The W1SYE repeater is back on the air in a reduced capacity experimental mode. It is in a temporary location and is using separate transmit and receive antennas (no duplexer.) The transmit power output is intentionally quite low (670 milliWatts) to avoid clobbering the repeater receiver with RF from the too closely spaced transmit antenna. The transmit antenna is higher than the receive antenna, which is opposite to the conventional way of running separate antennas for a repeater. But it works, and we will keep it on the air in this configuration until it can be returned to service in its regular location later this spring.
Please try out the Mini-Me W1SYE if you have a chance. Don’t expect normal performance, but you might be surprised at how well you can hear a very low power signal from a modest antenna. The receive antenna is quite low, so don’t be too disappointed if the repeater can’t hear you.
<Editor Comment: The audio quality of this new repeater is unbelievably good and it is quite amazing how well 0.7 watts gets out as it is a full S9+ across the bay.>
Effective Wednesday March 8, the W1SYE 145.45 repeater has been taken off the air. It should return to service by the end of April. When it is back on the air, everything will be new with the exception of the hardline, which was replaced about 3 years ago.
The computer used for the gateway function of our DSTAR repeater, W1AAD, has been failing for the past few months. We have decided to take the repeater off the air until we can come up with a reliable alternative that can be managed remotely (access to the site is very restricted).
There is no definite timeframe, but several weeks is is the minimum.
The DSTAR Repeater, W1AAD, suffered a hardware failure that left the internet connection down, but the RF part working. The internet section was repaired by John Mills, Ted Wrobel, and Bob Beatty this morning. Unfortunately the RF side is now offline.
Ted and Bob will return to the site tomorrow, install a new UPS, and get the RF side back up and running.
The W1SYE repeater is temporarily off the air due to lack of AC power at the site. The nightly NCRC net is still being held weeknights at 19:00 hours, simplex on the output frequency 145.450 MHz. We have relay stations for the Warren net control in Coventry, Portsmouth, and Middletown.
The repeater will likely be off the air for a week or two, but this is an outstanding training opportunity for everyone to practice simplex net operation.