Thurston County, WA
444.950 +5MHz 118.8Hz
Olympia UHF Repeater
Olympia Packet Station
Note: in November 2012, we
experienced an antenna failure.
On June 3, 2013, the damage was
repaired and the station is now
back in normal operation. Packet
station #2 was also switched to
145.01 from 145.05 MHz.
Location: Capitol Peak, in the Capitol State Forest,
southwest of Olympia. To avoid
confusion with the 145.470 repeater, which has been known for a long
time as "the Capitol Peak Repeater", we refer to our
machine as the "Olympia" repeater.
You may also hear ours referred to as "CPU", which stands for
Capitol Peak UHF. The associated packet station is sometimes called
"CPP" for Capitol Peak Packet.
Coverage: The Olympia repeater has very good coverage of
eastern Grays Harbor County, being quite usable as far west as Aberdeen.
The real strength of this repeater is bridging the gap into Puget Sound.
Coverage extends well north of Tacoma, in fact the station has been worked from
downtown Seattle, as well as the Hood Canal area. The State ECC at Camp
Murray, near Fort Lewis, has solid access for emergency communications.
Affiliated with the
system, this repeater is owned by N7UJK, the EC/RO for ARES/RACES
in Grays Harbor County. It's primary purpose is to support
Auxiliary Emergency Communications
in and around Grays Harbor County, and the
rest of District Three in times of need. In normal times,
it serves those
traveling between the coastal
counties and Puget Sound, providing solid mobile
communications nearly the
between the Seattle-Tacoma area and
eastern Grays Harbor. For those traveling
south on Interstate-5 from the Sound, this repeater has solid coverage
to a point just north of Longview.
During an emergency, this repeater will probably be disconnected
from the network, to allow
communications within Grays Harbor County, ARES District Three,
and to provide a link to
the State Emergency Coordination Center at
Camp Murray. This repeater is directly
accessible from the Grays Harbor EOC in Montesano.
consists of a GE Mastr-II
110-watt continuous duty
base station (running 60-watts)
with a CAT-200B controller. The duplexer
is a Phelps-Dodge bandpass-notch 6-cavity
type feeding a Comet x510 high-gain
dual band antenna (in a commercial
through 120 feet of LDF5-50 Andrew
A pair of 40-watt VHF Mastr-II mobiles
support a dual-frequency packet station. The
two packet radios use a four-cavity combiner
and a VHF/UHF diplexer to share the main
station antenna with the UHF repeater.
There is a UHF GE Rangr
mobile, used as a
link transceiver, feeding a 10.2 dBi,
6-element Cushcraft Yagi through 100-feet
of LDF4-50, half-inch hardline,
All four transmitters are fitted with
dual-section isolators and bandpass filter cavities.
The entire station, including the Astron 60-Amp
power supply, six 2-meter cavities,
packet controller, weather station
and a master control panel
with separate speakers
and audio test taps for the
receivers, fits in a single
6-foot rack cabinet.
Packet Radio: The
"N7UJK-8, -9, -10" packet
is located at
part of the 145.630 MHz
1200-Baud Washington District Three
EOC Packet Network,
allowing traffic to pass to and from the Puget
Sound 145.01 MHz net.
This is not a node but a digipeater.
Do not connect to it, but
through it, using the "via"
command. To digipeat on the 145.630
frequency, use "via N7UJK-8".
To digipeat on the 145.010
frequency, use "via N7UJK-9".
through the bridge, in
between these two
use "via N7UJK-10". A suitable
on the 145.010 side
is NOTAC, while
on the 145.630 side
you might use MINOT. The
is owned by
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