Have been actively involved in Amateur Radio since 1966.
Tutored early in teens by "Pappy Teets", A retired Navy Avionics
communications Electronics instructor / amateur Radio operator.
Then after high school and during a two year Vo-Tech Electronics course
and was reintroduced to Amateur Radio by "K0PUX (John Campbell,
Electronics instructor and dear friend, now deceased).
Currently a Member of Quarter Century Club, CERT certified (via Olathe,
Ks Fire Department / Johnson County ). RACES / SATERN member
(Kansas City Area and Paola, Ks activity. I Get excited about chasing DX
and Field Day events. Have been known to build and maintain local
repeaters, set up and operate satellite tracking and communications.
ATV operation back in the 80s. Computer (college trained and career
certified) savy in every sense. Big value to me is the ability to design,
manufacture and operate your own(if you want) under the FCC / ARRL
And I have... (rolled my own... radios and test equipment that is! :-)))) ...
But lately as the years have gone by... I am liking more the Store
bought equipment. and of course horse trading makes sense too! :-))
The Best though... is the community, Friends and service the hobby serves!
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KC 6 meter Repeater project Update Nov. 1st, 2013..
We think the Split site operation should allow better sensitivity and certainly we will be able to crank up the power if need be! The past week we have been trying to reprogram the Motorola 440 Maratrack and Radius radios for a 430 range control / Link to that central location..
Thanks to BJ Huff in his spare time for assisting us with that effort. We are having difficulty, as the rigs don’t seem to want to go that low. We are now pursuing alternatives for the control / Link frequency.
The rock bound Micor 110 watt transmitter should be operational in the next few weeks.
We welcome a new participant in the group.. WV0T .. He and others in that group have an existing 6 meter repeater that has been pledged to incorporate into the project to serve as a node for the Midtown area. He has offered and We are considering.. Putting his existing programmable 100-watt transmitter on the Commerce Building. Might speed things up.. For a single link.. Might be a good test. However the project will still be aimed at allowing several area remote low power access receive nodes.
We are excited to have them aboard!
So now we have a Centralized transmit site and 4 ea. Committed locations for the 6 meter split site receive nodes.
Node # 1. Michael Barelli W0MAF. of N. W. Independence, MO.
Covering Independence, N. E. KC Metro and probably a radius of several miles. He is out by the Twin Drive In Theatre NW of Independence, MO.
Node #2 Dan Stark N0CRD, Olathe, KS Serving Olathe, Gardner, Spring Hill and Lenexa, KS area.
Node # 3 (Asked to be Anonymous) But positioned well in the middle of Raytown.
Node # 4 WV0T, Phillip Leonard and group.. Serving the Mid Town Area.
What started out to be a simple split site 6 meter project is starting to blossom into a real workable plan. We have accumulated a lot of link control radios and when we get them programmed.. The RF links will be activated. Your Yaesu 5 watt portable vx7, 8 or other dual band radio will be able to work this system.. If you are anywhere near a 6-meter receive node.
The plan is to also have at each site a computer / controller ie; Earth Station software / or similar, with Internet access. But in the beginning we will be analog and RF.. Once the system is up and while it is expanding we will start the conversion. It will not be just for 6 meters.. but some new exciting possibilities.
1. Looking for help in reprogramming a Motorola Radius / and select Maxtrac UHF link radios.
2. Need help in reprogramming a Motorola Mitrak (low band).
3. Looking for more 440 style 2 ways to make available for more area links.
4. Looking for more 6 meter receivers capable of receiving 51.27 FM
in order to add new areas / links.
5. Looking for a Motorola Spectra UHF Mobile Radio D44KMA7JA5BK UHF Or a MaxTrac 300… either, (looking for the feature of a Scan function scanning multiple channels on receive only)
6. Looking for new unserved areas to set a 6 meter receive node.
Update Sept. 6, 2013
The Six Meter repeater project for the Kansas City metro area.
Thanks to Larry Mofitt (WØEAA), we have a Motorola (older) receive section
that looks good and now up and running, currently crystal-ed for a
52.525 receive, a base (110v. Motorola power supply good for a 30-watt
transmitter with some schematics for the older Motorola’s (1960-70 series).
This is a good temporary receiver start and will be used, but we are still
looking for more sensitive solid-state alternatives. If you happen to have
an extra, more modern, 6 meter FM receiver (mobile or base) and are
willing to donate it to the project... the project would be much improved.
This Article and photo is at http://www.gracetime.com/n0crd
The carrier operated relay for this receiver was built and tested week of Sept 1.
We are ready for the MaxTrac 440 transmit link.
Thanks to KD0NRC, Noah, we have a MaxTrac mobile (suitable for
modification) for the transmitting link from the 6 meter receive site to the
(proposed 4 or 5 mile) separated transmit site. We now think we have a
good source for reprogramming the 430 frequency radios to the (to be)
assigned control link freq when the time comes.
We are in need of a 15 amp regulated power supply for this rig.
Thanks to a Kansas City, Ks donor, who wishes to remain anonymous,
We now have the 440 FM band "Link receiver" equipment. We are in the
process of modifying this equipment by adding a COR / control to this UHF
link unit. Once we receive the requested Link frequency coordination..
the receive radio will be programmed and put into service.
For this receive radio we need a 10 amp power supply of some kind.
Also needed is 3 to 6 ft of RG 316 uhf coax for jumper leads.. (MINI UHF
connectors to pl 259 or "N" .
Thanks to the good guys in Missouri (Nixa Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
we now have an excellent Micor 100 watt 6 meter transmitter added to the mix.
We are in need of a 20 amp regulated power supply to power the beauty.
For the controller, I am donating and programming a computer suitable
This is a repeater-control program for Windows which makes it easy to set
up a complete, fully-functional repeater or "announcement machine" using
a personal computer. EchoStation is perfect for portable and emergency use,
or for clubs wishing to use a PC instead of specialized hardware to
control a repeater. The software even lets you set up an "announcement machine"
which plays scheduled voice announcements over your club's existing repeater,
using a radio at another location, such as a home station.
And it also allows a internet connection, telephone connection and a host of other options.
This week and the next few, in between activities, I will be building 2 ea. 5
element 440 beams for each site along with 2 ea J-Poles for the 6 meter
receiver and transmit sites (all home depot stuff).
That is unless someone has 6 or 440 meter antennas they want to contribute.
Options for feed line to these antennas have been offered by yet another group in
the Missouri lake region. Thank You! Will be in touch.
We have not, to date, determined where the receive site will be, and would be
open to suggestions. A little height (roof top) and a Kansas City metro /
Overland Park / Shawnee / Olathe or other location would be best.
However, if you have the space for a 40 ft tower and guys, I will donate the tower sections and antennas.
Alternatively, If you know where we might have a small roof top area, we would not need the tower.
We would need it to be equipped with 110 v outlet and a place to set a 6 meter J-Pole along
with a small 440 Mghz 5 element beam.
Please give us a shout as we are currently / seriously looking! For this piece of the puzzle; the sooner the better!
All in all, the project is still coming together nicely! Thanks to the generosity of our community!
Application for the control frequency and 6-meter frequency pair has been applied for.
In regards to the power supplies.. I have found a great affordable source for regulated 30 amp
power supplies on E-Bay. New and only $28.68 frt paid!
If there is a donor out there, here is a reasonable opportunity to help!