W1DLO's 2-meter FM
Playback Repeater

147.360 Mhz | +0.6 Mhz offset
77.0 hz CTCSS | Levant, Maine

  ON THE AIR  


Equipped with...

Details of the repeater equipment in Levant...

* Controller... Argent Data Systems ADS-SR1
* Transceiver... Wouxun KG-UVD1P
* Amplifiers ... Heathkit HA-202, RF Concepts RFC 2-317
* Primary power source... Battery (Duracell Marine 24MS)
* Battery charger (daylight)... Solar panel/controller (UPG 87511/Docooler CMP12)
* Battery charger (at night)... Trickle charger (Schumacher SC1)
* Coax... TIMES Microwave LMR-400 (50 feet)
* Antenna... Tram 1481
* Elevation... 30 feet above ground level
               400 feet above sea level
* Power output... 5w from HT to 35w from HA-202 to 150w from 2-317
* Original air date from this location... August 28th, 2016


Details of the equipment from Hermon transmitted to Levant...

* Controllers... CECL CRP-101
* Transceivers used... Beofeng UV-5R; Wouxun KG-UVD1P; TYT TH-UVF9
* Amazon Alexa device... Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen)
* NOAA SAME device... Oregon Scientific WR122
* Power source... Commercial (Central Maine Power)
* Antenna... Opek VH-2201
* Power output... 1w from each transceiver


You will find my repeater on frequency 147.360 Mhz. It uses a positive offset and
uses a 77.0 hz sub-audible tone in and out for access.

How does this type of repeater differ from most others? It is a digital audio store-and-forward
relay system. In non-traditional terms, it is often called an "Echo" or "Parrot" repeater. Like
most repeaters, they still allow two distant operators to be able to communicate to one another.
It just takes double the time due to having to wait for the live transmission to be recorded then
retransmitted for the other operator to hear.

For an example:
Operator #1 calls for operator #2. The repeater records Operator #1's transmission (for up to 60
seconds). Once Operator #1 is done transmitting, the repeater will key up and playback what it
recorded for operator #2 to hear via from the repeater what operator #1 said. Then operator #2
can do the same thing back to operator #1 and so on.

Another advantage of having this type of repeater available is that it creates a good method for an
operator to test their own transmission and quality of audio without taking up a second operator's
time. Plus avoiding the confusion of another operator trying to describe how you are sounding.

Another nice feature of my repeater is that I have it set up, via the Alexa app, to announce
different conditions relevant to ham radio such as the local weather forcasts, current ionospheric
conditions, sunrise/sunset times, and space weather. Please note that I do NOT have it set
up with a wake up word to activate over the air
. I also separately have it set up to transmit
NOAA Weather Radio's "SAME" alerts meaning that it will only play clips of the local weather
radio's continuous broadcast only when there is some type of local weather warning in effect.

My repeater is open and all properly licensed hams with 2 meter privilages are welcome to use it
anytime. My only requests are to keep conversations "G" rated and to be respectful/civilized.


News & updates about this repeater...

* 8/15/18 - I installed an Amazon Echo device with certain
ham radio related Alexa skills to my repeater. For a while,
this will mainly be deactivated as I find time to fine tune
it the way I feel would work best. My plan will not be to
make a wake up word to shout out over the air but rather set
it up to periodically announce valid information such as
local weather forcasts, ionospheric conditons, space/sunspot
weather, and ham event reminders. I expect to have this
completely implimented by the end of the year.

* 9/13/17 - After a few days of testing, my 147.360 repeater
is back on the air. Trickle charger failed and was replaced.

* 8/1/17 - I noticed that my 147.360 repeater is offline and
not working. Uncertain as to when I will have the time to go
to the site to troubleshoot the issue.

* 4/15/17 - Local NOAA SAME alerts were added to my
147.360 repeater.


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