Pacific County, WA
145.170 -600kHz 118.8Hz
Ocean Park VHF Repeater
Location: Two miles northeast of Ocean Park, between
Nahcotta and Oysterville, on the ridge east of Sandridge Road, overlooking
Willapa Bay on the
northern part of the Long Beach Peninsula. This site is called "Rental
Ridge" as it is one of the highest locations on the north peninsula.
The repeater itself
is in a corner of the garage of the rental house we own.
Yes, I inflict my radio hobby on those that rent from us.
The antenna is 40-feet above the ground,
which in turn is a little over 40-feet
above sea level. Please do not bother the residents at this location.
They are not Radio Amateurs, know nothing about the equipment or hobby,
and my occasional visits to tend the
machinery are imposition enough.
Coverage: Although there are several
area repeaters that work well mobile, hand-held coverage
has always been elusive in Ocean Park and the surrounding residential area,
especially to the north.
This repeater is easily usable from Ocean Park, including the Fire Hall. With the
Fire Hall being a major shelter and nerve center during
an emergency, the repeater is potentially quite useful. Expect to use
this repeater within 3-4 miles hand held, and 10 miles mobile.
Normally linked to the rest of
this repeater can be linked to the 444.925 IRLP repeater
on Megler Mountain, by a Control
Operator. This provides a 2-meter
port to the world-wide connectivity and just plain fun of IRLP
for those in the North Peninsula area who may not have a UHF rig.
It also provides a
potential connection to the
Ilwaco 146.860 repeater,
located at the south end of the Long Beach Peninsula, and
owned and operated by the Pacific County ARC, which can also
be linked to the same UHF repeater. During a disaster
situation, the Ocean Park 145.170, Ilwaco 146.860 and Megler 444.925
repeaters could be linked
in this way to provide a Peninsula-wide mini-net for
Fire and Emergency Medical support.
Hardware: The repeater consists of a
GE Mastr-II 110-watt continuous duty
base station (running 40-watts)
with a Link RLC1 controller in a 30-inch GE cabinet with a
Mastr-II power supply. The duplexer is a 4-can, 8-inch Wacom BpBr feeding a
Hustler G6-270 dual band antenna through 60 feet of LDF4-50
half-inch hardline. The remote base uses a GE Rangr 16-channel
UHF transceiver running 50-watts, which shares the dual-band antenna through