC rules require no
profit be made and that any fees or costs be shared
equably by ALL users. We shall attempt to
comply with the spirit of those rules at all times, as
onerous as they may seem..
Your call sign is required (need
a license?) at the beginning of each transmission or
conversation until such time as you are given your own
tone on the system or you and your users have become
familiar voices to our control operators. Then
call sign at the end of the conversation or at least
every minutes during a conversation. Users
involved in long conversations should be aware that
others may be waiting for time on the repeater.
We are working on building a better
system by way of expansion of repeaters and relocating
our repeaters to hilltops that provide longer distances.
We will consider commercial comm space but likely due to
typical site rental fees, that will be beyond our means for now.
But if you know of a reasonably high location, maybe
someone's home or ranch that has a good view of the
valley and is located somewhere along the Hwy 20
corridor from Mazama (Flagg) to Winthrop, toward Twisp
(McClure). In exchange for a location and power,
we can provide you and family with your own tone(s) on
the system and general use of the system. If a
telephone line or Internet connection is available, then
we can make use of them in some fashion for auxiliary
control but those are completely optional and would very
seldom be needed. Please contact us so we might
discuss possibly sites.