Wahkiakum County, WA
444.300 +5MHz 118.8Hz
Cathlamet UHF Repeater
The Cathlamet Repeater
is presently operating in
"testing mode" at its
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Location: The Cathlamet repeater is situated on the
hill just east of downtown Cathlamet (Wahkiakum County, WA). The site is just
south of Highway 4, and just east of downtown,
adjacent to the school on the top of the hill overlooking
the city, Puget Island and the shores of the
Columbia River to the east and west.
The site elevation is about 160-feet.
Coverage: The Cathlamet repeater provides local
coverage to much of eastern Wahkiakum County, from County Line Park
on the east, west along Hwy 4 to Skamokawa and up Hwy 4 most of the
to the crest of KM Hill, including Puget Island. It also covers
the Oregon shore
of the Columbia River along Oregon Hwy 30 from Bradly Overlook
almost to Clatskanie.
In addition to providing local coverage
in this under-served community as part of their ARES resources,
the link to other
repeaters provides connectivity with the broader Amateur community.
Normally linked to the rest of
this machine can be separated to operate stand-alone
or linked to the 444.500 Nicolai repeater, as desired
for ARES/RACES operations in Wahkiakum County. It provides a link
to the State ECC at Camp Murray, through the network, and acts as
a focus for Emergency Communications in this rural county.
repeater consists of a
base station. The receiver
features a factory-option pre-amplifier,
and the duplexer is a 4-cavity Motorola
Band-pass/reject unit. The link radio
is a GE-Rangr, with the entire station
in a 30-inch GE cabinet.
While this repeater is normally used for
casual operations by the local Amateurs, it's
primary focus is to support emergency operations
out of the County EOC in the Court House only
a few blocks away. Like most small rural counties,
Wahkiakum County depends upon volunteers to
fill gaps in service during emergency situations.
Communications is a big part of this and
the local Amateur operators are
part of the response team. So, while they may
seem to be playing around with radios, when
push comes to shove, they may be the only
line of communication with adjacent counties and
the State EOC at Camp Murray.
History: This repeater went on the air on
February 13, 2017. During the initial testing period
operation may be intermittent and some features,
including linking, may not be operational.
08/16/17 - Repeater moved to its permanent home on
higher ground than during the initial testing. Official
testing period for Coordination began this date.