All three UHF repeaters
above Goat Creek, about 7 miles east of Winthrop, WA, 2,350 feet ASL, 40 feet HAAT. The
(mobile users) service
area is Winthrop at about Twin Lakes Road along Hwy 20,
then West from downtown Winthrop about 20 miles past
Early Winters (to about Silver Star Check on Hwy 20).
Mazama, Lost River and Edelweiss are also covered. This is a
modest or lower level machine currently
being tested and configured but substantially completed
and operational. A separate VHF and UHF repeater
system is being built for deployment to a high level
444.850 frequency operates in analog and/or TRBO modes
on a first in/first out basis. You should run PL
decode on your radio or you will be hearing the digital
noise when the re repeater is transmitting in digital
We are looking for a
better home for the sister repeater system.
Ideally a mountaintop location like Flagg would be ideal
but likely not realistic for us due to installation
costs and site rent. A location that overlooks
downtown Winthrop with a look down the valley toward
Twisp and west along Hwy 20 would be more realistic,
Studd Horse Mtn for example.
A home, ranch or other parcel which has electricity
would be great. We also have a
repeater that is operational but would likewise, is also
looking for a new home. We could offer you, your
family or your business a private tone on the community
tone panel for your generosity.
page for more information.
These systems are open for use by the ham public.
Email for additional details.
The low level system currently consists of a Motorola
R-100 UHF repeater, Motorola Duplexer,
Arcom 210 controller with voice delay boards on all
RF ports, Triband fiberglass omni main antenna,
triplexer and 1/2" Heliax main feedline, battery back-up
and electrical generator back-up. All RF links
will use commercial type-accepted radios. We
provide full PL encode/decode with audio delay so that
there are no squelch noises or IDer's heard end to end
by the users listening to the main repeater channel.
This makes for a very pleasant system to monitor.
All other tones and voice audio annunciation is set as
low as possible to provide a balance between information
flow and irritation, essentially allowing for 24 hour
monitoring if you wish with the minimum of bother.
At the present time and always
subject to change as I tinker and tweak, I have
220 Mhz, 6
and 2 meter remote bases along with additional RF links
to other systems active now or planned to make up the balance of the system.
We anticipate to have solid RF links to outside of the
North Methow Valley to further increase the service area
in times of need. The goal will to have both 6 and
2 meter repeaters as the system is built out.
We expect this system to affiliate
with local disaster relief or public service agencies.
Any traffic related to these services obviously will
have priority over normal traffic.