The society operates a Motorola
MTR2000 DMR* SERA coordinated repeater at 90
watts on the eastern side of Williamsburg VA
adjacent to Intertate 64 on the frequency of 145.41 (-) covering
the northern end of York County. Height is 180 feet.
DMR talk group that the repeater is connected to full time is Virginia Penninsula (TG 31516), slot 1 and Virginia Statewide (TG3151), slot 2.
IMPORTANT: Some talk groups will be dynamically connected. These are normally the nets listed here.
The society exists to support the York County repeater operation and practice in emergency drills along with the ARRL Field Day.
Offers have been made for operators to support and help build out this new repeater venture but was met with resistance from some local club members who enjoy the use of three nearby analog repeaters. Those repeaters are not owned by said club or located in York County. Therefore, this repeater system has been privately funded by WC4R with technical help from KE4NYV. (Special thanks to WB4GBI for finding the duplexer).
See repeater equipment pictures.
* The repeater is capable of multiple digital voice modes (C4FM, DMR, P25, NXDN, D-STAR). If would like to experiment with any modes, contact WC4R or KE4NYV.
Why did we settle on C4FM and DMR?
It was an easy decision. C4FM, AKA YSF, is very popular
in this region. Yaesu made their digital repeaters available
at an extremely low cost causing many club to
'upgrade' using this system. The user radio choices are
many and are reasonably priced. As for DMR, it is
quickly over taking all digital modes used by hams. The
protocol is not proprietary thereby allowing for competing
manufactures and yielding low cost. It is also a standard in
the commercial arena. Hams love low cost! The original
repeater was a Yaesu DR-1X with DMR conversion. It was
obvious that this was a poor performing unit and the DMR
conversion was unstable. The Motorola commercial grade
repeater was clearly the best choice.