The AARO VHF Repeater
Our First repeater was built from a modified Motorola Micor, a Dual band fiberglass antenna, some old 7/8 hard line that was donated, a used commercial power supply, and a barrowed Controller. After several changes and replacement parts, our newest set was finally put on the air.
The call used was W9YPS in memorandum of a local "ELMER" Frank Oberlander. After awhile, someone was talking with W9NCZ, Mary, Franks' widow and she mentioned it kind of disturbed her to keep hearing his old call, a decision was made to acquire a different call.
It is in use today.
The club repeater was built using a Kenwood TKR 750 Repeater, we are using a set of WaCom duplexers,
A Decibel Products DB224 antenna, 1/2 " Andrews heliax, and a
Arcom RC 210 controller all powered by a Astron 60 amp rack mount power supply.
Our VHF repeater is a co-ordinated repeater on 145.490 Mhz.with a minus 600 Khz split. We use a 227.5 Hz PL Tone Encode and Decode to eliminate QRN & QRM from and to other areas.
The repeater now has the call AA9RO which was acquired June 28, 2005.
The machine itself is located in
The exact location is 41:09:52N Latitude and 90:03:03 Longitude.
We are running 30 Watts input, but cover a 60 mile circle.
The machine is open to all hams wishing to use it,
but, please respect it and use it as a true Ham Operator would.
In time when a severe weather watch is in effect in the area, our
repeater serves as a link to the National Weather Service at the
Weather Bureau. Please do not interfere with these weather nets, but you
are welcome to join in if you should see a threatening situation.